Sunday delivery has become a bit of a regular thing the last couple of weeks. 💀
I’m a bit behind, and am going to skip right to the links this week. 👍
I loved Nifty Ink as soon as I discovered it via their Gitcoin grant.
“Putting the fun in non-fungible tokens”
Nifty Ink is all about making a super simple NFT creation platform that is usable by anyone. This isn’t about buying NFT’s and “going to the moon.” This is about a super-simple low-barrier platform that allows anyone to create, sell, buy created images for very low costs. Many are $1. It is implemented on the xDai chain so transaction fees are super low. 🎨
Like so many I have been following intently the news from the war in Ukraine. Mostly I get that via established US news sources, and some local sources like the Kyiv Independent. I found Belorusets blog via Dense Discovery 179 (a fabulous newsletter by the way). She has been publishing once a day from Kyiv, and telling a more personal story and sharing the interactions she has with others. Her writing is touching and honest.
The Saturn I and Saturn V silhouettes against the sunset.
Mar 19, 2022 at 7:10 PM
U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville, Alabama
There are so many visualizations to show how climate has changed in recent years, but this one does a particularly good job of showing that.
The visualization presents monthly global temperature anomalies between the years 1880-2021. These temperatures are based on the GISS Surface Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP v4), an estimate of global surface temperature change. Anomalies are defined relative to a base period of 1951-1980.
At the end it tips up and looks like a tornado. 🌪
Collection of simple, short reminders around people development. I would guess any leader, at any level, could look here and find some things that they would benefit from focusing on more. I know I did!
This idea of moving forward and pulling along what we have learned through the pandemic is something I have been thinking about. “Going back” and “normal” suggest a comforting familiarity, but aside from time only going in one direction it also suggests we would not learn from what we have experienced.
Going back to normal is the wrong direction anyway. We need to move forward, to build new lives, better lives. Lives that address the inequalities laid bare in the pandemic, that pay people doing work we deemed “essential” two years ago wages that reflect it; lives that offer healthcare that doesn’t just address the current emergency but the fact that all of us live on a razor’s edge all the time; lives that give parents the support they desperately need; lives that lift up black and brown people who bore the brunt of the pandemic’s harshest outcomes; lives that feel like they’re worth living, for everyone. It’s possible. I have to believe it’s possible.
We improve by learning from our experiences. And this all doesn’t start on the top and come to us as individuals. I think it starts with all of us as individuals.
I tried WaterMinder out years ago in an attempt to track my hydration. I often forget to drink enough water. The app was a bit cumbersome though and it never really took. I saw the headlines on this new version, particularly the focus on the Apple Watch app and decided to give it another go.
I’ll admit that I’m one to gripe a bit about daylight saving changes. It is when I notice just how many clocks we have. And I don’t love the mild change to our circadian rhythms. However, this bill picks the wrong way. It is already hard in the northern states to deal with the very small amount of light we get in the winter. If this law passed, it would be dark well into the day. While I don’t love it being dark at 5pm, I would dislike even more dark at 8:30a!
Good approach here for product teams building out new capability. Particularly the first aspect of maintenance costs. Reducing maintenance costs is an investment that keeps on paying forever. As those costs go up, your velocity is impaired forever. Related, reducing cycle time is another gift that always keeps giving.
The other component is really about minimizing switching. Context switching is very expensive for development teams. Having fewer things to focus on results in less context switching, and context switching has no customer value.
This is a good thought piece on how to approach the value in any project.
There’s a simple question you should ask if you’re trying to tell whether a crypto or NFT project has a future:
What is the core value of the project, seperate from the NFT?
You can ask this for any project.
NFTs are a way of showing some component of ownership. If the thing that that is a component of has no value, then you can’t possibly have value in the underlying component.
Throughout Russia’s attack on Ukraine the Internet in Ukraine has held up very well. This article shares analysis on why that is. TL;DR answer — the market is not centralized and many of the network providers manager their own egress to the broader Internet. Few centralized points of failure. This is a good thing.
Due to low market concentration at multiple levels and the relatively high number of interconnect facilities, there are no obvious chokepoints, or individual networks whose loss would have a crippling effect on the Internet in Ukraine.
The biggeest risk really is power loss. If a region loses power, the Internet infrastructure there goes dark too. And before you think wireless solves all this, remember that all wireless Internet access needs to go terestrial at some point.
This all highlights the key role that communications infrastructure plays, particularly in times of war.
Ever wanted to be able to make computing devices like they were LEGO? Here it is. This looks incredibly cool, and what an awesome way to learn and just play around. The 16 minute overview video has a ton of great information. Super interesting. 😎
Stripe makes a big move to enable Web3 crypto businesses on their platform.
Stripe gives crypto businesses access to today’s global financial infrastructure. Whether you’re an established crypto business or simply exploring new possibilities, you can process payments for fiat currencies globally through a single integration—with fraud prevention and authorization optimization built in.
The same way that Stripe lowered the barrier for accepting payments from credit cards, they are now doing the same for crypto. 🌈
Interesting detail with Russia continuing to manager web infrastructure in country. The actions that Russia has taken to close their Internet highlights why we really do need to think about data sovereignty. This work around TLS certificats makes me wonder if we might start seeing governments require a role in the TLS chain of trust.
Technologists often consider the operational aspects of complicated software architectures, but there are many other trade offs that are much less obvious. Communicating your architecture to others, training in new developers, or even just the limitations those complexities place on your hiring pool.
The PDP-11 has a huge role in the history of modern computing. So much came from this elegant machine.
The first version of UNIX was written in PDP-11 assembler; it had 34 system calls, it was written in 4,200 lines of code, and it ran on 12KB of main memory.
In Hackers, Steven Levy’s great book, there are dozens of stories around the PDP-11.
The people of Ukraine need the worlds help as they struggle through the invasion of their country. Please consider helping with a financial donation to these causes. 🇺🇦
Thank you! 🙏
We had our #TeamSPS St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the first time since 2019! Something green, some Guinness, and we even had some Hurling! 🍀
Tammy made our traditional Pi Day dinner: homemade Chicken Pot Pie and Peanut Butter Pie! 🥧
We had a great Pi Day celebration for #TeamSPS. Somehow I managed to take pictures of the setup and forgot to take more when the people showed up!
I made the leap today — got a Leica Q2. We have a number of trips this year, and will be getting a lot of shots with this.
Went through all my photography gear and filtered out the stuff I no longer need or don’t use. National Camera took it all off my hands for a good price.
I’ve been using Telegram more recently to stay in contact with folks in Ukraine. I decided to create a channel for thingelstad.com and a channel for the Weekly Thing. If you like getting things in Telegram, there you go.
Tammy’s grandparent’s cuckoo clock is ticking again at our cabin thanks to Blackstone Manor Clock Repair.
So many stories of bravery and courage in the face of war. → ‘I will go back to help’: Women head home to aid war effort | AP News
Most recent macOS update, which is mostly about Universal Control. Oh, and new emoji too. → macOS 12.3: The Magic of Universal Control and More
Interesting brief interview with the founder of Oculus who is now working on military technology. I’ve wondering how they make these complex weapons easy enough for people to use in combat, and I’m guessing it takes a lot of cues for gaming technology. → Palmer Luckey Says Working With Weapons Isn’t as Fun as VR | WIRED
Detailed overview of the various improvements in the newest iOS release. Universal Control on iPadOS is pretty cool and works very well. It hasn’t become part of my regular setup, but it might. → iOS and iPadOS 15.4: Hands-On with Universal Control, Face ID with a Mask, and More
All good things to go over in one-on-one meetings. → 5 Energizing Conversation Starters for One-on-Ones
You can use cron to do so much, and this guide highlights some of the more advanced features of cron that you should be using. → Cron best practices | Arabesque
Good overview on something I consider doing, but have never committed to. → The Beginner’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting
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