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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • I'm worried about post-factual democracy. This article suggests how we might re-establish trust (hint: as always, it involves transparency).
  • While I've been focusing most of my time lately on iOS/Swift development and writing, I also specialize in being a generalist.
  • Procrastination is not laziness, it's a coping mechanism for dealing with negative emotions. There's even more on the topic in this excellent Life Kit interview.
  • I can't stop thinking about this tweet by my pal and former colleague Margarita Noriega:

“Metrics are not goals. And goals are not values. Ask yourself today: does your work reflect your values, or a goal, or a metric?”

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • Ian's Awesome Counter is an app for Apple Watch to help you stay on task. I love the story on how how father and son teamed up to develop this.
  • I came across the idea of topic journals and I love it: individual journals meant purely for your thoughts on a given topic.
  • I'm trying to go deeper on my reading, and this article on how to learn and retain technical knowledge has a lot of great tips.
  • Turns Out: Québec “likes to think of itself as a generous society capable of great social solidarity”, but as this sociologist points out, the pandemic has proven much of how we think of ourselves to be false.
  • Watch This: Iron Maiden's “Fear of the Dark”, arranged for symphony orchestra, and performed remotely by 160 musicians around the world.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

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Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • We Hate You Now is an op-ed exploring the feelings developing amongst people who've worked and sacrificed to slow down the spread of COVID-19, and what happens when they meet those that didn't.
  • Related to the above, an empirical report suggests that “lower levels of empathy and higher levels of Callousness, Deceitfulness, and Risk-taking are associated with lower compliance with [COVID-19] containment measures” like mask wearing and physical distancing.
  • We don't have children, so it somehow never occurred to me that the concept of affordable daycare is foreign to people outside of Quebec. It's not a perfect system, but this op-ed puts forward a strong argument for how it helps bring tenderness and compassion to communities.
  • “Don't scale past the number of users you can excellently serve” is one of the best mantras I've read in a very long time.
  • While I'd like to believe that fast fashion is dying, the fact remains that craft labour —which you absolutely should support, if you can— is priced way out of reach of the average person. Ethical consumption is, unfortunately, for the privileged.
  • Speaking of fashion and style, this thread on why you look like shit in your clothes shines a light on a) the outsized impact of low-cost alterations, and b) the value of finding your neighbourhood alterations guru.
  • Because I'm a sucker for methodologies: Johnny.Decimal is an interesting Dewey decimal system-like approach for organizing projects (H/T Jack).
  • This Glitch app customizes a Ron Miller-inspired practice guide for your craft.

#elsewhere

Elsewhere is a series of interesting things I came across during the week, published every Sunday.

  • This Twitter thread shared an important reflection on the universality of pain, as well as the universality of how we run from pain, individually and collectively. (H/T Cassey)
  • Some musings by Simon Willison on running office hours on open-source projects as a way to combat the feeling of “publishing software into the void”, getting feedback from those using your project, and potentially generating some revenue for the project as well.
  • Turns out, the “mayday” distress call comes from the French phrase «m'aider» (“help me”). (H/T Katelyn Thomas)
  • Alexithymia is the condition of not being able to express emotional feelings as words or images. Not being able to do so leads to harmful physiological effects; it is “the development of this capacity – the psychic elaboration of emotion – that leads, quite literally, to continued mental growth.”

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I kicked off a new weekly “development diary” series on Dev.to today.

This post is an entry in a weekly development diary on building a feed-aggregator-based blog on Glitch. Only a small part of building an app is code; the bulk of your time is spent planning, experimenting, making mistakes, getting frustrated, and making progress in baby steps.

You can read the first post here. The goal is to build a web app that takes as input an OPML file of your RSS feeds across various platforms, and automagically generates a blog with its own “firehose” RSS feed with that content.

I really found it helpful when I journaled daily while rewriting my iOS app. I hope you find it interesting too.

#glitch #devto #elsewhere

I was invited to chat with [Anil Dash] about tech and self-care on the Function podcast's season 2 kickoff. Function examines the intersection of tech and culture, and I'm grateful to have been invited to share my thoughts.

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