Weekly Thing

by Jamie Thingelstad

December 30, 2017

I hope you all have been having a wonderful Christmas and New Years and are getting some time away to rest and relax. I’m sure you're wondering how my first attempt at Glorified Rice turned out? It was pretty good! I learned I didn't need to make a double batch, and I needed a little more crushed pineapple.

I’m taking this week off from work and we have been enjoying time at the lake doing puzzles, video games, Legos, watching movies and playing new board games. We are all looking forward to a fabulous 2018! 🍾

Blog posts 📬


What apps make you better?

What apps do you have on your phone that are making you a better person?

Photo 📷

All bundled up for the winter with temperatures well below zero.

Dec 28, 2017 at 8:40 AM
Warsaw MN

Links 📌

The Lowertown Line - Twin Cities PBS

💬 I just discovered this show while browsing through stuff on Apple TV and was excited to see episodes with a number of artists I like. Jeremy Messersmith, Cactus Blossoms and Trampled by Turtles are great places to start. 👏🎶

What work really is, or 17 things I learned about productivity in 2017 - a n n i e m u e l l e r

💬 I greatly enjoy Mueller's writing and this reflection on productivity is another good one.

A pattern language for microservices

💬 A collection of various pattern components for microservice design. Not sure what to think of this. Is this a new thing or a rethink of existing patterns in microservices?

Checklist for Plain Language |

💬 I've shared with many people that I dislike the word "utilized" and it’s all about using plain language. Used is a fine word and I have yet to find a case where utilized was necessary over the more pedestrian used. This checklist is a good one to revisit language in your writing. I don't know what to think of the fact that this is a US Government website? 🤷‍♂️

2018 and the Internet: our predictions

💬 Cloudflare sees an incredible amount of activity across the web and they share some thoughts on what they expect 2018 to bring, as well as visiting some of their 2017 predictions.


💬 This is a solid idea. There are any number of systems in a platform that would benefit from subscribing to event data, but having a common structure for events is a foundational requirement to unlock any of that capability.

Daring Fireball: The iPhone X

💬 Gruber's writeup on the platform transition that the iPhone X represents is interesting. When Apple introduced the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X I told a number of folks this is the transition point. I fully expect there to be an iPhone 9 and iPhone XI (let's hope the roman numerals go away). What we are seeing is the transitional period from the first arc of the iPhone and iOS to the second big arc, and during that time we'll have some overlap to allow users and apps to transition and for the cost curve to come down on the new tech. This is something that nobody has ever done at this scale, and those that have done it have not done it well. Think Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X or whatever flavor of Windows to Windows the next flavor.

One Year with Apple AirPods | Beardy Guy Musings

💬 I haven't written that much about my AirPods but I find them an absolutely delightful product. They just work, and work in so many ways. I agree with this recap on them. Plus, what a great name for a blog -- beardy guy!

One-on-one meetings are underrated, whereas group meetings waste time | Smash Company

💬 I've been thinking about the effectiveness of different types of meetings and aligning those meetings to my goals. I’m a manager more often than a maker, so my schedule is key to executing projects and tasks. This article is a strong argument for more frequent one-on-one meetings. I can see the point of making it the easiest way to get truthful and direct info. I also can see the point that group meetings can be driven by ego. But I also find one-on-one meetings to require a high amount of after meetings actions, after all you just had the one person to talk to. I also wonder about getting skewed perspective that may send people down odd tangents.

How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly ~ Stephen Downes

💬 I like articles from folks that know a craft and can share some of how the sausage is made. Writing articles has a structure, just like songs and poems and computer code. But to those who don't know that structure it seems like magic. 🎩

Lanier’s Social Medium Ultimatum | James Shelley

💬 I love this call out from Jaron Lanier: People have to take responsibility to become literate in a new way if they are going to use the technology at all. So if you just can’t find it in yourselves to delete all your social media accounts, then you must take it upon yourself to really learn how it works. Learn how the addiction cycle works. Learn how the manipulation works. Become aware of it. We have to become much smarter customers and users of these services.

Computer latency: 1977-2017

💬 What a great project filled with delightful sentences like: At 144 Hz, each frame takes 7 ms. A change to the screen will have 0 ms to 7 ms of extra latency as it waits for the next frame boundary before getting rendered (on average,we expect half of the maximum latency, or 3.5 ms). On top of that, even though my display at home advertises a 1 ms switching time, it actually appears to take 10 ms to fully change color once the display has started changing color. When we add up the latency from waiting for the next frame to the latency of an actual color change, we get an expected latency of 7/2 + 10 = 13.5ms I've never been bothered by latency from key to display on any of my computers, but it’s curious to see that the latency has gone up with complexity. I do notice this whenever I use an Android device. Touch devices drive the latency demand higher in my opinion since your finger is there and your brain and eyes want to see the reaction with as close to no latency as possible. For me Android has a frustrating amount of latency.

Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain

💬 A good contrarian read to the fevered meme that the blockchain is the next Internet. ⛓

How to be a 10x engineer: Business value for technologists – Striving for greatness

💬 Donnie Berkholz connecting the dots on how to really deliver value as a tech team — understand your business objectives. Making sure that your teams understand and connect their work is one of the key jobs of leadership. 👏

Santa Facts —

💬 🎅🏻😊

A long time ago, in a Glasgow far, far, away… – Three Letter Acronym

💬 PCalc has been in active development for 25 years. That's amazing. 👏🏻 I use the term "decade project" from time to time and this is a good example of one of those.

Zines are the future of media

💬 Kottke's read on this prediction is good. I hope that the prediction is directional right.

The best board games of 2017 | Ars Technica

💬 It's cool to see how much board games have evolved in recent years. It is a good time to be someone that enjoys strategy games.

Google Maps’s Moat

💬 Amazing side-by-side analysis of Google Maps and Apple Maps. Better thought of as an analysis of how Google is scaling their mapping data using machine learning and visual analysis. You get the sense that Google is looking at map data at a whole different level than everyone else.

Snowden-Backed App 'Haven' Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System | WIRED

💬 This article got me thinking about other ways that your phone could be used to help your personal security. This use case is interesting and for people that have to work in random places globally (like journalists) would make sense. I wonder if there is other stuff that your phone could do at night to monitor the environment around you while you sleep. The dot projection camera on the new iPhone X is probably not strong enough to scan a room, but maybe in the future it could detect movement in a completely dark room?

Foo Fighters: Christmas Medley (Live) - SNL - YouTube

💬 The Foo Fighters are so awesome, and now I find myself wishing for a Foo Fighters Christmas Album! 🎸🎄

Now Reading 📚

Tetris: The Games People Play

by Box Brown

It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you’ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere.

I had always heard that Tetris had a complicated legal background and this graphic novel is a fun read on the complicated web of relationships that were behind the most popular videogame in history. It also helps explain why even today all Tetris games are so strictly controlled.

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