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Weekly Thing

Weekly Newsletter from
Jamie Thingelstad

Issue #92 / Feb 9, 2019


It's been a busy week and I’m annoyed that I seem to have caught a new cold, right as I was recovering from the previous one. Let's get right to links and other fun stuff! 👉


My Blog Posts ✍️

Book: Scale

My book club just finished reading Scale.


JSONFeed on Blot

I’ve been enjoying Blot a lot. I’ve enjoyed its approach to blogging. There is plenty of power there, and it’s dead simple to add new content.


Minnesota Kubb 2019 Winter Tournament

The Kubbchucks played our 8th annual Minnesota Kubb Winter Tournament this weekend.


Featured Links 🏅

Snopes pulls out of its fact-checking partnership with Facebook – Poynter

Facebook paying $100,000 for this service is laughable, and should mostly serve as further assurance that Facebook doesn't see value in solving this problem. It’s also crazy to me that Snopes highlights that there is no API and there isn't an easy way to flag content. Clearly Facebook knows how to make API's and how to make user experiences easy, at least when they want to.

“With a manual system and a closed system — it’s impossible to keep on top of that stuff,” Green told Poynter in a phone interview. “Do you need fact-checkers to stop and do all this manual work? Or should fake websites just be reported through other means and supply a body of evidence that these people shouldn’t be on your platform because of their nefarious activity?”

I like this focus on engaging directly with their actual customers.

“It’s hard for me to concern myself with making Facebook successful when it’s so hard just for Snopes to be successful,” Green said. “Our community isn’t just on Facebook. We prioritize our readers first.”

Honestly, Facebook doesn't lack resources to solve this problem.


My Weekly Photo 📷

The largest winter Kubb tournament in the world!

The largest winter Kubb tournament in the world!
Feb 2, 2019 at 1:39 PM
1241 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Golden Valley MN


Notable Links 📌

Original 1949 Vitamix Infomercial - Papa Barnard - YouTube

I’m a fan of Vitamix blenders. We have two of them! I had no idea that they were one of the very first infomercials made. This is fun to watch. 📺


Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod

Craig Mod sharing some perspective on the recent rise in newsletters. This newsletter, the Weekly Thing, is part of that rise. I have found some, but not all, of the particular and unique aspects of newsletter writing that is described here. I do love the “unmediated” aspect of email. There isn’t a spot for a company in the middle to profit from it (the reason I’m circumspect of ventures like Stoop).

These newsletters are the most backed up pieces of writing in history, copies in millions of inboxes, on millions of hard drives and servers, far more than any blog post. More robust than an Internet Archive container. LOCKSS to the max. These might be the most durable copies yet of ourselves. They’re everywhere but privately so, hidden, piggybacking on the most accessible, oldest networked publishing platform in the world.

Long live email! 📧


Sheety - Turn your Google Sheet into an API

This seems like a cool capability for smaller projects or for just trying things out. Looks like it’s read only. Reminds me of datasette.


Fortnite’s Marshmello concert was a bizarre and exciting glimpse of the future - The Verge

It’s clear to me that online multiplayer games like Fortnite are not just games, but are something bigger. What that bigger is I don't know. It’s not my wheelhouse but I know that people spend a lot of time engaging friends via these platforms. This concert from Marshmello inside of the game is an interesting example of how this can extend beyond traditional gaming. 🤔


Don't Let the Internet Dupe you, Event Sourcing is Hard - Blogomatano

The Event Sourcing pattern is a solid one and has been adopted a lot in recent years. This is a take on the complexity associated with event sourcing and some things to watch out for, or be aware of. It’s not an incrimination, but a survey of things to be prepared for.


How I Build Websites (A loose manifesto) – Rhoneisms

My friend Patrick Rhone outlines his approach to creating websites. Focused on benefits and the visitor, very good. 👍


Crypto Exchange Says It Can't Repay $190 Million to Clients After Founder Dies With Only Password

This isn’t the first time that large amounts of cryptocurrency have been lost.

Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX says it cannot repay most of $190 million in client holdings after its 30-year-old founder Gerald Cotten, the only person who knew the passwords to its “cold storage,” unexpectedly died in India in December 2018, Coindesk reported on Friday.

I wonder how much inflation bitcoin has had due to lost currency. 💸


Have A Few Minutes Of Serious Fun With Bob Mould : All Songs Considered : NPR

I love that Bob Mould is still making those giant guitar sounds. I’m looking forward to this new album.


Rogue Amoeba - The Design of Loopback 2

This is a great overview of how to go about user experience design, just using some paper and pens. Teams often over complicate the tooling to get these design concepts created.


Give Back 🎁

Minnestar is the technology community for Minnesota. If you are passionate about technology you need to go to Minnebar and Minnedemo. Did you know that Minnebar is the largest BarCamp in North America and one of the largest in the world? Its also been going on for over 10 years? Minnedemo is the best place to hear about innovative tech and fun projects in the Twin Cities area. I am on the Minnestar board and I focus on Minnestar as one of the driving forces improving and expanding the technology community in the area. Minnestar is a 501c3 non-profit. Become a Community Supporter today!


Yet More Links 🍞


Microposts 🎈

Thursday @ 11:20 PM

I had a great night celebrating #Winning at the #TeamSPS Sales Awards Dinner! Awesome to see a team support and recognize each other so enthusiastically! 🙌



Thursday @ 5:03 PM

A tremendous talk on happiness by Shawn Achor was a great way to cap off the day at #TeamSPS 2019 Sales Kickoff! The content was great, delivered with wit and humor, and connected back to well-researched effects.


Thursday @ 2:14 PM

A ton of activity happening at our #TeamSPS Think Tank booths with product specialists working with the field sales team. 👏 Love this! 💙



Thursday @ 2:08 PM

Nearly all #TeamSPS events have Thad Brenny making it all look great and smooth at the console! You are awesome Thad! 🙌


Thursday @ 2:06 PM

I had a great time sharing three fabulous product demos at the #TeamSPS 2019 Sales Kickoff today! It’s great to get teams in front of the people that represent the work they do! (Picture of me from Amy Patton! Thanks!)



Thursday @ 1:59 PM

Having a great time at Day 2 of #TeamSPS 2019 Sales Meeting. The team assembled hundreds of bikes for kids in need last night. Karin Lucas got things started today!



Wednesday @ 5:32 PM

I had a great morning joining the #TeamSPS 2019 Sales Kickoff! Dan Juckniess and Jim Frome got the event started off right!



Tuesday @ 9:00 PM

3D Printing custom Valentine’s Day things for the kids to give their friends! 💕


Sunday @ 7:49 PM

Longest punt in Super Bowl history! I guess that is something for the Rams. Super Bowl LIII 🤷‍♂️🏈


Saturday @ 9:44 PM

I visited Minnehack tonight and introduced SPS Commerce to 300+ students before we fed them a mountain of pizza! 🍕



Saturday @ 2:39 PM

These three #Kubb professionals took the Kubbchucks down without even flinching. Brutal.


Saturday @ 2:05 PM

Throw off for entry into the Minnesota Kubb Championship bracket. INTENSE #KUBB ACTION! Throw 3 Kubbs, then 6 batons. Whoever downs most Kubbs wins! 🔥


Saturday @ 12:40 PM

Kubbchucks went 2-1 in this mornings Minnesota Kubb round robin! On to the Championship bracket!


Saturday @ 11:00 AM

Kubbchucks playing in our 8th annual Minnesota Kubb winter tournament, part of the Loppet! Largest winter #Kubb tournament in the world!


Fortune 🥠

You've made it all the way to the end! 👏 Here is your fortune for this week.

Expect the worst, it's the least you can do.

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