Friday, January 20, 2023

Friday Links 23-03

Red house with colourful window frames
I enjoyed the podcast about the seven habits book (which I haven't finished so far) and the post about meetings for engineering organisations.

A lot of good content in the urbanism section this week. The videos about cycling made me miss snow a bit.


Starting the year with 7 Habits [Podcast] - since I haven't made it through the book, this was a nice summary

TWH#42: Public Speaking In a Nutshell - I am at the "just do it scared" stage 

Meetings for an effective eng organization. - some of these wouldn't have been my choice, or I would merge them. I never needed to have spec or incident reviews every week.

1:1 question generator - if you really have nothing on your list 

Software and its Discontents, January 2023, Part 1 - interesting perspective from Kellan. I am excited for part 2!


The Lisa: Apple's Most Influential Failure - source code is now available

Jira is a Sewer - you might be holding it wrong. 

Ruby 3.2’s YJIT is Production-Ready - that doesn't seem a lot of a speed-up, considering how slow Ruby is.

Urbanism & Transport

The High Cost of Free Parking with Donald Shoup [Podcast] - it took me a while until I understood how broken our parking in cities is

Catalan connections – high-speed rail guide, night train rumors, cross-border links [Podcast] - Spanish high-speed rail is pretty impressive … if you find a route that works for you, and you don't need to take a bicycle with you.

LTNs appear not to push traffic on to boundary roads, London study finds - like predicted 

Tempolimit würde Klima deutlich stärker schützen als bisher angenommen [German] - a speed limit on German Autobahns could save 6.7 million tonnes of CO2 each year. 

Winter urban cycling showdown compares cities in Canada and Finland. Who will win Plus 1 Minus 2? [YouTube] - both look relatively pleasant  

The Cult of Bike Helmets - "When it comes to the dangers threatening cyclists, wearing a helmet is like bringing a knife to a gunfight."

"Cities should not just build green transport but actively dismantle car infrastructure"  - "A strategic reduction in road space means completely reframing the narrative around congestion."

Are Cities Too Reliant on Twitter? - yes! One thing I am missing from Mastodon are all the official local, Barcelona and Catalonia accounts.

Germany's Hidden Amsterdam [YouTube] - "Amsterdam" is a bit exaggerated, still a nice city for cyclists

Random Houses

1018. Léon Krier /// Krier House /// Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, Florida, USA /// 1985-87 - this just seems wrong

Citizen Kane [Podcast] - I am not a fan of the film. It might be time to review it. 

End of the road for Milltag as cycling clothing brand enters voluntary liquidation - some of my first jerseys were from Milltag :-( 

Balearic Islands seek to ban non-residents from buying property - Barcelona next?

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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