Culture and the Games People Play
Presentation from Roy Rapoport on how incentives and actual empowerment can be a really powerful force among an organization, and about how the wrong kinds of incentives can be super corrosive; kinda gets into the "what makes Netflix special" idea
management  psychology  netflix  collaboration  soc 
2 days ago
Hacking your own Kinesis keyboard controller
I'm not going to do this, but it's still neat
3 days ago
Bruce Springsteen - You Never Can Tell - YouTube
how many years of practice went into this?
music  fun 
14 days ago
Yamakasi Catleap Monitor Club
Scroll down to "What you Get/Power Issues/Stand Removal" for excellent instructions on removing the back and unscrewing the annoying stand and rear support.
14 days ago
Eliot A. Cohen Responds to Donald Trump's First Week - The Atlantic
"For the community of conservative thinkers and experts, and more importantly, conservative politicians, this is a testing time. Either you stand up for your principles and for what you know is decent behavior, or you go down, if not now, then years from now, as a coward or opportunist. Your reputation will never recover, nor should it."
donaldtrump  politics  media 
21 days ago
Company Growth: Why everything breaks at 25 employees
"why everything breaks" is dramatic, but useful advice on what to focus on (communication, repeat yourself, think about what your implicit culture is, recognize individual contributions)
management  communication 
22 days ago
How Louis CK Tells A Joke - YouTube
7 minutes taking apart a 1.5 minute joke to show how everything fits together, just great
comedy  language  via:kottke 
28 days ago
Elided Branches: How Do Individual Contributors Get Stuck? A Primer
great list; also lol on: "Individual contributors often get sidetracked by...

7. Excessive testing (rare)
8. Excessive automation (rare)"
management  productivity  programming  soc 
5 weeks ago
Baeumer EP (Profiling machine) - YouTube
how they cut those sheets of egg crate foam
engineering  video 
8 weeks ago
Furiosa’s Cat Feeder « Blondihacks
the trials of adapting a cat feeder so the cat can't defeat it
cats  automation  engineering 
8 weeks ago
The Incompatible Food Triad --- George W. Hart
from the Political Gabfest podcast.. tricky!
food  fun 
9 weeks ago
Tilting my mirror (motivation is delicate) | Derek Sivers
"When you notice something is affecting your drive, find a way to adjust your environment. Even if it’s a little inconvenient to others."
motivation  behavior  soc 
10 weeks ago
Forklift Driver Klaus - The First Day on the Job (Forklift Training Video, Clean) - YouTube
Poor Klaus, on his first day on the job someone fell off his pallet while he was incorrectly lifting them up (incorrectly), lifted a box with a knife hanging off it which fell directly into someone's head, turned on the forklift while someone was repairing it (removing both his hands), divided someone in two with sheet metal, and then impaled someone on the forklift who was holding a chainsaw which caught on a piece of metal, ripped the chain off which flipped back and beheaded Klaus
gross  fun 
12 weeks ago
Moishe Lettvin - What I Learned Doing 250 Interviews at Google - YouTube
Nothing shocking or really new, but: strive toward treating people as people; be careful about data (people aren't consistent, even with themselves over time); don't ever hire assholes.
hiring  interview 
november 2016
Management in ten tweets – Medium
also worth mentioning is the AMA on the rands-management slack from Marc on 4-Nov-2016
november 2016
www.automaticbeyondbelief.org | Dedicated to the Classic Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster
From the late 1940's to 1997, the upscale toaster market was dominated by this classic from Sunbeam. Its sophisticated lines, art deco styling, and consistent toasting quality made it a pleasure both to the eyes and the palate.
design  food 
october 2016
Developer hiring and the market for lemons
more discussion of back and forth among companies hiring, being dysfunctional and people leaving, identifying 'nontraditional' strong candidates, etc. -- West Coast focus but still interesting
october 2016
Broken record: startups are also probably rejecting a *lot* of engineering candi... | Hacker News
"Compare the first 2/3rds of Matasano's lifetime to the last 1/3rd. The typical candidate we've hired lately would never have gotten hired at early Matasano, because (a) they wouldn't have had the resume for it, and (b) we over-weighted intangibles like how convincing candidates were in face-to-face interviews. But the candidates we've hired lately compare extremely well to our earlier teams! It's actually kind of magical: we interview people whose only prior work experience is "Line of Business .NET Developer", and they end up showing us how to write exploits for elliptic curve partial nonce bias attacks that involve Fourier transforms and BKZ lattice reduction steps that take 6 hours to run."
hiring  interview 
october 2016
Hiring your first SRE
maybe a good place to start when we talk about expectations for an operations-focused role?
sre  devops  sysadmin 
october 2016
kdeldycke/awesome-falsehood: Curated list of falsehoods programmers believe in.
"These articles starts with the hypothesis that developers have a naive, simple view of the subject at hand. Then proceed to list a set of candid assumptions that might be held by such programmers. Each one is intentionally false, and sometimes illustrated by a counter-example."
culture  gender  names  datetime  money  geography 
october 2016
Forgotten Questions of Change | esther derby associates, inc.
"A handful of questions that could lead to more effective action, but seldom get asked..."
management  development  change  innovation  agile 
october 2016
Screening: You’re Doing It Wrong
As much as I hate "You're doing it wrong" headlines, this has some good advice: "In a hiring decision, the scariest mistake we can make is hiring the wrong person. In a screening decision, the scariest mistake we can make is passing up a potential hire."
hiring  interview 
october 2016
A Recipe for an Interview
these questions are good ones to ask yourself every once in a while too
interview  hiring 
october 2016
Why's that company so big? I could do that in a weekend
Anytime someone says this I put them in the "Has never worked in production on a system used by many people" bucket
engineering  devops  programming  hubris 
october 2016
www.bloomberg.com | Congress May Rewrite Saudi 9/11 Law After Override
"But Republicans said the White House didn’t make a forceful case, putting themselves in the awkward position of blaming the president for a bill they enacted into law over Obama’s veto."
hate  politics 
september 2016
Bruce Springsteen’s Complicated Masculinity -- Vulture
"It is a testament to how poisoned we are in our ideas of what pubescent boys — especially the angry misfits who go on to become fist-pumping rock stars — are like that I had to read this passage several times to make sure I was understanding the chronology correctly, and that in the 1960s, a disaffected teenage Bruce Springsteen had indeed doted on his pregnant mother and changed his baby sister’s diapers."
brucespringsteen  music  biography  review 
september 2016
Mastering Programming | Kent Beck
"The theme here is scaling your brain. The journeyman learns to solve bigger problems by solving more problems at once. The master learns to solve even bigger problems than that by solving fewer problems at once. Part of the wisdom is subdividing so that integrating the separate solutions will be a smaller problem than just solving them together."
september 2016
How to Recruit – Rands in Repose
combine this with Wanted; timely for me right now :-)

"For Discover, Understand, and Delight there are critical leadership skills you need to learn and refine. In Discover, it’s understanding the power of persistent serendipitous networking, in Understanding it’s both understanding how to tell the tale of your company as well as being able to understand the tale of the candidate. Finally, in Delight, it’s the ability to discern what is the best way to delight this candidate at a time when their worry and risk aversion is the strongest."
hiring  management  career 
september 2016
Jackson Park Navy housing opening to civilians
That drawing of a house looks a lot nicer than the place we lived in when we were there...
history  personal  memory 
august 2016
Every Joke from ‘Airplane!’ Ranked — Bullshit Ist
"We rated each joke only in reference to other Airplane! jokes. Airplane! threes and fours are probably equivalent to most other movies’ nines and tens."
movies  fun 
august 2016
Elided Branches: Microservices: Real Architectural Patterns
more practical overview: general patterns that facilitates migration, distinguishing among CRUD-ish and data stream processing, and cron-like services
microservices  architecture  design 
august 2016
Elided Branches: The Virtue of Hubris and The Value of Complaining
'Does your company have a practice of telling people to "bring solutions, not complaints?" That is at best hiding problems, not avoiding them. It is unrealistic to expect people to be able to solve every problem they see in front of them. I mean, can you do that, really? It is hard enough to expect your executives to be able to do this, believe me, I know. Your team is going to see problems that they will not know how to solve, and to tell them to keep that to themselves until they figure out the solution is a great way to avoid dealing with real issues.'
management  leadership  collaboration  failure 
august 2016
The Terrifying JFK Airport Shooting That Wasn’t
crowds are completely terrifying even when individuals think they're acting rationally and in their best interest
terrorism  crowd  behavior  soc 
august 2016
Making a Sandwich: Effective Feedback Techniques
add this to the pile of great Dan North presentations I should listen to again every six months...
management  feedback  collaboration 
august 2016
Doctor : An Open Source Documentation Server — Cloud Storage
collect READMEs (and other docs) from multiple repos and display them together (I think github-specific for now...)
documentation  distributed  ruby  github 
august 2016
Message Protocol — Celery 4.0.0rc3 documentation
...for when you want to trigger a Celery event without using the easier-but-code-binding `method.apply_async()` version
python  celery  asynchronous 
august 2016
A Manager’s FAQ — ReadThink (by HubSpot)
"Start with the premise that your employee did his best. Then the question becomes why would a smart and capable employee who did his best screw up?

You cannot be a good manager without a deep curiosity for this question. Weak managers assume employees took shortcuts, were being lazy, or are just dumb. This is rarely the case."
management  culture  soc 
august 2016
Schools ride new wave in writing | District Administration Magazine
“Students like playing with those bars and seeing what they can do to raise them,” says Barbara Ozuna, Paschal's dean of instruction. “Our kids did something like an average of 11 revisions per piece of writing, which is an incredible amount.”
revisionassistant  education  writing 
july 2016
The Hidden Dividends of Microservices - ACM Queue
lots of good stuff here, though I still dislike the ending "if you're doing x you're not doing microservices" list
architecture  microservices  culture  deployment  operations  devops 
july 2016
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