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Weekly Thing

by Jamie Thingelstad

This week I decided to jump into the Micro.blog Photo Challenge. 📷 This was a 7-day challenge with a theme for each day: Squares, Tasty, On the Move, Up Close, Liquid, Seasonal, and Shadow. I shot all the pictures on the day of the challenge. No dipping into my archive of photos. I also shot them all on my iPhone 7. 📱 It was a good reminder of how much I like photography and that I need to make time for creative activities like this. Some of the days were a real challenge with the theme. The last day was shadow, and it was rainy and dreary the entire day. There wasn’t a shadow anywhere. But wait, I can make my own with a flashlight. 🔦 Some assistance from Mazie with the flashlight and I got my shot.

Speaking of photos I got my photography website back online this past week. I’m still not loving the theme but it’s okay for now. I think I have some photos left to link up but it’s very workable. I also heard from a number of people that it was not cool to miss a photo in last weeks Weekly Thing, so I'll make sure that doesn't happen again. ☺️

I haven’t written about Micro.blog but I should. I’ve used it exclusively to create all my status messages since it launched. People that follow me on Twitter are seeing a syndication of that content. I no longer author anything on Twitter, so I have full control of my content via Micro.blog. It’s one step away from the dumpster fire of hate known as Twitter. Micro.blog is still requires an invite. I have extra codes if any of you want one send me an email.

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Photog 📷

I participated in the Micro.blog Photo Challenge this week. This is my abstract photo for liquid. The CO2 bubbles streak as they charge up and out of the water.

Nov 15, 2017 at 7:08 PM
Minneapolis MN

Links 📌

Introducing the New Drip — Kickstarter

💬 Cool new offering from Kickstarter that is in-line with platforms like Patreon. High quality platforms that can be a means to send financial support to various individuals doing compelling things seem like a good idea. I don't know that they will ever amount to a huge opportunity for creators, but it’s a good channel.

Toronto - The Incredible Rise of Tech

💬 Promotional but good in-depth article about the rapid growth of the technology sector in Toronto. We have an office in Toronto which has given me a very small glimpse into that city. There are numerous companies looking at opening Toronto locations.

Roadster | Tesla

💬 Amazing new version of the Tesla Roadster. 0-60 mph in 1.9 seconds! 😲

Fly the airplane: Three practices for effective incident response | ITProPortal

💬 Key things to consider in incident response to technology issues. I like the callout to Gawande's Checklist Manifesto, a fabulous book!

Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing' | Technology | The Guardian

💬 The inventor of the web is very concerned about the direction things are going. I'd agree with him. We aren't guaranteed a free and open Internet. We have to make that happen.

GTD in 15 minutes – A Pragmatic Guide to Getting Things Done

💬 Simple, approachable guide to the GTD methodology. I like to keep these around since different people like different overviews.

Highlights from Python Marathon by SPS Commerce in Ukraine | SPS Commerce

💬 Cool even that our team in Ukraine organized for Python developers in Kyiv! 👏

Topicbox: modern group email discussions

💬 Interesting new offering from Fastmail. I use Fastmail for my personal email. Looks a lot like a message board but tied more tightly to email.

On Being - Daniel Kahneman - Why We Contradict Ourselves and Confound Each Other

💬 Kahneman is amazing and I greatly enjoyed his Thinking Fast and Slow. It’s one of those books that keeps coming to mind over and over after you've read it.

On Being - Atul Gawande - What Matters in the End

💬 I’m a big fan of Atul Gawande and this episode of On Being is focused on the material in Being Mortal, a book I think everyone should read.

Containers Podcast

💬 Good audio series in the spirit of The Box, which my book club read a long time before I joined. An amazing look into how impactful the containerization of shipping has been on the world. Also on iTunes.

Datasette: instantly create and publish an API for your SQLite databases

💬 This is a really cool project to make public data sets available via a JSON API. Datasette dynamically creates an API for any SQLite database, and there is a handy utility for Python to turn any CSV into a SQLite database. This writeup of making a datasette for Polar Bears is a good overview. Super easy and simple project doing a good thing. Listing of datasettes. 👏

How Many Robots Does It Take to Fill a Grocery Order? - Bloomberg

💬 This is worth looking at just for the video of the robots on an elevated grid or matrix moving around and picking things. I strongly believe we are just seeing the beginning of this type of automation, and this isn't even combined with any intelligence. Employment problems lie ahead. 😒

Glitch: write fun small web projects instantly - Julia Evans

💬 Overview of Glitch that sounds pretty awesome for doing small web projects and sharing them. 💚

Turn off retweets!

💬 Simple project from Julia Evans that allows you to turn retweets off for everyone you follow on Twitter. i've long wanted a feature on Twitter to do this. Used this right away and all retweets are disabled. 😁

Entering the Quantum Era—How Firefox got fast again and where it’s going to get faster – Mozilla Hacks – the Web developer blog

💬 I may have to give Firefox a look for the first time in several years. I love the ethos of Firefox, particularly the pro-privacy positions, but the performance has been so bad as to be comical. This is a nice, approachable writeup on how they have focused on performance. Even people that are less technical may find this interesting as it gives a glimpse into how your browser works and the complex processes involved with making software very fast.


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