How to Use Static Type Checking in Python 3.6 – Adam Geitgey – Medium
Perhaps now some of the type safety arguments can be put to rest for Python? This is a good add, and I like the syntax.
april 2018
Palantir Knows Everything About You
Interesting article that highlights Palantir, a company that originally started by servicing defense and government functions, and the spying it can enable.

This tidbit was amazing to me, but made sense when I thought about it for a while. Combine municipal camera systems with this facial data from drivers license and you can monitor people at scale.

> Tapping databases of driver’s license and ID photos, law enforcement agencies can now identify more than half the population of U.S. adults.

We are dealing with systems that will change how we behave -- constantly being surveilled.

> JPMorgan’s experience remains instructive. “The world changed when it became clear everyone could be targeted using Palantir,” says a former JPMorgan cyber expert who worked with Cavicchia at one point on the insider threat team. “Nefarious ideas became trivial to implement; everyone’s a suspect, so we monitored everything. It was a pretty terrible feeling.”

I've read a bit about how companies are using video feeds along with machine learning to monitor employees. I’m guessing that is all very entry level and basic compared to what state of the art is.
april 2018
Drafts 5: The MacStories Review – MacStories
An incredibly detailed, almost book-length review of the new version of Drafts. Drafts is one of those iOS apps that scales down and up. You can use it very simply to capture text quickly, as well as build incredibly powerful workflows around it. If you find yourself wishing for a powerful way to deal with snippets of text, this review will help you understand what Drafts can do.
april 2018
Training Partners | superteam
My friend Jim writing about running with his running group, and with his Dad. Made me want to go out and run. 🏃‍♂️
april 2018
For Everyone - PagerDuty Security Training
PagerDuty is making their internal security training available to everyone. Cool idea and a great way to give back.
april 2018
Whimsical | The Visual Workspace
Very impressive collaborative flowchart tool. This seems like it would have a lot of potential.
april 2018
A serverless open-source solution to run a status page. It’s a little simple as-is, but this is something that a serverless structure could make more sense for.
april 2018
Facebook Uses Artificial Intelligence to Predict Your Future Actions for Advertisers, Says Confidential Document
Oh great, another vector that Facebook can use to monetize you, based on things you haven't even done yet.
april 2018
Opinion | Don’t Fix Facebook. Replace It. - The New York Times
This article caught my attention because the author is [Tim Wu](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Wu). Wu wrote [The Master Switch](https://www.amazon.com/Master-Switch-Rise-Information-Empires/dp/0307390993/), which is still one of my favorite books to understand net neutrality and the attempts over many years to achieve vertically integrated media companies.
april 2018
How to give feedback effectively: A guide for managers — Quartz at Work
Five very good aspects to keep in mind to give better feedback. Good advice for any person manager, and in fact, anybody in the workplace.
april 2018
Highlights from CodeDay 2018 Minneapolis & Toronto at SPS Commerce | SPS Commerce
We have hosted CodeDay two years now at SPS, and this year we expanded to Toronto. Check out the video, this is a great way for us to give back to the communities we are in. 🙌
april 2018
Stream | API for Scalable News Feeds & Activity Streams
Interesting service to be the back end of activity streams for various products. I don't know that I've seen a product put code snippets right on their front page! They know who their audience is.
april 2018
Instagram Looks Like Facebook’s Best Hope - Bloomberg
Remember, Instagram == Facebook.

> Most Instagram users are unaware of all this. The service is widely seen as an escape from Facebook, so Instagram has to tread carefully to protect the app’s reputation.

If your concern with Facebook is privacy, Instagram isn't a place to solve that. If your issue with Facebook is something else than maybe it’s fine. I'd recommend using something like [micro.blog](https://micro.blog) to publish your own photos.
april 2018
Wavelength for Micro.blog | Manton Reece
I really like what Manton Reece is doing around micro.blog, and now pulling in a native podcasting capability opens up another avenue for people to express themselves independent of big tech platforms. 🎧
april 2018
The best text editor for macOS – The Sweet Setup
I’m sticking with [Sublime Text](https://www.sublimetext.com/) as my editor of choice but it is interesting to read about [Atom](https://atom.io/) and it’s model for extensibility. I agree with this writeup about [BBEdit](https://www.barebones.com/products/bbedit/). It is historically great, but if you don't know it I don't think I would be investing in learning it due to the lack of extensibility. ⌨️
april 2018
Johnny Cash: American Recordings Album Review | Pitchfork
I so distinctly remember getting this CD when I was in college and being instantly transfixed by it. 🎶

> Cash is listening. He thinks Rubin wears clothes that “would have done a wino proud,” but he likes his individualism, and he knows that his own back is against the wall. So he goes to the hills above the Sunset Strip. He sits down in Rubin’s living room and plays songs that mean something to him, just him and his guitar, and Rubin rolls the tape. In three days, they’ve got north of 30 songs. Cowboy songs, folk songs, and old songs figure heavily. You know, songs about God, murder, trains, and everything else that makes America.

I loved reading the back story on this. I think the amazing thing about the Cash / Rubin collaboration is it cemented Johnny Cash concretely in multiple generations. How many artists ever do that? Not many.
april 2018
Amazon spent nearly $23 billion on R&D last year - Recode
Amazon spent 2x as much as Apple in R&D? They spent nearly 2x more than all of the other companies. Wow. 😲
april 2018
Productivity - Sam Altman
I love the direct, to the point, writing in this. I also like that Altman's advice is very pragmatic and not just on doing stuff, but also looking at sleep and nutrition.
april 2018
Don’t Give Away Historic Details About Yourself — Krebs on Security
🔒 Interesting that bad actors are using silly social games to collect information on people that can then be combined with compromised passwords to answer security questions! Personally I always fill these security questions with random words, generated by [1Password](https://1password.com) and stored there. I use words since you sometimes have to speak these over the phone. Never share the same answers, and they are random.
april 2018
JS - Blog - GraphQL Best Practices
Highlights on things to watch out for when using GraphQL.

> For me personally, the thing that astounds me about GraphQL isn't just the awesome technical solutions it enables, but also the organizational impact of a more decoupled environment where teams can develop independently of one another and focus more on upholding public contracts rather than knowing too much about internal implementations.
april 2018
Thank you for making 10 years of GitHub possible
This is a fun reflection on the first 10 years of GitHub.

> For 10 years, you’ve shared, tinkered, and built on GitHub from all around the world. Before we head into the next decade, we’ve collected some of our favorite moments and milestones—just a few of the ways you’ve pushed software forward.

The impact that GitHub has had on open-source, and coding practices in general is amazing. There are many services that exist today that would not if [git](https://git-scm.com) and GitHub were not created. Let's hope that GitHub stays in good hands.
april 2018
The Nintendo Switch's Parental Controls Are Amazing
I hadn't dug into the Switch Parental Controls but this article caught my eye so I did. Using a completely separate app that a parent installs on their smartphone to manage the switch is a very good idea, and enables a bunch of additional use cases. 👏
april 2018
Farewell Social Media | James Shelley
Thoughtful writing on opting out of social media entirely.

> I’m out. There are many things I hope to do while I am alive… trying to convince somebody’s advertising algorithm to pay attention to me is not one of those things. Multiply this conviction by the sense that spending time on social media is a suboptimal use of time that comes at the expense of things I truly care about and leaving seems evermore desirable. Just one life to live: I refuse to be a collateral pawn in someone else’s attention war.

april 2018
Database Flow
Interesting to see this providing GraphQL endpoints to databases.

> Database Flow is an open source self-hosted SQL client, GraphQL server, and charting application that works with your database. Visualize schemas, query plans, charts, and results. You can run Database Flow locally for your own use, or install to a shared server for the whole team.

april 2018
Back to Basics: Coffee Brewing Methods & Gear — Tools and Toys
☕️ Very nice overview of coffee fundamentals.

> I thought I’d put together a “back to basics” guide on coffee brewing. We’ve certainly covered this topic in a number of ways, so think of this guide as a compilation/remix of all that information.

I would agree with everything in here. It doesn't address the next level topics on espresso, but this is a good starter for doing coffee well.
april 2018
The Decemberists - Full concert (4/7/18 at Palace Theatre in Saint Paul, MN) - YouTube
I really like [The Decemberists](http://www.decemberists.com), and the show we saw last weekend was recorded in full and is on YouTube. Not sure how long this will be up there, but it was a stellar show. 🎶
april 2018
Troubleshooting kernel crashes under pressure
This is a fun read if you are curious to know what it feels like to be debugging a production problem on a major web property in the heat of the moment. This would have been a tricky one to track down. 🐛🔍
april 2018
Radio Silence | Network monitor and firewall for Mac
I like the simplicity of this app. I have long felt that I should be using [Little Snitch](https://www.obdev.at/littlesnitch) to keep applications on my computer from doing things I don't like. Little Snitch is really complicated though, and Radio Silence has a much simpler interface. I’m giving this a try on the free trial.
april 2018
Trump’s Campaign Said It Was Better at Facebook. Facebook Agrees - Bloomberg
Wow — **5.9 million** different versions of ads? That is incredible.

> Trump ran 5.9 million different versions of ads during the presidential campaign and rapidly tested them to spread those that generated the most Facebook engagement, according to the paper. Clinton ran 66,000 different kinds of ads in the same period.

Independent of the politics, you should assume that whatever advertising message you are getting on the Internet you *may* be the only one getting it, and it may be targeted to take advantage of specific information known only about you. Also, run an ad blocker. I use [1Blocker](https://1blocker.com).
april 2018
Halide, Darkroom and Rekindling Photography as a Hobby - the candler blog
I've been slow to adopt RAW photography on my iPhone, even though I did **all RAW** photography on my Canon 5D Mark II. I didn’t realize how well Halide and Darkroom were working together. I bought and setup both of them and love the power it gives me on my phone. Beware though, fiddling with RAW photos eats up battery quick.
april 2018
A radical proposal to keep your personal data safe | Richard Stallman | Opinion | The Guardian
I really want to like [Stallman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman)'s perspective on privacy, but I find his positions to be disconnected from reality. I once got the opportunity to have lunch with Stallman when he was in Minneapolis and I asked him how his positions extended to services over the web. He flatly just said he doesn't use them because it’s not free open source software. I insist that there must be a position in the middle, as Stallman's view is not workable.
april 2018
Instagram suddenly chokes off developers as Facebook chases privacy | TechCrunch
I know a lot of people that worry about Facebook but don't seem to worry at all bout Instagram. Remember, Instagram is owned by Facebook. Use at your own risk. I won't use Intagram as their Terms of Service take ownership and give them all rights to repurpose all of your photos for any use they want, including selling them. Gross.
april 2018
Introducing 1Password Business —AgileBits Blog
This new service makes total sense from AgileBits. 1Password for Teams and 1Password for Families are great services, but were designed for small groups of people. This new service adds a number of features to work for very large groups of people. I continue to be very happy with 1Password.
april 2018
Anchors Reciting Sinclair Propaganda Is Terrifying in Unison
This is why we shouldn't have single entities controlling what appear to be a distributed channel of media. It appears locally sourced, but that isn't necessarily true. The video showing the various anchors saying the same thing is worrisome.
april 2018
Our Favorite Board Games for Adults: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Some favorites of mine on here. It’s affirming for me to see Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride listed as easier than Catan. I've never really gotten the hang of Catan, but the others I completely get. Good gift ideas here. 🎁
april 2018
Episode 4: @patrickrhone
My friend [Patrick Rhone](https://micro.blog/patrickrhone) was featured on Micro.blog's Micro Monday podcast. As always, very insightful comments on the philosophy of software and services and why he authors his content where he does. 👏
april 2018
How Do You Make or Maintain Friends? Put in the Time. | Psychology Today
Making friends takes time. It’s interesting to see it quantified to such a granular level.

> He found that it took about 50 hours of interaction to move from acquaintance to casual friend, about 90 hours to move from casual friend to friend, and more than 200 hours to qualify as a best friend.

Now you know why it was so easy to make friends when you were in the college dorm with nothing else to do.
april 2018
Announcing the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service —Cloudflare Blog
Cloudflare continues to impress me and I love what they have done with this new DNS service. A long time ago I used OpenDNS but stopped using it when I realized they were selling data on your DNS queries. You should know that your ISP is doing that already. Comcast is looking at DNS queries to profile the services used in your house and then target advertising to you. Using a safe, secure and private DNS service is a very good idea. 👏
april 2018
The Critical Missing Piece of DevOps…And How to Find It | AWS Cloud Enterprise Strategy Blog
Great article highlighting the challenges between vertical and horizontal alignment of work. One view of DevOps would leave no central service to manage processes. This is maybe okay in a very small organization, but fails very quickly. Another view suggests everything should be done horizontal via SOP and escalations, completely devoid of the benefits of DevOps thinking. The right answer is to do a bit of both, and take the best parts of each. That is possible.
april 2018
The Shallot 2018
The 2018 edition of a tech focused satire paper in the spirit of [The Onion](https://www.theonion.com). Great with by [David Hussman](http://davidhussman.com) and friends. 🤣
april 2018
The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader
This is an important read. 👓

> Absentee leaders are people in leadership roles who are psychologically absent from them. They were promoted into management, and enjoy the privileges and rewards of a leadership role, but avoid meaningful involvement with their teams.

This is why you your personal engagement as a leader is so important. If you are not engaged, you **cannot** possibly be a leader. If you ever feel disconnected from the mission of your work, as a leader you should step aside.
april 2018
Earth’s Wonders Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before – Planet Stories – Medium
Very cool satellite imagery of a number of cities and mountain ranges. Satellite images but at an angle so you can see the topography,
april 2018
I love this idea. Feed discovery is one of the bigger challenges of the open web. 👍

> Welcome to feedBase, which as its name implies, a database of feeds. I'm asking people who read my blog to upload their OPML subscription lists, so we can mash them together and produce a graph of users and feeds that you can walk, learn from, and discover new feeds to subscribe to.

I [signed up and uploaded my OPML](http://feedbase.io/?username=thingles) to see how it works. I like this, but think it is probably a bigger project than Winer may be envisioning.
april 2018
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica - Schneier on Security
Schneier is absolutely right to highlight that Facebook is not the *only* company doing pretty unsavory things with your data. Put this as a perfect example for why I believe you need to use a content blocker in your web browser. Surfing the web without a content blocker is like trying to deal with email with no spam protection.
april 2018
RSS Readers Are Due for a Comeback: Feedly, The Old Reader, Inoreader | WIRED
I’ve never left the feed reader world and am a very happy user of Feedbin. This article is a good overview of the RSS ecosystem and various services. Feed discovery is still the biggest issue here. Innoreader helps with that, and I’m curious how Dave Winer’s new feedbase project works out.
april 2018
Back to the Blog - Dan Cohen
I'd love to see more of my friends go back to their blogs. Some nice perspective on doing that.
march 2018
42nd and Vanderbilt
Photographer Peter Funch took photos at the same intersection in New York from 2007 to 2016. The photos are interesting as is the observations of the people that are in them. The introduction is a good read. 📷
march 2018
Under Armour Says 150 Million MyFitnessPal Accounts Hacked - Bloomberg
Another massive breach. This should be yet another reminder that adopting strict password hygiene, and **never** using the same password on multiple sites is critical.
march 2018
Really Friendly Command Line Intro - Hello Web Books
If you see people doing magical things by typing commands on the command line of their machine but have no idea what they are doing this is a good article to learn more.
march 2018
Daring Fireball: Are There Any Tetris Games for Mac?
I’m with Gruber on this. Quinn was a fabulous, simple and very elegant Tetris game for the Mac. There is currently no Tetris for the Mac. How is that better for Tetris?
march 2018
Textile Facebook Parser
Nice utility to take your exported Facebook data and get the pictures back in a way that is usable.
march 2018
How I Erased 5000+ Facebook Comments and Likes
This is neat, although I don't know why people bother doing this. Does anyone really believe that Facebook deletes things when you send a delete command? I feel with near certainty that it simply sets the information into a hidden state, not deleted. Seems like a waste of effort.
march 2018
The 1Password 7 Beta for Mac Is Lit and You Can Be, Too | AgileBits Blog
I’m a big fan of 1Password and we have a family subscription to keep all of our personal and shared secrets manages. This new version looks really nice with some nice usability improvements and great integration with services like Have I Been Pwned.
march 2018
Heart Rate Variability (HRV): What is it, and why does the Apple Watch track it? | iMore
I find it very impressive what the Apple Watch can detect from heart rate information. This is all just getting started too.
march 2018
Using Ethics In Web Design — Smashing Magazine
I wasn't expecting a comprehensive and well reasoned perspective on ethics in web design from Smashing Magazine but here it is. I like the thought and detail that has been put into this, and applaud them considering ethics in the design. 👏
march 2018
Notion – The all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases.
This looks like an interesting all-in-one solution for small groups of people working together.
march 2018
Troy Hunt: The Legitimisation of Have I Been Pwned
Interesting background from the creator of Have I Been Pwned that specifically talks about the very grey area that this service runs in, but how it has started to provide very real, valuable capability for people.
march 2018
Delete Facebook. Permanent Account Deletion.
Step by step directions to help you walk through the complicated process of deleting your Facebook account. 🏅
march 2018
Run less software - Inside Intercom
Nice reminder when building systems that less is more.
march 2018
Making Slides
Great overview of giving engaging and effective presentations. Nearly everything in this is worth thinking about.
march 2018
The Missing Building Blocks of the Web – Anil Dash – Medium
Anil Dash with a look at the components of the web that we've forgotten about over time.

> At a time when millions are losing trust in the the web’s biggest sites, it’s worth revisiting the idea that the web was supposed to be made out of countless little sites. Here’s a look at the neglected technologies that were supposed to make it possible.

Simple core concepts that we should embrace.
march 2018
Steve Jobs on privacy, Steve Jobs at the D8 Conference (Video) - YouTube
I hadn't ever heard this Steve Jobs comment on privacy.

> Privacy means people know what their signing up for, in plain english, and repeatedly.

Plain, simple, easy. And I totally agree.
march 2018
Standard Notes | A Simple And Private Notes App
This looks like a good cross-platform notes management solution. I like that it stores its data in archive friendly open formats.
march 2018
A New Way to Work • furbo.org
I use [Linea Sketch](https://linea-app.com), and this is a great dive into using tech in a very analog, and creative, way.
march 2018
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