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What I learned at work this year | Bill Gates
I love what Bill Gates is working on now. 💚
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january 2019
Oil Fail - ongoing by Tim Bray
Interesting post that reminded me of [Sustainable Energy Without the Hot Air](https://www.withouthotair.com), a book [my book club](https://rwbook.club) read a while back. Both that one and this Oil Fail book sound interesting.
january 2019
The simple hack to make meetings better | Torchbox
Solid framework for improving meeting quality. This stuff is always much easier said than done.
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january 2019
N.O.W. Tone Therapy System
I got these mindfulness aids for my birthday and have tried them a few times already. They are a nice complement for other meditation practices. 🧘🏼‍♂️
january 2019
Coconut Programming Language
Functional language implemented in Python so you can mix and match.
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january 2019
The 2018 Emoji Report — Rands in Repose
🧐

> Emoji continues to be one of my favorite work habits. As I wrote earlier, I initially resisted emoji. But the efficiency of the lightweight communication that occurs via emoji and emoji reactions can’t be denied. It also happens to be fun.

👍🏻
january 2019
Links & Recommendations — On my Om
[Om Malik](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Malik) is starting link blogging. This is guaranteed to be a worthwhile stream of good information. 👍🏻
january 2019
Pokémon GO Caught Nearly $800 Million in Global Revenue Last Year, Growing 35% Over 2017
35% revenue growth for an established game like this is very impressive.
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january 2019
In 2019, blockchains will start to become boring - MIT Technology Review
Blockchain getting boring may be the best thing to ever happen to it.
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january 2019
What Is Going To Happen In 2019 – AVC
Well, Fred Wilson gets tight to the point.

> I believe and have been telling those around me that I think 2019 will be a “doozy.” I think we will see major dislocations in the leadership of the United States, a bear market in stocks, a weakening economy, a number of issues with the global economy including a messy Brexit and a sluggish China.

Yikes. 😳
january 2019
People with depression use language differently – here's how to spot it
I wonder how many other things can be determined by analyzing people’s writing and word choices.
january 2019
Rethinking how we interview in Microsoft’s Developer Division
I find it very interesting to hear how tech companies are evolving their hiring practices. There is still too much "gut" instinct in hiring. At SPS we have adopted some of these practices as well as we've improved the process. I like that this highlighted some of the complications of these more sophisticated processes as well.
january 2019
Another iPad Pro Review
Solid review of the new iPad Pro after using it for a prolonged period. I totally agree with the sentiments, as well as not replacing your laptop with an iPad Pro. There are a number of things that I do on my iPad that I cannot do on my MacBook, and an equal number that are the other way around too. Notable app highlights in this writeup as well.
january 2019
I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. | HuffPost
This is a good read. I don't think I'd want to be a "cable guy".
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january 2019
Little Stones for 2019
I think I could have nearly the exact same set of goals.
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january 2019
ongoing by Tim Bray · SF-5: Serverless Bills?
More thoughts on Serverless architectures, this time on costs. Bray's point is valid, the solution may have as much, if not more, impact on cost than the deployment model.
january 2019
Vaping Giant Juul Explains Everything Wrong With Our World
This is a shocking valuation in such a short period of time.

> The deal values Juul at $38 billion, a similar market capitalization to that of Target, MetLife, Delta Air Lines, and Ford. Fifteen hundred Juul employees split a $2 billion dividend as a result, becoming instant millionaires overnight.

All being built by addicting people, mostly kids, to nicotine and encouraging them to do something that is bad for them. Maybe Facebook should have bought Juul?
january 2019
Tying Allowance to Chores Could Kill Kids’ Motivation to Help Out - The Atlantic
Interesting background data on how chores and allowances encourage behaviors.

> He advises that allowance be used as a means of showing children how to save, give, and spend on things they care about. Kids should do chores, he writes, “for the same reason we do—because the chores need to be done, and not with the expectation of compensation … Allowance ought to stand on its own, not as a wage but as a teaching tool.”

In our family the kids get an allowance just on schedule, it’s not tied to chores. Chores are things you do because your part of the family and we all chip in.
january 2019
Gravitee.io API Platform
Open source API management solution.
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january 2019
Barack Obama’s Favorite Books of 2018
Can we start a campaign to get President Obama off of Facebook and share information like this without requiring people to submit to surveillance to get his posts? Plus, like some of the book (and other) recommendations here.
december 2018
Join Analog Social Media - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Two things on this.

1. My book club read [Bowling Alone](https://rwbook.club/book/bowling-alone/) which covers the value of clubs, and sadly the decline of many of them in America. This is a good book to go along with Newport's thesis here.

2. While I’m talking about my book club, that is a "analog social media" activity that I value and treasure.

🤝
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december 2018
Facebook’s Clear History privacy feature is still months from launching - Recode
Why would anyone believe that Facebook is actually serious about this? The only motivation for them is fear. I wouldn't recommend trusting a company to do something that goes against their profit motive. Why was Google Chrome the last browser to support Do Not Track? It doesn't help them. Why do they still not support privacy enhancing features with cookies? Same reason. Why would Facebook ever limit its data on you? This is akin to asking cigarette companies to also give you advice on lung health.
december 2018
Leah Cunningham
My friend Leah Cunningham left the social web and is now on the IndieWeb. I recommend subscribing to her site with your favorite feed reader.
december 2018
Release fish 3.0.0 (released December 28, 2018) · fish-shell/fish-shell
I've been using fish shell for a while now and it feels modern and nice. It reminds me how zsh felt many, many years ago. These improvements in 3.0 are very good! 👍
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december 2018
The Hidden Struggle to Save the Coffee Industry From Disaster
It turns out coffee is a giant monoculture, susceptible to many bad things. 😳
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december 2018
The Yoda of Silicon Valley - The New York Times
I love that [Knuth](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Knuth) got such an expansive writeup in the New York Times. He's a pioneer and someone that all of us in the computing field should admire. I have the first three volumes of [The Art of Computer Programming](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_Computer_Programming). I'll admit I've not read them, but I love that it is titled Art, as that is what programmers should strive to create. Link from my friend [Michael Rock](http://mrock911.com).
december 2018
From the Hyperlink to the Stream: Hossein Derakshan’s Critique of the Internet in the Age of Social Media - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
I **really** like this metaphor and insight. I went back and read the original post that Newport is highlighting as well. The "web" versus "stream" thought deserves further consideration. Organic webs of links feel very much like our brain, very human, even organic. A stream of stuff is very robotic, very mechanical, not human.
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december 2018
How to Write a Novel With Ulysses, Part  I: Organization and the Writing Process | Ulysses Blog
Interesting insight into how Gemmel organizes his books in Ulysses. Independent of the writing part, just technically authoring and structuring a book must be difficult. This is an interesting model. I have thoughts of someday writing a book, will file this away for reference later.
december 2018
TED Talk on Getting Things Done for Teens - Getting Things Done®
This talk doesn't actually identify itself as [GTD for Teens](https://gtdforteens.com), but it is given by one of the authors of the book. As a Twin Cities resident I was also surprised that I had no idea there was a [TEDxEdina](http://tedxedina.com) event just a few miles from my house. I also didn’t know that [Mark Wallace](https://about.me/MarkBWallace#!), one of the GTD for Teens authors and a speaker at this event lived in the Twin Cities! I watched this talk with my teenage daughter and it sort of interested her, but not enough for me to light a shared spark of GTD-ness yet. 🧐
december 2018
8 Powerful Evening Habits That Will Prepare You For a Better Tomorrow
A lot of people write about creating powerful "morning routines". It strikes me an evening routine might be even more important though.
december 2018
Designing resilient systems: Circuit Breakers or Retries? (Part 1)
A deeper dive into how Hystrix implements the circuit breaker pattern.
december 2018
Can the Government Block Me on Twitter?: 2018 Year in Review | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I continue to find this topic interesting, and I wish it would be taken a level higher. Why is it okay for government to use a service like Facebook to share information with citizens? Facebook and Twitter require you to create an account and be surveilled. Why is it okay for a government elected by citizens to choose a medium that requires creating an account with a for profit entity and then being surveilled to get information. Email doesn't suffer this problem, and works just fine. And, I don't think a government we elect should be allowed to block us. That takes it to the extreme of requiring surveillance to get the information, and then blocking citizens from even seeing the information.
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december 2018
Istio vs Hystrix
Good introduction to the circuit breaker design pattern and how to implement it in two different platforms.
december 2018
Become A Facebook-Free Business – Signal v. Noise
This is an interesting idea. I wonder if a broader push like this might be successful. Companies could proclaim how they respect your privacy as part of their value proposition.
december 2018
My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories
Viticci knows iPad productivity better than anyone else I know. HIs list of apps that he's using is a great place to find new tools. I follow his writing pretty closely and still found three or four new apps in this list.
december 2018
Python gets a new governance model [LWN.net]
An interesting read to see how the Python language will be governed now that the [BDFL](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_dictator_for_life) has stepped aside.
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december 2018
Timing 2018.4: Calendar Integration, "Weekend Mode", Project Colors, and More! — Timing Time Management Blog
I continue to believe that there is hidden insights locked away in our calendars, and software should help us get more from it. Timing has now added calendar integration. I still don't like using Timing or Rescue Time. Knowing that I have software watching me feels creepy, even when it’s software I’m using to watch myself.
december 2018
16 (x4) Books We Read Winter 2018 – Andreessen Horowitz
Expansive book list. I find these fun to browse for inspiration.
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december 2018
Minnesota United FC on Twitter: "DING DONG DING DONG 🔊 SOUND ON 🔊… "
I really don't like linking to Twitter, but this video is fun and I can’t find it on the open web. I can’t wait to see games in 2019 at [Allianz Field](https://www.mnufc.com/stadium/)!
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december 2018
Ethical Hypocrisy and Social Networks – Leah Cunningham – Medium
My friend [Leah Cunningham](https://medium.com/@cunningleah) has decided she's done with Facebook properties, and shares why.
december 2018
Away from Keyboard #10: Maria Boland Ploessl found her home in technology
Fun interview with the ED of [Minnestar](https://minnestar.org), [Maria Boland Ploessl](https://www.linkedin.com/in/mariabploessl/) about minnestar and her transition into parenthood.
december 2018
How much is social media worth? Estimating the value of Facebook by paying users to stop using it
Oh my…

> Though the populations sampled and the auction design differ across the experiments, we consistently find the average Facebook user would require more than $1000 to deactivate their account for one year.

🤦‍♂️
december 2018
Stripe Atlas: Writing copy for landing pages
Quick primer for non-marketing types to help write better copy to engage.
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december 2018
As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants - The New York Times
This should surprise nobody.

> For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews.

Facebook is a surveillance engine, not a company or a social network. It’s goal is to surveil you and to profit from that. Preferably addict you as well.
december 2018
What Leadership Really Feels Like
A good explainer on why telling stories that connect to the future matters so much!
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december 2018
How to Take Great Holiday Photos – The Sweet Setup
Just in time for the holidays some simple tips on better photos. It misses one that I think is very important, particularly with kids, which is to get to eye level with your subject. Kids are often taken pictures from "above" them. It’s better if you get your camera right at eye level for the subject.
december 2018
Darkroom 4.0: The MacStories Review – MacStories
Darkroom is amazing but it badly needed an iPad version, and now there is one!
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december 2018
Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories
It never made sense to me that this wasn't universal since it messed up syncing. I’m giving this app another try since it seems like something I would like, but I've never gotten into the habit of using it.
december 2018
AutoSleep 6: Effortless Sleep Tracking More Accessible Than Ever – MacStories
I use this app passively to get approximate data about sleep patterns. You can get reasonably good data by just installing it and letting it go.
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december 2018
Why the US Air Force believes in Santa
An absolutely delightful article for Christmas on NORAD and Santa Claus… 🎄

> This year, 1,500 volunteers at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs will, once again, answer over 150,000 telephone calls and thousands of emails from children all over the world. And the NORAD Santa Tracker itself will receive over 20 million visits.

🎅 Via [Chad Burdette](https://www.linkedin.com/in/strategyanddatawins/).
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december 2018
SPS Commerce Acquires CovalentWorks - MarketWatch
Some acquisition news from SPS Commerce! 👍
december 2018
Senate Intelligence Reports On Russia Detail Broad Disinformation Plan : NPR
Instagram doesn't get the focus that Facebook does regarding potential misuse, but it should. And please remember, it’s all just Facebook since they bought Instagram.

> The new research also points to the previously underappreciated prominence of the IRA's use of Instagram. It notes that IRA posts on the photo-sharing platform received 187 million engagements, which dwarfed the 76.5 million engagements that IRA posts received on Facebook.

That's pretty amazing engagement.
december 2018
Introducing MacStories Selects: The Best New Apps, App Updates, and iOS Games of 2018 – MacStories
MacStories produces some of the most in-depth looks at iOS apps out there. The idea of an annual award is a little gimmicky, but from them I'll pay attention. I've played with Agenda, which they pick as the top app, but it hasn't resonated with me. I might give it another go given their enthusiasm. Scriptable here is a nice nod to it’s potential, but it’s still far too complicated for even most power users.
december 2018
Darkroom For iPad: Faster. Easier. More Powerful. – Dispatches From Darkroom – Medium
I've been impressed with Darkroom on iOS since I first used it. I had two issues that kept me from using it a lot: it was buggy and crashed somewhat frequently, and it had no iPad app. The bugs got better, and today we get an iPad app that looks great! This continues to be an incredible impressive RAW editing app for iOS.
december 2018
A random emoji in your terminal prompt. How and Why!
A nice way to add some fun to your command line! 😍
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december 2018
ongoing by Tim Bray · SF-4: Serverless Latency?
Tim Bray's entire [set of essays on Serverless](https://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/201x/2018/12/09/Serverlessness) are fabulous. He's incredible knowledgable in this domain. This one on latency I thought was particularly informative to help the reader think about the problem in a more precise way.
december 2018
Amazon’s Disturbing Plan to Add Face Surveillance to Your Front Door | American Civil Liberties Union
The headline here is intentionally overstated. Technology companies file patents constantly for stuff that they have no plan to make. With that said, the patent described here is straight out of some Orwellian surveillance state.

> Imagine if a neighborhood was set up with these doorbell cameras. Simply walking up to a friend’s house could result in your face, your fingerprint, or your voice being flagged as “suspicious” and delivered to a government database without your knowledge or consent. With Amazon selling the devices, operating the servers, and pushing the technology on law enforcement, the company is building all the pieces of a surveillance network, reaching from the government all the way to our front doors.

It’s not obvious to most people that a bunch of houses with fancy "smart doorbells" can result in a surveillance state, but it surely can.
december 2018
Ant Colonies Retain Memories That Outlast the Lifespans of Individuals | Science | Smithsonian
Insect colonies do some pretty incredible things:

> The Finnish myrmecologist Rainer Rosengren showed that when the ants emerge in the spring, an older ant goes out with a young one along the older ant’s habitual trail. The older ant dies and the younger ant adopts that trail as its own, thus leading the colony to remember, or reproduce, the previous year’s trails.

My [book club](https://rwbook.club/) read [Ant Encounters](https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8895494-ant-encounters) several years ago and it had several incredibly interesting insights into how ant colonies work and learn.
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december 2018
Martin Tomsky - Illustrator - Gallery
Featured in Dec/Jan 2019 Make magazine. Incredible pieces of art.
december 2018
Bikes, culture and a North Loop joint in the middle | Star Tribune
I used to go to One + One nearly every day for coffee when I worked in the warehouse district.
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december 2018
Our learnings from adopting GraphQL – Netflix TechBlog – Medium
Another recap, this time from Netflix, on the successes of using GraphQL.

> We have been running GraphQL on NodeJS for about 6 months, and it has proven to significantly increase our development velocity and overall page load performance.

They share some good learnings from the transition.
december 2018
Four Days Trapped at Sea With Crypto's Nouveau Riche
Crypto-currency boat cruise? No thanks.

> I understand why people might want to hire a boat and stuff it with investors: to make money. This cruise measures its takings in old-school pounds and dollars. None of the ship’s bars take bitcoin—fittingly, the only thing you can do with it here is gamble. What I don’t understand is why anyone thought this would make the whole thing look less like a Ponzi scheme with a sleazy post-cyberpunk aesthetic.

😳
december 2018
The State of Technology at the End of 2018 – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
I like Thompson's take on current affairs.

> This, then, is the state of technology in 2018: the enterprise market is thriving, and the consumer market is stagnant, dominated by the “innovations” that a few large behemoths deign to develop for consumers (and probably by ripping off a smaller company). Meanwhile a backlash is brewing on both sides of the political spectrum, but with no immediately viable outlet through competition or antitrust action, the politics surrounding technology simply becomes ever more rancid.

The stagnation is a real thing. We don't have many new service and apps coming to market in the last year. The giants of the industry haven't left much for the rest of the market.
december 2018
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret - The New York Times
This is a good explanation and examples of how location data can tell organizations so much about you. There is more hidden understanding here than I think people understand. 🗺
december 2018
Antifragile
Bosworth makes a good case here against protecting teams. I tend to agree. I've fallen into this trap myself mostly around acquiring or merging companies. There is a tendency to hold certain things back during that process, and it just delays the inevitable. Better to get out of the way. Protecting causes more problems in most cases.
december 2018
Minneapolis ends single-family zoning, undoing a major component of housing segregation.
Caught my eye to see Minneapolis city matters in Slate. There has been a lot of debate and trepidation around the [Minneapolis 2040](https://minneapolis2040.com) plan. I honestly haven't done the work to really understand all the components myself.
december 2018
Tetris
There is so much Tetris here! History of the game, variants of it. But most notably, a program to read a Tetris game using a webcam and then "play" it using the standard controls. A computer playing Tetris!
december 2018
Verizon Admits Defeat With $4.6 Billion AOL-Yahoo Writedown - Bloomberg
**$4.6 billion** writedown. This was always a bad idea. It makes one wonder where does the support for something like this come from?
december 2018
Introducing the new GitHub Status Site | The GitHub Blog
GitHub has become part of many automated systems inside of companies. Extending their status site to be more specific, and importantly callable via an API, makes a lot of sense.
december 2018
Twin Cities-based movement gives retired men a place to talk, give back and feel valued - StarTribune.com
This seems like a perfect Minnesota thing.

> The Men’s Sheds motto: “Men don’t talk face-to-face. They talk shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Actually, isn't this just ice fishing but without the fishing? 😁
december 2018
Scripting API now in public beta! | Minecraft
I sense a sudden surge of kids learning Javascript!
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december 2018
The Year Ahead Planner
Nice PDF to walk you through a reflection and planning process for the new year. Via [Patrick Rhone](https://www.patrickrhone.net/5024-2/).
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