Hi, I’m Jamie Thingelstad, and this is the Weekly Thing! At some point, you decided to join me on this exploratory journey of technology, culture, leadership, privacy, and many other topics.
Happy Valentines Day to all of you! Our Valentine’s Day was surprisingly great. I don’t mean that to imply that previous years were not good, but this year seemed different. Tammy stated it best that everyone kind of quietly planned their own thing, and then it all came together adorably. It is so fun to watch your kids come into their own personalities and to express their own love for each other. 💞
On the same day, I hit a goal I’ve been working towards in my meditation — 365 days in a row! 👍
I decided a while back that I wanted to meditate every day for a year, and after that would revisit the practice and see how I might want to modify it. In addition to daily meditation, I also attended two half-day meditation retreats at Common Ground Meditation Center. I have no intention of stopping. However, I do plan on being more lenient with my schedule. Streaks are great, but like anything, you can take it too far. I’m thrilled to have achieved this goal!
Watching: We’ve started watching LEGO Masters, and it is pretty brilliant! It is fun to watch for the entire family, and great to see the cool things that they come up with! Plus, the golden brick! 🏆
Reading: My book club has just started reading The Hundred-Year Marathon by Michael Pillsbury. I just started reading it, but I am enjoying it so far. 📚
Neighborhood getting covered in snow. ❄️
Thank you for reading! 🤓
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So a company that positions its product as being “privacy-first” is then mining your email and selling the data to other firms. This isn’t just bad behavior, isn’t this fraud?
A good overview of the tactics and components of making an engineering strategy. Note, I wouldn’t call this a technology strategy. This is specifically focused on the development components.
I started to eliminate this overuse of the term “guys” years ago. It’s a crazy deep habit, but I’ve primarily kicked it now. It’s not necessary, there is no requirement to use the term. And it is small, but a meaningful nod to making sure everyone feels included.
Not surprisingly, I wholeheartedly agree with this. Nearly all mailing list software defaults to tracking email open rate as well as creating unique tracking codes to monitor every link in the email. Mailchimp allows you to disable this, but you have to do it for every email, err, campaign. Buttondown, which I’m using now, has a global setting for your account to opt-out of analytics, which is much better. Set it once and never need to think about it again.
I also agree that most people have no idea that they are being tracked in email, yet it is very pervasive. 🕵️♀️
Another critical article reflecting on various issues that women face in technology. This is essential reading for men in technology, to gain awareness, understanding, and develop means to overcome these problems. The Twitter poll that starts this off is far from a statistically relevant sample. Still, the read is enlightening for the experiences and perspectives shared.
If you desire a productivity solution that meets the KISS principle this is for you. I admire the arcana of it and love the flexibility of simple text. This wouldn’t satisfy my particular strand of OCD, though.
Interesting read looking at creating a high-value service for a small audience, and how to go about it. Interesting. 🤔
I’ve wrestled with this issue myself. I find it odd when I write about a book to link to Amazon. A lot of people used to, or still, do so that they generate affiliate revenue. I don’t do that, and why when linking to something to I link to a store? I tend to follow the advice here already, but I wish there were something even more open and public focused. It would be a compelling space for Wikimedia Foundation to start a project.
Brandi Carlile opened the new Fillmore Minneapolis tonight with an amazing sold-out acoustic performance. So good! 🎵 She is an amazing talent!
Courtney Marie Andrews did an amazing opening set for Brandi Carlile. Check her out! 🎶
Family selfie at the Fillmore Minneapolis!
The chandeliers at the Fillmore Minneapolis are a classy touch.
Excited for opening night at the Fillmore Minneapolis with an acoustic set from Brandi Carlile! 🎶
Impressive progress in Minneapolis development shared at the Mpls Downtown Council Annual Meeting! Mayor Jacob Frey, Karin Lucas (go #TeamSPS), and Steve Cramer amongst the speakers hosted by Amelia Santaniello! #mymplsdt
Great to see Jeremy Messersmith playing at the Mpls Downtown Council event! #mymplsdt
Grateful to be able to partake in the Annual Business Meeting of the Mpls Downtown Council! #mymplsdt
Family selfie at Minnesota Wild game! Go Wild! #mnwild 🏒
Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche tonight! Go Wild! 🏒
This just amazes me that we have hardware and software that is beyond our solar system having failure events and then recovering. 👏
I’m with Patrick Rhone on this. I’ve had the same email address for over 20 years now. I actually unsubscribe from bulk email with regularity, and I tend to a small number of mail rules and add the power of Sanebox to make for a very useful email space.
Learning from this email? 🤔
Help others learn by sharing on LinkedIn.
You’ve made it all the way to the end! 👏 Here is your fortune for this week.
You will soon forget this.
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The Weekly Thing is a weekly newsletter highlighting helpful, engaging, or insightful articles from the week. I am a voracious reader of technology, culture, leadership, privacy, and many other topics as my interests roam. Each item I share is framed with personal commentary combining my decades of experiences. My goal is to positively impact your journey with knowledge and insight.