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Tetris 99 isnโ€™t just a great twist on a classic โ€” itโ€™s a gameplay revolution | Ars Technica ๐Ÿ”’ arstechnica.com

I put Tetris 99 on my Switch and you may not hear from me for a very long time. Itโ€™s super fun! I never would have thought of a Battle Royale version of Tetris! ๐ŸŽฎ

โŽ February 15, 2019


Brandi Carlile - The Joke (LIVE at the 61st GRAMMYs) - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

Weโ€™ve been fans of Brandi Carlile for a while, and this performance at the Grammyโ€™s was amazing! ๐ŸŽถ

โŽ February 14, 2019


Letting neural networks be weird โ€” Candy Heart messages written by a neural network ๐Ÿ”’ aiweirdness.com

Good reminder for everyone preparing for machine learning to take over the world. Letโ€™s first figure out Valentineโ€™s sayings. ๐Ÿ˜

โŽ February 13, 2019


Blockchain and Trust - Schneier on Security ๐Ÿ”’ www.schneier.com

Schneier is very savvy and smart, and this direct takedown of blockchain is to the point. Iโ€™ve gotten more comfortable with the idea that blockchain is a technology solution for trust, but Schneierโ€™s arguments for why that simply isnโ€™t true are strong. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

โŽ February 13, 2019


Amazon to Acquire eero to Help Customers Better Connect Smart Home Devices | Amazon.com, Inc. - Press Room ๐Ÿ”’ press.aboutamazon.com

I use eero devices at home. I always suspected that eero would be purchased by a bigger company. I didnโ€™t think it would be Amazon though.

โŽ February 13, 2019


Inside story of how legendary NFL broadcaster Bob Costas ended up excised from football and out at NBC -- ESPN ๐Ÿ”’ www.espn.com

Iโ€™ve always enjoyed Bob Costas. Iโ€™m not a huge sports person, but Costaโ€™s has a way of bringing stories together in a way that is very compelling. The reaction to him speaking out about brain injury issues in the NFL is at best dissapointing.

โŽ February 13, 2019


Coaching Tools - The One on One | Silicon Valley Product Group ๐Ÿ”’ svpg.com

This article is written referring to product management, but nearly all of it can be applied to any 1:1 context. This is a topic I keep wanting to investigate as it is not well defined in most companies. Just the statement here referring to 1:1โ€™s as a โ€œcoaching techniqueโ€ is a compelling way to frame these sessions.

โŽ February 13, 2019


The Observation Deck ยป Reflecting on The Soul of a New Machine ๐Ÿ”’ dtrace.org

Reading this, along with Jess Frazโ€™s writeup makes me want to go and re-read Soul of a New Machine again too! Itโ€™s a great book. ๐Ÿ“š

โŽ February 13, 2019


Leave Me Alone - Take back control of your inbox ๐Ÿ”’ leavemealone.xyz

Neat tool to specifically help you with unsubscribing from bulk mail. Sadly it only seems to work with Gmail at the moment. ๐Ÿ˜ด

โŽ February 13, 2019


Python Itertools: For a faster and memory efficient code โ€“ Kanoki ๐Ÿ”’ kanoki.org

Slick examples of what you can do with Pythonโ€™s itertools. ๐Ÿ› 

โŽ February 13, 2019


Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Reflections from the CEO and Founder of Gumroad on building the business and the significant ups and downs. He grounds back to delivering value. It seems obvious, but that is really what matters.

โŽ February 13, 2019


No thank you, Mr. Pecker โ€“ Jeff Bezos โ€“ Medium ๐Ÿ”’ medium.com

Is โ€œcomplexifierโ€ a word? If not, I want it to be one. What a bunch of slime ball stuff. Glad Bezos didnโ€™t capitulate.

โŽ February 13, 2019


Bloomberg London: Workplace of the Future - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

If you find buildings and architecture interesting this is an amazing look at the new Bloomberg London location. The first half was the most interesting to me covering the mechanics of the building. Amazing space. Thanks to Nick for the link.

โŽ February 13, 2019


The ARPUs of the Big Four Dwarf Everybody Else โ€“ Monday Note ๐Ÿ”’ mondaynote.com

These ARPU numbers are amazing.

For each dollar of digital ad growth between 2011โ€“2018, Google took $1.00, Facebook $3.70, while the NYT took only 32 cents.

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โŽ February 11, 2019


Executive coach: 7 secrets to lasting career satisfaction ๐Ÿ”’ www.fastcompany.com

These seem like worthwhile actions to make sure you are adjusting your trajectory in a thoughtful way.

โŽ February 10, 2019


National Park Typeface ๐Ÿ”’ nationalparktypeface.com

I dig cool little font projects like this. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ February 9, 2019


Video Game Controller Cufflinks by ElegantLocketShop [Etsy] โ€”Tools and Toys ๐Ÿ”’ toolsandtoys.net

The first cuff links I would actually enjoy wearing! ๐ŸŽฎ

โŽ February 9, 2019


Original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial - Papa Barnard - YouTube ๐Ÿ”’ www.youtube.com

Iโ€™m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. ๐Ÿ“บ

โŽ February 7, 2019


Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters โ€” by Craig Mod ๐Ÿ”’ craigmod.com

Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the โ€œunmediatedโ€ aspect of email. There isnโ€™t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason Iโ€™m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).

These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. Theyโ€™re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.

Long live email! ๐Ÿ“ง

โŽ February 7, 2019


Sheety - Turn your Google Sheet into an API ๐Ÿ”’ sheety.co

This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like itโ€™s read only. Reminds me of datasette.

โŽ February 6, 2019


stylelint ๐Ÿ”’ stylelint.io

Handy tool for helping with CSS.

โŽ February 5, 2019


Fortniteโ€™s Marshmello concert was a bizarre and exciting glimpse of the future - The Verge ๐Ÿ”’ www.theverge.com

Itโ€™s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not just games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I donโ€™t know. Itโ€™s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from Marshmello inside of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. ๐Ÿค”

โŽ February 5, 2019


Don't Let the Internet Dupe you, Event Sourcing is Hard - Blogomatano ๐Ÿ”’ chriskiehl.com

The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. Itโ€™s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.

โŽ February 5, 2019


Snopes pulls out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook โ€“ Poynter ๐Ÿ”’ www.poynter.org

Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesnโ€™t see value in solving this problem. Itโ€™s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isnโ€™t an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make APIโ€™s and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.

โ€œWith a manual system and a closed system โ€” itโ€™s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,โ€ Green told Poynter in a phone interview. โ€œDo you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldnโ€™t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?โ€

I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.

โ€œItโ€™s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when itโ€™s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,โ€ Green said. โ€œOur community isnโ€™t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.โ€

Honestly, Facebook doesnโ€™t lack resources to solve this problem.

โŽ February 5, 2019


How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) โ€“ Rhoneisms ๐Ÿ”’ www.patrickrhone.net

My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. ๐Ÿ‘

โŽ February 5, 2019


My Brand New Logo โ€“ logo maker | create your own logo ๐Ÿ”’ mybrandnewlogo.com

Neat tool.

โŽ February 5, 2019


Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password ๐Ÿ”’ gizmodo.com

This isnโ€™t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its โ€œcold storage,โ€ unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.

I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. ๐Ÿ’ธ

โŽ February 4, 2019


Have A Few Minutes Of Serious Fun With Bob Mould : All Songs Considered : NPR ๐Ÿ”’ www.npr.org

I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. Iโ€™m looking forward to this new album.

โŽ February 2, 2019


Homebrew 2.0.0 ๐Ÿ”’ brew.sh

Homebrew makes using your Mac so much easier, and now with support for Linux and Windows 10 Linux subsystem.

โŽ February 2, 2019


Humaaans: Mix-&-Match illustration library ๐Ÿ”’ www.humaaans.com

Robust graphic library with a variety of images for people.

โŽ February 2, 2019


Lapis - A web framework for Lua or MoonScript powered by OpenResty ๐Ÿ”’ leafo.net

I continue to find Lua a bit fascinating, and dig the idea of putting Lua right in the web server.

โŽ February 2, 2019


Notepin - Extremely simple blogging ๐Ÿ”’ notepin.co

Another simple blogging platform. Letโ€™s keep these options flourishing!

โŽ February 2, 2019


Rogue Amoeba - The Design of Loopback 2 ๐Ÿ”’ weblog.rogueamoeba.com

This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.

โŽ February 2, 2019


Inspecting JSON Files on iOS with Jayson โ€“ MacStories ๐Ÿ”’ www.macstories.net

I have the same use case as Frederico, using iCloud to store state for Shortcuts in JSON files. If you need to deal with JSON on iOS this is a nice tool to do it with.

โŽ January 31, 2019


On Being A Principal Engineer ๐Ÿ”’ blog.dbsmasher.com

Great reflections on the breadth of responsibilities that come with being a principal engineer.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Google will stop peddling a data collector through Appleโ€™s back door | TechCrunch ๐Ÿ”’ techcrunch.com

This story as well as the one about Facebook is getting a lot of attention. A number of people have seemed to think that Apple pulled the enterprise certificates because of the privacy issues with these applications. I donโ€™t think that has anything to do with it. These certificates are meant to be used to distribute internally developed applications to your employees, not outside your company. That is the reason they pulled the certificates.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Facebook Moves to Block Ad Transparency Tools โ€” ProPublica ๐Ÿ”’ www.propublica.org

At this point nothing should really surprise us from Facebook right? ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™‚๏ธ

โŽ January 31, 2019


Maze Design ๐Ÿ”’ www.cgl.uwaterloo.ca

Turns out generating mazes is pretty complex.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Omni Roadmap 2019 - The Omni Group ๐Ÿ”’ www.omnigroup.com

Basically finish up what they were hoping to get done in 2018. I do think the JavaScript automation for OmniFocus will be a big deal.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Lawrence Lessig On What MMOs Can Teach Us About Real Life Politics โ€” Seed ๐Ÿ”’ seed-project.io

Iโ€™m a big fan of Larry Lessig. I had no idea that he was an advisor to Second Life. Seed sounds like SimCity taken to the extreme.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Custom Mission Patches - design and print NASA-style mission patch stickers for your team. ๐Ÿ”’ mission-patch.com

These are a lot of fun!

โŽ January 31, 2019


Buttondown ๐Ÿ”’ buttondown.email

I like seeing new email newsletter platforms popping up that are focused on more grassroots things, versus serving marketing teams. This is a lot more powerful than TinyLetter. Not as powerful as Mailchimp, but itโ€™s also way easier to use. If you are lookin for an easy way to start a newsletter this seems like a good option.

โŽ January 31, 2019


AI Helps Amputees Walk With a Robotic Knee - IEEE Spectrum ๐Ÿ”’ spectrum.ieee.org

This is absolutely brilliant.

Normally, human technicians spend hours working with amputees to manually adjust robotic limbs to work well with each personโ€™s style of walking. By comparison, the reinforcement-learning technique automatically tuned a robotic knee, enabling the prosthetic wearers to walk smoothly on level ground within 10 minutes.

Use AI to get the computer to adapt to the human faster! ๐Ÿ’™

โŽ January 31, 2019


Michael Tsai - Blog - Malicious Shortcuts ๐Ÿ”’ mjtsai.com

I didnโ€™t think of this but itโ€™s right, it would be really easy to make a shortcut that pulled a copy of all sorts of data from your phone and then had the user send it to you. To be clear, the user would have to willingly go along for the ride. It wouldnโ€™t be possible to do this automatically. But you could pretty quickly fool people I would think.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Cronios โ€“ tow.com ๐Ÿ”’ tow.com

This is really janky and you have to build it yourself with Xcode but I itโ€™s pretty cool to be able to run a Shortcut on a schedule like cron.

โŽ January 31, 2019


Stoop for iOS โ€” An Inbox for Newsletters โ€” Tools and Toys ๐Ÿ”’ toolsandtoys.net

There are a few people who subscribe to this newsletter via Stoop. I havenโ€™t tried it, and donโ€™t plan to. I donโ€™t have a problem routing newsletters to the right spot to read when I have time. I would also be paranoid of putting a company in the middle of the content Iโ€™m reading. But, Iโ€™m sure some will find this a great option for newsletters.

โŽ January 31, 2019


In WSJ Op-Ed, Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Down to Users and Misses the Point | Electronic Frontier Foundation ๐Ÿ”’ www.eff.org

Iโ€™m a proud supporter of the EFF.

Zuckerberg ends his op-ed with a call for government regulation codifying the principles of โ€œtransparency, choice, and control.โ€ But in reality, Facebook is tirelessly fighting against laws that might do just that: it is actively battling to undermine Illinoisโ€™ Biometric Information Privacy Act in court, and the Internet Association, of which Facebook is a member, has asked California legislators to weaken the California Consumer Privacy Act, and is pushing for a national law only if it โ€œpreemptsโ€ and rolls back those vital state protections.

Follow the money.

โŽ January 31, 2019


How To Be Successful - Sam Altman ๐Ÿ”’ blog.samaltman.com

Altman does reference getting lucky in this, but I would suggest adding a new โ€œ0. Get Luckyโ€. I agree with his recommendations, but those simply tip your odds. You also have to get lucky. ๐Ÿ€

โŽ January 31, 2019


Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times ๐Ÿ”’ www.nytimes.com

I agree with Newportโ€™s primary assertion here, that Jobsโ€™ would not have wanted a device to become so constantly integrated into our worlds. Mostly I would say that based on his lifestyle. The fact that he didnโ€™t pitch a store and was downplaying third party apps, I suspect, had to do more with Apple not being ready to pursue that strategy at the time.

โŽ January 31, 2019


websocketd ๐Ÿ”’ websocketd.com

Neat program to route stdin and stdout to an external process and make it accessible via WebSockets! ๐Ÿ› 

โŽ January 26, 2019





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