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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 
yesterday
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 
4 days ago
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 
4 days ago
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 
4 days ago
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 
20 days ago
The Autumnal Genius of John Bellairs | Tor.com
read the first book so many times as a kid, still holds up
books  children  nostalgia 
26 days ago
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."
fun 
4 weeks ago
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 
4 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
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 
5 weeks ago
Good Friday - Waiter Rant
“He told me something I will never forget. ‘Life is a series of dogs.’”
goodwriting  memory  death 
5 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
6 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
File Annotations | Box
one implementation of annotations from a development library POV
annotations  web  metadata  library 
8 weeks ago
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 
8 weeks ago
Do Repeat Yourself, With Variations – Jon Udell
this captures a lot of why I think religious adherence to DRY is suboptimal
programming  philosophy  engineering 
8 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
10 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
Western PA Regional Tournament -- Scores – Odyssey of the Mind
Scores from our girls' division and problem, 3rd place goes to state!
odysseyofthemind 
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
mobile.nytimes.com | You may want to marry my husband
Glad this isn't longer so I didn't start crying
11 weeks ago
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 
11 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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 
12 weeks ago
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
homerepair 
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
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 
february 2017
Hacking your own Kinesis keyboard controller
I'm not going to do this, but it's still neat
keyboard 
february 2017
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.
hardware 
february 2017
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 
january 2017
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 
january 2017
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 
january 2017
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 
january 2017
Baeumer EP (Profiling machine) - YouTube
how they cut those sheets of egg crate foam
engineering  video 
december 2016
Furiosa’s Cat Feeder « Blondihacks
the trials of adapting a cat feeder so the cat can't defeat it
cats  automation  engineering 
december 2016
The Incompatible Food Triad --- George W. Hart
from the Political Gabfest podcast.. tricky!
food  fun 
december 2016
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 
december 2016
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 
november 2016
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
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