Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday Links 24-18

Polaroid photo and camera
I really love the photograph series in the random section, it is a great concept.

The videos about the busiest train station and buying a train are also great … if you like trains.

Leadership

Beyond 'Sorry': How to Apologize and Mean It 6 | 22  [Podcast] - most apologies are just deflections.

TBM 293: Where More Effective Product Teams Spend More (and Less) Time - "Navigating proxies" - good collection!

Engineering

Story: From Burnout to Breakthrough  [Podcast] - I didn't know about Hedy before, it sounds quite interesting. The origin story is well told.

Regexle - who doesn't like regexes? 

The Documentation Tradeoff - "Nobody _wants_ documentation. They want to know enough to change the code quickly"

New York Times source code stolen using exposed GitHub token - oops!

Environment

Whose Truth?: Climate change denial  [Podcast] - part of a BBC series about misinformation.

Swiss parliament defies ECHR on climate women's case - Swiss being Swiss.

Urbanism

Galway City produces local version graphic showing space used by transport modes

I Visited the World's Busiest Train Station [YouTube] - three million!

Rushing to McDonald’s, sneaking into Trump Tower: the desperate struggle to find a public toilet in New York - a problem in most cities. 

Decoding the 15-Minute City Debate: Conspiracies, Backlash, and Dissent in Planning for Proximity - conspiracies are always weird, but this one is the weirdest.

Random Photographs

A Black photographer added himself to places where history didn’t want him - so cool.

591. Signs of Progress, One Year at a Time  [Podcast] - fun stories, some I knew already.

Whose Truth?: Russia v Ukraine [Podcast] - another episode in this series

Death from the Skies, Musk Edition - filling the sky with satellites and the ground with rubbish.

Will a personality test cost you your dream job? - "workplace horoscopes"

I Got My Own Train [YouTube] - everyone's dream.

It’s another Guardian Blind date wedding! How a lockdown love story ended in ‘I do’ - yes, I am a sucker for Guardian's blind dates, and especially the successful ones.

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, June 07, 2024

Friday Links 24-17

Book cover: Commodore Amiga a visual Commpendium

The leadership antipatterns are quite good, so is the video about a new development in Amsterdam.

Leadership

Product Coaching with Petra Wille  [Podcast] - coaching not agile coaches.

Briefly: Anonymous Questions - how to set up Q&As as a leader

Unexpected Anti-Patterns for Engineering Leaders — Lessons From Stripe, Uber & Carta - #3 being a shit-umbrella 

Engineering 

What to Know Before You Implement Public-Facing APIs - I still think versioning APIs is overrated.

Sharing details on a recent incident impacting one of our customers - "we left auto-delete on"

Work

A year on, Spain’s ‘historic’ menstrual leave law has hardly been used. Why? - unsurprising, I hope this will improve.

Offsites, huh - the bigger you are, the harder they will be

Urbanism

Mayor fined €100 for riding on street where cycling is banned by the council, while shooting ‘cycle to work’ video to encourage cycling in Barcelona - I never realised there were roads like this in Barcelona ... you never stop learning things you don't want to know.

The $1.8 Billion Plan for Amsterdam [YouTube] - bloody Amsterdam, making everything so nice!

Are the Suburbs Getting Worse?* [YouTube] - yes, in the US

Random Amigas

AmigaPCI - a new Amiga compatible board based on PCI

New Electronics Workshop Tour [YouTube] - I don't understand all the toys, but I want them.

interviewcopilot - I expect some fun future interviews!

On Fire Drills and Phishing Tests - I had an article about this last week, this is the original "You can’t “fix” people, but you can fix the tools."

Drum N Bass in CommonLisp  [YouTube] - groovy 

Spain fines budget airlines €150m over ‘abusive’ cabin bag and seat charges - I am boycotting Ryanair, but the others are pretty bad too.

Other Links

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 31, 2024

Friday Links 24-16

Alice in Wonderland themed tea mug with writing "Drink me"
This week, the "City in A Bottle" JavaScript demo blew me away. 

The podcasts in the leadership section are also pretty good. 

Leadership

Albert Strasheim, CTO at Rippling, on Embracing Rapid Iteration and Setting Goals for Accountability [Podcast] - interesting ideas about project management and also insights into our competition.

A company is not a family with Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky [Podcast] - I didn't know the origin of the name! I also think that overcommunication is a good thing. I am working on that. 

How Can I Set the Right Boundaries in a New Job? [Podcast] - another great coaching session.

Engineering 

Why, after 6 years, I’m over GraphQL - I have always been sceptical.

Environment

What does China's green tech revolution mean for the world? [Podcast] - for some reason, they focus on the negative.

What are PFAs? Everything you need to know about the ‘forever chemicals’ surrounding us every day - we are all plastic!

Random Tea

For seven years, I have been caffeine-free. Here’s how it has changed me - I can't remember when I stopped, probably around that time.

Remembering ICQ: A Page Out of History - I don't have that rosy memories. I am from the IRC generation.

Heura Launches Plant-Based Butcher’s - I really like Heura's products. This is a gimmicky way of marketing products.

City In A Bottle – A 256 Byte Raycasting System - this is just remarkable.

The Space Quest II Master Disk Blunder - oops.

Google: Stop Trying to Trick Employees With Fake Phishing Emails - I am not a big fan of tricking employees either.

The greatest clock (and map) ever made [YouTube] - definitely not the greatest. Pretty good, though.

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Friday Links 24-15

Mocktail on a dark table
This week I enjoyed the podcast with Vitaly Pecherskiy, and the one about improv and presence. 

If you like alcohol-free cocktails, the article from The Guardian has a good list, with some weird tricks, like clarifying coconut milk.

Leadership

Vitaly Pecherskiy, Co-Founder at StackAdapt, on the Role of the CEO, Mental Models, and Employee Onboarding [Podcast] - I liked the insights about leadership composition and constantly improving yourself. 

Presence: 'Yes and...' - how the secrets of improv can teach us about work [Podcast] - some interesting ideas between all the self-promotion.

Beyond the Bias: The Truth About Remote Work vs. Returning to the Office [Podcast] - Co-founder of product for remote "goes beyond the bias" … right. 

Leadership, Decision Making, Work-Life Balance, and Everything in Between with Kendall Miller [Podcast] - Kendall about everything.

Making engineering strategies more readable - nice tips.

These People Aren’t Gods: How European Founders Can Stop Making The #1 Mistake in US Recruiting  - "What happens when a culture of understated accomplishment meets a culture of overstated achievement?"

Engineering

Never, Ever, Ever Use Pixelation for Redacting Text  - The Unredacter!

Environment 

Alarm as German climate activists charged with ‘forming a criminal organisation’ - similar development to the UK. 

Toxic Gaslighting: How 3M Executives Convinced a Scientist the Forever Chemicals She Found in Human Blood Were Safe - it is always the same, the polluters know before the rest of us.

Urbanism

How did Helsinki make transit work in the suburbs? | Navigating Urban Transit with George Liu [YouTube] - those are some fancy bus / metro terminals. 

“Pure bile and prejudice”: Cyclists slam local government’s proposal to introduce “mandatory bike insurance” and urging cyclists to “encourage overtaking” in Spanish city - it is the usual anti cycling policies of some cities. This is not far from Barcelona. 

Random Drinks

The experts: bartenders on how to turn 16 classic cocktails into mocktails – from a negroni to a mojito - nice ideas for all us teetotals.

Specialized SL8 Index: How Long Does It Take to Afford S-Works SL8 Around the World? - it is a toy for the rich. 

The KeePassXC kerfuffle [LWN] - I think I have disabled most of these options.

An exercise in frustration - more fun with AI image generators. 

1152. Waro Kishi /// Kim House /// Ikuno Ward, Osaka, Japan /// 1986-87 - I like these small houses more than the usual villas on the site.

Other Links 

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Friday Links 24-14

A collection of vinyl single records

This week's recommendation is everything in Urbanism. It's all about improving cities. Two podcasts and one YouTube video.

Leadership

Wisdom for Work #23 - Cultivating Conditions of Courage [Podcast] - how to lead with honesty and foster psychological safety 

Sociotechnical Maestros with Gene Kim [Podcast] - I am not a big fan of most of Gene Kim's books, but this interview is pretty good.

Five Tips to be Happier at Work (Dr Laurie at SXSW) [Podcast] - why do you want happier employees? Because they are more productive.

Urbanism

Can we build better cities for mental health and the climate? [Podcast] - we could if we wanted.

Some Business Owners REALLY Hate Bike Lanes (with Bike Curious) [Podcast] - you just can't use logic with them.

What is the "Correct" Speed Limit? [YouTube] - it's 30 km/h

Random Records

"I was probably off my head... it wasn't meant to be a novelty record, it was meant to be an underground record": The story of The Prodigy’s cartoon-sampling rave hit Charly - from 1991!

Reimagining technology – and talking to animals – with Aza Raskin [Podcast] - using AI to talk to animals, and what that could mean for us.

Stop Trying To Defeat Racism With Logic - the announcement of the new Assassin's Creed game led to the expected racist backlash.

Why clubbers are raving about Germany’s cross-country Techno Train - a round trip is a bit boring

BreakTime - kill the meetings!

Most common 4 digit PINs - mine are also on the bottom left.

Other Links

Friday Links Disclaimer
Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
More about the links in a separate post: About Friday Links.