Friday, December 18, 2020

Friday Links

One of my favourite houses
Last one before the holidays, where I am going to post some other things. A little bit on productivity today as I look into the Zettelkasten hype.

Leadership

How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too - I am personally just looking forward to the holiday.  

Shared vision on organization - I think this is one of the hardest things to get right

Four-day workweeks: the experiment that never stopped - one can dream

Interesting work happens at the edges. - very good point, the more I move away from the edge the less interesting daily work is. It can still be important and fulfilling though.  

The Ultimate Skip Level Meeting Guide for Leaders [Podcast] - helpful! I kind of like the idea of having group skip levels once the number gets out of hand 


Navigating Emotional Reactions at Work
[Podcast] - good episode. I definitely have to work on this more. We want everybody to bring their full self to work, this includes the emotions.  

Engineering

Reducing flaky builds by 18x - great work, not easy to apply for us, but maybe there will be more tooling around this in the future 

Test Flakiness - One of the main challenges of automated testing - Google looking at flaky tests, seems to be the beginning of a series 

Encapsulating Ruby on Rails views - Rails slowly catching up with other frameworks on this 

A Discussion of Good Technical Debt with Jon Thornton [Podcast] - the usual "good technical debt is an investment", but still good 

Technology

Zodiac Killer Cipher Solved - that took a while

Exposure Notifications: end of year update - biggest problem is widespread adoption, where it is happening it seems to work 

CentOS Saga continues. Apparently it is a "good thing". Thankfully there are already options like CloudLinux and Rocky Linux developing.

Urbanism

€6.3 billion investment by 2030 planned for commuter train network  - this is great to see. I don't know if it will improve my line, but this might convince some people to take the train instead of the car.

La revolta de les escoles [Catalan] - Schools in Barcelona are protesting against the traffic right in front of their buildings. 

When the Trains Stopped, Cyclists Dodged Manila’s Choking Traffic - Manila is the worst city for walking I know. I always thought it would be good for cycling, as the traffic is pretty slow most of the time. They also created some bike lanes recently.  

Cycling Injury Risk in London: Impacts of Road Characteristics and Infrastructure  - Spoiler: protected bike lanes help, paint on the road hurts

Air pollution a cause in girl's death, coroner rules in landmark case - I hope this changes something. It is time that we treat air pollution as smoking, lead or asbestos.

Women behind huge increase in running and cycling in 2020  - Thank you women! (Just on Strava, so not too representative in general)  

Recovering from long COVID - a cyclist's guide - lets hope nobody needs this guide 

The French Connection
[Podcast] - Interview Deputy Mayor of Paris about the very successful changes they are making to their city
 

Productivity 

Zettelkasten - This seems a bit of a hype at the moment. As someone who is always looking for a better organization of my stuff I jumped right on it. 

Org-roam: Presentation, Demonstration, and What's on the Horizon [Video] - Zettelkasten for Emacs

the org-gtd package: opinions about Getting Things Done [Video] - I am pretty happy with Todoist, but I am going to have a look at this too. I really need something that works on the mobile phone though.  

Random Houses

Best Architectural Projects of 2020 - People still like rich people's glass and concrete slabs. I tend to agree.

Blob Opera - I am still amazed what kind of stuff they do with our browsers, but then they are now as big as operating systems

Interactive map of all Michelin-starred restaurants in Catalonia  - even though I am often disappointed by starred restaurants I am still eager to try some of these out 

EP 4: Is it too late to stop climate change? [Podcast] - probably yes, though Bill Gates is optimistic 

EP 5: Can people really change? [Podcast] - Bono in the house! 

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 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.

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