Friday, July 30, 2021

Friday Links 21-26

"Break-Dance Olympics" - AI generated image
Break-Dance Olympics
Because I am travelling at the moment we have another double pack. 
Good stuff on management this week and depressing on the environment as usual.

I haven't decided if I'll add a anti-cryptocurrency section or if I just leave it out. For now it is in random.


The 25 Micro-Habits of High-Impact Managers - I am not sure what is so micro about them, but still not bad for a list like this 

Ask for Help - I wonder if this is one thing that is easier in offices

New research reveals employees value well-being over climbing the ladder - about time?

Is it Safe to Speak Up at Work? [Podcast] - about psychological safety

How we’ve built and evolved our habit of giving back at Buffer - Buffer still doing so much right

Strong Opinions Loosely Held Might be the Worst Idea in Tech - hold your opinions a bit more tight

The Science of Storytelling: Entering Conversations with Curiosity and Defaulting to the Uncomfortable with Karen Eber (CEO of Eber Leadership Group) [Podcast] - she is a good story teller

Making retrospectives effective — and fun [Podcast] - the most important team meeting, now with added fun

Mitchell's New Role at HashiCorp - I have days when I want to switch to IC again!


The Cost of Cloud, a Trillion Dollar Paradox - cloud is relative expensive and from a certain size it might make sense to host yourself 

Analyzing Customer Issues to Improve User Experience - if you have so many issues that you need big data 

What is Code Review? – Guidelines and Best Practices - good summary, especially of the benefits (mostly not about finding bugs)

Patterns of Legacy Displacement - Martin Fowler on strategies to replace legacy systems

Frustrating Design Patterns: Broken Filters - this is a great series and filters can be so broken

A Guide to Running an Engineering Program - interesting, if you have the man power 

Extract Product Lines - pattern of legacy displacement 

Three Ways We Share Context at Shopify Engineering - handbook, talks, podcasts

Joy, or Not - Ron Jeffries muses about programming

Remote Work

Let’s switch ‘working from home’ to ‘working near home’ - mixing working and living in cities will be key to solving a lot of our problems

Why introverts excelled at working from home - some introverts maybe. It sounds like this could have been written in April 2020

The Case for Location-Independent Salaries - I guess this decision is easier in SF

Gabe Newell Says Remote Work Reduced Valve Productivity By 25% - focus productivity up, team productivity down


Releasing Org-roam v2 - upgrade was a medium hassle, but now everything works again

This beach does not exit - fake dream beaches 

REvil is Off-Line - good news for some companies 

fullstaqruby - do we need another Ruby distribution? and was the correct spelling taken?

NSO Group Hacked - or possibly leaked 

NDA Expired - let's spill the beans on a weird startup - weird indeed


The lurking threat to solar power’s growth - this doesn't seem to take home solar cells and batteries in account. Maybe commercial solar plants just don't make sense any more once everybody is using "free" energy. Power usage will also increase with more electric cars and factories.

100 Dinge, die bei der CO₂-Wende schieflaufen [German] - nothing will change until the government changes in Germany

One of the biggest myths about EVs is busted in new study - surprise: EVs cleaner as ICE. And they are getting even cleaner as the grid does.

How does the human body cope with extreme heat? (part two) [Podcast] - where is part one?

Critical measures of global heating reaching tipping point, study finds - meanwhile politicians are still trying to avoid change

Queen secretly lobbied Scottish ministers for climate law exemption - Queens avoiding change too

Three Americans create enough carbon emissions to kill one person, study finds 

“My view is that people shouldn’t take their per-person mortality emissions too personally,” he said. “Our emissions are very much a function of the technology and culture of the place that we live.”

Dell pulls energy-hungry gaming PCs in six US states after failing efficiency rules - my computer is no game rig, but I bet it is also not super energy efficient


Big rise in UK weekend cycling amid calls for more investment - change is so slow

Americans Are Ready to Embrace Bicycles, but There’s One Thing Standing in Their Way - I could list a long list of things, but this wasn't on my radar 

German cycling director sent home over racial slur during Tokyo time trial - someone visiting from the 1970s


How I Got Into Urban Planning (and Why I Hate Houston) [YouTube] - Houston seems pretty bad, but there are more Houstons around 

The History of Barcelona, in 26 Interactive Maps - great maps of the development of Barcelona

Barcelona’s Connectivity with the World - connectivity visualized 

The Power of Getting Paid Not to Park at Work - subsidised parking is everything you don't want in cities

Low-traffic schemes halve number of road injuries, study shows - life is full of surprises

Random Breaks

Breaking through [Podcasts] - some history of break-dance and an outlook of having it at the Olympics

Hi-res audio is much ado about not very much (for most people) - also pointless if you are older than 30 or so

Loneliness: coping with the gap where friends used to be - friendships are tricky

Eco and organic cycling apparel is MÃÄD - hand made custom sustainable bike clothes from Barcelona!

Basic Instructions: How to recast a superhero [Comic] - helpful 

Lockdowns do not harm health more than Covid, say researchers - there goes another excuse of the anti-lockdown crowd. Not that they ever really cared.

Wo früh Masken getragen wurden, gab es deutlich weniger Covid-19-Tote  [German] - turns out masks help

The Renault R5 Turbo is smoking hot | Revelations with Jason Cammisa | Ep. 01 [YouTube] - still one of my favourite cars. I had models and pictures on the wall of the R5 Turbo when I was in school

Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade - they still have all the alternatives though and want to go into health 

Barcelona cannabis clubs face closure in new legal setback - there are some black sheep

‘They had a date to kill the cow. So I stole her’: how vegan activists are saving Spain’s farm animals - they saved a few cows in my village


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.
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