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Thursday, August 16, 2018
What a cool idea for a chatbot! 🤪🍩
Modern supply chains are amazing in their effectiveness, but transparency inside them is not a design objective.
We call them “supply chains,” but that image is misleading. They really look more like a network of waterways, with thousands of tiny tributaries made up of sub-suppliers trickling into larger rivers of assembly, production, and distribution.
The parallels between supply-chain design and service oriented architecture are surprising. Modularity, interchangeability, limited dependencies. Supply-chains are in many ways a physical manifestation of that type of architecture.
I’ve ended up in these moments myself, multiple times in my career. I like the analogy here as well as the framework for considering how to detect and impending situation like this. I don’t think you can always detect these situations, but experience gives you the sense when they are approaching.
I don’t like the term “post-mortem” and would rather use “retrospective” or even “review”. Aside from that, the framework suggested in this post is a good one. Incident management should not stop at incident resolution, it needs to include a component for how an organization learns from that incident.
I like this and agree with it entirely. I suspect the same is true in any discipline that has similar levels of unpredictability and complexity.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The “health” of a process is a spectrum. What we’re really interested in is the quality-of-service — such as how long it takes for a process to return the result of a given unit of work and the accuracy of the result.
Getting more precise with checks, not simple up and down, is definitely a good improvement.
Everything, truly everything, affects your culture. Given that, it’s not a surprise that tool choices affect it. Aligning your values to the tools you use is a good idea.
This is specifically talking about artist bios, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t apply the same approach to any bio. Personally I really struggle with writing bios, so much so that I hired a writer to help write my bio.
I like this process for picking books to read. When you consider a book can take a few to dozens of hours to read, it makes sense to invest in a process to insure that that time is well spent. I like the various stages in this process. The tooling to pull in rating data seems a bit over the top.
Eye opening article on the sexist and deplorable environment at Riot Games. We need these stories told so we can surface the issues and address this unacceptable behavior.
What a mess.
I’m a huge fan of feed readers, my personal favorite is Feedbin! 💚 I’m happy to see attention coming back to this open, extensible part of the Internet that has been repeatedly declared dead. And, as the last paragraph in this post suggests, the innovation has already started!
I like the use of graphs to show timezone effects! It’s simple, and very effective. Also, for people that have never had to write software dealing with complex timezone issues this is a good primer on the incredible complexity of timezones.
I wasn’t aware of Timsort and it’s unique approach.
I could have written this post. The constant stream of data from Twitter was, for me, highly addictive. I’ve never had a service that was so hard for me to leave, and I still have not left it entirely. I also experienced the negative impact to blogging from using Twitter.
I disagree that all shell scripts are a problem. There is a point where there is too much complexity for
bash, but I don’t think the answer is to always write little programs. They have problems too, just different ones.
This is a fabulous event that we hold each year!
GTD is all about lists, but the real power is in the Weekly Review. This podcast is a good reminder on the importance of that process in your GTD system.
Funding not secured: Musk's explanations about taking Tesla private does not work - Business Insider
Elon Musk seems to be trending less Steve Jobs and more Howard Hughes.
I have a Cozmo and it’s a lot of fun, but it’s not used as much because you have to start it. Vector solves most of the items I think Cozmo suffers from. I backed it! 🙌
Cool index of regex patterns to find various things.
Great advice for your TV. I particularly dislike the smoothing, motion effects in new TV’s. It would be even better if TV manufacturers had one setting for “Display Only” to turn off all this garbage and simply show what comes in the HDMI connection.
This is surprisingly fun and interesting. You put in a location and it finds all the area you can reach in a certain period of time. Critically, you can do this with multiple points and times and identify overlaps. It’s fun to see how highways extend your reach.
All companies have various tools that are used to run their systems. This is the first I’ve ever seen of a framework for making those tools being made public. Interesting.
Friday, August 10, 2018
Pie Charts! 😱
MPR covering the US National Kubb Championship! 🙌🏆
I still prefer Safari for protecting my privacy while blogging, but this set of extensions for Firefox looks great.
Ambitious set of features for a new language.
Cloud Native Computing Foundation Announces Prometheus Graduation - Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Big milestone for Prometheus! 👍
Agree completely with this, but would also suggest they are different things. Digital ethics in my opinion is about education and college. This should be in the curriculum at Universities. It’s a long term thing, not meant to solve today’s issue. The shorter term matters are dealt with using the other methods described here.
Thursday, August 9, 2018
This is a very well done guide to composing your photos. Some of the concepts I had heard of, like the rule of thirds, but many I had not. I like how the images are marked up to show the concepts. There are even flowcharts at the end! 📷
The demos of this library are mesmerizing.
I have a hard time understanding food ingredients that have been around for millennia that are all of a sudden bad. But this article does a good job highlighting how gluten in food has changed in recent years, which could be the cause for so many people having negative reactions to it.
Some experts argue that without this traditional fermentation – the process by which parts of the grain begin to be broken down in the presence of lactic acid bacteria – many people simply can’t digest grains properly to absorb the desirable micronutrients they contain.
Food is more complex than we ever give it credit for. 🍞
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
I enjoy Tom Peters unconventional writing. This is a great 25 page manifesto for leaders.
An initial study perceived cause and solution around gender issues in the workplace based on context.
People who read or listened to the DIY messages were more likely to believe women have the power to solve the problem. That, on its own, may very well be good news. However, they were also more likely to believe that women are responsible for the problem — both for causing it, and for fixing it.
Seems like one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” issues.
First peak of OmniFocus 3 beta for the Mac.
Compelling argument that network level ad blocking is an important security measure for any network. This is written recommending an open source blocker, but I use Eero Plus to do this for our home.
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
I have a similar allergic reaction to cluttered desktops and hundreds of tabs. 🙇♂️ I also have workflows to manage these things. I use Moom instead of SizeUp, and Ulysses instead of Bear.
Training program used by Navy pilots to get sleep.
After six weeks of practice, 96 percent of pilots could fall asleep in two minutes or less. Even after drinking coffee, with machine gunfire being played in the background.
I think the target audience for this training isn’t the average person. If you are a Navy pilot, you’ll do great. But there might be some good stuff to cherry pick for other people too.
I surely hope this isn’t the typical experience with Azure Kubernetes Service. 😳🔥
Critical and deep review of OmniFocus 3. I agree with much of this review and my use case for OmniFocus is complicated, similar to Gabe’s. I have not seen the stability issues he references. I do agree that we are still waiting for the other half of the change with OmniFocus for the Mac. I’m hoping Omni starts moving faster after getting all this infrastructure coding done.
This is a great milestone for Let’s Encrypt!
Let’s Encrypt is currently providing certificates for more than 115 million websites.
That is a major dent in realizing the encrypted web. All of my sites use Let’s Encrypt certificates.
I found a couple of new newsletters here and several I already subscribe too.
Open source backend for subscription service.
Sunday, August 5, 2018
This is a very good reminder of the importance of speed in tech teams. I’ve seen and continue to see “ROI thinking” as the only validation of projects. Considering latency and speed is often not considered. The “How to” and “How not to” section at the end of this is really good too.
Overview of the tooling used, with Prometheus in the middle, to do full monitoring.
I like the broad framing of this as opposed to one thing - like diet or fitness alone.
True self-care strengthens and deepens our connection with ourselves so we can understand how to meet our needs met from a mental, emotional, and physical standpoint.
There is only one of each of us. 👍🏻