Friday, February 03, 2023

Friday Links 23-05

The black-tailed prairie dog
This week I recommend the reviews of NoSQL and "Spotify Model". It is good to look back at these hypes after a bit of time and learn from the good and the bad bits.

Leadership

Becoming a Genius Maker: Liz Wiseman's Approach to Multiplying Your Team's Potential (with Liz Wiseman, Author and CEO of The Wiseman Group) [Podcast] - many good ideas about enabling your team to do their best work … instead of you doing it.

How to Prevent Quiet Quitting - Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work [Podcast] - I think the quiet quitting thing is mostly a US concept. 

Culture is A Competitive Advantage: How to Approach The Changing Psychology of the Workforce (with Steve Cadigan, Author and Talent Strategist) [Podcast] - In my opinion we should still aim for keeping people longer in companies. It just means that investments in onboarding and learning can be taken advantage off. 

My critique of “the Spotify Model”: Part 1 - another one of these, but I really like this one.

Setting engineering org values. - So far I haven't come across a good use of values. Occasionally, they sound good and then are not used to make decisions.

Engineering

Git archive generation meets Hyrum's law [LWN] - when people use undocumented interfaces.

NoSQL: The Baby and the Bathwater - "its clear that the movement identified some very real issues, and then overreacted to them"

Environment 

Wind and solar were EU’s top electricity source in 2022 for first time ever - nice. Looking at those graphs, it appears that the trend is not going to stop anytime soon.

Urbanism & Transportation

How good are London's cycling superhighways?  [YouTube] - I am still annoyed that all of this happened after I left.

Fall asleep in Amsterdam, wake up in Barcelona! The NL is getting a new night train in 2023 - can't wait!

Random Ground hogs

I watched Groundhog Day every day for a year. Here’s what I learned - that is pretty remarkable. I watch it at least once a year, which is enough. I do discover something new every time.

Pro Cycling Chef Hannah Grant: ‘I had no idea what I was getting into!’ [Podcast] - I love her books and the TV series. It is definitely worth a look.

How's Life? [Comic] - I can relate.

Backblaze Drive Stats for 2022 - I don't even know why I still read these.

The miracle of the commons - long read criticism of "The Tragedy of the Commons"

‘I use it because it’s better’: why chefs are embracing the electric stove - our house has an old induction stove. I did miss gas in the beginning. Now I would never go back.

Other Links

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Friday, January 27, 2023

Friday Links 23-04

Two podcast suggestions for you today. Exposing rainforest carbon credits: why offsetting isn’t working, which is worrying but expected and Ukraine: Under the Counter, about people coming together to do help.

Packed bookshelves

Leadership

30-60 days in a new leadership role: run experiments for change - that seems early to me

Internal comms for executives. - "Good communication is a series of habits"

Five Ways Toward a Fairer, More Transparent Hiring Process - transparency and good communication is the key here. 

Full Responsibility [Comic] - that's hopefully not future-me.

Engineering

Circle - The C++ Automation Language

Engineering Effectiveness Handbook - one view of engineering effectiveness in a nice format

Work

Stop Looking for the Perfect Job - a "Good Enough Job" is Just Fine [Podcast] - most jobs won't give your life meaning, and that is perfectly fine.

Overcoming burnout: a psychologist’s guide [Podcast] - view from an expert. 

Urbanism

Pepper spray for the school run? The weaponised SUV set to terrify America’s streets - someone is taking the War On Cars too serious.

Environment 

Exposing rainforest carbon credits: why offsetting isn’t working [Podcast] - carbon offsetting always seems too good to be true … turns out it is.

UK climate minister received donations from fuel and aviation companies - I am completely surprised. 

The eviction of Lützerath: the village being destroyed for a coalmine – a photo essay - nice to see international coverage. And this is not about this village, it was always a lost cause.

Random Books

Reading is precious – which is why I’ve been giving away my books - I like the idea of a library in my house, but in reality it would just be catching dust. I love reading on the Kindle.

Ukraine: Under the Counter [Podcast] - a group of people smuggling abortion pills into Ukraine. I can't wait for the second part. Not all heroes wear capes.

The dark side of fine dining [Podcast] - suddenly I don't feel so bad about never eating at Noma.

Quintessence - "Quintessence shows you the top links that the people that you follow on Mastodon tooted or boosted in the last 24 hours."

‘Tragedy upon tragedy’: why 39 US mass shootings already this year is just the start - same, same

mozilla.org's 25th anniversary - good old days!

Other Links

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Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time you might notice common themes though.
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Friday, January 20, 2023

Friday Links 23-03

Red house with colourful window frames
I enjoyed the podcast about the seven habits book (which I haven't finished so far) and the post about meetings for engineering organisations.

A lot of good content in the urbanism section this week. The videos about cycling made me miss snow a bit.

Leadership

Starting the year with 7 Habits [Podcast] - since I haven't made it through the book, this was a nice summary

TWH#42: Public Speaking In a Nutshell - I am at the "just do it scared" stage 

Meetings for an effective eng organization. - some of these wouldn't have been my choice, or I would merge them. I never needed to have spec or incident reviews every week.

1:1 question generator - if you really have nothing on your list 

Software and its Discontents, January 2023, Part 1 - interesting perspective from Kellan. I am excited for part 2!

Engineering

The Lisa: Apple's Most Influential Failure - source code is now available

Jira is a Sewer - you might be holding it wrong. 

Ruby 3.2’s YJIT is Production-Ready - that doesn't seem a lot of a speed-up, considering how slow Ruby is.

Urbanism & Transport

The High Cost of Free Parking with Donald Shoup [Podcast] - it took me a while until I understood how broken our parking in cities is

Catalan connections – high-speed rail guide, night train rumors, cross-border links [Podcast] - Spanish high-speed rail is pretty impressive … if you find a route that works for you, and you don't need to take a bicycle with you.

LTNs appear not to push traffic on to boundary roads, London study finds - like predicted 

Tempolimit würde Klima deutlich stärker schützen als bisher angenommen [German] - a speed limit on German Autobahns could save 6.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year. 

Winter urban cycling showdown compares cities in Canada and Finland. Who will win Plus 1 Minus 2? [YouTube] - both look relatively pleasant  

The Cult of Bike Helmets - "When it comes to the dangers threatening cyclists, wearing a helmet is like bringing a knife to a gunfight."

"Cities should not just build green transport but actively dismantle car infrastructure"  - "A strategic reduction in road space means completely reframing the narrative around congestion."

Are Cities Too Reliant on Twitter? - yes! One thing I am missing from Mastodon are all the official local, Barcelona and Catalonia accounts.

Germany's Hidden Amsterdam [YouTube] - "Amsterdam" is a bit exaggerated, still a nice city for cyclists

Random Houses

1018. Léon Krier /// Krier House /// Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Florida, USA /// 1985-87 - this just seems wrong

Citizen Kane [Podcast] - I am not a fan of the film. It might be time to review it. 

End of the road for Milltag as cycling clothing brand enters voluntary liquidation - some of my first jerseys were from Milltag :-( 

Balearic Islands seek to ban non-residents from buying property - Barcelona next?

Other Links

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Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time you might notice common themes though.
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Friday, January 13, 2023

Friday Links 23-02

BeOS blocks icon
I have nearly caught up with my podcast backlog! 

This week's post is short nonetheless. 

I enjoyed the podcast about daily scrum meetings and if you can read German, I also recommend the article about digital nomads.  

Leadership

Ep - 20 - What’s wrong with the software engineering industry? feat. Nick Rogers (VP of Engineering at Wagestream) [Podcast] - interesting chat

How to Run Successful Daily Scrum Meetings [Podcast] - many things I agree with, especially: doing daily meetings in Slack is not worth it 

Feature Factories vs. Value Generators - we all (hopefully) want to create value. It's not easy. 

Getting a job as an engineering executive. - I am not even sure I would like to be an executive, but still good insights 

Make an effective executive LinkedIn profile. - Since I will be looking for a new job soon…

Your Best Work - about focus … and maybe mindfulness

Urbanism

Does Your City Have Enough Parks? [YouTube] - Barcelona is about 20%. I wonder how that is counted.

Are cycle tracks in your city built like urban freeways (but without the racism)?  [YouTube] - very true. Even bidirectional or centred bike lanes separate the cyclists too much from the life in the street. 

‘Entrenched car culture’ leaves millions of Britons in transport poverty - "Study finds drivers spending up to a fifth of pre-tax income on running a car as lack of infrastructure deters people from cycling"

Would You Fall for It? [ST08] [YouTube] - a big part of Europe certainly fell for it

Road to nowhere: why the suburban cul-de-sac is an urban planning dead end - I think they can be OK, if they allow through traffic for pedestrians and cyclists. This is not the case here, though. 

‘A very street library thing’: in praise of sharing books with strangers - I love these. I am not sure if they exist in Spain. In the past, I did BookCrossing, which seems more or less dead.

Random OS

Haiku beta 4: BeOS rebuild / almost ready for release / A thing of beauty - I have a soft spot for BeOS, while never have used it myself. Maybe it is time to start up a VM with this.

Strava Raises Prices But Can’t Tell You How Much It Costs Anymore - that is a pretty astonishing mess 

The Nibelungenlied [Podcast] - one of these things that you hear about a lot, but never go very deep. 

The complicated legacy of Spain's super-rich 'indianos' – BBC REEL [YouTube] - I have seen their buildings around Spain. This is a good summary about the history. 

Neoliberale Hippies [German] - critique of "digital nomads", and it doesn't even mention the environmental impact of this parasitic lifestyle 

squadrats - fun Strava tool to make you explore new areas. A bit like the max square in Veloviewer. 

TikTok car-fishing craze leads to closure of ancient Rufford ford - this was fun while it lasted

I Can't Taste Anything, Will I Like The Foods I Hate? | No Taste TASTE TEST [YouTube] - this must be the worst for a YouTube foodie. I hope it doesn't last.

Other Links 

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Friday, January 06, 2023

Friday Links 23-01

Model of the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin
Happy new year!  New year, new links!

I am not going to take a break just because I am on funemployment at the moment. 

This week I loved the article about measuring engineering organisations and the podcast about Bauhaus.

Leadership

Measuring an engineering organization. - everything you need to start thinking about your metrics as engineering leader

Hypergrowth in Engineering Organizations: How to Hire, Grow and Support the Atomic Unit of a Team (with Lena Reinhard, Leadership Coach & Consultant) [Podcast] - interesting perspectives and tactics regarding fast growth 

Understanding your environment [Podcast] - your environment shapes you, so be mindful in choosing it 

How to capitalize engineering costs.  - when you have to deal with the finance department 

This Company Is Canceling All Meetings With More Than Two Employees To Free Up Workers’ Time - this will end in tears 

Becoming a Manager of Managers - I think the different scale of problems is the one that can be easily missed.

Engineering

You Want Modules, Not Microservices - or a bit of both

Mistakes You Apparently Just Have to Make Yourself - I might have made some of them myself. 

The Pedestrian Programmer - I now live with just a basic Emacs config

Urbanism 

How London is finally (slowly) turning into a bike city [YouTube] - compared to other cities: yes

Using architectural decision records to streamline technical decision-making for a software development project - AWS on ADRs 

New law in California means drivers must change lanes when overtaking cyclists - this should be the law everywhere 

UK study adds to evidence of air pollution link to long-term illness - surprise!

Random Bauhaus

Bauhaus [Podcast] - history of the Bauhaus movement. I always related it to architecture, but that is only a tiny part of the history.

Six-day illegal rave sees 5,000 people descend on Spanish village - nobody invited me! The village seemed pretty chilled about it.

Danish bank workers celebrate first full year without robberies - Germany, please take note 

Tobacco companies to be billed for cleaning up cigarette butts in Spain - this will be passed to consumers, which is a good thing. 

Alcohol (it must be January):

Other Links

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Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kind 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.