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No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan)
I #heart @amandapalmer No, I Am Not Crowdfunding This Baby (an open letter to a worried fan) — Medium -
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2 days ago
Technological Optimism - Antonio Rodriguez
"Performed at a high level and by a very intelligent person it can be quite helpful but in most cases, it is a potato peeler in the hands of a two year old."
:)
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4 days ago
CEOs are often the last to know – Signal v. Noise
Execs are the last to know (surprisingly good piece by DHH)
from twitter
11 days ago
Eigenstyle
love the idea of Eigendresses (machine-learned image archetypes that can be added together to represent dresses)
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12 days ago
Sharing Our Work: Testing and Feedback in Design · An A List Apart Article
RT : More diverse testing means more diverse feedback—and better designs. shares her research process at Etsy:
from twitter
18 days ago
If you think women in tech is just a pipeline problem, you haven’t been paying attention
"Acknowledging that you have biases that conflict with your values does not make you a bad person. It’s a natural result of our culture"
tech  diversity  womenintech  from instapaper
18 days ago
Artificial Intelligence Is Already Weirdly Inhuman - Issue 27: Dark Matter - Nautilus
"When systems act in ways humans would not, we can see that their pareidolia is different from ours.”"
ai  deep  learning  neuralnetworks  from instapaper
19 days ago
Artificial Intelligence Is Already Weirdly Inhuman - Issue 27: Dark Matter - Nautilus
"Until we make contact with extraterrestrial intelligence, neural nets are probably the ablest non-human thinkers we know."
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19 days ago
A Tale of Two Computers
"The networked world is not new. It is at least as old as the oldest trade routes, which have been spreading subversive ideas alongside valuable commodities throughout history. What is new is its growing ability to dominate the geographic world. The story of software eating the world is the also the story of networks eating geography."
breakingsmart  ribbonfarm  from instapaper
19 days ago
A Tale of Two Computers
"our Tale of Two Computers, the parent is a four-century-old computer whose basic architecture was laid down in the zero-sum mercantile age. It runs on paperware, credentialism, and exhaustive territorial claims that completely carve up the world with strongly regulated boundaries. Its structure is based on hierarchically arranged container-like organizations, ranging from families to nations. In this order of things, there is no natural place for a free frontier. Ideally, there is a place for everything, and everything is in its place. It is a computer designed for stability, within which innovation is a bug rather than a feature."
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19 days ago
A Tale of Two Computers
"with capabilities comparable to the entire planet’s telegraph system a century ago"
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19 days ago
A Tale of Two Computers
"appreciate just how remarkable this episode was, consider this: a hashtag is effectively an instantly defined soft network within the Internet"
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"Broken though they might seem, the mechanisms we need for working through “inequality, surveillance and everything” are the generative, pluralist ones we have been refining over the last century: liberal democracy, innovation, entrepreneurship, functional markets and the most thoughtful and limited new institutions we can design."
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"It is an answer similar in spirit to the stoic principle that “the obstacle is the way” and the Finnish concept of sisu: meeting adversity head-on by cultivating a capacity for managing stress, rather than figuring out schemes to get around it."
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"Societies that present a facade of superficial pastoral harmony, as in the movie Stepford Wives, tend to be sustained by authoritarian, non-pluralistic polities, hidden demons, and invisible violence."
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"if our current collective experience of the human condition felt utopian, with cultural elites extolling its virtues, we should be very worried indeed"
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"Much of our collective sense of looming chaos and paradises being lost is in fact a clear and unambiguous sign of positive change in the world."
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19 days ago
The Future in the Rear-View Mirror
"So far, we have tried to convey a visceral sense of what is essentially an uneven global condition of explosive positive change. Change that is progressing at all levels from individual to business to communities to the global societal order. Perhaps most important part of the change is that we are experiencing a systematic substitution of intelligence for brute authoritarian power in problem solving, allowing a condition of vastly increased pluralism to emerge.

Paradoxically, due to the roots of vocal elite discontent in pastoral sensibilities, this analysis is valid only to the extent that it feels viscerally wrong. And going by the headlines of the past few years, it certainly does."
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19 days ago
The Principle of Generative Pluralism
"The broader lesson of the principle of generative pluralism is this: through technology, societies become intellectually capable of handling progressively more complex value-based conflicts. As societies gradually awaken to resolution mechanisms that do not require authoritarian control over the lives of others, they gradually substitute intelligence and information for power and coercion."
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19 days ago
The Principle of Generative Pluralism
"The past cannot “determine” the future at all, because the future is more complex and diverse."
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19 days ago
Understanding Elite Discontent
"While there is no actual moral decline in any meaningful absolute sense, the anxiety experienced by pastoralists is real. For those who yearn for paternalistic authority, more lifestyle possibilities leads to a sense of anomie rather than freedom. It triggers what the philosopher George Steiner called nostalgia for the absolute.5"
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19 days ago
Understanding Elite Discontent
"Once we remove pastoral blinders, it becomes obvious that the future of work lies in the unexpected and degenerate-seeming behaviors of today."
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19 days ago
Understanding Elite Discontent
"In other words, pastoralists can imagine sustaining changes to the prevailing social order, but disruptive changes seem profane."
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19 days ago
Understanding Elite Discontent
"This tendency to view adaptation as degeneracy is perhaps why cultural elites are startlingly prone to the Luddite fallacy."
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19 days ago
The Allure of Pastoralism
"In the West for instance, pastoral art and literature often evoke the Garden of Eden story. In Islamic societies, the first caliphate is often evoked in a similar way."
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19 days ago
Prometheans and Pastoralists
"Many enthusiasts, instead of being inspired by a sense of unpredictable, flourishing potential, are repeatedly seduced by specific visions of the Next Big Thing, sometimes derived rather literally from popular science fiction"
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20 days ago
Software as Subversion
"exit-as-default governance models, such as Bruno Frey’s notion of Functional, Overlapping, Competing Jurisdictions (FOCG), or ideas like charter cities which envision city-level equivalents of the law of two feet."
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20 days ago
Software as Subversion
"Today, moreover, several solutions to such serious legacy problems are being pursued, such as blockchain technology (the software basis for crytocurrencies like Bitcoin). These are vastly more creative than solutions that were debated in the early days of the Internet, and reflect an understanding of problems that have actually been encountered, rather than the limiting anxieties of authoritarian high-modernist visions."
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20 days ago
Software as Subversion
"creates a few exceptional winning products and vast numbers of failed ones, leaving those with strong authoritarian opinions about “good” and “bad” technology deeply dissatisfied."
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20 days ago
Software as Subversion
"worse is better.2 Working code that prioritizes visible simplicity, catalyzing effective collaboration and rapid experimentation, tends to spread rapidly and unpredictably."
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"For technologists interested in learning agile methodologies, there are many excellent books, such as The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen"
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"A good discussion of the application of maneuver warfare concepts for business environments can be found in Chet Richards’ excellent book, Certain to Win"
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"The Lean Startup movement is in many ways a simplified version of a core concept in Boydian maneuver warfare: the OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide and Act"
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"The biggest consequence is this: in the waterfall model, execution usually lags vision, leading to a deficit-driven process. By contrast, in working agile processes, running code races ahead, leaving vision to catch up, creating a surplus-driven process"
Probably a useful heuristic for determining what you're operating within
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"The response to new information is exactly the reverse in authoritarian development models. Because such models are based on detailed purist visions that grow more complex over time, it becomes increasingly harder to incorporate new data"
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Iconic “eyeball” based businesses, such as Google and Facebook, turned out to be highly profitable. Businesses which prematurely optimized their business model in response to revenue anxieties limited their own potential and choked off their own growth."
Survivor bias
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Behaviors that would be short-sighted in the context of scarcity become far-sighted in the context of abundance."
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"The principle is the deeper reason autonomy and creativity can migrate downstream to hands-on decision-making. Leaving more decisions for the future also leads to devolving authority to those who come later."
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Resisting limiting visions, finding the most fertile direction, and allying with the right people become the primary challenges."
"Fertile" is multi dimensional and some constraints need to be held constant in order to unlock creativity
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"In its most powerful form, rough consensus is about finding the most fertile directions in which to proceed rather than uncovering constraints."
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Paradoxically, the IETF philosophy of eschewing “kings, presidents and voting” means that rough consensus evolves through strong-minded individuals either truly coming to an agreement, or splitting off to pursue their own dissenting ideas. Conflicts are not sorted out through compromises that leave everybody unhappy. Instead they are sorted out through the principle futurist Bob Sutton identified as critical for navigating uncertainty: strong views, weakly held."
There is an inherent tension in the autocratic approach and agility -- you can only be truly agile and creativity in a medium you know well
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Software though, is a medium that not only can, but must be approached with an abundance mindset. Without a level of extensive trial-and-error and apparent waste that would bankrupt both traditional engineering and art, good software does not take shape."
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20 days ago
Rough Consensus and Maximal Interestingness
"Paper almost qualifies as a medium for true creative abundance, but falls just short."
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20 days ago
Running Code and Perpetual Beta
"Due to their roots in scarcity, lean models at best mitigate the problems caused by waterfall thinking. Truly agile models on the other hand, do more: they catalyze abundance."
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20 days ago
Running Code and Perpetual Beta
"So crucial is the RERO mindset today that many companies, such as Facebook and Etsy, insist on new hires contributing and deploying a minor change to mission-critical systems on their very first day."
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20 days ago
Running Code and Perpetual Beta
"What makes this possible in software is that most software failures do not have life-threatening consequences.4 As a result, it is usually faster and cheaper to learn from failure than to attempt to anticipate and accommodate it via detailed planning (which is why the RERO principle is often restated in terms of failure as fail fast)."
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20 days ago
Running Code and Perpetual Beta
"agile processes drive evolution towards the regimes of greatest operational uncertainty, where failures are most likely to occur"
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20 days ago
Running Code and Perpetual Beta
"When this process works well, what engineers call technical debt can get transformed into what we might call technical surplus"
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20 days ago
Agility and Illegibility
"Architects are prone to it in environments that are richer than one mind can comprehend"
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23 days ago
Agility and Illegibility
"Adopting agile models leads individuals and organizations to gradually increase their tolerance for anxiety in the face of apparent chaos. As a result, agile models can get more agile over time."
from instapaper
23 days ago
This 90-Day Plan Turns Engineers into Remarkable Managers - First Round Review
"What is the unique about each team member and your plan to capitalize on it?
Loftesness has adopted this question from Marcus Buckingham, author of The One Thing You Need to Know, to gauge if a new manager has identified the unfair advantage of each member of her team. Give yourself one minute to name it per person. Next, you should be able to articulate how you plan to capitalize on each talent to help your team win and get them to where they want to go in their career."
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26 days ago
This 90-Day Plan Turns Engineers into Remarkable Managers - First Round Review
"A calendar sequenced by seniority and size. “Each week, I have my meeting with my boss on Monday morning, then my full team meeting on Monday afternoon, and then each 1:1 starting on Tuesday"
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26 days ago
Purists versus Pragmatists
"Every field eaten by software experiences a migration of the creative part from visioning activities to hands-on activities, disrupting the social structure of all professions."
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26 days ago
Purists versus Pragmatists
"Classical engineering fields like mechanical, civil and electrical engineering had already largely succumbed to hands-on pragmatic hacking by the nineties"
Citation please
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26 days ago
Purists versus Pragmatists
"The story of the browser was not exceptional. Until the early 1990s, almost all important software began life as purist architectural visions rather than pragmatic hands-on tinkering."
This is why the modern architects role is to guide technology choices and decisions along globally optimal channels rather then actually make decisions or design things

Also why the microservices principle is so appealing to folks -- a chance to through out all vestige of architecture
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26 days ago
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