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.

Friday, May 03, 2024

Friday Links 24-13

Eurobeat 2000 club flyer

This week I enjoyed the interviews with Hazel Weakley and Melinda French Gates.

For some reason, I also have a few clubbing related links. If you like electronic music and play around with it yourself, I recommend the podcast with Alex McLean about live coding.

Leadership

Software Development As Collective Learning With Hazel Weakly [Podcast] - Very thoughtful interview about Hazels journey and her views on leadership.

TBM 274: How Capable Leaders Navigate Uncertainty and Ambiguity - this was mentioned in the podcast above. Prompts and example interview questions. 

Constraints on giving feedback. - how to think about feedback.

A Software Engineering Career Ladder - another one!

The Power of Rituals at Work 6 | 16 [Podcast] - he clearly has a book to sell. 

Presence: Presence starts with positive leadership [Podcast] - another book to sell? Presence doesn't have to be in person.

Engineering 

PHP from 2014 to 2024 [YouTube] - it has been a while since I last worked with PHP. I still think it is underrated and one of the languages that is developing the fastest and with a great ecosystem.

With Backstage, Spotify’s getting serious about its enterprise and dev tools business play - I still haven't seen this in action. It seems to be mostly focused on organisations with many services.

VASA-1: Lifelike Audio-Driven Talking Faces - scary … but also: rapping Mona Lisa!

OMG! We’re at forty! (Announcing the release of Fedora Linux 40) - I can't believe it has been 20 years since I complained about the switch from RHL to FC.

Environment 

Europe baked in ‘extreme heat stress’ pushing temperatures to record highs - the summer will be fun.

Ocean spray emits more PFAS than industrial polluters, study finds - it's not the ocean's fault!

Urbanism

‘Urination equality’: Amsterdam women win fight for more public toilets - we just need more public toilets for all genders.

Is Europe Sprawling? [YouTube] - yes, but not if compared to the US.

How to Remove a Highway [YouTube] - nice.

Lawmakers to allow NYC to lower speed limit to 20 mph - Germany started this idea, and now it is lacking behind.

Random Flyers

george georgiou clubart - flyers and clubart.

Wherein the Millennial influencers weigh in on staying until last call - I can relate. 

“I'm almost ashamed to be known as a DJ”: Dave Clarke on the state of dance music and the making of Archive One

The magic of ALGORAVE: Why We Bleep podcast with Alex McLean [YouTube] - Alex talking about live coding, Tidal Cycles, and Strudel.

8. Melinda French Gates [Podcast] - I just discovered this podcast now. It is great to have Kirsty Young back. She is such a great host.

The Millennial CAPTCHA - fun. I qualify, apparently. 

Teslarossa Ep10 - 2000 mile road trip [YouTube] - I want an electric classic car, but something more practical. French rest stops are also the best.

The Fifth Floor: My emergency kit list [Podcast] - I have been looking into this since last year. The forest fires are coming closer.

‘In the US they think we’re communists!’ The 70,000 workers showing the world another way to earn a living - maybe I have to get an Orbea after all.

Five of Europe’s best national parks – with all the beauty but none of the crowds - I have been only to two of these.

podcastindex - nice initiative.

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, April 19, 2024

Friday Links 24-12

fibre network distribution boxes with cables on a wall
Both leadership podcasts about managers and coaching are excellent. 

The post about remote work is also interesting. People are different, so are organisations.

Leadership

The future of work? "The manager as a therapist" [Podcast] - I think I used that line before. I am not sure if this is a good thing.

Extras #24 - Building High-Performing Teams Through Coaching - with Steph Yiu [Podcast] - interesting stuff from Automatic. I would love to see that kind of support in all companies. 

The remoteness of remote work - well-balanced and personal view on a companies remote work phases. 

Principal Engineer - according to this, mainly about business skills.

Engineering

Docs as code is a broken promise - I agree. Writing stuff should be as easy as possible. Workflows for code are not optimised for that.

Environment 

How Swiss women won a landmark climate case for Europe [Podcast] - The Guardian

The biggest climate case that ever was [Podcast] - The Europeans

Why are electric scooters, mopeds and rickshaws booming? [Podcast] - because they are better.

Snow in Peril: The Impact of Climate Change on Ski Resorts in the Pyrenees - the Grandvalira marketing speaks of a 5% sales loss. They are probably optimistic.

Urbanism

Does tiny living impact wellbeing? - apparently not!

After 30 years, Critical Mass is still fighting for cyclists on London’s roads - if you can, join one in your city!

Technology can save you from red light runners - I would argue tech could help with many things drivers do wrong.

Random Networks

The Rise And Fall Of The LAN Party - I missed that part. It started with not networked home computers and didn't do computers in the high of the LAN parties. Looks cool. 

Hidden 3D Pictures - finally some "hidden" pictures that are easy to see. 

Can You 3D Print Cassettes? [YouTube] - yes, just the case. 

@countleaves - play text adventures on Mastodon - currently HHGG

Abortions in first 12 weeks should be legalised in Germany, commission says - I didn't realise that abortion was illegal in Germany. There are numerous exceptions to make it accessible to most people.

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, April 12, 2024

Friday Links 24-11

Amiga Kickstart boot screen

Some cheerful urbanism news this week. It is especially great to see how Paris is progressing.

For a fun nerdy read, have a look at the tic-tac-toe implemented in printf, or the floppy history.

Engineering 

How to measure your cloud carbon footprint [Podcast] - nice open-source tool.

Backdoor in XZ Utils That Almost Happened - Schneier weighs in too.

The Turing Police say "X Wins"  - tic-tac-toe implemented in a single printf. 

Notes on how to use LLMs in your product. - as always, a good summary from Will.

Environment

Taylor Swift's Two Private Jets in 2023: Where Did They Go? [YouTube] - two? 

Tenth consecutive monthly heat record alarms and confounds climate scientists - this really isn't news any more. 

Human rights violated by Swiss inaction on climate, ECHR rules in landmark case - go KlimaSeniorinnen!

TIL: Most Teabags contain plastics, and release micro plastics in large amounts when brewed - I am now 2% plastic.

Urbanism

End of the Line? Saudi Arabia ‘forced to scale back’ plans for desert megacity - nobody really believed this would happen? Do cities created by rich people ever work?

How do the dolmuĊŸ and minibus systems work in Istanbul? | With Geert Kloppenburg  [YouTube] - one way of having flexible public transport. 

Spain to end 'golden visas' granting residency to investors who spend €500k on housing - it was not widely used, but it is good that they stop it. 

French Revolution: Cyclists Now Outnumber Motorists In Paris - this was a pretty quick change overall. 

Campaigners hail “historic” EU cycling declaration - it remains to be seen if this changes anything.

Beyond Bike Lanes: What Really Impressed Us About Cycling in the Netherlands [YouTube] - the Netherlands are still showing the way.

Random Floppies

The Rise and Fall of 3M’s Floppy Disk - amazingly, I never had a computer with proper 5 1/4 floppy disks, only with 3 and later 3 1/2 disks.

583. Are We Living Through the Most Revolutionary Period in History? [Podcast] - mostly depressing. 

GNU Stow 2.4.0 released - I switched to using this for my dotfiles last year, and I just now learn that I know the maintainer. 

How to Build a Small Solar Power System - this goes straight to the to-do list.

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, April 05, 2024

Friday Links 24-10

Heisenberg's indeterminacy principle formula.

Two weeks of links, which includes a collection from the xz debacle. I loved reading these, as this is a good combination of spy story and technology postmortem. If you want to read an overview, read the timeline post. 

Good podcasts this week: about the Heisenberg principle, and the silencing of climate protesters in the UK. 

Leadership

Getting real with Employee Experience [Podcast] - two good interviews with people active in the area.

Mentorship, coaching, sponsorship: three different — and equally important — tools for developing talent - good summary of the three aspects of staff development.

How do we evaluate people for their technical leadership? - measuring knowledge work is hard.

Jack Shit - systems over work. 

Part 1: Burnout Is A Thousand Tiny Self-Betrayals - I first read it as victim blaming, but it is true that it is mostly in your hand.

Reflection: When was your team last together? - sadly, in a fully remote and distributed company, this is really hard. 

TBM 277: Bring Back Fun - “Having fun building stuff that has impact”

Engineering

xz backdoor

GNOME 46 puts Flatpaks front and center - I don't like it!

mini-announcement: I've decided to publish Yotta. - very cool minimalistic system.

AI is boring and stupid and maybe that's OK - "Sometimes boring and stupid is still really useful. "

What We Know We Don't Know [Talk] - "Nothing is real, we don’t understand what we’re doing, and the only way to write good software is to stop drinking coffee. Burn it all down. Burn it to the ground."

Environment 

The silencing of climate protesters in English and Welsh courts [Podcast] - is the UK becoming less democratic? I think this answers the question. 

Plant-heavy ‘flexitarian’ diets could help limit global heating, study finds - it is a lot easier to get people to become flexitarian than vegetarian or vegan. And the numbers make a difference.

Urbanism

Mobility Debate at COAC: What is Barcelona missing? - I agree with all of this, especially about the congestion charge and superblocks.

Random Uncertainty

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle [Podcast] - another lovely episode from In Our Time.

We have a right to repair! (Interview) [Podcast] - history and challenges of iFixit. 

‘We can’t find a single German or European applicant’: Deeptech startups feel bite of talent shortage - Germany making progress difficult.

All billionaires under 30 have inherited their wealth, research finds - is anyone surprised?

Best printer 2024 - just get a brother laser printer

You Can Now Follow President Biden on the Fediverse - I am not on Threads, but now some accounts from there are arriving at Mastodon. 

Cannabis users celebrate relaxation of laws on personal use in Germany - finally! This will also change Europe.

EU investigates Apple, Meta and Google owner Alphabet under new tech law - the EU is doing good work in this space at the moment.

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.