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The Unicode Standard Now Includes CC License Symbols - Creative Commons
This is great to see! I’m a supporter of Creative Commons and perhaps this will raise awareness and adoption.
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2 days ago
Army Corps of Engineers gives options to states facing COVID crush
Lt. Gen. [Todd Semonite](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_T._Semonite), Chief of Engineers. He oozes credibility. This video is like a case study in clear communication from a leader. He uses simple concepts. He has a strong presence, clear grasp of the matters. I’d follow the Lt. Gen. pretty much anywhere. Plus, he gets the title Chief of Engineers? Love that. :-)
4 days ago
The Big Coloring Book of First Avenue - Coloring Books For A Cause
Ordered two of these. Hoping for the best for places like [First Avenue](https://first-avenue.com).
5 days ago
How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event - Zoom Blog
A lot of people are hosting gatherings for friends and communities on Zoom, but are not aware that the default Zoom settings allow attendees to do pretty extensive things like sharing their screen and showing images that you would rather they not. This guide from Zoom shows how to configure an event to protect against malicious actors.
5 days ago
How it Works - LettuceMeet
Super simple alternative to [Doodle](https://doodle.com/en/) for scheduling group events.
6 days ago
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
This resonates with me, and I think calling it what it is, grief, may help.

> Yes, and we’re feeling a number of different griefs. We feel the world has changed, and it has. We know this is temporary, but it doesn’t feel that way, and we realize things will be different. Just as going to the airport is forever different from how it was before 9/11, things will change and this is the point at which they changed. The loss of normalcy; the fear of economic toll; the loss of connection. This is hitting us and we’re grieving. Collectively. We are not used to this kind of collective grief in the air.

I shared with Tammy last week when I was [getting cheeseburgers from one of our favorite places](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2020/03/22/getting-takeout-from.html) that I felt incredibly sad being there. It is usually a busy place, and nobody was there. One other person showed up to get takeout as well. But the streets were really empty. Almost no pedestrian activity, in a normally fairly busy spot in South Minneapolis. I couldn't have named it, but grief is the right word to describe the feeling.
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6 days ago
Full Third-Party Cookie Blocking and More | WebKit
I’m very happy to see WebKit (Safari) continuing to push for individuals privacy. Third-Party cookies serve no good purpose other than tracking you around.

> Cookies for cross-site resources are now blocked by default across the board. This is a significant improvement for privacy since it removes any sense of exceptions or “a little bit of cross-site tracking is allowed

Google is hoping to add this to Chrome by 2022. Just like Do Not Track, expect them to be the last to protect your privacy.
6 days ago
O’Reilly’s events business - O’Reilly Media
O'Reilly hosts some of the most revered technology conferences that exist. This announcement by them is both difficult because of all the people that just lost their job, but also setting the tone for what I think may be the future for events like this.

> Today, we’re sharing the news that we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all future O’Reilly in-person conferences and close down this portion of our business. Without understanding when this global health emergency may come to an end, we can’t plan for or execute on a business that will be forever changed as a result of this crisis. With large technology vendors moving their events completely on-line, we believe the stage is set for a new normal moving forward when it comes to in-person events. We also know we are poised to accept that challenge, having already delivered a version of our Strata event on-line to over 4600 participants last week.

Technology events make sense to go this direction first. Their audience is equipped, and adept at using the tools to have this experience. There will need to be innovation on things like the "hallway track", where you just see people you know, but I for sure know that I would probably attend some of these events if they were virtual as opposed to requiring me to fly there and take all that time.
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6 days ago
Crucial Skills for Crucial Times | Crucial Skills by VitalSmarts
This is a great list of personal recommendations.

> A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. I hope this one helps you develop life patterns that minimize the inevitable and maximize your wellbeing long past the current moment.

💯! I've recently pushed on my #FitByFifty efforts. I've [restarted my long dormant Gratitude Journal](https://micro.thingelstad.com/2020/03/21/ive-rebooted-my.html). I've doubled down on my meditation. This is all great stuff. I have a project in OmniFocus now, it repeats daily, with tasks to "Be My Best Self". Let's do this, and get better through the trials.
6 days ago
Who Would Have Thought an iPad Cursor Could Be So Much Fun? | WIRED
I love that Apple used the introduction of cursor support in iPadOS to not just add a cursor, but to rethink what a cursor should behave like in a touch-based system.
6 days ago
Daring Fireball: The 2020 iPad Pros
The new iteration of iPad Pros look incredible, as usual. This is the new computer. Oh, and it has lidar? How cool is that!
6 days ago
Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 with iPad Cursor Support and Keyboard Improvements, iCloud Drive Shared Folders, and More - MacStories
There are a lot of new things in iOS 14.4. I’m glad to finally see iCloud Drive Shared Folders finally arrive!
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6 days ago
Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide | Serious Eats
Mostly this comes down to you can eat the virus, but you cannot breath it.

> According to multiple health and safety organizations worldwide, including the CDC, the USDA, and the European Food safety Authority, there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 has spread through food or food packaging. Previous coronavirus epidemics likewise showed no evidence of having been spread through food or packaging.

🍽
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6 days ago
WHO launches global megatrial of the four most promising coronavirus treatments | Science | AAAS
Scientists around the world are running at THE PANDEMIC as fast as they possibly can! 👩‍🔬
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6 days ago
Amazon Prime delivery delays are now as long as a month - Vox
Hard to know what the best choice is here. It makes sense to prioritize, but the amount of the delay for other products seems **far greater** than one would have assumed. I could see going from Prime 2-day to something like 4 or 5-day. But months seems exceedingly long for other items.

> For Amazon merchants who sell in categories outside of the ones Amazon currently deems essential, the delivery delays could be problematic.

That is an understatement. If your product is deemed non-essential, regardless of the consumer demand to buy it you are getting nothing.
6 days ago
LibraryThing Is Now Free to All « The LibraryThing Blog
I haven't used this in years, but it’s nice that it is now free to use.
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6 days ago
I Need a Budget, Like, RIGHT NOW | You Need A Budget
Tammy and I have been using [You Need a Budget](https://www.youneedabudget.com/) to manage our personal finances for years. It checks so many boxes that we want in a personal finance product. There are going to be a lot of people working through gaps in income, and struggling to make dollars go farther. I would highly recommend this product and the opinionated approach it has to money as a way to get a better handle on your personal finances.
6 days ago
Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43 | Time
I expect there are going to be so many stories like this.

> Over the next several days, Askini saw her temperature spike and drop dangerously, and she developed a cough that gurgled because of all the liquid in her lungs. After two more trips to the ER that week, Askini was given a final test on the seventh day of her illness, and once doctors helped manage her flu and pneumonia symptoms, they again sent her home to recover. She waited another three days for a lab to process her test, and at last she had a diagnosis: COVID-19.
>
> A few days later, Askini got the bills for her testing and treatment: $34,927.43. “I was pretty sticker-shocked,” she says. “I personally don’t know anybody who has that kind of money.”

I've been pondering if THE PANDEMIC may end up causing American's to rethink how our medical system works. We spend more on medical services than any other country in the world, and we don't have tests, and hospitals don't have protective equipment. It seems impossible to me that we will get on the other side of THE PANDEMIC and still be able to claim, with any sort of credibility, that we have the world's best healthcare system. I've been skeptical of the ability for us to make significant changes to our healthcare system. It would require so much structural change that it seems impossible. But perhaps this experience will either galvanize opinions, or cause so much hardship that it becomes a mandate.
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6 days ago
Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How. - POLITICO
Interesting set of potentials that could become reality after dealing with THE PANDEMIC.
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6 days ago
Day trading emotions | Seth's Blog
Seth Godin again with a look at managing your emotions with THE PANDEMIC going on. I like the analogy of day trading here.

> Just as it’s almost impossible to make a profit as a day trader, it’s difficult to be happy when you day trade emotions.

His recommendation, we act more like investors.

> Long-term contributions matter. Today ends tonight and tomorrow starts again, but we only get one long-term life.

I like it. 🤔
6 days ago
4 Mindfulness Practices That We Need Right Now : zen habits
If you are feeling a little "crispy" with THE PANDEMIC, any or all of these processes will help out, nearly guaranteed. I've been very happy to have a solid, repeatable meditation practice to rely on with this all going on.
6 days ago
Using Tech to Help At Risk Neighbors Shop | MacTech.com
This is built into any modern iPhone, but it’s a great idea to collaborate with neighbors that you might be running errands for. Everyone stays completely isolated, but you can still help out. Great recommendation!
6 days ago
Apple cuts streaming quality of Apple TV+ in Europe — Apple World Today
With so many people staying in their homes, and the increase in HD quality all the way to 4K video, we can saturate the Internet. Very high resolution video takes a lot of bits.
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6 days ago
The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming | WIRED
Thorough article by someone that knows the world of THE PANDEMIC well. Interviewed by [Steven Levy](https://stevenlevy.com), who I’m a big fan of.
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6 days ago
Netflix Creates $100 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund – Variety
It’s great to see Netflix putting some dollars to help those that make the entertainment industry run.

> Netflix has created a $100 million relief fund to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed and without a way to earn an income during the coronavirus crisis. The streaming giant said the bulk of the funds will go toward supporting laid-off crew members.

👏
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6 days ago
Calm also has a coefficient | Seth's Blog
There is a lot of stuff out there to be anxious about. I like Seth Godin's read on thinking about calm too.

> And Twitter? Twitter has been engineered to maximize panic. **Calm is penalized, panic is amplified.** And if you are hanging out in real life with people who spend a lot of time on social media and news sites, you’ve invited all of those people into your circle as well.

The emphasis is mine. It made me think about what activities I am engaging in each day, and how they fall on that calm v. panic scale.
6 days ago
Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance - Tomas Pueyo - Medium
Tons of detailed scenarios on how Coronavirus could spread around the world.
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6 days ago
SPS hosts Girl Scouts to encourage STEM | SPS Commerce
This was just posted and the event was a couple of weeks ago, which now literally seems like another world. But we will still continue to do outreach like this and figure out how to help our communities! This event is a particularly great one.
12 days ago
COVID-19: How to Manage Remotely with Confidence | Leadership Freak
A lot of managers are jumping into the deep end doing remote management right now. This is a quick and to the point article highlighting some key tactics to do remote management well.
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12 days ago
PagerDuty Is for People: Supporting Our Community During COVID-19 | PagerDuty
PagerDuty is working hard to expand their adoption beyond their traditional technology space. Moving to real-time operations is a smart move, and I think there are likely a number of business processes that you can make better using a service like PagerDuty.

> In an effort to help companies, large and small, across industries transition to distributed work during the coronavirus crisis, we are offering six free PagerDuty licenses for six months for any business that isn’t already on PagerDuty. Our platform enables businesses to schedule a team of on-call responders, and to help them automatically find, troubleshoot, and rapidly solve any problems that could hurt their ability to serve customers.

It’s great to see them making it free for new companies as we all have to deal with critical functions during the pandemic. They also shared some examples of [how they use PagerDuty for emergency response](https://www.pagerduty.com/blog/using-pagerduty-emergency-response/).
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12 days ago
Daring Fireball: Super Wednesday
In a regular world this would be huge news, but given the pandemic this is a simple press release. The new MacBook Airs look really great. I do most of my work on one and I love the size and weight, but they do get bogged down if you put too much load on them. The new iPad keyboard looks amazing too.
12 days ago
Here’s how the iPad’s new trackpad actually works - The Verge
This new pointer support in iPadOS looks pretty awesome. I feel like this may be a huge change in productivity for iPad users, particularly for productivity work.
12 days ago
The Deep Life: Some Notes - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
There are many models for thinking about our "purpose". I like Newport's framing here.

> The tricky part in cultivating a deep life, of course, is figuring out what things matter. This will differ between different people. I strive to divide my focused attention among four categories:
>
> - **community** (family, friends, etc.),
> - **craft** (work and quality leisure),
> - **constitution** (health), and
> - **contemplation** (matters of the soul).

🤔
12 days ago
Skill Stacking: Instead of Mastering One Skill, Build a Skill Set
This skill stacking concept could easily be embodied by that same idea of earning merit badges. I like the approach.

> Take time to figure out what skills you have right now and what you can learn in the future to take you in a direction that is right for you and your interests. Everyone can benefit from skill stacking.

In addition to creating an inventory of your skills (badges), you should also identify what badges are needed for the things you want to do going forward.
12 days ago
How to Stay Healthy When You Work From Home | Elemental
I've worked from home most of this week, and it’s new for me. I've already realized that I need to start doing many of the things in this article. Most notably, moving more.

> The golden rule, according to Cinkay, is to get up every hour and move — go to the bathroom, walk around the room, stretch, get a drink of water or a snack.

Being in an office, and having a job that is mostly meetings, insures that I move most days every 30 minutes or every hour just to get from one room to another. When you do that all on video, you replace that walking with clicking out of one meeting, and joining into another. You don't need to move at all. You need to schedule stretch breaks in to keep your body energized!
12 days ago
Apple announces new iPad Pro with trackpad support and a wild keyboard cover - The Verge
Deeper dive on the new iPad. I’m a big fan of the current iPad lineup and the improvements coming in iPadOS.
12 days ago
Infographic: The History of Pandemics, by Death Toll
Okay, first, this infographic is using 3D effects and far too much design which has the [Edward Tufte](https://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/) voice in my head being very skeptical about the data. But let's ignore that for a moment, and just observe the Bubonic Plague.
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12 days ago
Mary Dash’s Writing Tips | plainlanguage.gov
This is a phenomenal set of writing tips. I love the examples as well! I love the breakdown of Active and Passive voice and Gobbledygook! Great advice. 👏
12 days ago
Working from home – things no one talks about
Some good practical tips for teams new to remote working.
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12 days ago
How To Recover When The World Breaks You – RyanHoliday.net
This last week I have valued my meditation practice. I realize this is about stoicism, but there is some very similar thinking here. It’s been a hard week to practice being present. When there is chaos, it’s an escape to live in the future that you can control.

> Stoicism is there to help you recover when the world breaks you and, in the recovering, to make you stronger at a much, much deeper level. The Stoic heals themselves by focusing on what they can control: Their response. The repairing. The learning of the lessons. Preparing for the future.

I like the conclusion of this, to allow the world to break you, but not ruin you. You can only control how you respond and engage.
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12 days ago
A few very dumb COVID-19 corporate messages - without bullshit
So many companies have, in many cases I suspect for the first time, had to get messages to their customers regarding Covid-19. I like this framework of what to communicate.

> Unless you’re the spokesperson for the CDC or a state governor, don’t try to reassure people in the midst of a pandemic. That is not the job of a company.
>
> If you have nothing to say, say nothing.
>
> If you have a message with something of substance to say about safety or security, share it — but stick to the actual facts, not weaselly reassurances about “deep cleaning.”

If you provide an important service, let people know in real terms that you will be able to continue to provide it. You should be leaving your customer with confidence.
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12 days ago
A Few Small Things You Can Do as a Leader – Rands in Repose
Simple, easy things for managers to do during times of crisis like this.
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12 days ago
The conversation | Seth's Blog
Seth Godin's calling us to consider not just translating the exact same process that we have had in our office as we work remote, but instead think of how we can try something very different. I love this example!

> A standard zoom room permits you to have 250 people in it. You, the organizer, can speak for two minutes or ten minutes to establish the agenda and the mutual understanding, and then press a button. That button in Zoom will automatically send people to up to 50 different breakout rooms.
>
> If there are 120 people in the room and you set the breakout number to be 40, the group will instantly be distributed into 40 groups of 3.
>
> They can have a conversation with one another about the topic at hand. Not wasted small talk, but detailed, guided, focused interaction based on the prompt you just gave them.
>
> 8 minutes later, the organizer can press a button and summon everyone back together.
>
> Get feedback via chat (again, something that’s impossible in a real-life meeting). Talk for six more minutes. Press another button and send them out for another conversation.
>
> This is thrilling. It puts people on the spot, but in a way that they’re comfortable with.

I just used this breakout function this week for the first time and I thought it worked really well. It was for a training. Using it for other types of "conversations" is really interesting. And it’s something you cannot do in a normal, in-person meeting!
12 days ago
Steve Blank The Virus Survival Strategy For Your Startup
Specific advice for startups, but themes that can be used for any business.
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12 days ago
The (only) three corporate messages that make sense right now - without bullshit
Good, practical advice on what companies should be communicating during the pandemic.
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12 days ago
Leading in Challenging Times
Yes, this.

> Authenticity and transparency with warmth and emotional sincerity – that’s a recipe for leadership success in scary times.

👏
12 days ago
Timeline: Trump's coronavirus statements - The Washington Post
Everyone needs to remember this timeline. The epic failure of the Federal Government to take Coronavirus seriously is going to result in more lives lost, and significantly deeper economic losses. Lies need to have repercussions.
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12 days ago
Students Can Respond to Daily Writing Prompts, Inspired by The New York Times, at Home for Free - The New York Times
This is a great activity for older kids that are at home now. Mazie has decided to participate in some of these.
15 days ago
Resources for learning from home during COVID-19 school closures | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
This is a great set of resources for all the parents that are suddenly finding themselves home schooling their children with the Covid-19 school closures.
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15 days ago
Creating predictability and stability in times of rapid change | Lara Hogan
Hogan's writeup here is spot-on for what many people are going through in the workplace.

> The advice I share in that post is (I hope) still useful during this wild time, but there’s one new thing I want to call out: in addition to our needs around physical safety, **our [BICEPS core needs](https://www.palomamedina.com/biceps) are also threatened right now**. So let’s talk about what we can do for ourselves, and for those around us, to help address those core needs.

This BICEPS model is new to me, but it seems to fit the given situation really well. I can see this being very helpful to diagnose what may be causing some people to feel "off" or disconnected in some way that they may even not be aware of themselves. 👏
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15 days ago
ongoing by Tim Bray · Eventing Facets
The table at the end of this is a great resource to find an eventing system that meets the needs of your solution.
15 days ago
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve” - Washington Post
The visuals in this article do a good job showing why the social distancing efforts are so important to lower the growth curve of Covid-19.
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16 days ago
How (some) good corporate engineering blogs are written
We took a run at doing this and struggled to get momentum around it. I share the observations made here that many (most?) of these are not all that great.

> At a high-level, the compelling engineering blogs had processes that shared the following properties:
>
> - Easy approval process, not many approvals necessary
> - Few or no non-engineering approvals required
> - Implicit or explicit fast SLO on approvals
> - Approval/editing process mainly makes posts more compelling to engineers
> - Direct, high-level (co-founder, C-level, or VP-level) support for keeping blog process lightweight

It’s great to see some common practices for the good ones. ✍️
19 days ago
Wondering What to Write? There’s a Prompt For That. - Day One
Interesting approach to making journaling easier, particularly for starting out.
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19 days ago
How to Be There for a Dying Friend | Crucial Skills by VitalSmarts
Practical advice for something that I find, and I’m guessing a lot of people fine, very difficult. I've sadly lost a couple of friends and I really struggled with this.
19 days ago
The Brave Browser is Brilliant
Deeper dive on some of the less obvious features of the [Brave](https://brave.com) browser.

> The focus of this article is on the other feature of Brave that distinguishes it from other web browsers: its built-in advertising network and Ethereum-based crypto token exchange system.

I know some very smart folks that use Brave and have for a long time. If I weren't so comfortable and happy with what Safari gives me on every device, along with various privacy blockers I use with it, I might make the switch. If you are using Chrome? Give Brave a go.
19 days ago
More Evidence of Facebook's Negative Impact - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
I’m not sure we need more evidence of this, but why not.

> Personal impacts were measured with online surveys administered at regular intervals. To summarize the paper’s main findings:
>
> > “Life satisfaction significantly increased, and depressive symptoms significantly decreased. Moreover, frequency of physical activity such as jogging or cycling significantly increased, and number of daily smoked cigarettes decreased. Effects remained stable during follow-up (three months). Thus, less time spent on Facebook leads to more well-being and a healthier lifestyle.”

Delete your account and you'll be happier and have more time for other things. What is the downside?
19 days ago
Things Debuts Modernized Apple Watch App - MacStories
Major rebuild of Things for watchOS. I’m not a Things user, but I like to see this investment. Sync without phone is a huge deal!

> Starting today, Things for Apple Watch depends on Things Cloud for its syncing. With a free Things Cloud account, which most Things users will already have, the Watch client now gets its data directly from the cloud rather than relying on its iPhone companion; you’ll see this in action thanks to a helpful cloud icon that indicates syncing is in progress.

Your turn now OmniFocus team. The OmniFocus watchOS app has gotten little to no attention. I'd love to be able to do more with OmniFocus on my watch.
19 days ago
The infinite scroll - Columbia Journalism Review
Humorous and cutting essay on the sad state of advertising on so many media website.
19 days ago
Dialup
I seriously had to look at this multiple times to figure out if it was an April Fool's joke or something, but it isn't. It’s real.

> Dialup is a voice-chat app that connects you serendipitously to the people you want to stay in touch with.

Essentially it’s a sort of social network that coordinates telephone calls?
19 days ago
The History of the URL
I love deep dives like this.
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