Amazon Agrees to Buy Smart-Doorbell Startup Ring - Bloomberg
$1 billion dollars? Wow, that makes no sense to me. 💰
march 2018
Forde's Tenth Rule, or, "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and ❤️ the State Machine"
Good introduction to state machines and how they are used in programming to deal with complexity. If you are around programmers and have heard state machines referenced this is a good introduction to the concepts and benefits.
march 2018
Erasing history - Columbia Journalism Review
The permanence of digital content is something I think about for personal websites, but I hadn't considered how damaging that intersection could be for newspaper sites. I've supported [Internet Archive](https://archive.org) for years and their mission is to capture and save content. It seems like a good path would be for news websites content management systems to directly archive content into a place like Internet Archive and not rely on the web crawler to capture it.
march 2018
Live Like a Hydra – Thinking Is Hard – Medium
I've read [Nassim Nicholas Taleb](http://www.fooledbyrandomness.com)'s [Antifragile](https://www.amazon.com/Antifragile-Things-That-Disorder-Incerto/dp/1400067820/) but this essay on applying anti fragile concepts to your life is interesting:

> An antifragile way of life is all about finding a way to gain from the inevitable disorder of life. To not only bounce back when things don’t go as planned, but to get stronger, smarter, and better at continuing as a result of running into this disorder.

Thought provoking. 🤔
march 2018
Differential Privacy for Dummies – Roberto Agostino Vitillo's Blog
The first I heard of differential privacy was when Apple started to use the term to describe how they use advanced data techniques to make smart recommendations without reducing privacy. This paper is filled with more math than I can follow, but it explains a bit more about what differential privacy really is.

> Differential privacy formalizes the idea that a query should not reveal whether any one person is present in a dataset, much less what their data are. Imagine two otherwise identical datasets, one with your information in it, and one without it. Differential Privacy ensures that the probability that a query will produce a given result is nearly the same whether it’s conducted on the first or second dataset.

If your working on systems that collect user data and also want to protect privacy this would be a good read.
march 2018
The two mental shifts highly successful people make — Quartz
This is an interesting read and challenges many thought patterns. I like the model it suggests of two shifts, and how different those shifts may be. Give this one a read and reflect on it for a while.
march 2018
Duluth welcomes home golden curlers | Minnesota Public Radio News
🏅 Great to see the Gold Medal US Curling team coming back home to Minnesota! 👏
february 2018
Small b blogging
I like this thought about how to approach blogging.

> Small b blogging is writing things that you link back to and reference time and time again. Ideas that can evolve and grow as your thinking and audience grows.

Personally I think of my blogging activity as being as much or more for me as a way to clarify my thoughts and share learning, and if others dig it that is cool too.
february 2018
programmers-oath: An oath for programmers, comparable to the Hippocratic Oath
I've written a lot about the intersection of programming and ethics. Specifically the idea of a moral oath that programmers should vow to uphold. Here is someone taking an initial attempt to put something like that together. 🤔
february 2018
Oscar Forner's personal website
Honestly [bash](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bash_%28Unix_shell%29) would be in my top 5 most often used tools and I know many people turn there nose to it. This writeup on tooling around bash though, including formatting, listing and unit testing is pretty cool. I had no idea there was a linter for bash!
february 2018
Brave Enough | Jessie Diggins
Fabulous post from Olympic athlete [Jessie Diggins](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_Diggins) on goal setting and her approach to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Thanks to [Leah Cunningham](https://www.linkedin.com/in/leahcunningham/) for the link.
february 2018
Berkshire Hathaway 2017 Annual Report
Warren Buffett's shareholder letter is always a great read. Nea

> The $65 billion gain is nonetheless real – rest assured of that. But only $36 billion came from Berkshire’s operations. The remaining $29 billion was delivered to us in December when Congress rewrote the U.S. Tax Code.

44% of their gain was a result of the tax overhaul. The read on his 10-year "bet" against managed funds is very good (news flash, the index fund won). Plus bonus points for quoting Kipling.
february 2018
Flavors of Engineering Management · [Thinking inside a large box];
Interesting look at some different ways to manage engineering teams. I've always done "Product Team Engineering Manager" structure.
february 2018
Google Cloud Platform Blog: 12 best practices for user account, authorization and password management
Thorough list of things that you need to deal with if you are building an authentication system.
february 2018
Requests-HTML: HTML Parsing for Humans™
A new Python module from [Kenneth Reitz](https://www.kennethreitz.org/projects) of [Requests](http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/#) fame. Reitz designs modules very well and this is worth looking at. Previously, the go to for this thing was [Beautiful Soup](https://www.crummy.com/software/BeautifulSoup/).
february 2018
Things 3 From an OmniFocus and TaskPaper User —Macdrifter
I was very interested to read this. I've been an OmniFocus user since it was in beta, and lately Things 3 continues to get a lot of positive comments. I've considered switching, but I **really** don't want to do that. Switching task managers Is a major pain. This review ultimately came down on Things 3, but I’m going to wait for OmniFocus 3 before I make any decision.
february 2018
Introducing C.A.R.E. – a simple framework for user onboarding - Inside Intercom
Solid set of practices from Intercom on how they do customer onboarding. This is a huge area of focus for SaaS companies, particularly B2C ones.

> As your business grows and gets different types of customers, your onboarding will need to adapt. You’ll never be “finished” working on onboarding. And even your most loyal and active customers need to be continually onboarded to new areas of your product.

You have to adapt these plays in the B2B market but the thinking behind this is what I would attempt to model. 🤔
february 2018
AgileBits Blog | Finding Pwned Passwords With 1Password
It’s awesome to see AgileBits incorporate the [Pwned Password](https://www.troyhunt.com/ive-just-launched-pwned-passwords-version-2/) service from [Troy Hunt](https://www.troyhunt.com) within 24 hours of it being released! Also great that this is going to be incorporated into the Watch Tower capability of 1Password. I’m a big fan of [1Password for Families](https://1password.com/families/). I'd recommend all families use it to share secrets and passwords.
february 2018
Feed43 : Convert web pages into professionally looking RSS feeds
I use feed readers extensively and it’s a bummer when there is a website that doesn't have a feed for what I want. This site allows you to parse the HTML of the page and create an RSS feed from it. This could be handy to have.
february 2018
The #1 reason Facebook won’t ever change – Om Malik
Om's written about tech for longer than most people and I completely agree with his view of Facebook's DNA. The last line says it all:

> Facebook is about making money by keeping us addicted to Facebook. It always has been — and that’s why all of our angst and headlines are not going to change a damn thing.
february 2018
Life on an iPad | The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say
Good assessment on trying to do everything on an iPad instead of a laptop. Still many things that are hard to do, but there are an equal number of things that are easier to do too.
february 2018
Developing SaaS? Forget Scrum, Check Out Kanban and Similar Approaches | On SaaS Products
Thorough overview of one firms approach to shipping their product on a regular basis, and not being overly obsessed with scrum over other methods.
february 2018
Episode 315 | David Hussman - From Success to Fulfillment
Take an hour and listen to this fun podcast interview with my friend [David Hussman](https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-hussman-02144a/). David's chill vibe is a stark contrast to the person doing the interview, but it’s great to hear David's perspective and comments on all of these topics and more about his history and path to where he is now. 🎧
february 2018
Quitting Twitter
Another person reflecting on opting out of Twitter.

> Quitting Twitter has been a genuine quality of life improvement for me. It's as though a dark, heavy cloud of negativity has lifted, and I no longer get worked up about whatever might be the trending shitstorm du jour. I feel more focused and positive, and generally in much better mental health.

february 2018
Be a Pal, My Dudes – Mule Design Studio – Medium
Some very clear and practical tasks that men in the technology field can do to make it a more inclusive and open environment for women. Read this and take action. 👍
february 2018
Stripe Atlas: Software as a Service, as a business
If you are not familiar with [Software as a Service](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_as_a_service) business models and how SaaS companies work this primer from Stripe covers on all the main concepts.

> … we’ll take you through a whirlwind tour of the state of play of SaaS businesses. You should gain a better understanding of the SaaS business model, be able to anticipate whether to sell your product on a low-touch or high-touch model, and be able to evaluate its health and start improving it.
february 2018
Tristan Harris on how Facebook and Twitter bring out the worst in us - Vox
Tristan Harris seems to be the go to interview for any article on the evils of social media.
february 2018
cloudmapper: CloudMapper creates network diagrams of AWS environments
Interesting tool to create a visual diagram of the virtual networks in your AWS environment.
february 2018
The Hyper-Scheduling Experiment — MacSparky
> For the last month, I have been conducting an experiment with more deliberate scheduling of my time. For lack of a better word, I have been calling it hyper-scheduling.

I've tried scheduling with this level of precision and it doesn't work at all for me. But there are a number of other people that I know who swear by this.
february 2018
IBM Java CTO: Devs shouldn't have to learn Docker, K8s, 30 other things to deploy an app • The Register
I couldn't read this article without coming to the conclusion that IBM isn't aware that [go](https://golang.org) exists.
february 2018
Apache OpenWhisk is a serverless, open source cloud platform
> Apache OpenWhisk (Incubating) is a serverless, open source cloud platform that executes functions in response to events at any scale.

Great to see Apache getting into the serverless space with an open source solution.
february 2018
Troy Hunt: I've Just Launched "Pwned Passwords" V2 With Half a Billion Passwords for Download
I use [Have I Been Pwned](https://haveibeenpwned.com/) and am impressed with it. I didn’t realize that the creator of that had done this other project as well, to create a database of bad passwords. Interesting to read about it and how he suggests using it for good.
february 2018
Things 3.4 Brings Powerful New Automation Features and App Integrations – MacStories
Things has now added iOS automation capabilities. If I were not a OmniFocus user, I'd probably be a Things user. The user experience looks great and now with automation capabilities it could do what I want well.
february 2018
Alto’s Odyssey: A sequel to one of our favorite iOS games
Alto's Adventure still is a great game after multiple years on iOS. I got Alto's
Odyssey right away and had fun exploring similar game play in a new scene with some very fun twists. Highly recommend this game for casual entertainment on your phone and iPad.
february 2018
5 Ways to Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap
Some things to think about connecting your companies strategy to execution.

> The companies’ executives eschew conventional wisdom, not for the sake of nonconformity in itself, but because they are focused on the fundamental questions about a company’s strategy, such as: Who do we want to be? What is our chosen value proposition? And they’re just as focused on fundamental questions of execution: What can we do amazingly well that no one else can? What other capabilities do we need to develop? How will we blueprint, build, and scale those capabilities — and put them to use?

Thanks to [Juselly French](https://www.linkedin.com/in/jusellyfrench/) for the link.
february 2018
gitleaks: Searches full repo history for secrets and keys 🔑
Very cool project to aid in identifying secrets that accidentally get added to source code repositories.
february 2018
Norris Numbers
Interesting observations on the size of a codebase and the difficulty for programmers to manage it.

> At DreamWorks we had 950 programs for animators to use, and a line count showed that the larger ones all hovered around 20,000 to 25,000 lines. Beyond that it was just too much effort to add features.
february 2018
Hyrum's Law
> Taken to its logical extreme, this leads to the following observation, colloquially referred to as “The Law of Implicit Interfaces”: Given enough use, there is no such thing as a private implementation.

If you have enough consumers you can’t change anything. This is why eBay's website can’t be changed.
february 2018
Moving a large and old codebase to Python3 – Anders Hovmöller – Medium
Good overview of one companies work to move their Python 2 codebase to Python 3. How they did it and what issues they saw.
february 2018
Why Decentralization Matters – Chris Dixon – Medium
Detailed write up from Chris Dixon connecting decentralization with blockchain.

> The lesson is that when you compare centralized and decentralized systems you need to consider them dynamically, as processes, instead of statically, as rigid products. Centralized systems often start out fully baked, but only get better at the rate at which employees at the sponsoring company improve them. Decentralized systems start out half-baked but, under the right conditions, grow exponentially as they attract new contributors.

I wish I understood better how the blockchain tech would power these apps. I think it’s also possible we can get a decentralized solution on the existing Internet still as well.
february 2018
2018 winning images - Underwater Photographer of the Year
Amazing photographs. Underwater photography is still pretty esoteric since so few people go there. Some very captivating images here.
february 2018
"A JavaScript API for drawing unconventional text effects on the web." Interesting capabilities and fun display, but I noted the fan on my laptop spun up to 100% as I looked at the effects and you could nearly watch your battery drain in realtime.
february 2018
I like what [Brent Simmons](http://inessential.com/) is doing with this project. I’m a big user of feed readers. I use [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com) along [ReadKit](http://readkitapp.com) and [Unread](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/unread-rss-reader/id1252376153?mt=8). Brent has a history with readers [having created](http://inessential.com/apps_ive_made) NetNewsWire in 2002. I also love the story behind the name. 💚

> But the name is a prayer for the open web — may it remain evergreen.
february 2018
Facebook’s “Protect” Feature —Michael Tsai
You'd have to be absolutely bonkers to use Facebook as a VPN service. 🚫
february 2018
I’m not a fan of script typefaces typically but this one is very well done.

> Signato is a font constructed on the basis of the manuscript of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. It is a gift to all independent people celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the restoration of the State.

Also a really cool idea behind it.
february 2018
Bringing the power of AMP to Gmail
Ugh. 🤦‍♂️ This is a horrible idea. [AMP](https://www.ampproject.org) was a bad idea to start with and extending it into email, effectively putting a little website into an email, is a terrible idea for privacy or even just our sanity as advertisers will use this to put all sorts of digital [Jack In The Box](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-in-the-box) traps in our email!
february 2018
New Apps for 2018 – MacStories
I always am curious to hear what apps Viticci is using and I love that he's highlighting some apps to improve himself, reminds me of my article on [apps that make you better](https://www.thingelstad.com/2017/what-apps-make-you-better/). I use [Headspace](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/headspace-meditation/id493145008?mt=8&uo=4&at=1001lxyE&ct=thingelstad_com) and [Streaks](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/streaks/id963034692?mt=8&uo=4&at=1001lxyE&ct=thingelstad_com) as well, and should look at Workouts++.
february 2018
How Apple Plans to Root Out Bugs, Revamp iPhone Software - Bloomberg
Apple realizing that they need to slow down a bit. Articles like this serve as a reminder to me that nobody has this technology thing figured out. The largest sites on the planet go down at times, and one of the worlds leading software companies has to adjust due to market issues. This stuff is all really hard. 💦
february 2018
It’s not very clear what this is attempting to do, but I like the blurb.

> Solid (derived from "social linked data") is a proposed set of conventions and tools for building decentralized social applications based on Linked Data principles. Solid is modular and extensible and it relies as much as possible on existing W3C standards and protocols.

Notable that [Tim Berners-Lee](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Berners-Lee) is involved.
february 2018
Tech’s Ethical ‘Dark Side’: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It - The New York Times
It’s happening! Ethics is coming to computer science curriculums!

> And at Stanford University, the academic heart of the industry, three professors and a research fellow are developing a computer science ethics course for next year. They hope several hundred students will enroll.

This is a much needed facet for people that are developing the software that many people live inside of for significant parts of their days. 👏
february 2018
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 » Nieman Journalism Lab
[Kottke.org](https://kottke.org) defined for many people what a blog is. Now at 20 years old this interview with Kottke is an interesting read.
february 2018
Let's Encrypt Hits 50 Million Active Certificates and Counting | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The web has **50 million* more secure HTTPS endpoints now in part thanks to Let's Encrypt. I continue to believe Let's Encrypt is one of the best things to happen online in the last couple of years. My sites are secured with free certificates from Let's Encrypt. [You should support this](https://supporters.eff.org/donate), even if you aren't publishing content. Securing web sites is important for your privacy and security! 🔐
february 2018
Mall game
Fun and insightful way to show the challenges of managing an American Shopping Mall. Learn by playing!
february 2018
Popcorn Notify
"Send simple emails and text messages from one API." Handy library to have, particularly for utility functions or scripts that automate activities. However, a good reminder that email is not a good way to deal with anything at scale.
february 2018
Let's talk about usernames
If you are writing software for usernames this is an interesting dive into edge cases. If you know programmers and wonder why they are so weird, this is a good illustration of the kind of edge cases that programmers need to readily understand how to predict and then design for. 😳
february 2018
Structured Logging and Your Team | Honeycomb
Some very good best practices to consider when designing how your applications logs. I love the human side of this call to action.

> Teach your code to communicate with your team, and you will reap the benefits for as long as the code lives!

*Teach* and *communicate*. 💯
february 2018
Pre-Order Alto’s Odyssey —Tools and Toys
[Alto's Adventure](http://altosadventure.com) is one of the few iOS games that I still play years after it’s initial release. The game has a Zen feel to it that I really enjoy and the visuals are artful. I already pre-ordered Alto's Odyssey!
february 2018
Why I stopped using roadmaps and switched to GIST instead
I spend a lot of time reviewing roadmaps, identifying how roadmaps connect, exploring what they could be, etc. I have always found the serial, "waterfall-like" format, challenging but time operates in one arrow so why not. This exploration on an alternative, more agile approach, is intriguing.

> The system is called GIST after its main building blocks: Goals, Ideas, Step-projects, and Tasks. Each has a different planning horizon and frequency of change, and may use different tools to track, but together they constitute all the core planning any company and team needs to do.
february 2018
Meeting Blur – Rands in Repose
What a great term! I've experienced this myself on many occasions!

> Meeting Blur. When the number of meetings exceeds your ability to remember what was said by whom, when, and where. Let’s forget for a moment why there are so many meetings2 and focus on your mental state. You’re a bright emotionally intelligent human. You walk into a meeting and have a credible mental profile of each human at the table. Why are they here? What do they want? How do they feel about the topic at hand? All of this information is front of mind and readily accessible.

For me, this is where my trusted GTD system can help. I've also tried to use a note taking system but I've yet to get the return on that that I would like.
february 2018
Take the Power Back – iA
Powerful writing from iA about engaging in the web and our digital platforms with more thought.

> The answer to the passive consumption of trash is the active formulation of questions, the active search for answers and the active work of putting complex knowledge and diffuse feelings into clear words.

This article is a great read if only for the writing.

> Social Media is a mental prison where Facebook exists to make us believe that Google is still open.

That made me laugh 😂 and think at the same time 🤔.
february 2018
A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I’m shocked that I had never read this article. Sadly [John Perry Barlow](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Perry_Barlow), the founder of the [EFF](https://www.eff.org) and the author of this declaration recently passed away. Cory Doctorow has a [very nice remembrance](https://boingboing.net/2018/02/07/walk-in-the-rain.html) of him. From Doctorow:

> Today, Barlow is dead, and his vision is vindicated: the risks Barlow foresaw (along with other EFF founders like [John Gilmore](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gilmore_(activist)) and [Mitch Kapor](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitch_Kapor)) are more imminent than ever; the organization that he started and the movement he kicked off has never been more badly needed.
february 2018
Episode #38 – The Power of Outcome Thinking
I've been thinking about mental focus and also meditation. This recent GTD podcast offered some great color on the topic.

> This talk will reveal just how much the thoughts we hold in our head have the potential to affect the types and qualities of action we take. From athletic performance to prepping for that next big meeting, what we think about while we act can affect how we act.

Plus [David Allen](https://gettingthingsdone.com/meet-david/) is pretty funny in some of his talks.
february 2018
acme.sh: A pure Unix shell script implementing ACME client protocol
ACME is [Let's Encrypt](https://letsencrypt.org/docs/client-options/) protocol for managing encryption certificates. There are a number of clients but one in pure `bash` would make it easy to add certificates in a variety of situations.
february 2018
The Kubernetes Effect
Some interesting learning here on the deeper ways that you can use Kubernetes in your application architecture.

> Kubernetes offers a full set of distributed primitives (such as pods, services, controllers) that addresses the requirements and drives the design of our applications. These new primitives and the platform capabilities dictate the guiding design principles and design patterns we use to implement all future services.

It also highlights the broad surface area of Kubernetes. The points on broad adoption across various platforms are also important to note.
february 2018
The House That Spied on Me
A fun experiment to show what behavioral information your ISP can mine from your families use of Internet of Things devices. I like that they specifically didn’t try to break encryption, this is just basic analysis of data coming out of your home as we adopt more "smart" devices.
february 2018
PocketSprite - Tiny Retro Gaming on your Keychain
A gaming device that is the size of a keychain? Yep! 🎮 This seems really silly but it I love that it exists. 👏
february 2018
The 8 best questions to put on your next one-on-one meeting agenda
Managers spend a lot of time in 1:1 meetings, and company's as a whole spend a lot of time in them. If you have 1,000 employees and managers spend 30 min/week in 1:1 that is nearly $2 million of expense that there is little time spent improving. I’m curious to know how to make that time more effective.
february 2018
How Bikes Will Take Their Revenge on Cars and Help Us Reclaim Our Streets
An interesting take on how the future of "micro-transportation" may look. 🚲 Having recently purchased an [electric Fat Bike](http://defiantbicycles.com) I can attest that it changes the ways you can use a bike and opens up a lot of options. I don't see any way for these models though to deal with climate and the fact that it’s very cold and very hot in some places.
february 2018
Matter. | How to be an effective CTO
I've met [Rajiv Pant](https://www.rajiv.com) many times and have a lot of respect for him as a leader and thinker. I continue to enjoy how he breaks down the keys areas that CTO's need to focus on. 👍
february 2018
Falcon Heavy Test Flight - YouTube
This was all amazing! What a feat for SpaceX.

> When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)---a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel--Falcon Heavy can lift more than twice the payload of the next closest operational vehicle, the Delta IV Heavy, at one-third the cost.

Watching the two Falcon engines **land** nearly simultaneously made me think I was watching a science fiction movie!
february 2018
Billy Mitchell's Direct Feed Recordings are MAME Generated
If you have watched [King of Kong](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0923752/) you know the story of Billy Mitchell. After some incredibly detailed analysis, it seems his records were faked.

> In light of the evidence presented here, I am removing Billy Mitchell's current score of 1,062,800 from the Donkey Kong Forum High Score List.

The Internet is so great. If you find this story interesting, watch the movie! 🎬
february 2018
lcamtuf's blog: Progressing from tech to leadership
Good reflection of one person's journey from individual work in technology to leading a team. I've seen nearly all of these points happen as I've moved in my career and as I've helped others do the same.
february 2018
A GraphQL Primer: Why We Need A New Kind Of API (Part 1) — Smashing Magazine
Good introduction to the problem that [GraphQL](http://graphql.org) is solving and the history of [RPC](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_procedure_call), [SOAP](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOAP) and [REST](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Representational_state_transfer) thus far. I continue to think GraphQL has high applicability to many application. Interestingly I think that REST and GraphQL may find a reason to co-exist for a long time. Make sure to read [part 2](https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2018/01/graphql-primer-new-api-part-2/) of this as well.
february 2018
Web Trend Map 2018 – iA
The web has been consolidating to major corporations, losing sight of some of the original objectives.

> The Web has lost its spirit. The Web is no longer a distributed Web.

There are however sprouts of new activity.

> There seems to be a weak undercurrent of old and young bloggers like us that feel sentimental or curious and want to bring back blogging. Blogging won’t save the world. But, hell, after two weeks now, we can confirm: it feels great to be back on the blogging line.

I have nothing against successful companies online, but there needs to be space for other things. Commercial areas are fine, but I also want parks. Industrial activity is needed, but we need residential areas too. This all applies to the web as well.
february 2018
The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting)
Long article that goes into classifying the different types of network effects that businesses can achieve.

> Our three-year study, which we released recently, shows that nfx are responsible for 70% of the value created by tech companies since the Internet became a thing in 1994. Even though they are only a minority of companies, companies with nfx end up creating the lion’s share of the value.

Understanding if you have a network effect is neat, but the type of network effect is critical to understanding how to take full advantage of it.
february 2018
Mental Noting: Insight Meditation Center
I've been exploring meditation and through that have gotten some exposure to mental noting.

> In contrast to most thinking, noting is not discursive. It does not involve analysis or judgment. Rather, we simply give our current experience a one-word label. For example, upon hearing a sound we note ‘hearing’ without thinking further about the sound. Other common mental notes are ‘seeing’, ‘touching’, ‘feeling’, and ‘thinking’.

I've found this to be an interesting technique and even apply it to thoughts beyond meditation. I’m a novice to be sure at it but the concept is interesting. 🧘‍♂️
february 2018
Stimulus: A modest JavaScript framework for the HTML you already have.
This looks pretty handy. Small and lightweight, very easy to implement.

> Stimulus is a JavaScript framework with modest ambitions. It doesn't seek to take over your entire front-end—in fact, it's not concerned with rendering HTML at all. Instead, it's designed to augment your HTML with just enough behavior to make it shine.
february 2018
inessential: Why Micro.blog is Not Another App.net
I've been a [Micro.blog user](https://micro.blog/jthingelstad) since launch and that is where [my microblog](https://micro.thingelstad.com) is managed. I love this writeup on why micro.blog is architectural not just another social network. It’s actually something fundamentally different.
february 2018
The full-time job of keeping up with Kubernetes
Good dive into the Kubernetes release philosophy and various approaches to keeping up with the pace, or choosing not to.
february 2018
Old School Management Techniques That Still Matter | Robert Blogs Here
> In response to my expert fatigue, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite old school management techniques. Included are the stories of the folks that told me about them.

Some good stuff in here to adopt and fold into your management practices.
february 2018
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