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January 13, 2018
I had a very special week! I got to spend most of it focusing on professional improvement. 🕴🏻 It was a great opportunity and I took full advantage of it. Every year I try to find a couple of areas to make significant improvements in. Last year it was in managing my time better and making improvements in my GTD practice. This year I’m still framing up my focus areas but I like where it is going.
My learning this week took me to Longboat Key, Florida. It was really nice to get out of the frozen tundra for a couple of days. I had never been on the Gulf side of Florida but it was really nice. Plus it was great to be focus entirely on the work that I was doing there.
The fog was very think all day on the Gulf Coast in Florida. I don’t think you could see even a hundred feet. The fog, water and sand blended into layers of grey.
Jan 11, 2018 at 4:45 PM Longboat Key, FL
💬 Our office building was recently renamed to SPS Tower! Very cool! 👏
💬 Infrastructure cost management in the cloud is a difficult beast to wrestle.
💬 This looks really interesting and would be worth keeping an eye on. I like that it’s in the Apache world. Use airflow to author workflows as directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) of tasks. The airflow scheduler executes your tasks on an array of workers while following the specified dependencies. Rich command line utilities make performing complex surgeries on DAGs a snap. The rich user interface makes it easy to visualize pipelines running in production, monitor progress, and troubleshoot issues when needed.
💬 Tesla Model 3 review. Looking forward to driving one! Tons of pictures and a lot of detail here.
💬 Interesting article about how this new T2 chip in the iMac Pro is handling a significant amount of non-CPU and non-GPU work. On most Macs, there are discrete controllers for audio, system management and disk drives. But the T2 handles all these tasks. The T2 is responsible for controlling the iMac Pro’s stereo speakers, internal microphones, and dual cooling fans, all by itself. The two-stage boot process is interesting and I think a first.
💬 I’m on the reservation list for the Model 3 but I’ve been holding back any excitement with the reality of how unpredictable Tesla ship dates really are. It’s great to see some real (non-rumor) information starting to come out.
💬 A while back I spent a chunk of time thinking about how open source software principles could be applied to journalism. One of the principles used the exact same wording that Rosen uses here, show your work. Journalism is still being reinvented online, and I like where this is trending.
💬 Julia Evans (https://www.jvns.ca) with a very good overview of how they have deployed Kubernetes (https://kubernetes.io) at Stripe. Her words of caution are true for many technology patterns: If you’re considering Kubernetes, keep in mind: don’t use Kubernetes just because other companies are using it. Setting up a reliable cluster takes a huge amount of time, and the business case for using it isn’t always obvious. Invest your time in a smart way.
💬 Joel Spolsky (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Spolsky) weighs in on writing software with ethics and meaning. As software developers and designers, we have a responsibility to the world to think these things through carefully and design software that makes the world better, or, at least, no worse than it started out. 👏
💬 Recent talk by Maciej Cegłowski (http://idlewords.com/about.htm) talking about the history of radio and how that was used as a tool of mass influence. Adds some perspective to todays debates about the web and social media.
💬 Am I supposed to feel bad that privacy features in Safari are putting a dent in privacy invading tracking networks? I don’t. It makes me happy as it is market validation that these features are working! How rich that an unethical tracking company is calling Apple’s efforts to protect privacy sabotage!
💬 Doctorow with some perspective and framing for the attention economy. He posits this as a constant arms race with the predator and prey. There is a war for your attention, and like all adversarial scenarios, the sides develop new countermeasures and then new tactics to overcome those countermeasures. The predator carves the prey, the prey carves the predator. I would encourage us all to ask an important question in the attention war. Is this useful? Be honest with yourself. How useful is something to your objectives. Of course this begs the question that you have to know your objectives, which is another topic entirely.
💬 Interesting read on how easy it is to set yourself up as a retail brand and start selling whatever products online. Worthwhile read to understand more about some of these brands that are popping up all over.
💬 Yet another reason I 💛 the Internet. This guy has some serious focus. “It’s straight up impossible,” Yagnow told me, pointing to the 2,599 attempts he made, trying to bend the hole to his will. 2,599 attempts at a single hole! No way did this only take 300 to 400 hours.
💬 Want to type emoji easier? Neat utility that brings the common shortcut of Slack and Github to your Mac.
💬 Innovative new feature from Feedbin (https://feedbin.com) , which is what I use for my RSS feeds. This is an interesting gap filler for some source that may publish on Twitter but may not publish RSS. I don’t think I would consider using it as an alternative timeline, and don’t think you should use timelines anyway.
💬 Incredibly moving speech that I hadn’t heard the speech from David Foster Wallace (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Foster_Wallace) before. Now I want to read his books. Take the time and listen to this.
💬 If you want to go deep on Emoji’s this is the place to do it! 👩🏫
💬 What? Across the country, private companies are deploying vehicles mounted with automated license plate readers (ALPRs) to drive up and down streets to document the travel patterns of everyday drivers. These systems take photos of every license plate they see, tag them with time and location, and upload them to a central database. I run blocking software on my computer to protect my privacy, but I didn’t realize that the fact that I have a garage is also a privacy tool! I have read in the past about cities using license plate readers and city wide camera systems to track people, but I had no idea this was happening in the private sector too. There seems to be an obvious sabotage opportunity here to have a magnetic license plate cover that is unreadable or deceptive to these systems that you can use while not driving. 🤔
💬 This book has been on my wishlist for a long time and I recently got a copy. Looking forward to reading it!
💬 Good interview with Snowden. I appreciate reading and hearing his opinions on these topics. I particularly like his view on protecting privacy. Privacy is the fountainhead of all other rights. Privacy is where rights are derived from, because privacy is the right to the self. Privacy is the right to a free mind. Privacy is the ability to have something, anything, for yourself, for you. It pains me a bit when Julian Assange (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange) and Snowden are bucketed together. I believe Assange is a crypto anarchist. Snowden I believe is actually operating on a defined set of ethics and trying to fix something that he clearly saw as wrong.
by Dan Harris
Winner of the 2014 Living Now Book Award for Inspirational Memoir Nightline anchor Dan Harris embarks on an unexpected, hilarious, and deeply skeptical odyssey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self-help, and discovers a way to get happier that is truly achievable.
I was recently given this audiobook and enjoyed it a lot. I’ve been contemplating a meditation practice for a long time, but like the author I get turned off by the sappy side of it. This book isn’t about how to meditate, but it talks about the journey that Harris went on and what he feels the benefits have been. The chapter when he goes on a 10-day meditation retreat is pretty funny to boot.
Let’s Encrypt (https://letsencrypt.org) is a free, automated, and open certificate authority, run for the public’s benefit. All connections to web servers should be encrypted! The biggest challenge with encrypting the web historically has been the cost and hassle of getting an SSL certificate. Let’s Encrypt has changed that entirely by being a free certificate authority. Let’s Encrypt is possibly one of the most important things to happen on the web in recent years. Donate to Let’s Encrypt today! (https://letsencrypt.org/donate/)
by Headspace meditation limited
Get the most out of your day with the Headspace app. We’ll help you perform at your best through the life-changing skills of meditation and mindfulness.
Thinking about meditating? I’ve been using Headspace for guided meditation and it’s a solid application. Easy to use and very easy to get started.
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