Friday, March 01, 2024

Friday Links 24-06

Ukrainian flag on post at halfmast position
The flag of Ukraine at Kyiv City Hall

It has been two years since Russia's invasion and beginning of the unprovoked war of aggression against Ukraine.

There is fatigue and attention, and headlines are turning to the next topic.  

I'm not as down about it now as I was two years ago, as it really got under my skin. 

Now I stay mostly current with the news to not forget. I am impressed by The Guardian's continued reporting on this.


The Worst Morning Ever - a memory of the first 24 hours of the war.

Nastia @ Vernadsky Library in Kyiv 2024  [SoundCloud] - it is wonderful how some life continues as normal.

Two years of war in Ukraine – then and now - in pictures.

A train through Ukraine: a journey into the stories of two years of war


Story: Beautiful Code - Inside Greg Wilson's Vision for Software Design [Podcast] - interesting story about getting into code and teaching it.  

time_t Hard Mode - my favourite topic: time zone changes!

Today in "Daylight Savings Chaos Monkey" - every four years we learn about the mistakes we make.

Increase Test Fidelity By Avoiding Mocks - I quite like mocks! Not using them can also quickly get out of hands if you have many dependencies. 

Are Aurora Performance Claims True? - deep dive into the claims … it depends, but it appears to be true.


Periodic Face-to-Face - I was lucky to meet some coworkers already in my first month, and I know many people are eager to do the same around conferences. 

RTO doesn’t improve company value, but does make employees miserable: Study - it is good to see some studies around this. Until now, it was just camps shouting at each other.

Four-day week made permanent for most UK firms in world’s biggest trial - 51% is technically most :-)


European parliament votes for watered-down law to restore nature - good, except for the watered-down part. 

Rise of fast-fashion Shein, Temu roils global air cargo industry - another thing we really don't need.


Europe Spends More on Roads than Rails (with Real Time History) [Podcast] - mostly about Germany because it is so depressing.

In the beginning (of generative AI) [Podcast] - it is astonishing how dead ML and data science is, after being on the hype train for the recent years. 

A hydrogen tram for Görlitz: about the worst idea I can imagine - the hydrogen hype continues.

The cities stripping out concrete for earth and plants - pretty. 

I Biked (Almost) Everywhere for a Month - "I had more mental energy for work and play and felt more intimately connected to the places and people in my city."

How to find space for bike lanes in clogged cities [YouTube] - Paris showing others how to do it. I really have to visit soon. 

Car harm: A global review of automobility's harm to people and the environment - "1 in 34 deaths are caused by cars and automobility"

Magnificent City Transformations: 6 Before & After Photos - I expect there was a lot of resistance to change, and now nobody wants to go back.


BERLIN TYPE - I like the Berlin station lettering. This new font is nice too.

Analog Cassette Tape is Mounting a Comeback - the never-ending comeback.

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 kinds 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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