As the winter here in the Canadian prairies starts to very slowly thaw and the days grow gradually longer again, I remember that I haven’t blogged for a while. What’s the easiest way to remedy that? Another update filled with what has been keeping me busy for the last few months, including a bunch of links to content I’ve enjoyed!
TV & Movies
- No Time To Die - I watched this on New Year’s Eve and I generally enjoyed it. It’ll be interesting to see where the Bond films go after this one.
- ReBoot - I got the DVD set as a Christmas gift. I haven’t started watching these yet, but I have been digging out my DVD ripping software and getting these into Plex. This will definitely be a nostalgia trip for me and I’ll finally get to run through the entire series together (as I recall, the original airing felt a bit spread out once they got into the later seasons).
- Design Details 444: Writing Effective Self-Reviews - Discusses techniques to help remember the important things to mention when you are filling out a performance review for yourself.
- Back to Work 600: The Trauma of My Chumby - A mention of Readwise, discussion of e-readers, notetaking, etc.
- Under the Radar 260: Subscription School - Speaking of Readwise, this is sort of a podcast corollary to Daniel Doyon’s Twitter thread about startup Carrying Capacity including a neat tool for visualizing it.
- Reconcilable Differences 200: The Genius Who Keeps Retiring - John Siracusa’s nightmarish toenails… again! I laughed in horror for most of this episode. Not for the squeamish.
- I finally started a proper exercise program in July by signing up for my highly-educated brother’s services (check out his online training services and numerous written articles and I might even get a discount or something if you mention me 😛).
- So far I’ve been doing things at home using bodyweight, (pricy) adjustable dumbbells, and resistance bands. This has been plenty of weight/resistance for someone like me who otherwise sits at a desk all day. At some point I might outgrow this equipment, but starting this way allowed me to “just do it” as they say and remove the friction of having to drive to a gym somewhere first.
- Having someone else figure out the details of what exercises should be done and how many sets and reps of each has been a big time saver for me and made it easier to fit exercise into my life. One of my goals when starting this process was to make exercise something that I do regularly and I’ve achieved that goal by working with my brother. On to the next one!
- Speaking of exercise, I’ve been trying out Readwise Reader on the treadmill and it feels like a neat way to get something educational done while I’m walking. For example, I used the Text-to-Speech feature of Reader to listen to an article with a ~40-minute listen time in one session and it was a great time.
- Some articles I saved to my Readwise Reader archive since the last update:
- Scaling our Spreadsheet Engine from Thousands to Billions of Cells
- Excerpt: How the designers of GoldenEye 007 made use of “Anti-Game Design”
- socially and ai-augmented squad building
- Making Normal Conversations Better
- Why I built a dictionary app
- Cramming ‘Papers, Please’ Onto Phones
- Revisiting the iPod
- KPIs, Velocity, and Other Destructive Metrics
- Letter to a Novice
- Transitioning from CTO to Founder
- Become a Temporary Regular When You’re on Vacation
- What happens when you donate your body to science
- What Goes Into The Indy 500 Face Sculpture?
- Does Kubernetes really give you multicloud portability?
- Craft: Thoughts on elevating product quality
- A Software Engineer’s Guide to Working Across Time Zones
- Index Merges vs Composite Indexes in Postgres and MySQL
- Designing Windows 95’s User Interface
- Tension: why product development requires balancing conflicting goals
- Playing with ActivityPub
- Trying Tailscale
- Linear: Designing for the Developers
- Production Twitter on One Machine? 100Gbps NICs and NVMe are fast