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Tetris 99 isn’t just a great twist on a classic — it’s a gameplay revolution | Ars Technica
I put [Tetris 99](https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-switch) on my Switch and you may not hear from me for a very long time. It’s super fun! I never would have thought of a [Battle Royale](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_royale_game) version of Tetris! 🎮
6 days ago
Brandi Carlile - The Joke (LIVE at the 61st GRAMMYs) - YouTube
We've been fans of Brandi Carlile for a while, and this performance at the Grammy's was amazing! 🎶
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7 days ago
Letting neural networks be weird — Candy Heart messages written by a neural network
Good reminder for everyone preparing for machine learning to take over the world. Let's first figure out Valentine's sayings. 😁
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8 days ago
Blockchain and Trust - Schneier on Security
Schneier is very savvy and smart, and this direct takedown of blockchain is to the point. I've gotten more comfortable with the idea that blockchain is a technology solution for trust, but Schneier's arguments for why that simply isn't true are strong. 😳
8 days ago
Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices | Amazon.com, Inc. - Press Room
I use eero devices at home. I always suspected that eero would be purchased by a bigger company. I didn’t think it would be Amazon though.
8 days ago
Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC -- ESPN
I've always enjoyed Bob Costas. I’m not a huge sports person, but Costa's has a way of bringing stories together in a way that is very compelling. The reaction to him speaking out about brain injury issues in the NFL is at best dissapointing.
8 days ago
Coaching Tools - The One on One | Silicon Valley Product Group
This article is written referring to product management, but nearly all of it can be applied to any 1:1 context. This is a topic I keep wanting to investigate as it is not well defined in most companies. Just the statement here referring to 1:1's as a "coaching technique" is a compelling way to frame these sessions.
8 days ago
The Observation Deck » Reflecting on The Soul of a New Machine
Reading this, along with [Jess Fraz's writeup](https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/new-golden-age-of-building-with-soul/) makes me want to go and re-read [Soul of a New Machine](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Soul_of_a_New_Machine) again too! It’s a great book. 📚
8 days ago
Leave Me Alone - Take back control of your inbox
Neat tool to specifically help you with unsubscribing from bulk mail. Sadly it only seems to work with Gmail at the moment. 😴
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8 days ago
Python Itertools: For a faster and memory efficient code – Kanoki
Slick examples of what you can do with Python's `itertools`. 🛠
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8 days ago
Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company
Reflections from the CEO and Founder of [Gumroad](https://gumroad.com) on building the business and the significant ups and downs. He grounds back to delivering value. It seems obvious, but that is really what matters.
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8 days ago
No thank you, Mr. Pecker – Jeff Bezos – Medium
Is "complexifier" a word? If not, I want it to be one. What a bunch of slime ball stuff. Glad Bezos didn’t capitulate.
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8 days ago
Bloomberg London: Workplace of the Future - YouTube
If you find buildings and architecture interesting this is an amazing look at the new Bloomberg London location. The first half was the most interesting to me covering the mechanics of the building. Amazing space. Thanks to [Nick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-swenson-976b7337/) for the link.
8 days ago
The ARPUs of the Big Four Dwarf Everybody Else – Monday Note
These ARPU numbers are amazing.

> For each dollar of digital ad growth between 2011–2018, Google took $1.00, Facebook $3.70, while the NYT took only 32 cents.

😯
11 days ago
Executive coach: 7 secrets to lasting career satisfaction
These seem like worthwhile actions to make sure you are adjusting your trajectory in a thoughtful way.
11 days ago
National Park Typeface
I dig cool little font projects like this. 👏
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12 days ago
Original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial - Papa Barnard - YouTube
I’m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. 📺
14 days ago
Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod
Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the “unmediated” aspect of email. There isn’t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason I’m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).

> These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.

Long live email! 📧
14 days ago
Sheety - Turn your Google Sheet into an API
This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like it’s read only. Reminds me of [datasette](https://github.com/simonw/datasette).
15 days ago
stylelint
Handy tool for helping with CSS.
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16 days ago
Fortnite’s Marshmello concert was a bizarre and exciting glimpse of the future - The Verge
It’s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not *just* games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I don't know. It’s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from [Marshmello](https://marshmellomusic.com) *inside* of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. 🤔
17 days ago
Don't Let the Internet Dupe you, Event Sourcing is Hard - Blogomatano
The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. It’s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.
17 days ago
Snopes pulls out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook – Poynter
Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesn't see value in solving this problem. It’s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isn't an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make API's and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.

> “With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter in a phone interview. “Do you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldn’t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?”

I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.

> “It’s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when it’s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,” Green said. “Our community isn’t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.”

Honestly, Facebook doesn't lack resources to solve this problem.
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17 days ago
How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms
My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. 👍
17 days ago
Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password
This isn’t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.

> Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.

I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. 💸
17 days ago
Have A Few Minutes Of Serious Fun With Bob Mould : All Songs Considered : NPR
I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. I’m looking forward to this new album.
19 days ago
Homebrew 2.0.0
Homebrew makes using your Mac so much easier, and now with support for Linux and Windows 10 Linux subsystem.
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19 days ago
Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library
Robust graphic library with a variety of images for people.
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19 days ago
Lapis - A web framework for Lua or MoonScript powered by OpenResty
I continue to find Lua a bit fascinating, and dig the idea of putting Lua right in the web server.
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19 days ago
Notepin - Extremely simple blogging
Another simple blogging platform. Let's keep these options flourishing!
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19 days ago
Rogue Amoeba - The Design of Loopback 2
This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.
20 days ago
Inspecting JSON Files on iOS with Jayson – MacStories
I have the same use case as Frederico, using iCloud to store state for Shortcuts in JSON files. If you need to deal with JSON on iOS this is a nice tool to do it with.
21 days ago
On Being A Principal Engineer
Great reflections on the breadth of responsibilities that come with being a principal engineer.
21 days ago
Google will stop peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door | TechCrunch
This story as well as the one about Facebook is getting a lot of attention. A number of people have seemed to think that Apple pulled the enterprise certificates because of the privacy issues with these applications. I don't think that has anything to do with it. These certificates are meant to be used to distribute internally developed applications to your employees, not outside your company. That is the reason they pulled the certificates.
21 days ago
Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools — ProPublica
At this point nothing should really surprise us from Facebook right? 🤦‍♂️
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21 days ago
Maze Design
Turns out generating mazes is pretty complex.
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21 days ago
Omni Roadmap 2019 - The Omni Group
Basically finish up what they were hoping to get done in 2018. I do think the JavaScript automation for OmniFocus will be a big deal.
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21 days ago
Lawrence Lessig On What MMOs Can Teach Us About Real Life Politics — Seed
I’m a big fan of [Larry Lessig](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence_Lessig). I had no idea that he was an advisor to Second Life. Seed sounds like SimCity taken to the extreme.
21 days ago
Buttondown
I like seeing new email newsletter platforms popping up that are focused on more grassroots things, versus serving marketing teams. This is a lot more powerful than TinyLetter. Not as powerful as Mailchimp, but it’s also way easier to use. If you are lookin for an easy way to start a newsletter this seems like a good option.
22 days ago
AI Helps Amputees Walk With a Robotic Knee - IEEE Spectrum
This is absolutely brilliant.

> Normally, human technicians spend hours working with amputees to manually adjust robotic limbs to work well with each person’s style of walking. By comparison, the reinforcement-learning technique automatically tuned a robotic knee, enabling the prosthetic wearers to walk smoothly on level ground within 10 minutes.

Use AI to get the computer to adapt to the human faster! 💙
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22 days ago
Michael Tsai - Blog - Malicious Shortcuts
I didn’t think of this but it’s right, it would be really easy to make a shortcut that pulled a copy of all sorts of data from your phone and then had the user send it to you. To be clear, the user would have to willingly go along for the ride. It wouldn't be possible to do this automatically. But you could pretty quickly fool people I would think.
22 days ago
Cronios – tow.com
This is really janky and you have to build it yourself with Xcode but I it’s pretty cool to be able to run a Shortcut on a schedule like cron.
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22 days ago
Stoop for iOS — An Inbox for Newsletters — Tools and Toys
There are a few people who subscribe to this newsletter via Stoop. I haven't tried it, and don't plan to. I don't have a problem routing newsletters to the right spot to read when I have time. I would also be paranoid of putting a company in the middle of the content I’m reading. But, I’m sure some will find this a great option for newsletters.
22 days ago
In WSJ Op-Ed, Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Down to Users and Misses the Point | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I’m a proud supporter of the EFF.

> Zuckerberg ends his op-ed with a call for government regulation codifying the principles of "transparency, choice, and control." But in reality, Facebook is tirelessly fighting against laws that might do just that: it is actively [battling to undermine Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/eff-appellate-court-protect-biometric-privacy) in court, and the Internet Association, of which Facebook is a member, has asked California legislators to [weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/facebooks-latest-scandal-shows-we-need-stronger-privacy-laws), and is pushing for a national law [only if it "preempts" and rolls back those vital state protections](https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/game-rigged-congress-invites-no-consumer-privacy-advocates-its-consumer-privacy).

Follow the money.
22 days ago
How To Be Successful - Sam Altman
Altman does reference getting lucky in this, but I would suggest adding a new "0. Get Lucky". I agree with his recommendations, but those simply tip your odds. You also have to get lucky. 🍀
22 days ago
Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times
I agree with Newport's primary assertion here, that Jobs' would not have wanted a device to become so constantly integrated into our worlds. Mostly I would say that based on his lifestyle. The fact that he didn’t pitch a store and was downplaying third party apps, I suspect, had to do more with Apple not being ready to pursue that strategy at the time.
22 days ago
websocketd
Neat program to route stdin and stdout to an external process and make it accessible via WebSockets! 🛠
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27 days ago
Developer Demos HomeKit’s New Integration with Smart TVs — MacStories
Seriously, of all the devices I'd like to control with HomeKit my TV would be right up there. Controlling inputs would be dynamite. I’m hoping a bunch of companies add this to their TV's with an update! 🤞🏻
27 days ago
Deep links to opt-out of data sharing by 40+ companies – SimpleOptOut.com
What a great resource to quickly get to the controls for privacy improvements at a number of big companies. 👍
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28 days ago
reMarkable | The paper tablet
This is an interesting product. It’s a single purpose tool, which makes me wonder if it could ever really make it, but it is focused squarely on the note taking space. It could work, but the cost is high.
28 days ago
The Tech Revolt — The California Sunday Magazine
Nice stories of individuals in the tech industry focusing on ethical work.
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28 days ago
The U.S. Department of Defense on How to Detect 'Agile BS' - The New Stack
Sort of a funny read from the Department of Defense helping it’s buyers not get duped by shenanigans around agile.

> The Board’s document says its goal is to help program executives and acquisition professionals to spot projects “that are simply waterfall or spiral development in agile clothing.” One attempted hybrid of Waterfall and Agile development has been dubbed “water-Scrum-fall,” but the document warns against imposters trying to claim this is agile development, using the sardonic moniker “agile-scrum-fall”.

🤣
28 days ago
Online privacy Recode podcast interview with McSweeney’s and EFF - Recode
This is a good interview with the director of the EFF and hits on a lot of the great content in the new book they published with McSweeney's. I just ordered a copy myself. There are some great "awakening" stories here about privacy practices online.
29 days ago
Trouble hiring senior engineers? It's probably you - Hiring Engineers
A number of good things to consider in your recruiting for technology professionals in general, not just senior engineers.
29 days ago
Leaders, doing what you're good at hurts your team. - Signal v. Noise
I like this advice.

> Pause. Don’t be so busy. Take stock. Why are you doing those things? Because you like doing them? Because you’re good at them? Or because it’s the best way to move the team forward?

This would be a good thing to include in your regular reflections.
29 days ago
Marie Kondo, Fast Fashion, and the Thrift-Store Boom - CityLab
We've watched a few episodes of Tidying Up, it’s a fun diversion. I will admit it is also inspirational to go through that closet you've been ignoring.

> Another weird thing has been happening, says Susan, who works the front desk: People have been thanking their objects before giving them away. She rolls her eyes.

It’s pretty amazing that could be driving a surge in donations.
29 days ago
Windows, Kubernetes & Azure.pdf - Google Drive
Interesting slides with some pretty bad instances of Azure problems.
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29 days ago
The books I read in 2018 - Signal v. Noise
I like reading peoples reading lists. It’s good inspiration for my own reading.
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29 days ago
Jessie Frazelle's Blog: For the Love of Pipes
When you see technical people hammering away on a Unix prompt and wonder "Why don't they do that with a fancy graphical thing? It’s 2019 after all." this explainer is a good answer to why.
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29 days ago
Talking sense about acronyms, initialisms, abbreviations, and neologisms - without bullshit
The technology industry has to be one of the most severely acronym'd industries out there.

> Abbreviations, initialisms, acronyms, and neologisms are jargon. You want to keep the density of jargon in your writing low to make it as readable as possible. Writing full of unfamiliar jargon is a struggle to parse, and perpetuates the curse of knowledge.

It would do us well to use less of them.
29 days ago
Introducing the Redesigned Twilio Status Page - Twilio
Nice work on their status page and accurately reflecting the dependencies they have on external network providers.
29 days ago
I Mentored Mark Zuckerberg. But I Can't Stay Silent | Time
A pretty comprehensive critique of many things that Facebook does. This is from an early investor, [Roger McNamee](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_McNamee) who has been critical of Facebook for a while. _Reading the article through all of Time's advertisements is a challenge._
29 days ago
Techstars New Health Care Partner: Announcing UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars - Techstars
Target did an effort like this with Techstars and it lasted one cycle and was then shut down. Hopefully this one will have more longevity.
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4 weeks ago
Sprint to Stop Selling Location Data to Third Parties After Motherboard Investigation - Motherboard
Last week I shared a link to the article about [carriers selling location data](https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/i-gave-a-bounty-hunter-300-dollars-located-phone-microbilt-zumigo-tmobile). This activity got a lot of attention from people, and a mere week later Sprint is stopping this practice.
5 weeks ago
You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It | TIME
Apple's Tim Cook making the case that we need Congressional action on privacy online. I like the idea, but I’m skeptical of it happening anytime soon.

> The trail disappears before you even know there is a trail. Right now, all of these secondary markets for your information exist in a shadow economy that’s largely unchecked—out of sight of consumers, regulators and lawmakers.
>
> Let’s be clear: you never signed up for that. We think every user should have the chance to say, “Wait a minute. That’s my information that you’re selling, and I didn’t consent.”

In the meantime I will continue to run software to defend my privacy.
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5 weeks ago
Thinking Different: Keys to Adopting an iPad-First Workflow – MacStories
I've been using an iPad for increasingly more of my stuff at the office for the last couple of years. This statement is so true!

> But moving to the iPad still involves some growing pains. The longer you've used a traditional computer, the harder an iPad transition can be.

I had to radically rethink how I approached many tasks to get it right on iOS. I will say though, there are now a decent number of things that I get great value out of on my iPad in iOS that I simply cannot do on macOS. Shortcuts is a big part of that.
5 weeks ago
More PM Problem Areas | Silicon Valley Product Group
Some areas to look out for development opportunities with product management teams.
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5 weeks ago
Implicit Gender Bias in Startup Funding - Feld Thoughts
I really like the promotion and prevention ideas here, and I like Feld's commentary. This is usable advise that I’m positive I can put to use. 🤔
5 weeks ago
mailtolink.me | markup generator for mailto links
Cool utility to generate a mailto link. These are [handy](mailto:jamie@thingelstad?subject=Mail%20to%20links%20are%20great!&body=What's%20up%3F) and this makes them easy to make.
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5 weeks ago
Nothing Can Stop Google. DuckDuckGo Is Trying Anyway.
I've been using DuckDuckGo for a long time, and this behind the scenes look at the company is pretty great. Via [Leah Cunningham](http://www.cunningleah.com).
5 weeks ago
How Pamela Park became the epicenter of east Edina's teardown trend | Star Tribune
Pamela Park is where we just moved, into one of these new developments. We are on the East side of the park though.
5 weeks ago
What It’s Like to Be A Woman On the Internet – NewCo Shift – Medium
This is a must read to give some perspective to the experience that many women have on the Internet.

> And third, and most importantly, that sometimes being a woman on the internet can be a full-time job. As I mentioned before, my role as a Developer Advocate involves a lot content creation, face-to-face interaction, and requires me to have an online social presence. In the past, I’ve dealt with everything from men commenting on online videos of me saying I should “get a tan”, I’ve been DMed creepy messages on Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram/etc. with messages like “hi”, “nice smile you got there”, and “your beautiful” (I usually respond “ *you’re ”, on that last one), and have even stumbled upon entire forum posts about me and how as a woman with a non-traditional background I’m unqualified to work in tech. Over the last three years, I have learned to brush it off and I almost always “never read the comments” if I know they’re negative (in fact, I have a necklace and pin of the mantra). **But these things add up.**

Awareness of this, followed by action by **men on the Internet**, is important. First step is being aware.
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5 weeks ago
Opinion | You Should Meditate Every Day - The New York Times
More personal stories validating meditating and it’s benefits, particularly with the digital world.

> Then, about four months ago, I brute-forced it: I made meditation part of my morning routine and made myself stick with it. I started with 10 minutes a day, then built up to 15, 20, then 30. Eventually, something clicked, and the benefits became noticeable, and then remarkable.
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> The best way I can describe the effect is to liken it to a software upgrade for my brain — an update designed to guard against the terrible way the online world takes over your time and your mind.

🧘🏼‍♂️
5 weeks ago
Nike's Self-Lacing Adapt BB Basketball Shoe Is Actually Smart | WIRED
Okay, so I started reading this with the thought of "Really, who needs Smart Shoes?" Then, as I read about the technologies it started to make sense to me for a lot of applications. Elderly people that cannot tie their own shoes? Smart shoes that lace themselves sound great! I personally have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for longer than I'd care to think, and I wonder if a Smart Shoe couldn't help me with that. Your feet work hard, maybe some sensor and intelligence could help them? 🦶
5 weeks ago
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