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Aaron Longwell | Why Software Development Requires Servant Leaders | Culture Foundry
I like this and agree with it entirely. I suspect the same is true in any discipline that has similar levels of unpredictability and complexity.
august 2018
Health Checks and Graceful Degradation in Distributed Systems
I have been running health checks for decades. BigCharts [server is happy](http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/up2.aspx) is the first. MarketWatch [is also happy](https://www.marketwatch.com/up2.aspx).

> The “health” of a process is a spectrum. What we’re really interested in is the quality-of-service — such as how long it takes for a process to return the result of a given unit of work and the accuracy of the result.

Getting more precise with checks, not simple up and down, is definitely a good improvement.
august 2018
How do tools affect culture? | Opensource.com
Everything, truly everything, affects your culture. Given that, it’s not a surprise that tool choices affect it. Aligning your values to the tools you use is a good idea.
august 2018
What We Learned from Writing 7,000 Artist Bios
This is specifically talking about artist bios, but I don't see why you wouldn't apply the same approach to any bio. Personally I really struggle with writing bios, so much so that I hired a writer to help write [my bio](https://www.thingelstad.com/about/bio/).
august 2018
Newsletters Are Immortal – Dave Pell – Medium
I've been publishing my [Weekly Thing](https://weekly.thingelstad.com) newsletter for over a year now and I've grown to really like it. I subscribe to Dave Pell's [NextDraft](https://nextdraft.com), and it’s one of my favorite daily reads. I like these 6 P's of newsletters as he puts it.
august 2018
How I Read
I like this process for picking books to read. When you consider a book can take a few to dozens of hours to read, it makes sense to invest in a process to insure that that time is well spent. I like the various stages in this process. The tooling to pull in rating data seems a bit over the top.
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august 2018
Six Months at Riot Games | Things I Like.
Eye opening article on the sexist and deplorable environment at Riot Games. We need these stories told so we can surface the issues and address this unacceptable behavior.
august 2018
RSS: The Persistent Protocol - Feld Thoughts
I’m a huge fan of feed readers, my personal favorite is Feedbin! 💚 I’m happy to see attention coming back to this open, extensible part of the Internet that has been repeatedly declared dead. And, as the last paragraph in this post suggests, the innovation has already started!
august 2018
Working with timezones | David Turner says…
I like the use of graphs to show timezone effects! It’s simple, and very effective. Also, for people that have never had to write software dealing with complex timezone issues this is a good primer on the incredible complexity of timezones.
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august 2018
My own reasons for leaving Twitter – A Whole Lotta Nothing
I could have written this post. The constant stream of data from Twitter was, for me, highly addictive. I've never had a service that was so hard for me to leave, and I still have not left it entirely. I also experienced the negative impact to blogging from using Twitter.
august 2018
The shell scripting trap
I disagree that all shell scripts are a problem. There is a point where there is too much complexity for `bash`, but I don't think the answer is to always write little programs. They have problems too, just different ones.
august 2018
Episode #43: The Power of the GTD Weekly Review® - Getting Things Done®
GTD is all about lists, but the real power is in the Weekly Review. This podcast is a good reminder on the importance of that process in your GTD system.
august 2018
Vector by Anki: A giant roll forward for robot kind. by Anki — Kickstarter
I have a Cozmo and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s not used as much because you have to start it. Vector solves most of the items I think Cozmo suffers from. I backed it! 🙌
august 2018
Regex Dictionary by Lou Hevly
Cool index of regex patterns to find various things.
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august 2018
Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture
Great advice for your TV. I particularly dislike the smoothing, motion effects in new TV's. It would be even better if TV manufacturers had one setting for "Display Only" to turn off all this garbage and simply show what comes in the HDMI connection.
august 2018
How far can I go ? - Oalley.fr
This is surprisingly fun and interesting. You put in a location and it finds all the area you can reach in a certain period of time. Critically, you can do this with multiple points and times and identify overlaps. It’s fun to see how highways extend your reach.
august 2018
Retool
All companies have various tools that are used to run their systems. This is the first I've ever seen of a framework for making those tools being made public. Interesting.
august 2018
Make your Firefox browser a privacy superpower with these extensions | The Firefox Frontier
I still prefer Safari for protecting my privacy while blogging, but this set of extensions for Firefox looks great.
august 2018
Julia 1.0
Ambitious set of features for a new language.
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august 2018
Beyond Digital Ethics - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Agree completely with this, but would also suggest they are different things. Digital ethics in my opinion is about education and college. This should be in the curriculum at Universities. It’s a long term thing, not meant to solve today’s issue. The shorter term matters are dealt with using the other methods described here.
august 2018
Photography Composition: The Definitive Guide - Beautiful Pictures
This is a very well done guide to composing your photos. Some of the concepts I had heard of, like the rule of thirds, but many I had not. I like how the images are marked up to show the concepts. There are even flowcharts at the end! 📷
august 2018
Pts.js
The demos of this library are mesmerizing.
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august 2018
Not just a fad: the surprising, gut-wrenching truth about gluten | Food | The Guardian
I have a hard time understanding food ingredients that have been around for millennia that are all of a sudden bad. But this article does a good job highlighting how gluten in food has changed in recent years, which could be the cause for so many people having negative reactions to it.

> Some experts argue that without this traditional fermentation – the process by which parts of the grain begin to be broken down in the presence of lactic acid bacteria – many people simply can’t digest grains properly to absorb the desirable micronutrients they contain.

Food is more complex than we ever give it credit for. 🍞
august 2018
The Speed Trap: When Taking Your Time [Really] Matters
I enjoy Tom Peters unconventional writing. This is a great 25 page manifesto for leaders.
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august 2018
“Lean In” Messages and the Illusion of Control
An initial study perceived cause and solution around gender issues in the workplace based on context.

> People who read or listened to the DIY messages were more likely to believe women have the power to solve the problem. That, on its own, may very well be good news. However, they were also more likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem — both for causing it, and for fixing it.

Seems like one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” issues.
august 2018
Why You Need a Network-Wide Ad-Blocker
Compelling argument that network level ad blocking is an important security measure for any network. This is written recommending an open source blocker, but I use Eero Plus to do this for our home.
august 2018
Everything Goes in a Context Bucket – Rands in Repose
I have a similar allergic reaction to cluttered desktops and hundreds of tabs. 🙇‍♂️ I also have workflows to manage these things. I use [Moom](https://manytricks.com/moom/) instead of SizeUp, and Ulysses instead of Bear.
august 2018
How to Fall Asleep in 120 Seconds – Member Feature Stories – Medium
Training program used by Navy pilots to get sleep.

> After six weeks of practice, 96 percent of pilots could fall asleep in two minutes or less. Even after drinking coffee, with machine gunfire being played in the background.

I think the target audience for this training isn’t the average person. If you are a Navy pilot, you’ll do great. But there might be some good stuff to cherry pick for other people too.
august 2018
Horrors of using Azure Kubernetes Service in production
I surely hope this isn’t the typical experience with Azure Kubernetes Service. 😳🔥
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august 2018
OmniFocus 3
Critical and deep review of OmniFocus 3. I agree with much of this review and my use case for OmniFocus is complicated, similar to Gabe’s. I have not seen the stability issues he references. I do agree that we are still waiting for the other half of the change with OmniFocus for the Mac. I’m hoping Omni starts moving faster after getting all this infrastructure coding done.
august 2018
Let's Encrypt Root Trusted By All Major Root Programs - Let's Encrypt - Free SSL/TLS Certificates
This is a great milestone for Let’s Encrypt!

> Let’s Encrypt is currently providing certificates for more than 115 million websites.

That is a major dent in realizing the encrypted web. All of my sites use Let’s Encrypt certificates.
august 2018
14 must-read tech newsletters | Opensource.com
I found a couple of new newsletters here and several I already subscribe too.
august 2018
Speeding Up Your Engineering Org, Part I: Beyond the Cost Center Mentality
This is a very good reminder of the importance of speed in tech teams. I’ve seen and continue to see “ROI thinking” as the only validation of projects. Considering latency and speed is often not considered. The “How to” and “How not to” section at the end of this is really good too.
august 2018
Evolution of Infrastructure Monitoring at ThousandEyes Engineering
Overview of the tooling used, with Prometheus in the middle, to do full monitoring.
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august 2018
30 Self-Care Tips: How to Avoid Sickness, Burnout, and Exhaustion
I like the broad framing of this as opposed to one thing - like diet or fitness alone.

> True self-care strengthens and deepens our connection with ourselves so we can understand how to meet our needs met from a mental, emotional, and physical standpoint.

There is only one of each of us. 👍🏻
august 2018
FlightAware MiseryMap
See how bad flight delays are across the US. ✈️
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august 2018
Google Struggles to Contain Employee Uproar Over China Censorship Plans
Another example of tech employees disagreeing with the direction there companies are going.

> Some analysts have drawn comparisons between the censorship project and Project Maven, a Google initiative to develop artificial intelligence for U.S. military drones. Project Maven sparked an internal revolt within the company, which led to Google canceling the contract. One of Google’s informal corporate principles is “don’t be evil” — a standard some of the company’s employees felt Project Maven violated.

Further evidence supporting the need for an ethics model for tech.
august 2018
Here's How America Uses Its Land
I like the illustrations of land use in the United States. Plus you learn some things about our country. Cows use a lot of our land. 🤔
august 2018
Is Facebook evil? Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason — Quartz
You are the product.

> But the imperative to “connect people” lacks the one ingredient essential for being a good citizen: Treating individual human beings as sacrosanct. To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them.

Facebook makes a lot of revenue on those connections. What is the cost to everyone else?
august 2018
Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”
A practical definition of what makes up a company's culture:

> I’ve been working in HR for over twenty years, and the best companies I’ve worked with have recognized that there are three elements to a culture: behaviors, systems, and practices, all guided by an overarching set of values. A great culture is what you get when all three of these are aligned, and line up with the organization’s espoused values. When gaps start to appear, that’s when you start to see problems — and see great employees leave.

This could work as a good checklist of items to assess if you do have gaps between stated values and actual actions.
august 2018
Drinking From The Crypto Firehose – AVC
Fred Wilson has financial reasons to view crypto as he sees it, but perhaps he’s right.
august 2018
Mapstr - Your Places, Your World
Record places that you have been. This concept has been tried before but this implementation is nicer than others.
august 2018
Spect - Fast image browser and organizer for macOS
Super fast image browsing on the file system.
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august 2018
Faust: Python Stream Processing
Stream and event processing library for Python 3.
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august 2018
With Goals, FAST Beats SMART
I love this.

> To drive strategy execution, leaders should instead set goals that are FAST — frequently discussed, ambitious, specific, and transparent.

That also sounds very similar to an effective OKR.
august 2018
The Bullshit Web — Pixel Envy
A great overview of the mess of junk put in most websites.

> So, with an internet connection faster than I could have thought possible in the late 1990s, what’s the score now? A story at the Hill took over nine seconds to load; at Politico, seventeen seconds; at CNN, over thirty seconds. This is the bullshit web.

My personal sites have none of this. And this is why you must run software like 1Blocker. It’s not just about ads, it’s about all this bullshit.
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august 2018
Week in Review Leadership Comms | Lara Hogan
I have been publishing a Tech Weekly email to our tech team at SPS using the patterns I’ve built for the Weekly Thing. I like what Hogan highlights here on how she used a similar vehicle. I think it is a meaningful thing to do.
august 2018
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Istio reaches 1.0: ready for prod
Istio is an important part of te Kubernetes ecosystem. Good to see it in release.
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august 2018
Add an "On This Day" feature to a Micro.blog website
Fun JavaScript to power a look back feature on micro.blog. I created [my own On This Day](https://micro.thingelstad.com/on-this-day/) page.
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august 2018
Employee Productivity Management Software
Team software that enables OKR systems.
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august 2018
Subscribe to Your Micro.blog Timeline
This is really cool. Using this and the Twitter capabilities of Feedbin I’m able to read micro.blog feeds and a handful of Twitter users in one simple feed, right in my RSS reader!
august 2018
The World Wide Success That Is XML | W3C Blog
It’s popular to bash XML but it has had an amazing and long lasting impact.
august 2018
The Cost of Agile
I disagree with this article. The main driver of agile in my opinion is admitting you really don't know exactly what you want to build, and you will keep your refactoring costs low in order to iterate. Efficiency misses the point entirely.
august 2018
The Road to QUIC
The next step in the evolution of HTTP.
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august 2018
How To Prepare For A One-on-One Meeting As a Manager
I continue to find various perspectives on effective 1-on-1 meetings worthwhile. There are some useful tidbits here.
august 2018
Startup Lab workshop: How Google sets goals: OKRs - YouTube
Comprehensive video describing how Google implements their OKR framework.
august 2018
Business/busyness | Seth's Blog
A good reminder from Seth Godin to focus on value.

> Busy is not your job. Busy doesn’t get you what you seek. Busy isn’t the point. Value creation is.

Measure it. 💯
august 2018
Zulip
With HipChat collapsing into Slack, it’s good to know that there are still some other team chat options.
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july 2018
Keep a Changelog
An entire website advocating people to keep a changelog and highlighting some best practices.
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july 2018
M. C. Escher (1898-1972). Prints and Drawings - Digital Commonwealth
Like many technologists, I find [M. C. Escher's](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M._C._Escher) art mesmerizing. This collection of prints from the Boston Library are a great way to experience them. The digitizations are very high resolution. This made me look for M. C. Escher desktop wallpaper for my computer, but everything I found was not high quality.
july 2018
A pre-history of weeknotes, plus why I write them and perhaps why you should too (Week 16)
I've never thought of _weeknotes_ as a thing, but I guess they are. I guess the Weekly Thing is a weeknote. I found the weeknotes mentioned interesting. I also love this saying in the article [In medias res](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_medias_res), starting in the middle.
july 2018
Emotional Intelligence Has 12 Elements. Which Do You Need to Work On?
A good reminder for leaders that emotional intelligence is broader than many people think. You need a solid foundation to engage with people, but in the workplace you also have difficult topics to navigate at times and those take a broader set of capabilities.
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july 2018
Knative - Built on Kubernetes and Istio  |  Google Cloud
Kubernetes-based platform to build, deploy, and manage modern serverless workloads.
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july 2018
Boobs, Muscles & Fairy Wings: Everything I Know About How Humans Design Their Avatar Selves | Hunter Walk
Observations on the avatars that people created for themselves in the early days of Second Life. This seems like an incredibly rich world for psychology research.
july 2018
How to Fill Out OmniFocus Project Templates with Workflow | Colter Reed
Project templates are a very smart idea and one I use a lot. It helps you not forget things in the future. This is a brilliant way to deal with project templates in OmniFocus, but I have to get over my resistance to putting the templates themselves into my OmniFocus system. I prefer to keep them outside of it until they are populated.
july 2018
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