Friday, February 25, 2022

Friday Links 22-6

Cray 1 supercomputer
Cray 1
I am catching up with my reading and listening.

Nothing about the war in Europe. It is to fresh and too frustrating. I don't even want to think about it. 


TBM 8/52: The Data-Informed Product Cycle"We (hopefully) start with a Strategy"

You Won't Have All the Answers: Why Being Intellectually Honest and Disassociating from Ideas Makes You a Better Leader (with Remi Guyot, Chief Product Officer at BlaBlaCar) [Podcast] - how to get into management and how to enable people  

From Manager to Director: Guide to Managing Managers [Podcast] - mostly about the differences to managers and how to grow into it

Don’t Be the CEO of Happiness: Why Culture is Defined by a Team (with Colleen McCreary, Chief People, Places, & Publicity Officer at Credit Karma) [Podcast] - Good communication is key

The Death of Process - plan for obsolescence of the policies you create!

Goodreads: Otis and Elizabeth Chandler [Podcast] - founding story of Goodreads


Moving the kernel to modern C [LWN] - "modern" as in over 20 years old standard 

Data diffs: Algorithms for explaining what changed in a dataset - quickly see differences in data

A walk through Project Zero metrics - seems like we are getting better at fixing security issues

Y2038 - I am mostly hoping to be retired by then

Balancing Safety and Velocity in CI/CD at Slack - it is interesting how bad it was and how they dealt with it

Learning from incidents [Podcast] - how to best handle incidents to gather insights and learn 

The Kobayashi Maru of Comparing Dates with Times - dates and times are the worst


Our Vision for Location-Independent Salaries at Buffer - not quite location independent, but the two bands are pretty close

How to Have the Best Bad Meetings - controversial! 

Mandatory cycling helmet law dropped in Seattle as it unfairly targets black people and the homeless, say officials - they also are not very useful 

Why People Really Quit Their Jobs - "People leave jobs, and it’s up to managers to design jobs that are too good to leave."

The 4 Rs of people-first culture - quite common sense, but I like the definition


Valve partners with iFixit so you can replace Steam Deck parts by yourself - we need more of this kind of information for products

The future of research events? - "I think it’s also urgent though that we stop tolerating conferences without an ethical/environmental policy."

Ghost village emerges in Spain as drought empties reservoir - beautiful, but also frightening. We haven't had proper rain in more than 70 days now.


There Are No Accidents with Jessie Singer [Podcast] - cars don't kill people, people do 

What Happened When They Banned Cars [YouTube] - spoiler: everything got better

Stealing Bicycles by Swapping QR Codes - sneaky! 

Well There's Your Problem | Episode 96: John Forester & Vehicular Cycling [YouTube] - I listened to the podcast, but this has slides. Good history and insights into urban cycling

‘Noise radar’ in Paris will catch raucous cars and motorbikes - meanwhile most cities don't even enforce speed limits or stop lights 

Bicycles and public transport: The perfect match - good to see the World Bank getting into this

From crisis to opportunity: How the Philippines built 500km of bike lanes in less than a year - apparently this is very one sided and doesn't talk about the local advocacy groups, but still good news

Wie Europas Metropolen das Auto loswerden wollen [German] - slowly

Random Supercomputers

Clustered-Pi Zero edition - your own mini Cray!

Homage to Spain’s railways: take the slow train for the best scenic routes - I don't ride enough trains!

Romeo and Juliet [Podcast] - the brilliant thing about In Our Time are these kind of topics that I usually wouldn't get in contact with. Great episode.

Presenting: Science Vs. Joe Rogan: The Malone Interview [Podcast] - turns out it is indeed pretty bad

Can Joe Rogan change? [Podcast] - spoiler: no

Bypassing Apple’s AirTag Security - "Apple didn’t think this through nearly as well as it claims to have"

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows - for some reason I wanted to find out how useful guns are to prevent crime or in self defence. This is a great article and answers that question.

Synology NAS and Hard Drive Compatibility in 2022 – Should I Be Worried? - turns out that Synology is behaving not nice

A Software Engineer Upgraded an Old iPod for 2022 - I am using YouTube Music and I do hate it at times. It really forces you to listen to the same songs over and over again.

Making Singletrack Legal: The Threat of 1,000€ Fines and The Politics of Barcelona’s Collserola Park - this is so frustrating. I had some of my most fun riding on those singletracks, when I lived in Barcelona.

Portland Startup to Mine Artisanal Bitcoin Using Only Slide Rules and Graph Paper - finally hipster coins!

‘The sprites clearly do not look like actual lemmings’: the inside story of an iconic video game - TIL: there is a documentary about Lemmings

worldle - I am so bad at this

»Alle diese Wege gibt es noch, sie haben eine Geschichte« [German] - cycling in the Pyrenees 

Show me a 10ft paywall, I’ll show you a 12ft ladder. - super useful paywall skipping tool

In Praise of ‘Line Goes Up’ - can't be repeated often enough

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.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Friday Links 22-5

photo of cat in window with mountain in the background
just a cat ... sorry

Focus on urbanism again, with a two video crossover about zoning. 

I also enjoyed the origin story of Kayak.


TBM 6/52: Inputs First. Bets Next - nothing new: start with the vision

The truth about management in Silicon Valley: It doesn’t exist - I don't buy that, but still a good read

KAYAK: Paul English [Podcast] - cool Kayak origin story


Bunnie Huang’s Plausibly Deniable Database - apparently not easy at all and probably not useful

How the 2020 Mask Surge Reshaped Etsy’s Taxonomy Capabilities - when suddenly one category dominates your business


With Bike Buses, Kid Cyclists Dominate the Road - Friday is bike bus day! 

What a safety debate about self-driving cars means for self-flying aircraft - it is all about profit

Crosswalks - fun study and clearly not evenly distributed 

Tesla using Full Self-Driving Beta crashes into cycle lane bollard...weeks after Elon Musk's zero collisions claim - this is not the future I am looking for, though maybe drivers are equally bad? And maybe the problem are cars in cities? 

Dutch Cities are Better for the Climate (and my sanity) [YouTube] - cities in general are better for the climate and more compact ones even more so

The Suburbs Are Bleeding America Dry | Climate Town (feat. Not Just Bikes) [YoutTube] - more about zoning

Random Life

How Will I Measure My Life? - interesting perspective. I try not to measure it.

Mapping the celebrity NFT complex - I give NFTs until the summer, but you can never underestimate the stupidity of 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 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.

Friday, February 04, 2022

Friday Links 22-4

Polar bears move into abandoned Arctic weather station – photo from photo essay
The Guardian - Polar Bears

If you want to know more about web3, NFTs and crypto-currency mess, definitely watch the long YouTube video.

There seems to be a lot of reviewing about agile ideas at the moment. Which is great, because that is what agile is about.


TBM 4/52: An Actionable Post With Examples (Tree/Loop Prompts) - prompts to think about north stars, goals, decisions, ...

The Manager's Stack - set of tools to use for planning and keeping track of things. 

Are You a Lateral or Vertical Thinker? Why Thinking Outside the Box is a Leader’s Superpower (with Paul Sloane, Innovation Consultant)  [Podcast] - I am not sure about lateral thinking, but there are still a lot of good ideas in this

Clear thinking for 2022 [Podcast] - maybe hybrid will be a thing? 

Pondering Agile Principles - reviewing the agile manifesto 

Your hiring process is too slow -- speed it up with these five tips - we do some of these, but we definitely don't have a SLA


Extreme (Programming) Thoughts - Ron musing about XP. XP changed my life and it is relevant for everyone thinking about agile 

The CDN is Dead, Long Live the CDN! - Cache Partitioning in Firefox and Chrome - I didn't realise this, that should change thinking on external assets 

Lock-in and Multi-Cloud - good thinking about where to go cloud-wise for different types of companies / stages.


492. How Did a Hayfield Become One of America’s Hottest Cities? [Podcast] - suburbs are evil, until they turn into proper towns

The End of Uber with Cory Doctorow [Podcast] - "Reality has a well known anti-car bias"

Random Bears

Polar bears move into abandoned Arctic weather station – photo essay - they look at home 

Line Goes Up – The Problem With NFTs [YouTube] - I am mostly ignoring the hype now, but if you want to know more about NFTs and cryptocurrencies, watch this. 

NFT Artist & Cryptobro Blocker - and if you want to ignore them more, use this

Farm WiFi Off The Grid with Ubiquiti and Solar - I think I have a future project. This doesn't look too bad.

Career Advice Nobody Gave Me: Never Ignore a Recruiter - good idea to have an auto reply for recruiters 

Backblaze Drive Stats for 2021 - I am still fascinated by this. And some "desktop" drives are doing really well

Two out of ten Barcelona start-up founders come from abroad - that is more than I thought and fewer foreign employees than I assumed too.

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.