- Alex Payne — Meditation and Performance
Quote: "We sit with our suffering, and in doing so we foster the empathy that lets us genuinely engage with the suffering of others."
(categories: mindset mindfulness focus people meditation empathy )
- Karl Ove Knausgaard travels through America
Quote:" In a system of mass production, the individual workers are replaceable and the products are identical. The identical cars are followed by identical gas stations, identical restaurants, identical motels and, as an extension of these, by identical TV screens, which hang everywhere in this country, broadcasting identical entertainment and identical dreams."
(categories: culture )
- How Technology is Tricking You Into Tipping More — Psychology of Stuff — Medium
Noticed this exact thing twice on my recent trip to the Bay Area, last cab I was in only gave tipping options at 20% and up.
(categories: interface habits behavior psychology )
- Bookcision: Export/Download Your Kindle Highlights
Installed, pretty handy.
(categories: amazon bookmarks bookmarklet chrome kindle tools )
- Mockups To Go – All Projects | myBalsamiq
Bunch of free Balsamiq templates if you’re into that kind of thing.
(categories: balsamiq design ui ux )
- Prioritizing and Planning within Heroku Postgres Craig Kerstiens
Helpful grid with axes for difficulty and impact: low difficulty, high impact are no-brainers, etc..
(categories: productmanagement planning decision-making )
- What Are OKRs? A good mix of common sense | Happy Melly
Quote: "The twist that the OKR’s practice adds is that you must define multiple key results. That’s because no metric is perfect, and it’s best to look at each problem from multiple angles. Don’t get all hung up over one silly target. If one target fails, no worries! You have others." I’ve been referring to this as triangulation when talking about solving problems, using only one point of view leaves you open to missing the forest from the trees.
(categories: okr kpi measurement performance management reporting metrics )
- PDCA – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Another 4 letter management acronym!
(categories: planning management business reporting metrics decision-making )
- Interoperability, Browser & Cross Platform Testing | Modern.IE
nice, thanks Microsoft!
(categories: browser ie microsoft testing )
- Building Super Fast Web Apps with PJAX
Catching up on 3 year old acronyms.
- » 7 Principles of Rich Web Applications
- Using ServiceWorker in Chrome today – JakeArchibald.com
Looks really useful (train demo is super nice) but won’t fly anywhere until IE / Safari support it.
- Why Sass? · An A List Apart Article
Great intro to Sass for those of living under rocks for the past couple years (ie: me).
(categories: css design sass html )
- Delivering The Goods – Fluent 2014 – Paul Irish – Google Slides
Fantastic presentation on the difference / important of latency vs. bandwidth.
(categories: performance web http dns ssl tcp-ip )
- Being A Manager Is Lonely
Quote: "I put more weight on people learning than on people being taught. If the internet was just a good medium for information dispersal — a better kind of book — then that is nice, but not transformational. The internet is more than that: it’s a place to discuss, and disagree, and watch others discussing. You can be provocative, and then step back and take on a more conservative opinion – a transformation most people would be too shy to commit to print. " and then a bunch of additional great points about being a manager. Comments are good too.
(categories: leadership management business engineering mentoring )
- One Big Fluke › Experimentally verified: "Why client-side templating is wrong"
Really well done.
Has been awhile (almost 2.5 months!) since I wrote a “What I did this weekend” blog post. This weekend was pretty great.
- Date night Friday night at Rogue Distillery and Public House
- Saturday was sunny and beautiful. Karen made apple pancakes and Grandpa came over from breakfast, then we went on a walk up to the top of Sexton Mountain (very close to our house) where we found two geocaches and all the little people got some wiggles out. After that we decided that wiggles were still in order and went to a parking lot down the street so that the middle one could practice on his bike with no training wheels, which took him about 5 minutes of practice to completely forget about the training wheels and he took to the bike like a fish to water, so 2 out of 3 are good with bikes now. Littlest one practiced on the scoot bike, which is amazing. Made homemade meatballs (out of the Bobby Flay’s Throwdown! book) and spaghetti for dinner
- Sunday: I got up at 4am, ate some breakfast and packed by bag to be at AE’s house in PDX by 5am, picked him up and then made it to Mount St. Helens by about 6:45am, got on the trail shortly after with our crampons, snowshoes and iceaxes (not all of which we used) and headed up the Worm Flows route. 11.9 miles, 5,800 vertical feet and about 8 hours later we made it back down. Was a PERFECT day on the mountain, we could see Mt. Rainier to the north, Mt. Adams to the east, Mt. Hood to the south and all the way down south to what was probably Mt. Jefferson or Broken Top. Sunny the entire way, it was probably 60 degrees when we got to the bottom, cold at the top though. Garmin tracked my heart rate / time / elevation here: http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/682899739. Will upload pictures to Flickr soon.
- Several People Are Typing — Building the Workplace We Want
Great list: " Diligence: We know that the success of our product will likely not come from unpredictable lightning strikes but from grinding hard rocks against other hard rocks day after day. To build a product that works well and is magical comes out of effort that looks very non-magical. It is easy and sometimes tempting to say “good enough” but after this is where the best work happens and what makes Slack special. This is also where your best work happens. Curiosity: We are building something that most people don’t know they need. Every day, we are venturing into unknown territory. Thriving at Slack means recognizing this forward position and that you may not know the best direction to head. This means you ask good questions at the right time to the right people. It means being curious about how things work and what our customers need. Curiosity is not being satisfied with the status quo and looking at every problem deeper and from a multitude of angles. Empathy: Building things for others to use is an act of empathy. Every decision made about how a thing is built and how it should be used comes from the worldview of the maker. How well they can see things through the user’s eyes determines the value of their work. No one person can see the world through another’s eyes. It’s all approximation and guesswork. Thus the only way for us to broaden our understanding of our users, to see things the way they do, is through hiring people with as many diverse experiences and backgrounds as we can."
(categories: culture empathy diligence curiosity work values )