www.computer.org | Software Engineering: an idea whose time has come and gone?
From 2009 by Tom DeMarco, I can’t believe I haven’t seen this before!
software  management  engineering  agile 
17 days ago
www.wired.com | The dirty war over diversity inside Google
‘As a consequence, sometimes managers tried to restore calm by telling everyone to knock it off. Zunger says this was well-intentioned, but ultimately counterproductive. “Once an awareness of contempt is present in the room, not talking about it doesn't make it go away,” he said.’
racism  management  google  soc  sexism  diversity 
22 days ago
Tango, an inventive time-looping animated film
serious editing, hypnotic (note that I'd upgrade the "mildly NSFW" to "NSFW")
animation  movies 
5 weeks ago
Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov’s most memorable games
I don't really understand chess, but I could listen to him explain these games and moves for a long time
chess  games  history 
5 weeks ago
The invention of the bendy straw
lesson: keep your eyes open and your brain fertile
5 weeks ago
Robert Haas: DO or UNDO - there is no VACUUM
This is also a good explanation of why vacuum is necessary
database  postgres 
5 weeks ago
A Taxonomy of Troublemakers for Those Navigating Difficult Colleagues | First Round Review
broad strokes, but the framing of Don't say/Do say is a useful way to show how phrasing can make a difference
management  soc  behavior 
8 weeks ago
74 Things That Blew Our Minds in 2017 - The Atlantic
I normally try not to link to year-end lists because they're pretty lazy, but... this is awesome!
science  fun  astronomy  nature  health  anatomy  animals 
11 weeks ago
Slaughterbots - YouTube
in the diminishing area between reality and Black Mirror
ai  automation  military  war 
12 weeks ago
Google Maps’s Moat
what a great article -- loads of work and research went into this and it shows
gis  geography  google  apple  data  machinelearning 
12 weeks ago
eand.co | What Do You Call a World That Can’t Learn From Itself?
My confirmation bias likes this article a lot, though the comparison to baby mimickry is silly and condescending
soc  dailyliving  culture  americanexceptionalism  politics 
december 2017
Complexity and Strategy – Hacker Noon
long one, but worth the read; even worth coming back to every so often
complexity  architecture  management  strategy 
december 2017
Typical Programmer
closer: "I think programmers should pay much more attention to listening to and working with their peers than to rituals and tools, and that we should be skeptical of too much process or methodologies that promise to magically make everyone more productive. Maybe social skills come harder to programmers than to other people (I’m not convinced that’s true), but developing those skills will certainly pay off a lot more than trying yet another development methodology."
agile  communication  management  culture 
december 2017
Millions Are Hounded for Debt They Don’t Owe. One Victim Fought Back, With a Vengeance - Bloomberg
JFC between reading this and The Big Short this week my view of people is awfully low
debt  money  bank  loan  regulation 
december 2017
PostgreSQL - JSONB and Statistics | Select * from Adrien
pretty neat look under the hood at how pg calculates query cost and things you can do with jsonb fields to help it along
database  postgres 
december 2017
Scaling Slack’s Job Queue – Several People Are Coding
how they placed a more reliable and resilient piece of infrastructure (Kafka) in front of their Redis queues so they became stable and they didn't have to redo everything at once
kafka  redis  distributed  engineering 
december 2017
Roy Moore and the Invisible Religious Right | The New Yorker
"Another anxiety was whether the evangelical leadership still had the authority to define morality for the followers of its own movement, or whether it had ceded this power to the Republican Party and Fox News." - this doesn't feel like a question any longer
politics  religion 
december 2017
medium.com | On Kindness
Long but well worth your time, on the type of kindness that goes against the grain and informs your view on the world.
sexism  race  parenting  death  goodwriting 
november 2017
Sex Appeal - Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - WNYC
Great illustration of how clever lawyers can take plain language that's widely understood to mean one thing and shift that understanding through cases that on their face have nothing to do with it.
law  podcast 
november 2017
Big Boy caper comes to a head
June 16, 1999 - Big Boy head returned to Mt. Lebanon restaurant
pittsburgh  fun 
november 2017
www.thecut.com | Your reckoning. And mine.
“So, no, I was never serially sexually harassed. But the stink got on me anyway. I was implicated. We all are, our professional contributions weighed on scales of fuckability and willingness to go along, to be good sports, to not be humorless scolds or office gorgons; our achievements chalked up to male affiliation — the boyfriend who supposedly supplies you with ideas or the manager who took you under his wing because he wanted to get inside your pants. We can rebuff the harasser; we can choose not to fuck the boss. But in a world where men hold inordinate power, we’re still in bed with the guy.”
feminism  media  sexism 
november 2017
Common Standards Project: Free search academic standards from all 50 states
need to dig further to see how comprehensive these are, if so :mindblown:
education  standards 
november 2017
www.theplayerstribune.com | The Noise
Steph Curry on having a platform and what’s important
sports  military  politics  veterans 
november 2017
Interview Techniques That Get Beyond Canned Responses
interesting, esp for the perspective of non-engineering folks and the things they can do to get candidates demonstrating the qualities the company values
november 2017
ongoing by Tim Bray · Working at Amazon
nice overview, and one I'd trust, though I suspect that the experience of capital T Tim capital B Bray might not be representative :-)
hiring  amazon  job  management  culture 
october 2017
larahogan.me | Why can’t they just...?
Turns out most things are complicated; well written and straightforward as usual
october 2017
Elided Branches: How do managers* get stuck?
some good descriptions of what it means to manage up, down, and sideways
october 2017
Why Happy People Cheat - The Atlantic
This feels like it could've been lifted from a decade or two of Dan Savage columns and observations. (Me linking this doesn't say anything about my own current status! It's just a good read.)
marriage  psychology  soc 
october 2017
8 Gaslighting Techniques to Use at Work
hope these aren't TOO familiar to you...
fun  satire  work  sexism 
september 2017
The Original Lie About Obamacare - The New York Times
always keep this in mind when R talk about the ACA being "rammed through"
politics  healthcare 
september 2017
Take a Dip into PostgreSQL Arrays - Compose Articles
pretty good overview of using postgres arrays, particularly indexing them
postgres  database 
september 2017
How to Build a Rumor – Rands in Repose
communication is hard: "This is how your rumor started. In a meeting two weeks ago, you said a controversial thing about an important topic poorly. Because you were in a hurry, you only stated half of your justification before you ran out the door. Your goal was to inspire, but for the folks who hadn’t heard your pitch before, you mostly confused them."
september 2017
Don't Give HBO's 'Confederate' the Benefit of the Doubt - The Atlantic
"Knowing this, we do not have to wait to point out that comparisons between Confederate and The Man in the High Castle are fatuous. Nazi Germany was also defeated. But while its surviving leadership was put on trial before the world, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop was hanged at Nuremberg. Confederate General John B. Gordon became a senator. Germany has spent the decades since World War II in national penance for Nazi crimes. America spent the decades after the Civil War transforming Confederate crimes into virtues. It is illegal to fly the Nazi flag in Germany. The Confederate flag is enmeshed in the state flag of Mississippi."
history  media  criticism 
september 2017
Guest Post: Ed Tech's Collision Course | Just Visiting
paraphrased: "We don't trust teachers and others to interpret results, so academic integrity? Whatevs."
plagiarism  education 
september 2017
The Body Under the Bed
happens more often than you think; also this sentence: "Kuklinkski finished off Smith by strangling him when watching Smith die of poisoning proved tiresome."
august 2017
Robot Hugs - Harassment
comic about why it's hard for men to see harassment and how the culture around it gets created bit by bit
sexism  feminism  communication 
august 2017
iconic vines, rip vine - YouTube
eight and a half minutes of awesome
august 2017
Hate That Doesn’t Hide - The New York Times
"A week ago in Charlottesville, Va., white men assembled to rage for a world long lost — one where their mediocrity was good enough. These were men emboldened by a president who shares their odious beliefs.

I’ve watched in horror as they’ve been energized by his campaign and his presidency. It’s possible that hate like this would have been on the rise anyway, given eight years of the Obama presidency and, animus toward Hillary Clinton. But now we don’t have hate on the fringe; we have it reinforced in the White House."
august 2017
What I wish I had known – Code Like A Girl
struggling with the meaning of life, starting from someone poised to follow the standard software development path
soc  life  programming 
august 2017
Four Reasons Developers are Unproductive - naildrivin5.com - David Bryant Copeland's Website
nice overview of the things preventing us from doing work -- these are all about the work rather than people or process, still very valuable: "To work in an organized way, you must have some sort of plan and system for working. Although each task you work on is somewhat unique, there are high-level steps to take in order to work in an organized way."

Also, this at the end: "This is hard, perhaps harder than it should be. As an industry, we don’t have disciplines. We don’t have shared language. We don’t have standards on any level of our work. We are entirely on our own, every time, all the time, to figure out how to be productive."
programming  management  design  collaboration 
august 2017
Abstractivate: Hyperproductive development
"Except, I'm suspicious of this description. "We" is a plural pronoun. This depth of familiarity and comfort with a system is personal: it's usually one person. The one person who has conceived this solution, who holds in their head both the current state and where they are aiming.

If you are this person, please realize that no one else experiences this work the way you do. For other people, every change is scary, because they don't know what effect it will have."
productivity  management  programming 
august 2017
An Entirely Other Day: The World is UDP
"UDP people are right: TCP like me are bonkers. We maintain a tradition in the complete absence of the circumstance that allowed that tradition to form. When the land we stand on finally sinks below the relentlessly rising tide, it’s the people who have adapted, transformed, evolved who will survive. The only place for TCP people in the post-diluvian world will be on the small outcroppings of rock that poke above the endless, endless sea, and the only approach TCP people will be able to take is to pretend that the vast deep that surrounds them doesn’t exist. The world is UDP, and the people who live in it need to be as well."
collaboration  communication  internet  soc  management 
august 2017
The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight - The Washington Post
'“You could see the body language in the entire chamber change in two hours,” Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) recalled. “One side was kind of ebullient, moving around and talking and the other side was subdued, and all of a sudden it began to change. There was an instinctive reaction that maybe this thing wasn’t going to pass. Nobody knew for sure.”'
politics  healthcare 
july 2017
On my second birthday we landed on the moon. – Mike Monteiro – Medium
"We don’t live in a bubble. We live on a bubble. A fragile fucking bubble that withstands so many pricks. So many pricks. So many pricks shouting same same same same. So much fear of difference. So much energy spent hating what is different from the small definition of we that we grew up with. So much energy being wasted, that we get further and further away from the moon with every subsequent generation. But every time you reach across the world and call someone brother or call someone sister, you are kicking against those pricks."
goodwriting  soc  love  race  immigration  politics  culture 
july 2017
Why We Argue: Style — Sandi Metz
'These "style wars" are ostensibly about formatting code, but are actually about power. In mild forms, the wars create tension and cost money. In virulent forms, they poison team morale.'
goodwriting  programming  collaboration  management 
july 2017
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