September 9, 2017
This week I got this idea in my head that I just couldn't shake. As part of my workflow for publishing the Weekly Thing I have started to embed markdown into the text I put on Pinboard to capture links. Using markdown I can put other hyperlinks and some formatting into the link descriptions in the newsletter. It dawned on me that that markdown is also the same thing Jekyll would use to make a post. Jekyll can also deal with arbitrary metadata for posts. 💡
I could create a link blog very easily using the Pinboard API and writing markdown files that Jekyll could then use. With that I got an early version of Link Thing live. The is the same content that shows up every week in the Weekly Thing, but here it’s a full website with it’s own navigation and such. There is some fun promise to using Pinboard as a CMS to publish this. I'll keep fiddling with it for fun.
I also had too many great photos this week. It was hard to pick but ultimately went with one that I thought captured best the transition into fall here in Minnesota.
An awesome evening fire at my brothers cabin with Pokegama Lake in the background. S'mores anyone?
Sep 2, 2017, 8:20 PM
Harris MN 55744
💬 A wilderness culinary retreat. Chef-led campfire cooking classes, foraging and gourmet meals mix with classic summer camp activities. This looks like a super fun time! Adding to our to do list for summer 2018! ✔︎
💬 It’s great to read about the real sport research and science going into the Apple Watch and fitness applications. I’m optimistic that wearables may be an area where technology truly can make someone a better, healthier, person. 💪
💬 Website to crowdsource HomeKit compatible devices. 💡
💬 It is really hard to know how much of the recent rise in Bitcoin and Ethereum is due to Initial Coin Offerings but the degree of reaction to this news from China will be one sign. It will be curious if the US takes similar action. 💸
💬 This cracks me up in so many ways. $140 fake ransom? 🤷🏼♂️
💬 Letterman brings back memories of being in high school and staying up for his show. Fun to hear him talking about his career and old shows. I’m not a big Stern fan but he really connects with Letterman in this interview.
💬 Curious if this is in "black hat" or "white hat" ways. AI to improve systems and efficiencies, or AI to drive new attack vectors. I’m guessing the intent is both, but I worry that we only look at the positive vectors. The massive bot nets of the world could be supercharged with strong AI.
💬 There are many reasons I believe that everyone should run content blockers in their browser. This article does a good job of highlighting some of those reasons.
💬 Very thorough introduction to the basic concepts and mechanisms behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum.
💬 Extremely well thought through analysis about the attention economy and the ethical challenges being completely unaddressed by the giants of social media.
💬 Bold plans for local Twin Cities tech company Code42, makers of Crash Plan.
💬 Love and strongly agree with the directness of this message that Musk sent to the Tesla team. > Anyone at Tesla can and should email/talk to anyone else according to what they think is the fastest way to solve a problem for the benefit of the whole company. 👍
💬 I think you have to always be a bit suspect about adopting too much of the practices used by Internet giants, but it is interesting to see how they solve some of these exceptionally unique problems. Not many organizations need to release 1,000 to 10,000 diffs a day to production. I do think you can take learnings from these and it’s interesting to see what is possible.
💬 I've got far too many weather applications but I've always wanted one that used a map as the main way to show information. This does a nice job of presenting weather data. A request would be to show temperature data for places that are not a favorite at various zoom levels. 🌤
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