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Occupations and Their Ideologies – Other Life
This data is much more divided than I would have thought.

> Occupations are strongly sorted by ideology. Political scientist Adam Bonica has produced reliable and consistent estimates of ideological placement for a huge number of individuals, politicians, and organizations.

I wonder if these patterns were present much longer ago, 1950's for example.
september 2018
Nvidia Takes On The Inference Hordes With Turing GPUs
The innovation happening in the GPU market is amazing.
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september 2018
Sublime Merge - Git, done Sublime
I like Sublime Text and was surprised to see a new Git client!  👍
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september 2018
Just Because: How Apple's Awesome Motion Watch Faces Are Made
Cool background video on how the new watch faces for the Apple Watch Series 4 were made.
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september 2018
Daring Fireball: Apple Watch Series 4
Gruber gives a compelling review of the new Series 4 watch. It looks very well done, and while the size changes are in the millimeters I can see how the Series 4 will be very nice. I’m still going to hold off and wait another year to upgrade. At least until I see one in person. 😊
september 2018
What Most Remote Companies Don’t Tell You About Remote Work
Where and how we work matters a lot, and it’s a complicated thing — not a one size fits all solution. 🤔
september 2018
So Good They Can't Ignore You
Super condensed overview of a book that is on my reading list. 📚
september 2018
Daring Fireball: The iPhones XS
Gruber with a very focused review of the iPhone XS and the massive changes in the camera. This goes into some great detail, and I can’t wait to see my own results with the new XS.

> But there is one wow factor comparing the iPhone XS to last year’s iPhone X: photography. But the reasons don’t show up in Apple’s comparison spec list (even though some of them could). I’ve focused nearly the entirety of my testing on taking photos and videos side-by-side against my 10-month old iPhone X. Overall, I’m simply blown away by the iPhone XS’s results. Sometimes the difference is subtle but noticeable; sometimes the difference is between unusable and pretty good. The iPhone XS can capture still images and video that the iPhone X cannot.

Some further details on the changes in the camera mechanism.

> “32 percent larger sensor”, however, means something very specific, and it should perk up the ears of any photographer — even one who’s skeptical of Apple’s “computational photography” claims. You could sell an upgrade to the XS to iPhone X-owning photo enthusiasts just by telling them the sensor is so much larger.

Absolutely!
september 2018
watchOS 5: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The comprehensive review of watchOS 5. This hits on all of the improvements. I was eager to try the Walkie Talkie app and initial impression is cool, but I would only use that with close friends and family. I tried it with my brother and we found it geeky fun. I tried it with Tammy and she looked at me like it was the dumbest thing she’d ever seen. Your mileage may vary. 😜
september 2018
iOS 12: The MacStories Review – MacStories
The most comprehensive, more than you ever wanted to know, review of iOS 12.
september 2018
1Password Extends into the iOS QuickType Keyboard with Password AutoFill – MacStories
This is one of the little features in iOS 12 but it’s so awesome that it makes me grin every time I get to use it. I have gotten used to years of fast-app switching to 1Password and using it’s Share Sheet widget, but now it just works and I can pull my secure, unique passwords with ease.
september 2018
Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading? Here’s What Experts Say | Time
I’ve gotten an Audible subscription and have been listening to more audiobooks than ever before. I have a 20-30 minute drive to work and it’s a great time to listen to some books. I assumed that listening would give less comprehension, but the tests were not as conclusive as I would have thought. 🎧
september 2018
LKML: Linus Torvalds: Linux 4.19-rc4 released, an apology, and a maintainership note
The technology industry has an unusual amount of overly aggressive communication and criticism. Flame wars and such got their start somewhere. [Linus Torvald's](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds), the creator of Linux and Git, two of the most important software products of our era is legend for being a complete jerk to people. This about face and apology is significant.

> This week people in our community confronted me about my lifetime of not understanding emotions. My flippant attacks in emails have been both unprofessional and uncalled for. Especially at times when I made it personal. In my quest for a better patch, this made sense to me. I know now this was not OK and I am truly sorry.

This is a really big deal as Linus is a [role-model for many technologists](https://ds9a.nl/articles/posts/linus-communications/). If he thinks it is appropriate to tear people apart over their code, maybe that would be a cool thing to do in a code review at the office! Hell no.

I was also pleased to see [this commit](https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/commit/?id=8a104f8b5867c682d994ffa7a74093c54469c11f) to adopt a proper Code of Conduct for Linux Kernel development. To give a sense of how deep Linus' views affect the Linux Kernel team before this Code of Conduct they had a Code of Conflict!

> The Code of Conflict is not achieving its implicit goal of fostering civility and the spirit of 'be excellent to each other'.

Glad to see these changes coming. 👏
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september 2018
Scriptable: Use JavaScript to control your iPhone | Rosemary Orchard
Very cool new app built for Siri Shortcuts in iOS 12. This is like the companion app to Workflow, now Shortcuts, but this one uses JavaScript. You can do an incredible amount with this, but the barrier to entry is higher since you have to know how to code. Shortcuts is very approachable, but a little less powerful. This is a good app to keep an eye on, especially as a community of scripts build up around it.
september 2018
Apple's A12 Bionic is a powerhouse chip with a boosted dose of brains
In 2008 Apple acquired [P.A. Semi](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P.A._Semi) for $278 million. Apple has also [acquired](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Apple) a handful of additional semiconductor companies and they are now one of, if not the, most advanced chip manufacturers in the world. The Neural Engines **5 trillion** operations per second is enabling a local approach to machine learning that is very different than everyone else's.

> Core ML, Apple machine learning framework, apparently runs some nine times faster on the A12 Bionic, which should mean there's more performance on tap for developers to put AI abilities into their apps.

That is also aligned with the core value of privacy and keeping things local.
september 2018
The Science of Decision Fatigue - Erin Wildermuth
This is absolutely something I feel regularly. A lot of what I do all day is making decisions, and it is somewhat common for me to get home and feel like any decision is more than I can deal with.
september 2018
To Cut My Spending, I Used Behavioral Economics on Myself - The Atlantic
I buy into this approach a lot. Tammy and I use YNAB to track our personal finances and we enter each transaction by hand. I avoid payment methods that are too convenient. I refuse to use the scan to pay features at coffee shops because I know it takes you further from the decision to spend money. 💸 Some things should not be low friction. Thought experiment, I've often wondered what if you set your password as a trigger. So, on Amazon if you set your password to "DoYouReallyNeedToBuyThisStuff?" would that trigger your mind to reconsider?
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september 2018
Advice to CEOs: digging out from a jammed calendar | Chad Dickerson's blog
Fabulous advice for thinking critically about your time. The links to related articles are very good as well. While this is targeted at a CEO, many of the methods are easily adapted for anyone.
september 2018
How to be alone: the difference between loneliness and solitude | The JotForm Blog
In our, in my opinion, over-connected world I often wonder if solitude is even a thing that exists.

> Loneliness is being alone — and not liking it. It’s a feeling.
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> Solitude is being alone — and content. It’s a choice.

We rarely have an opportunity to embrace that in our lives, unless we make it a priority to have it.
september 2018
Forget the new iPhones, Apple's best product is now privacy
I have been saying this for a while. I think that Apple has clearly identified protecting user privacy as a long-term focus area and a place they can differentiate and compete against Google, Facebook and many others (except Microsoft, mostly).

> Apple’s devices and software–and the company’s ethos–are now steeped in user privacy protections that other tech companies would never dream of embracing. And this isn’t a stance Apple has only recently adopted. It is something that has been building for years at the company, starting under Steve Jobs’ leadership and rapidly accelerating under Tim Cook’s reign.

This is why Apple was willing to take such a public position against the FBI when asked to bypass encryption.
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september 2018
Larry Page Is a No-Show With Google Under a Harsh Spotlight - Bloomberg
This seems like an incredibly bad decision on Google's part.

> When the hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee began on Sept. 5, a black leather chair reserved for him sat empty next to Dorsey and Sandberg. A place card marked “Google,” in front of a blank notepad and muted microphone, served as a blunt reminder of his absence.

Giving congress the ability to get pictures of an empty chair with Google's name in front of it was foolish.
september 2018
Siri Shortcuts Field Guide | MacSparky Field Guides
I've purchased a couple of MacSparky Field Guides in the past, and have recommended the OmniFocus one to many people. Siri Shortcuts, coming in the next iOS is the successor to Workflow. I use Workflow a lot, and I think many people could benefit from using Shortcuts. This Field Guide looks like a great way to learn about automating tasks on your iPhone.
september 2018
The iPhone Franchise – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
It’s hard to not share every article that Ben Thompson writes. Some great observations on Apple's iPhone lineup in here.
september 2018
The No. 1 Lifelong Habit Of Warren Buffett: The 5-Hour Rule
I dig this concept of the Learner Lifestyle. I take the actual amounts of time with a grain of salt, but I think it is a good process to make sure you have time learning. I get some of this through [my book club](https://rwbook.club) and all the info that shows up in the Weekly Thing.
september 2018
Screen Time for Kids Puts Powerful iOS Monitoring Tools and Use Restrictions in Parents’ Hands – MacStories
This is a good overview of the new Screen Time feature coming in iOS 12. I like how this uses the iCloud Family accounts to manage your child's devices. I fully plan to use this to manage some applications on my own phone.
september 2018
Project Python
Free book to teach Python. I like that this one starts with some graphics projects. Particularly when teaching kids and teens to program, graphics can make it much more enjoyable.
september 2018
Diversity, inclusion, and belonging at GitHub in 2018 | The GitHub Blog
I like what GitHub is doing publishing this information. They had some big issues in the past in this area and the transparency I think has helped. It also highlights in the data that even when you focus on this problem and put specific efforts in place to make it better, it isn't an easy fix.
september 2018
Apple Watch Series 4: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Thorough overview of the new Apple Watch Series 4 hardware. I really like what they did to eek out every millimeter of display and capability, and I like that its a touch thinner as well. I'll be waiting for the next one to upgrade though. My Series 3 is great still.
september 2018
iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max: The MacStories Overview – MacStories
Good overview of the new iPhones announced this week. Tammy and I ordered the iPhone Xs to replace our 7 and 7 Plus.
september 2018
Habits vs. Workflows - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Newport's post makes me feel good about the time I spend optimizing and defining my own workflows. I also like the connection to habit.
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september 2018
reminiscence
Sticking with Pinboard, but nice to see people working on these solutions.
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september 2018
Private by Default
This post makes me want to send [Feedbin](https://feedbin.com/) some more money on top of my annual subscription fee. I love the work that Ben has done here to protect his customers from invasive tracking while reading feeds. I love his item on Google Analytics:

> I thought about replacing Google Analytics with Matomo, but I came to the same conclusion that it didn’t provide anything I need in order to run Feedbin. Better to not collect that data at all.

Hat's off! 👏
september 2018
Announcing the YNAB API Contest Winners! | YNAB
This is a great example of innovation enabled with API's. I've been a YNAB user for a long time now, and this contest they made for people to build with it is a great idea. I downloaded [Allowance for YNAB](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/allowance-for-ynab/id1422989571?mt=8) right away -- it’s great! In fact, I had written my own Workflow to do what it does, but it does it way better. Nice!
september 2018
Researchers to release first-ever genetically engineered mosquitoes in Africa - STAT
This headline caught my attention, and it’s actually using gene drive technology.

> Teams in three African countries — Burkina Faso, Mali, and Uganda — are building the groundwork to eventually let loose **“gene drive” mosquitoes**, which would contain a mutation that would significantly and quickly reduce the mosquito population. Genetically engineered mosquitoes have already been released in places like Brazil and the Cayman Islands, though animals with gene drives have never been released in the wild.

That immediately reminded me of one of the most memorable passages from A Crack in Creation, the story of CRISPR.

> CRISPR gene drives, by contrast, are self-sustaining; since the mode of inheritance appears to outsmart natural selection, the modified insects propagate and pass on their defective traits indefinitely. This thoroughness is what makes gene drives so powerful—and so alarming. It's been estimated that, had a fruit fly escaped the San Diego lab during the first gene drive experiments, it would have spread genes encoding CRISPR, along with the yellow-body trait, to **between 20 and 50 percent of all fruit flies worldwide**.

This population of mosquitos being released are 99% male, so there shouldn't be any risk.
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september 2018
Slowly Percolating Forms: Contemplation, Conversation, Commentary
Forwarded to me from my friend [Nick](https://www.linkedin.com/in/nick-swenson-976b7337/). I like this way of thinking about learning topics.

> … if we don't do our own contemplation and commentary, we abdicate a good deal of our involvement in our own learning, and we shift from being fires to vessels.

I like the qualification of speeds (quick, slow) to various aspects of the process.
september 2018
#youbroketheinternet So We Got Tracked Anyway
Wait, you can track a user around the internet using TLS session resumption!? 😠
september 2018
The State of Agile Software in 2018
I've been stunned at how many organizations have just discovered Agile in the last few years. Good guidance in the intro:

> The three main challenges we should focus on are: fighting the Agile Industrial Complex and its habit of imposing process upon teams, raising the importance of technical excellence, and organizing our teams around products (rather than projects).

👍
september 2018
The jaw-dropping story behind an NFL coach's search for his family
This is a great story about an adopted son and his connecting to his birth parents.
september 2018
Survival Tips For Women In Tech | Patricia Aas - Programmer
It’s horrible that articles like this need to exist, but it’s also reality that they do. Reading them is a good way to understand things that men should also be on the lookout for and help correct.
september 2018
kitty - the fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator — kitty 0.12.1 documentation
Terminal applications wouldn't be the first place I would look for GPU acceleration, but cool to see.
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september 2018
pure JS WiFi QR Code Generator
Easiest way I've seen to put a QR code up to allow visitors to hop on your home WiFi.
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september 2018
Medieval Fantasy City Generator by watabou
This is fun to play with, although I have no idea what it would be useful for.
september 2018
Troy Hunt: Serverless to the Max: Doing Big Things for Small Dollars with Cloudflare Workers and Azure Functions
Deep overview of how Troy Hunt designed Have I Been Pwned? to be very cost efficient to run.

> It's costing me 2.6c per day to support 141M monthly queries of 517M records.

That is amazing! The service is using Cloudflare Workers to push a lot of cached requests off of Azure. He calculates that without Cloudflare it would cost $9.19/day to run. Both of those amounts are amazing.
september 2018
All Things Sales! 16 Mini-Lessons for Startup Founders – Andreessen Horowitz
This is a great intro to a variety of sales topics. This was made focusing on technology-minded startup founders, but I think is a great primer for anyone in technology that doesn't understand how sales organizations work.
september 2018
Serverless Microservice Patterns for AWS - Jeremy Daly
19 patterns used by teams to build production microservices.
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september 2018
Steve Blank Is the Lean Startup Dead?
This falls in the category of indeed, you can have too much money in your startup. 💰 Constraints are valuable.
september 2018
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
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