Friday, December 29, 2023

Friday Links 23-31

Open air swimming pools overlooking Barcelona
I was lazy due to the festive season and travels. 

That means plenty of links for today. 


Engineering strategy notes. - I think I posted the articles in a previous edition. Many good resources in this one. 

Navigators - interesting approach. I guess in some companies these are architects or staff engineers.

TBM 257: How to Make the Case for Slowing Down to Speed Up - many strategies, align with the main values and strategies.

RFC processes are a poor fit for most organizations - good critique of these. I would bet most organizations have already solved the mentioned issues. 

The Swedbank Outage shows that Change Controls don't work - "Change management doesn’t mitigate risk"

Is Being a Manager Right for Me? 5 | 25 [Podcast] you probably keep asking yourself that question forever. 

Rethinking Leadership: The Characteristics of a Successful Team Guide (with Gary Bolles, Chair for the Future of Work) [Podcast] - so now we have leader, manager, and guide


Committing to Rust for kernel code - fascinating to see a massive project considering accepting a new language. 

How recursion brought down flight search at Skyscanner - bug in creating the data, really.

AWS exec: 'Our understanding of open source has started to change' - CentOS, Fedora, and their original projects.

Modern C for Fedora (and the world) [LWN] - lots of code that still to catch up 

We Have To Support Every Line of Production Code Forever - change is easy, maintenance not so much.


The surprising connection between after-hours work and decreased productivity - surprising?


Giant batteries drain economics of gas power plants - "Data shows 68 gas plant projects cancelled or put on hold"

Spanish minister hails deal to save AndalucĂ­a wetlands as a model for green transition - not even that much money.


The New Jersey Mayor With a Plan to End Traffic Deaths - it is all about infrastructure.  

The 15-Min City Concept | URBAN MOBILITY SIMPLY EXPLAINED [YouTube] - not that the conspiracy theorists will believe it. 

School Streets create healthy, playful and more social environments - I saw this slowly taking shape. It still seems a tiny effort. It is good to see it making a change. 

Life-sized Lessons for Futureproofing Our Urban World @LvivUrbanForum June 2023 [YouTube] - Mikael doing his thing.

Paris mayor plans to triple SUV parking tariffs to cut air pollution - or make parking spaces smaller and more rare? 

Bollards and ‘superblocks’: how Europe’s cities are turning on the car - "According to Barcelona’s own statistics, the number of journeys made by private vehicle rose between 2011 and 2021, while journeys made by public transport fell."

‘People are proud of this green spirit of ours’: how a small Spanish city rejected cars 

I Visited the Best* City in North America - this reminds me of a lot of cities. 

Random Pools

The hidden beauty of Berlin's indoor pools - beautiful!

Walkman II : The Do-over. The start of something small  [YouTube] - I love to have one of these, but the maintenance seems to be a hassle. 

Decades of Fun: Computers Built to Last - or an Amiga in this case.

An audiophile keyboard now exists and it's straight in at no.1 on my Christmas list - I like the idea, even if I have no use for it.

Four bike rides, four years in the life of Black Britain: ‘On the road, we found ourselves again’ - long read, but worth it. 

Elite: "The game that couldn't be written" [YouTube] - I have fond memories of this on the Amiga.

Night trains and border crossings: Europe’s best new rail routes - some more for Spain too!

Ishkur's Guide to Electronic Music via jwz.

[tz] Antarctic research base Vostok local time - thread about changing the timezone of a remote base.

‘It feels very fun and freeing’: US sees ebike boom after years of false starts

"It sounds like a drum machine instead of a machine playing drums - a sore disappointment": What critics said about the iconic Roland TR-909 drum machine on its release

Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics [Podcast] - about happiness and a good life 

Plankton [Podcast] - TIL: jellyfish is plankton!

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Inclusion of links does not imply that I agree with the content of linked articles or podcasts. I am just interested in all kinds of perspectives. If you follow the link posts over time, you might notice common themes, though.
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