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How Trying New Hobbies Made Me More Productive at Work - Toggl Blog
I’m a big believer in hobbies and enjoying a variety of different activities.

> Not everything needs to be a side hustle, and not every hobby needs to make us more marketable. Set out to try something new with no expectations attached. Let go of your perfectionist instincts to find the joy and the worthwhileness of experimentation. Maybe it’ll turn out for you, like it did for me, that the freedom to fail outside of work makes you more willing to take risks at work. But even if your hobby doesn’t have an effect on your professional life, it’s still valuable.

Yes! 👍
11 weeks ago
Your first 90 days as CTO or VP Engineering.
Seriously good advise for entering a new role as a leader.
11 weeks ago
Managing my personal knowledge base · tkainrad
I often find little nuggets when reading how other people manage information flows.
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11 weeks ago
Ring Fired Employees for Watching Customer Videos - VICE
I can’t recommend Ring to anyone. The company has a bad reputation with security and I think their fear based marketing campaigns are despicable. Before you think this article is good, since Ring took action when someone watched videos, ask yourself why they even could do that. This shouldn't even be possible to do.
11 weeks ago
Falling behind vs. streaks | Seth's Blog
I've been trying to use streaks to reinforce good habits.

> But it turns out that real progress comes not from measuring ourselves against everyone else’s pace, but in building habits. And habits come from streaks.

I use [Streaks](http://streaksapp.com) on iOS to keep track of mine. **My longest streak is currently at 336 days!** 🏆
11 weeks ago
A Note on Reading Big, Difficult Books...
My book club read [How to Read a Book](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_to_Read_a_Book) which is a much deeper dive on this topic, but there is a lot of similarities.
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11 weeks ago
Leadership Derailers: Anger | Leadership Freak
I've coached many people on this over years. The most common place in technology for anger, or anger-frustration, to appear is dealing with system failures. Everyone is on edge, tensions are high, and people have a swirl of feelings from fear, anger, frustration, anxiety and many more coarsing through their system. The cortisol is pumping. But anger is not helpful, and creates a cancer in a culture. Leaders cannot exhibit it, and cannot condone it.
11 weeks ago
Present From The Head Of The Table - Feld Thoughts
Completely agree with this, and I also see it from time to time. If you are presenting to the room, then stand in front and present. Take the stage!
11 weeks ago
Socially visible progress | Lara Hogan
Interesting advice for managers.

> How often do we just move on to the next thing? ESPECIALLY in our work as managers! There’s no launch party for a reorg :D There’s no trophy for writing that really hard email, or delivering that really challenging feedback.
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> Find trustworthy peers to lean on so that they can celebrate YOUR progress, and you can celebrate THEIRS, too. It’s a game changer.

Oftentimes this happens through formal or informal mentor relationships, but I like the idea of being more deliberate with it.
11 weeks ago
Make blogging beautiful — Anchor CMS
I love all the innovative projects going on right now to make blogging easy, and importantly beautiful, again. We need these projects to create a path for people that want to opt-out of the surveillance systems of social media.
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11 weeks ago
The Coming Supremacy of AR - Allen Pike
I think that augmented reality is going to be a huge deal. I’m intrigued by visual AR, but I’m also intrigued by audio AR. When we can engage with the real world with all the insight and capabilities of technology it could be amazing.

> Where AR has the potential to change everything is the ability not to be 'in your face', but to blend into the world around you. The capability to seamlessly augment your vision is so powerful that if Apple – or anybody else – ever pulls it off, it will upend how we interact with technology as much or more as the smartphone ever did.

There is a very real negative path here too, and I’m hard put to give a good answer why that won't be where we end up. But the potential here is amazing.
11 weeks ago
Clear and Present Leadership
To the point advice for leaders.

> When I've screwed up as a leader it has been a lack of clarity or presence. Why have I done this? Another truth related to leadership is that all leadership flows from character. Every time I've done wrong or less than I could have as a leader it has been a character weakness, either temporary or an ongoing struggle.

This is one to refer back to from time-to-time, especially if you are facing some challenging decisions or situations.
11 weeks ago
Thinking faster with mind maps - BrettTerpstra.com
Mind maps are a tool that I feel I could get a lot more value out of so I enjoyed this take from Brett Terpstra. I have all the same tools that he has, and this article helped me think about them differently. I might sign up for the [Mind Mapping Course](https://brettterpstra.com/2020/01/06/thinking-faster-with-mind-maps/) at The Sweet Setup.
11 weeks ago
The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism | Life and style | The Guardian
> Dissatisfaction with materialism and the usual rewards of society is not new, but minimalism is not an idea with a straightforward chronological history. It is more like a feeling that repeats in different times and places around the world. It is defined by the sense that the surrounding civilisation is excessive, and has thus lost some kind of original authenticity, which must be regained. The material world holds less meaning in these moments, and so accumulating more stuff loses its appeal.
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11 weeks ago
Apache Pulsar
Open-source pub-sub messaging system. Originally from Yahoo! and now part of Apache.
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11 weeks ago
My Approach to 1-on-1s — Marco Rogers
Interesting ideas for different 1:1 conversations.
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11 weeks ago
Frank Chimero · Redesign: Table of Contents
Frank Chimero is a renowned designer, and he's taken to redesigning his website in the open, and documenting the process. This is a lot of fun to follow. 👏
11 weeks ago
What do you call the parts of a story? Or: why can’t journalists spell lead? · The Ethically-Trained Programmer
I spent a bunch of time working very closely with newsrooms and building bespoke tools and content management systems for them. This breakdown of the various components of an article is a good glimpse into the complexities in that world.
11 weeks ago
glow: Render markdown on the CLI, with pizzazz!
Markdown is a plaintext format already, but this adds a little spice for a terminal user.
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december 2019
My Business Card Runs Linux • &> /dev/null
This is so incredibly geeky, and also very cool.
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december 2019
Robocall fines rise to $10,000 per call under newly passed law - The Verge
I’ve been paying an $18/year subscription to NoMoRoBo for a while to block the barrage of calls. Once the blocking stopped working and I started getting over a dozen calls a day. It was borderline harassment.

> The House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure earlier this month, and Thursday’s **unanimous** Senate vote means the bill only requires President Trump’s signature to become law.

Emphasis added. When does the US Senate ever do anything unanimously? I guess everyone hates robocalls.
december 2019
Mozilla - *privacy not included
Mozilla providing reviews of products specifically focused on the privacy aspects.
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december 2019
Hammerspoon
I’m a big fan of automation, and I've long wanted to learn Lua.

> This is a tool for powerful automation of OS X. At its core, Hammerspoon is just a bridge between the operating system and a Lua scripting engine. What gives Hammerspoon its power is a set of extensions that expose specific pieces of system functionality, to the user.

This might be interesting.
december 2019
Apple Mac Pro 2019 | New Apple Computer Guide
The metal holes in the new Mac Pro look very cool, but even better, they are designed that way to accommodate the thermal load.

> Making those holes deep gets back to the first principle: more surface area means better dissipation. “[The pattern] gives us a lot of surface area, which is hugely beneficial,” Ternus says. The Pro Display has fans for specific components, but the bored metal holes are what keeps that huge panel of LEDs cool enough to run so bright.

I love when great design and engineering need is solved in one solution.
december 2019
The Power of The Inbox | Kourosh Dini
Kourosh thinks deeply about his GTD system, and he uses OmniFocus just like me, so I find his reflections to be very useful. I tend to never let my Inbox get cluttered, but I also wonder if I couldn't shove more things into the Inbox and get them out of my way.
december 2019
Your Makefiles are wrong · Jacob Davis-Hansson
It seems I've never used `make` right, or even really understood it. 🤷‍♂️
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december 2019
Microbrowsers are Everywhere ◆ 24 ways
Good research on metadata to enable smart previews of links.
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december 2019
I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.
The experiences documented here are disturbing and concerning. First, what the hell is wrong with these men? Second, how do you manage this and protect your kids online? Staying far, far away from all social platforms seems the best choice.
december 2019
At age 13, I joined the alt-right, aided by Reddit and Google
There seems to be a pretty straightforward means to radicalize people to some desired outcome online. Wether the alt-right, or terrorist organizations, the playbook seems very similar.
december 2019
Yap
This reminds me a bit of Unix `talk`.
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december 2019
disaster.radio | a disaster-resilient communications network powered by the sun
Love this project. In a world where I had unlimited free time I'd bite off a big chunk of it to play with [Scuttlebutt](https://scuttlebutt.nz). It’s a really interesting protocol for rarely connected network devices. The video is a good overview. Maybe this can be my version of [prepping](https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/prepper/). 😎
december 2019
It’s Time to Get Back to Basics – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss
I’m not a Tim Ferriss devotee, but I find his stuff interesting, and I like that he's returning to writing.

> Equally important, those early years of regular writing helped me to think more clearly and to hone a craft I deeply revere. For me, to write is to become more human. To the extent that I’m sane, writing helped keep me in that lane.

I strongly agree with him. It’s easy to have thoughts and jabber on about them. It’s much harder, and intellectually rewarding, to actually form sentences and paragraphs.
december 2019
In Review: 30 Years Of The World’s Highest Paid Athletes
The animation in this article showing the highest paid athletes is pretty cool to watch. I had no idea boxers made so much money! 🥊💰 And then comes Tiger Woods. ⛳️💰💰💰💰💰💰💰
december 2019
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