Delegation and Time Management – Camille Fournier – Medium
"...And most importantly, it puts the initiative squarely on the shoulders of your team, which is almost always where it belongs. They aren’t going to learn how to make good decisions, set good goals, or write effective docs, if you are always there providing a safety net or taking over the hard work from them."
management  leadership 
18 days ago
Focus at Work • Relax at Home • Sleep at Night | myNoise ®
pretty great white noise site, huge variety of natural, synthetic, and soundscape noise
19 days ago
STRIKE! Magazine – On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs
"Once, when contemplating the apparently endless growth of administrative responsibilities in British academic departments, I came up with one possible vision of hell. Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don't like and are not especially good at."
work  politics  econ  soc 
19 days ago
Teaching iteration – Signal v. Noise
"So, perhaps for a final assignment (no matter the subject), students should be able to choose something they did earlier in the year and get a chance to improve on it. Make version 2. I think working on four things, and getting a chance to redo one of them would be more valuable than working on five separate things. It would be a better education."
education  agile  learning 
4 weeks ago
4 Ways to Join Only The First Row in SQL
pretty useful list, and I can't believe I didn't know about "DISTINCT ON" already
database  sql 
5 weeks ago
The Cult of Authenticity | Boston Review
(from February 2000!) still reading, but this changing notion of authenticity is fascinating, as is the changing ways that people invoke it and can use it as a baseball bat against ideas or people they don't like: "I hope you’ll forgive me for lingering on this rather anecdotal, personal history. My purpose in lingering is not merely to grind an attack on my beloved stories under my iron heel, although, as you can probably tell, grinding gives me glorious pleasure. My purpose is also to give you some sense of the texture of the world in which I live and write, and therefore also a sense of the sheer effort it takes to sustain and drive this censorious rhetoric about correct Indianness, and a sense of the galloping vastness of its elisions. This rhetoric lays claim not only to a very high moral ground but also a deep, essential connection to a "real" Indianness."
authenticity  soc  culture  goodwriting  academia 
6 weeks ago
You don’t need confidence, just contribution. | Derek Sivers
short, pointed, and insightful as always: "How I feel in this moment doesn’t matter — it will pass. Nobody is judging me, because nobody is thinking of me. They are just looking for things to improve their own life. The public me is not the real me anyway, so if they judge my public persona, that’s fine."
creativity  work  life  behavior 
6 weeks ago
Say the Hard Thing – Rands in Repose
lots of good stuff here, but I wanted to call out this body/brain forced feedback loop: "The yelling is your brain defending its poorly informed reality, but the yelling distracts you from hearing anything. It has taken years, but the moment I hear the beginning of hard feedback, I adopt the position: crossed legs, folded hands, and head slightly tilted. This is my “I am listening” position. It reminds me to listen."
feedback  management 
june 2018
Have a Great Boss? Capitalize on It to Boost Your Career | Grammarly
I think it's important to remember that the relationship is in both directions: "In any great relationship, you don’t just like the person—you like yourself when you’re with him or her. This is also true of a great boss. A true leader understands how to bring out the best in each member of the team. It’s a thrill to work on that team because there’s room to learn, grow, and make the mistakes that lead to self-discovery and reinvention."
management  behavior 
june 2018
The Tarot Cards Of Tech
this is a cute and simple reminder to consider different aspects of Equity, Usage, and Scale when building things
design  ethics 
may 2018
Most lives are lived by default
Not something I'm thinking about, but it's a useful thing to think of identity as more fluid than we normally do, and think of how it got that way:"But identity is fluid. You’ve been becoming a different person this whole time, and after making a dramatic change, you might find you’re more yourself than you’ve ever been."
identity  soc  dailyliving 
may 2018
How to scale yourself: the ‘99/50/1’ framework – The Mission – Medium
useful as a guide for the types of questions to ask and level of detail to expect at different phases of a project
management  design  collaboration  projectplanning 
may 2018
Superfan! — Sacha Judd
Tying the "trivial" notions of our cultural attachments to making us more whole people everywhere, even at work. This is a presentation I'll come back to again and again, and one I'll probably forward 100x over.
presentation  diversity  work  management  fan 
may 2018
Solitude And the Fortresses Of Youth - The New York Times
oldie but a goodie: "And so we censor the art they consume and produce, and prosecute and suspend and expel them, and when, once in a great while, a teenager reaches for an easy gun and shoots somebody or himself, we tell ourselves that if we had only censored his journals and curtailed his music and video games, that awful burst of final ugliness could surely have been prevented. As if art caused the ugliness, when of course all it can ever do is reflect and, perhaps, attempt to explain it."
growingup  teenager  parenting  censorship  art 
may 2018
Killing the Coding Interview | Pete Holiday's Blog
notable because: (a) it provides concrete things to do as alternatives and (b) recognizes that sometimes it might actually be worthwhile
hiring  interview  programming 
may 2018
Team reviews – Marc Hedlund – Medium
Light process for reviewing your managers' teams and coming to simple consensus on performance. Also seems to be a good way to sum up activity over time.
may 2018
Why Impact/Effort Prioritization Doesn’t Work – Itamar Gilad – Medium
trolly headline obscures the actual message, which I think is: we need to get better at estimating so we can make better trade-offs
management  planning 
may 2018
direnv - unclutter your .profile
"environment switcher for the shell"
shell  unix 
may 2018
MySQL vs PostgreSQL - Why you shouldn't use MySQL - YouTube
I think many of these things have been fixed, but... whoa
database  mysql 
april 2018
We Need Fewer Product Managers – Hacker Noon
really, more product managers that focus on managing a product itself, rather than on managing all the stuff that goes into the product -- he also gives a decent (reasonable) progression to how companies grow into the role being what it is and how it can calcify over time
product  management  agile 
april 2018
www.washingtonpost.com | Beverly Cleary on turning 100
Times have changed: “She struggled through her classes with poor eyesight; her mother denied her money for glasses because she feared it would spoil her daughter’s appearance.”
biography  writing 
april 2018
Trevor Noah on fake news and Donald Trump (HARDtalk) - BBC News - YouTube
nice examples of the binds journalists can twist themselves into in pursuit of impartiality
journalism  comedy  interview 
april 2018
Performance of Performance Reviews – Learning By Shipping
I like this article because it talks a lot about system effects, and the negative side-effects with so many things we do in this area even assuming good intentions. Put another way, it's "pushing the knife fight around": 'To measure performance it must be measured relative to something. Sales is the “easiest” since if you have a sales quota then your compensation is just a measure of how much you exceed quota. Such simplicity masks the knife fight that is quota settings and the process by which a comp sheet is built out, but it is still a relative measure.'
management  culture  systemsthinking 
april 2018
Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker
"How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go."
art  culture  movies  sexism 
april 2018
Data Egret: PostgreSQL Bloatbusters.
couple of different options than 'vacuum full' for rewriting tables when they get bloated, both allowing you to maintain read/write activity for nearly all of the process but with different trade-offs
database  postgres 
march 2018
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 
march 2018
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 
february 2018
Tango, an inventive time-looping animated film
serious editing, hypnotic (note that I'd upgrade the "mildly NSFW" to "NSFW")
animation  movies 
february 2018
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 
february 2018
The invention of the bendy straw
lesson: keep your eyes open and your brain fertile
february 2018
Robert Haas: DO or UNDO - there is no VACUUM
This is also a good explanation of why vacuum is necessary
database  postgres 
february 2018
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 
january 2018
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 
january 2018
Slaughterbots - YouTube
in the diminishing area between reality and Black Mirror
ai  automation  military  war 
december 2017
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 
december 2017
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
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