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Hello there! Another week of pandemic lockdown is in the books. Minnesota is extending the directive for two more weeks so it will continue to be more of the same here. Spring is here and the weekend ahead looks simply amazing. I’ll be spending as much time as possible outside.
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A post that asks us to do a review with ourselves and see how we feel about things a month into the pandemic lockdown.
Resist the urge to point the finger outwards, too much of that happening.
How did you do?
April took a lot of “things” away from us.
Under a high level of stress we fell into our deepest patterns.
What did you notice?
This would be a good article to prompt some journaling.
I love the Foo Fighters and this is such a great video. 💜 it all! Listen to it a few times. So good. 🎶🔁
Downed trees in the Cannon River outside of Red Wing, MN.
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Help put out the dumpster fire and share this on Twitter.
What a cool little camera with interchangeable lenses for Raspberry Pi! This improved camera would seem to open up a number of photography projects for Raspberry Pi use.
Gordo Bryn mentioned this in his blog and it resonated strongly with me. I like the construct of “Skin in the game” even if I get a bit tired of the Nassim Taleb fanboy crowd. In fairness I’ve read nearly all his books, but he’s so very full of himself. Anyway, the idea of skin in the game for our own habits, thoughts, beliefs. That deserves some introspection.
I used Due for a while for routine tasks like taking the garbage out and household chores. I ended up stopping because the app wasn’t good enough at syncing data and it had no automation hooks. Now that it has some of those things solved I might give it another look. If you are looking for a more powerful task tool, but not a full GTD type solution, Due is a good option.
Great post focused on developer productivity and how to focus on the things that matter. The section on “Things That Don’t Matter (Time Sinks)” is probably my favorite. 👍
This reminds me a lot of OpenTerm. I like seeing the experimentation with command line interfaces on iOS. I loaded a-Shell though and it comes setup with python3, vim, lua, clang and many other tools. You could probably do some pretty powerful stuff with this.
This is a badly needed refresh to such a long-standing institution in the Twin Cities community. This fresh but familiar name better reflects today and the organizations it serves, and the refreshed imagery is great. I just joined the board of MnTech this year too. I’m excited to be part of this pivot we are making!
Great reminder that learning a new language is a lot more than the language itself, but the whole ecosystem around it. I also do my hacking in Python. 🤓
I like this additional color on gross margin. It is particularly relevant for software, and maybe even more for SaaS companies.
The trick, I think, is to wrap your head around the cost of revenue or cost of goods sold line item in the income statement and think about what is going on there. If it is very little to no effort, and largely just an accounting entry, then you may have a “low margin business” that is actually a high margin business. On the other hand, if it is a lot of work and capital investment to produce those margins, well then you have what you have and that is often a low margin business.
Layne is a friend of mine and is such a generous, genuine, and friendly person. He’s a joy to spend time with, and his passion can’t help but come through. This is a great video with him.
This should surprise nobody. It’s the same trend we see with all media formats. They “age out”.
- 18-34 age group – 74 percent
- 35-54 age group – 64 percent
- 55+ age group – 56 percent
No surprise that younger people prefer streaming.
An incredibly kind post from Luke Francl, one of the founders of Minnestar, thanking Adrienne Pierce, Kevin Spreng, and myself for the contributions that we made to the organization that he, Ben Edwards, and others formed and kicked off so long ago. I love what the new board members are bringing to this critical organization.
Five social dynamics to consider for remote meetings. I feel that awareness of these topics helps you compensate for them in the meetings. As I read about “Zoom fatigue” and the causes, I’ve largely been able to adopt practices to combat it and manage it throughout the day.
6 basic questions or statements to review how you are using the one resource that we all have the exact same amount of — time.
It’s not about you… it’s everyone else.
Masks can be worn to protect the wearer from getting infected or masks can be worn to protect others from being infected by the wearer. Protecting the wearer is difficult: It requires medical-grade respirator masks, a proper fit, and careful putting on and taking off. But masks can also be worn to prevent transmission to others, and this is their most important use for society. If we lower the likelihood of one person’s infecting another, the impact is exponential, so even a small reduction in those odds results in a huge decrease in deaths. Luckily, blocking transmission outward at the source is much easier. It can be accomplished with something as simple as a cloth mask.
Tammy loves Ms. PAC-MAN so we got her this Quarter Arcade version for her birthday. It is a perfect replica, small and light but very well built. It even has a battery so you can play it anywhere. The joystick is surprisingly good with solid feedback. The whole family has been having fun playing a quick game. 🕹
My Defiant One Fat Bike still puts a big smile on my face.
I was explaining TV dinners to my kids and the whole concept made no sense to them. I told them my favorite was Hungry-Man Dinners Turkey Dinner, the potatoes, and the cherry stuff. Related, I’ve figured out what I’m serving the next time it’s my turn to cook dinner! 😁
Wasn’t expecting or trying, but surprised myself with a new 20-min spinning PR this morning on Peloton. 🙌🚴🏼♂️ #FitByFifty
Our new office space in Kyiv, Ukraine is coming along nicely and will be ready for #TeamSPS when we are able to return to the office! The pandemic posed logistical issues but the project team managed through it.
We got takeout from Zetta’s tonight and thoroughly enjoyed the “somewhat original flatbread sandwiches”. I recommend checking this place out. The food is very tasty, very portable, and well suited to take out during social distancing. 👍
We joined my sister and her family for the Extreme Sandbox Heavy Metal Drive-Thru tonight. We had a fun time watching all the heavy equipment play. There were a lot of very excited little kids in attendance honking horns. 😊
We visited the Anderson Center Sculpture Garden today in Red Wing. First time we had been there and it was a fun way to enjoy such a nice day.
Another great Peloton spin class with fellow #TeamSPS members this morning — 30 min 80s Rock Ride! #FitByFifty 🚴♂️
It turns out micro.blog is a pretty excellent live blogging solution. If you use the website you can append repeatedly to a post and just hit publish whenever you want to update. Open another tab for uploading photos and you can do that as well. The post is updated within a few seconds of hitting update. 💭
Dan Lew’s opening session on “What Tech Can Do About Climate Change” was a great way to get started.
Of course very proud that SPS Commerce is a terabyte supporter! 💙
This is my first time using Crowdcast and the experience is very good. 👏
Having Minnebar online is an interesting tradeoff. Something I could never do that I just did, was send the link to a number of friends, none in the Twin Cities, and suggest they sign on. There is a big inclusivity win with events moving online. 🤔
Kisha Delain with “Pair programming: Supporting Your Jr Devs Right”. It is so great to see #TeamSPS presenting at Minnebar! Kisha brought some great observations on what works to make pairing work well, which is one of the most critical ways that developers learn. 💻
It is interesting to me that online events tend to have a structured method for facilitating Q&A from the audience. This is one of the things that seems to work way better in online events. Asking questions in an auditorium with 500 people is almost always a bust.
… due to other commitments I had to cut out after the first three talks. I really enjoyed this Minnebar and can’t wait to see the next iterations of events from minnestar like this! They even made the playlist available if you dug the tunes! 🎶
Thoughts on applying stoic principles to the chaos that we are all feeling right now.
Now that more people are creating streaming content tools like this are more interesting to me.
We have five of these, and I would add Photosynthesis to the list. Azul is one that we have and is a lot of fun and very unique.
I’d love it if this software existed.
Brilliant timing from Shopify to come out with an e-commerce app that merchants can use to reach customers right now.
Powerful collaboration platform for distributed teams. Our team at SPS has been using this very effectively.
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