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 
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."
programming  management  design  collaboration 
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 
2 days ago
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 
18 days ago
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 
23 days ago
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 
29 days ago
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 
4 weeks ago
Colorado Flat Earth movement is spreading via technology
idiotic things like this are what happens when nobody can possibly be an expert, people feel like all answers are equal
knownothing  idiocracy  science 
5 weeks ago
Welcome to Our Startup Where Everyone is 23 Years Old Because We Believe Old People Are Visually Displeasing and Out of Ideas - McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
"Did we mention we’re not like all the other startups? At our startup, employees are encouraged to fail. Failure is good. Failure represents progress toward success. We don’t focus on things like profit, or overhead, or returns on investment. Those things are boring and stupid, like old people."
fun  startup 
6 weeks ago
Rep. Murphy's Mt. Lebanon office vandalized | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
oh come on: 'The state Republican Party, however, issued a statement that sought to link the vandalism to the group. The party said the Mondays group had "targeted the congressman's office with street antics" and had "no business expressing surprise that things have escalated to this point."'
6 weeks ago
Actions, not words, reveal our real values | Derek Sivers
"I had been fooling myself for years, telling myself I wanted to do this, but my actions prove otherwise. Yes I want it a little bit, but I want something else more."
philosophy  motivation 
8 weeks ago
Just Do As Expected – Hacker Noon
loads of good stuff here, mostly about how a "Do as expected" philosophy can permeate a number of practices and areas
management  collaboration  programming  debugging  soc  culture 
8 weeks ago
In the Kingdom of the Blind - Bridget Kromhout
On better ways to get a diverse set of speakers than blind proposal review
conference  publicspeaking  diversity 
8 weeks ago
What Really Happened with Vista – Hacker Noon
Worth the read: "The contrast with the Windows team perspective as the Vista project started could not be more stark. The role of hardware innovation was to enable new software innovation rather than the role of software being to expose hardware innovation."
history  windows  software  culture  hardware  design  management 
9 weeks ago
The Myth of the Kindly General Lee - The Atlantic
"To describe this man as American hero requires ignoring the immense suffering for which he was personally responsible, both on and off the battlefield. It requires ignoring his participation in the industry of human bondage, his betrayal of his country in defense of that institution, the battlefields scattered with the lifeless bodies of men who followed his orders and those they killed, his hostility towards the rights of the freedmen and his indifference to his own students waging a campaign of terror against the newly emancipated."
history  race  civilwar  politics 
10 weeks ago
The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats - The New York Times
"Although definitive answers remain elusive, scientists are narrowing in on one possible explanation: A steady drumbeat of research links the strange feline disease to a common class of flame retardants that have blanketed the insides of our homes for decades. But even as the findings may answer one epidemiological question, they raise another in its place. If household chemicals are wreaking havoc on the hormones of cats, what are they doing to us?"
health  environment  cats  bio 
12 weeks ago
How to Run an Effective Meeting - Business Guides - The New York Times
loads of good stuff here -- most not new but worth remembering for every single time; also a really nice design
work  meetings  management  collaboration  design 
may 2017
Patton's sword and the future of work
Worth a yearly re-read, so many good aspects and passages. (Including the endnotes!)

I can be suspicious of articles like this that take modern ideas and retrofit them to past events, but the author has a light touch and the result winds up being a recognition that these "modern" ideas aren't modern at all. They've always been with us.
history  technology  learning  work  management 
may 2017
Drawing lessons from the “ Bezos Way” – Monday Note
Nice dive into the 2016 shareholders' letter from Bezos, including discussion of the "disagree and commit" strategy and pointing out how important it is to recognize misalignment vs disagreement
amazon  media  journalism  strategy  management 
may 2017
Magnolia - Aimee Mann - Wise Up - YouTube
just perfect, so many parts of it send chills right through me (it will be weird if you haven't seen the movie though)
music  movies 
may 2017
The Autumnal Genius of John Bellairs | Tor.com
read the first book so many times as a kid, still holds up
books  children  nostalgia 
april 2017
A Note From the New CEO of Lobstero
"Lobstero's Lobster Packs work in conjunction with the Lobstero Home Lobster Station to check the freshness information of your pouch and guarantee the maximum lobster experience possible. If there is a recall on dangerous or angry lobsters, we can send out a signal to our WiFi enable Lobstero Home Lobster Stations to refuse to open the pouch."
april 2017
The Edvocate’s 2017 EdTech 20: A Ranking of 20 Global Edtech Influencers - The Edvocate
Yay #5; also, kudos to them for having the full list on a single page vs 20 click-throughs.
education  revisionassistant 
april 2017
Pennsylvania’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail | TrailBlog
Nice highlight, and I like how it emphasized that this didn't happen overnight -- ground broken in 1991, and most people thought it would be too hard to wrangle all the property owners to make it happen. Planning can work :-)
history  planning  bicycle  pittsburgh  government 
april 2017
Factory vs. Studio – Michael Dearing – Medium
anecdotal, but this illustration is pretty interesting: "I’ve done this activity now dozens of times in different countries with vastly different participants. Every time, more or less, I see the same thing."
creativity  process  productivity  management 
april 2017
Good Friday - Waiter Rant
“He told me something I will never forget. ‘Life is a series of dogs.’”
goodwriting  memory  death 
april 2017
Tech and Culture Musings: The Three
three management lessons; one is "Being Right": "You may be smart.  You may be right.  Inevitably there will be a point in your life that you are the only right person in the room.  And being right is a booby prize.  It's useless.  Worse, if you're right then you have a holy duty to your group, to these people you're committed to helping succeed, to be persuasive, to do whatever you need to do to make sure they see it. "

The other two are also excellent
engineering  leadership  management 
april 2017
How To Not Throw Up – Rands in Repose
"How do you need to improve? What is your audience going to ask for? They want one thing: they want to participate. No, they don’t want to get on stage and present your slides; they want to be included in this presentation — in this performance."
presentation  publicspeaking 
april 2017
Spiders could theoretically eat every human on Earth in one year - The Washington Post
"The world's spiders consume somewhere between 400 million and 800 million tons of prey in any given year. That means that spiders eat at least as much meat as all 7 billion humans on the planet combined, who the authors note consume about 400 million tons of meat and fish each year."

Also, be sure to catch the last GIF
spiders  nature 
march 2017
File Annotations | Box
one implementation of annotations from a development library POV
annotations  web  metadata  library 
march 2017
Annotation is now a web standard – Hypothesis
Discussion about the W3C Web Annotation standard (hypothes.is is the place where Jon Udell hangs his hat now)
annotations  web  standards  metadata 
march 2017
Do Repeat Yourself, With Variations – Jon Udell
this captures a lot of why I think religious adherence to DRY is suboptimal
programming  philosophy  engineering 
march 2017
Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones (Google Cloud Next '17) - YouTube
great description by Simon Wardley on Wardley Maps and their importance
visualization  strategy  management  biz 
march 2017
Questions I'm asking in interviews - Julia Evans
not only good for interviews, might be interesting to pick and choose some of these for retros...
hiring  interview  retrospective 
march 2017
Things to Figure Out as a New Manager: Part 1, Your Schedule | Accidentally in Code
"Unless you’re some kind of monster, you’ll probably spend a lot of time feeling terrible and uncertain, too." Loads of good stuff. (Part 1 of 5 [at least for now], read the whole series)
engineering  management  career  soc  collaboration 
march 2017
Western PA Regional Tournament -- Scores – Odyssey of the Mind
Scores from our girls' division and problem, 3rd place goes to state!
march 2017
Obamacare-Repealer Explains Poor Don’t Want to be Healthy
'While I am not a theologian, I feel confident in asserting that Jesus’ message about the poor is not most accurately summarized as “Let them suffer, they’re animals anyway.”'
healthcare  government  religion 
march 2017
mobile.nytimes.com | You may want to marry my husband
Glad this isn't longer so I didn't start crying
march 2017
oroville dam spillway - Album on Imgur
set of images showing the damage to the spillway that wound up threatening a lot of folks and infrastructure in Northern CA (including some scary days for Turnitin operations folks)
dam  engineering  nature  awesome  failure 
march 2017
Web Annotation Data Model
Aims: "The primary aim of the Web Annotation Data Model is to provide a standard description model and format to enable annotations to be shared between systems. This interoperability may be either for sharing with others, or the migration of private annotations between devices or platforms. The shared annotations must be able to be integrated into existing collections and reused without loss of significant information. The model should cover as many annotation use cases as possible, while keeping the simple annotations easy and expanding from that baseline to make complex uses possible."
web  document  annotations  metadata  standards 
february 2017
How To Ask for the Truth
"When things go wrong on a team I manage, one of the first things I always ask myself is “what questions could I have asked to find this out earlier?” and then I start asking those questions more regularly."
management  collaboration  gettingbetter 
february 2017
jocelyngoldfein.com | Culture is the behavior you reward and punish
"It ends up being asymmetrical: it takes unanimity to establish a positive norm in your culture, but it only takes a little inconsistency to lose it."
management  leadership  soc  culture  collaboration 
february 2017
Douglas Coupland: Why I can only ever be one Doug at any given time
"The texture of being single now and being single 20 years ago is different. Twenty years ago you’d meet people out in the world in real situations and you felt that maybe you were a character in a story called “Your Life”. Now being single is a free app you scroll through and, suddenly, your matchmaking choices are narrowed down to “uncutdaddy77”, who’s 860 metres away, or perhaps “Totally Oral”, who’s a mere 450 metres away. I’m guessing there are no bouquets of flowers or dinners involved there."
douglascoupland  goodwriting  gettingold  divorce 
february 2017
50 Things You Can Control Right Now
lots of little things -- nothing mind blowing
life  psychology 
february 2017
FAQ - Thumbpress on handleset is hard depress
who's got two thumbs and successfully followed a youtube video to perform the most basic of home repairs? this guy
february 2017
ongoing by Tim Bray · Geek Career Paths
A personal paragraph about working (or not working) in different roles, at different types of companies.
career  management 
february 2017
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