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Techie to tech lead: My five biggest mistakes | ThoughtWorks
This is a great read for individual contributors that are moving into their first lead or even management role. 👍
september 2018
Advice for a new executive | Lara Hogan
Every bit of this is absolutely great. I particularly like the recommendation to "Always have a story". 💎
september 2018
The secret to successful BBQ pork butt and brisket is science | Ars Technica
What!? 😲 I have read so many BBQ books and it is absolutely considered fact that the smoking plateau is when you are breaking down collagen. But hold up, a water soaked sponge shows the same plateau!
september 2018
Breaking Bad News
This is one of the skills that I tend to find managers, particularly new ones, find really hard. I know I did, and I still do, it’s never easy. However I agree with this article. Own it, be direct, and show respect.
september 2018
The Canon EOS R isn't a mirrorless 5D IV, but it's a start: Digital Photography Review
This is the first new Canon camera that has piqued my interest in years. For sure mirrorless is the way to go for cameras, but after you have a full-frame sensor like I do on my now ancient 5D Mark II you really don't want anything less. This camera looks really great to me, despite the somewhat tepid review. Plus you can continue to use your existing EF lenses with an adapter. 📷
september 2018
Ironic Sans: So you think you can tell Arial from Helvetica? Quiz
Fun quiz to give the Helvetica snobs in your life. I got 19 out of 20. The all caps ones were the trickiest for me. The give away is the straight lines of Helvetica.
september 2018
bat: A cat(1) clone with wings.
Syntax highlighting and other advanced capabilities.
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september 2018
How to Manage Your Mood by Managing Your Mind —Matt Norman
A personal story about what you can do with those negative thoughts in your head.
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september 2018
The full stack product manager – UX Collective
Interesting reflections on the different definitions of the role of a Product Manager, along with links out to a number of other articles on the topic. No great conclusion, the role will be different based on company, product, market, etc. The main takeaway I have from this is to know that the title can mean so many different things, and that it can’t mean all these things or you can’t possibly succeed.
september 2018
Product Ownership: Explained
Nice set of slides highlighting the Product Ownership role. I like that this touches both on the job of product owner, as well as the Scrum role of product owner.
september 2018
Sprints, marathons and root canals
This is how I tend to think about this type of team driven work in a product backlog. I like the name "sustainability tasks" and also agree with the sentiment that these may or may not appear in a backlog.

> Putting regular sustainability tasks into a calendar would just create noise. Putting sustainability tasks into a product roadmap has the same effect. Having a budget removes the pressure to plan, prioritise or estimate such tasks, and avoids the need to compare them to features that bring immediate value.

Allocating budget and thinking about sustainability as an investment criteria works well, and gives you a more direct way to think about that work. You may even change that investment rate from time to time.
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september 2018
The Early History Of Smalltalk
Smalltalk was an important development in the history of computer science and languages.
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september 2018
Auth0 Architecture: Running In Multiple Cloud Providers And Regions
They increased availability, performance and reduced cost by consolidating on one cloud provider. This is an interesting argument about regionality within a single provider versus multi-cloud. There are big tradeoffs there.
september 2018
Tesla, software and disruption — Benedict Evans
This article captures part of the intrigue I have about Tesla, and what got me to place the order for my Model 3. I’m particularly interested in the integrated nature of the software stack in a Tesla, and the fact that Tesla is so far ahead of any other automotive company in how they change it. I think of what Apple did with the iPhone. Before the iPhone, the phone you bought was the same forever. With the iPhone, you bought a phone and it got better with software. The thing you already owned did new stuff it didn’t do when you bought it. Tesla has that potential, and I want to be part of it.
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september 2018
Symbol in Ruby – Mehdi Farsi – Medium
Symbols were always the cool kid thing in Ruby that bothered me. This writeup helps clarify what they are.
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september 2018
Exclusive: Apple Watch Series 4 revealed — massive display, dense watch face, more | 9to5Mac
Every millimeter matters on a display as small as the Apple Watch. 👍⌚️
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august 2018
Only 150 of Your Facebook Contacts Are Real Friends - Scientific American
Dunbar’s number proven again!

> Study after study confirms that most people have about five intimate friends, 15 close friends, 50 general friends and 150 acquaintances.

This should be termed a law at this point.
august 2018
Product Management Mental Models for Everyone – The Black Box of Product Management
Good overview of a variety of mental models related to building new products. This is a good entryway to multiple tools to help you make better decisions. The article could use a link to more detail on each of the models.
august 2018
“Do no harm” to Facebook’s business model – Monday Note
This is a good writeup on the fact that whatever who did with Facebook to influence any events, it isn't hacking, it’s just doing what Facebook was fundamentally designed to do. Facebooks primary purpose is to learn from your behavior and then influence you as their customers (advertisers) wish to.
august 2018
We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made.
I have met some "Rick's" in my days and I can attest to the positive outcomes of getting people like this off of your team. Building things is a team sport, and if someone doesn't want to be part of the team or brings the rest of the team down — they shouldn't be on the team.
august 2018
Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up - The Atlantic
The 3rd one looks like something out of a movie. 😳
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august 2018
Antifragility is a Fragile Concept
Rosenthal's opinion on Chaos is authoritative, and he clarifies how it is not antifragility.

> Antifragile is a confused concept that ignores a wealth of knowledge we have about building and operating resilient systems. Chaos Engineering, by contrast, is a well-defined, pragmatic discipline for navigating complex systems. In my mind, they are quite far apart.

He's also no fan of Taleb's book.
august 2018
The Rise and Rise of JSON
Cool early history on the birth of JSON.
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august 2018
Serverless Best Practices – Paul Johnston – Medium
☑️ Good set of things to consider when designing serverless.
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august 2018
How “systems thinking” can level up your work — and your life
I've read the [Thinking in Systems](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3828902-thinking-in-systems) book that this is referring to and agree, it is a fabulous introduction to a sophisticated set of tools to look at systems.
august 2018
A Case Against Optimizing Your Life : zen habits
Sometimes you should just do stuff, and stop fussing around about it.
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august 2018
Margin is Not a Luxury – sabbatical.blog
This is a great way to think about time and commitments. I need to make this a poster as a reminder.

> “Yes” and “No” are not right and wrong, good and bad. They’re left and right, up and down. **Learn to see the words “Yes” and “No” as directional**, not emotional.

Yes!
august 2018
What do you believe now that you didn't five years ago? Centralized wins. Decentralized loses. - High Scalability
There is much truth in this article, even though it’s a little hard for me to like it.

> What's more, consumers simply do not care. Users use. Only a small percentage have the technical sophistication to understand why they may want to preferentially use decentralized applications for technical reasons. Saying "It's like X, but decentralized", does not resonate, especially when the services are not as good. We had decentralized Slack way before Slack...yet there's Slack. You know it's bad when GitHub managed to recentralize an inherently distributed system like git.

Unfortunately you could say the exact same paragraph and replace "centralized" with "private".

This article reminded me of one of my most memorable conversations I had with a venture capital friend, [Michael Gorman](https://www.linkedin.com/in/mbgorman/). We were talking about the Internet and I commented that "the Internet prefers decentralization". On one level, a very technical one, that is true. The Internet is a massively distributed system. It can suffer significant outages without having total network failure. But I was mistakenly extending that concept to things being built on the Internet. Michael replied that he saw nothing to support that, that the Internet was full of "winner take all" businesses, with complete centralization and not even room for a 2nd place. He was absolutely right.
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august 2018
Why use GraphQL, good and bad reasons · Honest Engineering
The capabilities related to **complex schemas** and **microservice orchestration** are the most compelling justifications for GraphQL. If I were doing more with mobile, I can see how the mobile use case is very helpful. I agree wholeheartedly on the assessment that REST v. GraphQL is a silly debate.

> GraphQL and REST are both very different things, GraphQL is a language and a technology, REST is an architecture pattern.

Yes.
august 2018
Is It Okay to Say “Hey Guys”? - The Atlantic
The gendered nature of the term "guys" was brought to my attention first by [Bridget Kromhout](https://bridgetkromhout.com). At the time I honestly didn’t really hear what she was saying, but the matter stuck with me and over the last few years I've largely removed "guys" as a reference to a group of people. I think this is important, especially in industries like tech with such large gender imbalances.

> I also heard that guys could grate on women working at male-heavy companies. In tech in particular, some told me they saw the word as yet another symptom of a female-minimizing industry. “There are a lot of guys in tech and ‘guys’ is used all the time in my work and social environments by both men and women, but since it doesn't resonate with me anymore, I do feel like I'm not part of the group,” says Amy Chong, a 29-year-old user-experience researcher in San Francisco.

Per the article I don't like using the term "folks". Perhaps it is because I’m from the midwest, but I have the perception that it feels too folksy. I tend to just say sentences differently, so that I can use terms like "everyone" instead. Sometimes I get tripped up, but that is pretty rare these days.

I do now notice much more when people do use "guys" to address groups of men or women. The oddest to me is when I see a woman address a group of all women and use the term "guys". I don't correct these, but I do find it an odd use. The article actually comes to the conclusion that that is all probably fine, and will continue and that "guys" will lose it’s gender even more than it has in the past. 🤷‍♂️
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august 2018
How Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are contributing to an openly licensed map of the world – The ODI
Note who is missing from this? Google. It makes total sense that Apple and Microsoft would be working to commoditize the lead that Google has in base map data. I also found it interesting that Apple is participating in this, but I don't think they are donating their new base map data they are sourcing themselves. Map data is a strategic advantage for a number of services.
august 2018
Stop Using WhatsApp If You Care About Your Privacy
My opinion? Your absolutely bonkers to believe that WhatsApp is going to continue to fight for user privacy after Facebook bought it. Simple as that.
august 2018
Internet chat system IRC turns thirty | University of Oulu
I first logged onto IRC via EFnet in 1991. I had no idea it was only created 3 years prior. IRC was one of my first introductions to the world of the Internet and chatting with people around the globe. I called #macintosh and #root home, and had ChanOps in both of them. It was such a fun time back then. I love that IRC is still kicking. It’s the IndieWeb to Slack.
august 2018
The original demo of Imagine by John Lennon
I love the raw sound of this great song. Imagine is such a great song.
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august 2018
Mass shootings since Sandy Hook, in one map
This interactive infographic shows the data on mass shooting events in the last few years. The data speaks for itself.
august 2018
How privacy-friendly is your site?
I ran my personal site through this and I was impressed with the recommendations it came back with. There were a number of them I had never heard of. This seems like a good tool to have for those looking to understand privacy and the web.
august 2018
Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch (2 count) Starter Kit - Amazon.com
I didn’t realize that there were HomeKit compatible switches like this that you could use to convert a light to a smart light. There is also a [simple on-off version](https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017LRCG38?tag=klf-20) of the same switch.
august 2018
Picular
Google, but for colors. 🎨
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august 2018
7 Leadership Qualities That Make for an Awesome Leader - Toggl Blog
These are all good areas for leaders to consider and focus on.
august 2018
Want to scale agile? Don’t. Descale the work first. Achieve big through small.
There is some very good thinking here on how to bring agility to organizations.
august 2018
Beyond Interactive: Notebook Innovation at Netflix – Netflix TechBlog – Medium
The scale of this effort at Netflix is amazing.

> Every day more than 1 trillion events are written into a streaming ingestion pipeline, which is processed and written to a 100PB cloud-native data warehouse. And every day, our users run more than 150,000 jobs against this data, spanning everything from reporting and analysis to machine learning and recommendation algorithms.

I haven't used [Jupyter](http://jupyter.org) but it looks really compelling. I like how Netflix is using them for the exploration, as well as putting them into production pipelines.
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august 2018
PyPy.js
Python running in your browser? Yep.
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august 2018
Apple Pencil Note-Taking: Why You Should Use Apple Notes, actually. — Kenneth Reitz
I have tried a surprisingly large number of iPad note taking apps to use with the Apple Pencil, and I agree with Reitz's conclusion.

> Apple Notes is hands-down the most well–designed, thought–through note taking app available for the iPad Pro. It is exceptionally well designed, and if you leave your preconceptions about what a note–taking app should do, I think you'll find yourself agreeing with me, once you give it a real try/chance.

He didn’t mention it in his writeup, but Notes also does limited handwriting recognition as well, which allows searching of notes if your handwriting is legible.
august 2018
Quit wasting your precious energy - a n n i e m u e l l e r
What a great essay from Annie Mueller!

> Energy is the currency of the universe. You don’t do anything to deserve it and you’re free to spend it however you want. I just want you think about it. What do you want? Is that what you’re getting? What bargains have you made?

Energy is necessary for everything, just like time. Time without energy isn't worth much. 🤔
august 2018
Code Review Review is the Manager's Job
Interesting perspective on the critical role that code reviews play in establishing the culture of a team and for individual team members to learn. I would be very skeptical of a manager being the one to do the code reviews, but I do think it makes a lot of sense for managers to stay engaged in the process and participate so they can steer the other aspects of the organization that are impacted by code reviews.
august 2018
The easiest way to keep your web apps accessible: Just use text
Accessible web pages are often just better web pages. This pattern repeats over and over again, in technology as well as in the world at large.
august 2018
Time Is Money, Spend It Wisely | YNAB
Tammy and I have used YNAB for a few years now. I’m a fan of GTD. It’s like peanut butter and chocolate putting these concepts together. 👏
august 2018
Where Vim Came From
Interesting to read the lineage of _one_ of my preferred editors.
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august 2018
Favorite Sayings
Some fun insights here.
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august 2018
(An ((Even Better) Lisp) Interpreter (in Python))
The title of this says it all. Extremely techie stuff to follow. 👩‍💻
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august 2018
Global Passport Power Rank | The Passport Index 2018
I saw this article about [traveling the world](https://www.bucketlistly.blog/posts/how-to-travel-third-world-passport-thai) and it linked to this Passport Power Rank. I hadn't really considered this, but when traveling with some colleagues a while back one of them commented that a US passport comes with significant benefits. Turns out Singapore has the most benefits of all!
august 2018
The eno notation language and libraries
Another plaintext format for data, an alternative to JSON, YAML, TOML and others.
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august 2018
Hacker Newsletter - The Hacker News Newsletter
I don't like the comment section of Hacker News, so this weekly newsletter is a great way to get the curation of [Kale Davis](http://kaledavis.com) for the notable things to see on Hacker News each week.
august 2018
Publii - Open-Source CMS for Static Website
Interesting desktop app to create a static-site to then push to a server somewhere.
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august 2018
Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme
I had not heard of this event and it is a monster “15 stages over the course of 25 days and covering a total of 9,100km”. iI reminds me of the [Race Across America](http://www.raceacrossamerica.org), but intentionally more difficult in terrain.
august 2018
Best Practices for Newsletters — CJ Chilvers
Another experienced newsletter author on important aspects of publishing a newsletter.
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august 2018
See No Evil
Modern supply chains are amazing in their effectiveness, but transparency inside them is not a design objective.

> We call them “supply chains,” but that image is misleading. They really look more like a network of waterways, with thousands of tiny tributaries made up of sub-suppliers trickling into larger rivers of assembly, production, and distribution.

The parallels between supply-chain design and service oriented architecture are surprising. Modularity, interchangeability, limited dependencies. Supply-chains are in many ways a physical manifestation of that type of architecture.
august 2018
Kobayashi Maru Management – Rands in Repose
I've ended up in these moments myself, multiple times in my career. I like the analogy here as well as the framework for considering how to detect and impending situation like this. I don't think you can always detect these situations, but experience gives you the sense when they are approaching.
august 2018
Post-mortems to the rescue – Increment: Documentation
I don't like the term "post-mortem" and would rather use "retrospective" or even "review". Aside from that, the framework suggested in this post is a good one. Incident management should not stop at incident resolution, it needs to include a component for how an organization learns from that incident.
august 2018
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
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