Thursday, April 01, 2021

Bank Holiday Links 21-12

Collection of Cassette Tapes
The Big Digitization Of Cassette Tapes
A big post today, as last week I was distracted by too many puppies. 

I caught up with my podcasts and there is some good stuff like the Dunbar one. 

Also a small section about my cassette tape problem.  


Robin Dunbar makes the case for human connection [Podcast] - sometimes one forgets that there are people behind things like the Dunbar Number.

Start Finishing, Stop Starting: Why I prefer Walk the Board Stand-Ups  - well argued. I think we are doing something in the middle.

A Checklist For First-Time Engineering Managers - I might use this for inspiration

Mailbag: Should we just call them architects? - I really don't like the term "architect", even staff engineer is better than that

Those pesky pull request reviews - they are just a tool, no replacement for communication and collaboration 

Mitchell on Meetings: The Thing [Podcast] - one of my favourite comedians on meetings

Psychologically Safe Teams: How to Individualize Your Approach and Lead Through Strengths with Alice Ko (Director of Marketing Communications at Procurify) [Podcast]

2021 Pay Analysis: How We’ve Lowered Our Gender Pay Gap From 15% to 5.5% - transparency first, then fix it

Things your manager might not know

Remote Work

Our research shows working from home works, in moderation - hybrid is probably the most common in the future

Google is accelerating partial reopening of offices and putting limits on future of remote work - this is a bit surprising, but not completely unexpected. Maybe Google has better data on remote work?

Why remote work has eroded trust among colleagues  - I am not sure I buy into this one

Short Toes Welcome: Embracing Transparency, Iteration, and Asynchronous Workflows in a Remote World with Darren Murph (Head of Remote at Gitlab) [Podcast]

Disconnecting From Work is a Skill We Need to Rebuild - I had a problem with this in the past, but I worked hard on fixing it. I also try to encourage my team to do the same.


Privacy, sustainability and the importance of “and”  - Google is getting a bit desperate about the disappearing cookies and are using their browser monopoly to get around it. Use Firefox.

How to Build a Web App with and without Rails Libraries - Spotify on yak shaving

Spotify: Ruby Style Guide

xmlwf -k - Tim Bray starting from scratch outside the Amazon eco system

Google’s top security teams unilaterally shut down a counterterrorism operation - I am on Google's side 

The uninvited Internet of things [LWN] - fighting this is a lost battle 

How We Built A Context-Specific Bidding System for Etsy Ads - one would hope that this could be bought somewhere 

Rust support hits linux-next - I am really curious how much this will spread

Remove Circular Dependencies by Using the Repository Pattern in Ruby - Patterns in Ruby!


Net Zero + Nature: Our Commitment to the Environment - when I read the title I was a bit worried about Netflix doing green-washing, but this looks like a good effort

The Beef with Beef [Podcast] - the main thing I don't like about the podcast is how they discourage individual action in favour of convincing others to act. This is especially bad coming from a podcast that has the chance to change many people's minds. 

Human penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns scientist - this is the one (tiny) bit that might save us

Canadian Conservative party votes not to recognize climate crisis as real - well, I don't recognise Canada as real!

Major climate polluters accused of greenwashing with sports sponsorship


Backers of London LTNs outnumber opponents by three to one - but the opponents are louder

London Fire Brigade says low traffic neighbourhoods have had no impact on response times - surprise!

Want to make the streets safer for women? Start with cycling - children and women first!

Works begin to make two of Barcelona’s busiest streets more pedestrianised - there is some criticism on the work on Pelai from cycling advocacy group. It is mostly paint.

Design For Human Beings Not Cars, New U.S. Transport Secretary Says - what a change a president makes

Jamelle Bouie Has Seen the Future of Transportation - spoiler: it is a cargo e-bike


All Bodies on Bikes | SHIMANO [YouTube] - cycling is for everybody!

Inside a 6-Million-Square-Foot Bike Factory in China [YouTube] - everything is a bit bigger scale in China

2023 Tour de France to start in Spain’s Basque Country (+ video) - holiday plans for 2023?

Playground of the pros: why Andorra is now the must-go destination for mountain challenges - more holiday plans

Cycling boom rolls on amid struggle to meet UK demand during Covid

Random Tapes

Cassette Tapes 

It is great when the rest of the world catches up to one of your fetishes. I confess I have some kind of addiction to the tapes and especially high end cassette decks. So far I have controlled my buying urge, but I can't promise this will last.
And then there is also the related addiction to high end Sony hifi components from the 90s...

More Random

Guess which neighbourhood voted for whom with streetview - this is pretty fun, even if you don't care for US politics. My heuristic: if there is a field, pick-up truck or trailer park it is Trump. Station-wagons, cycle lanes or side walks: Biden.

A new "board process" at the FSF - oh no

OSI Response to RMS’s reappointment to the Board of the Free Software Foundation - oh, oh

Spread the love! 10 scrumptious Marmite recipes, from roast potatoes to spaghetti - one of the first things I stocked up on when the lock-down hit

Are You Ready for a Fresh Start? - I had some success with New Year's resolutions, but also a lot of failures. I do have a long to-do list for after the pandemic.

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 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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