Category Archives: Week in review

A week in review, 2019-W46

Wrote

None

Read

  1. Michael Pollan, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation (2013-04-23). (notes)
  2. Steve Vockrodt, To promote Kansas City, business group turns to a familiar T-shirt design, Kansas City Star (2019-11-08).
  3. Penelope Trunk, Steal this business idea, Penelope Trunk Careers (2019-10-30).
  4. Andy Mannix, I posted a video that became right-wing disinformation. Here’s how I fought back., Columbia Journalism Review (2019-11-14).
  5. Matt Taibbi, Wells Fargo's Master Spin Job, Rolling Stone (2015-10-02).

Listened

  1. Three Speeches in October, China in the World (2019-11-15).
  2. Ep. 12 | Apollo 12's Really Close Call, Sidedoor: A Podcast from the Smithsonian (2019-11-13).
  3. Pagan Fundraisers, Blue Haired Boy, Autism and Oscar, The Moth (2016-05-31).

Watched

3 Idiots (2009)

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Snowconeman

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W45

Wrote

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Read

  1. David Browne, In the Room at Nirvana’s ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’, Rolling Stone (2019-11-01).
  2. R. Du Toit Strauss, Voyager 2 enters interstellar space, Nature Astronomy (2019-11-04).
  3. Mary Cain, I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike, The New York Times (2019-11-07).
  4. David Ferguson, Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life, The Onion (2013-03-20).
  5. Ernie Smith, The Car Cassette Adapter Was an Unsung Hero at the Dawn of the Digital Age, Motherboard (2019-11-06).

Listened

  1. Live Episode! Luke's Lobster: Luke Holden and Ben Conniff, How I Built This (2019-11-07).
  2. Atari's Nolan Bushnell: "I started tinkering in third grade and never stopped, Danny in the Valley (2019-11-02).
  3. Philanthropy in China, with Scott Kennedy of CSIS, Sinica Podcast (2019-11-07).

Photo

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W44

Wrote

  1. We serve good mornings all day (2019-10-28).
  2. Three views of Lago Maggiore (2019-10-30).
  3. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the flight (2019-11-02).

Read

  1. Dan Piepenbring, The Book of Prince, The New Yorker (2019-09-09). He paused for a moment. "We need to find a word for what funk is,"" he said. Funk music, which fused impulse to structure, was the living contradiction he embodied: his mother and his father in one.
  2. Grayson Haver Currin, Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind, Pitchfork (2018-05-13). During the '90s, he issued two solo acoustic albums of earnest, sometimes poignant renditions of American standards, delighting those who had pined for the lost days of the folk kid from Greenwich Village. But coffeehouse covers hadn't made Dylan a spark of resistance in the '60s or a source of bittersweet reckonings with reality in the '70s. He had become a legacy act, accruing lifetime achievement laurels and touring his hits for Boomers in khakis. Possibly for the first time in his career, Dylan was beginning to blend into the scenery.
  3. Charles Duhigg, What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team, The New York Times (2016-02-28). (notes) Project Aristotle is a reminder that when companies try to optimize everything, it's sometimes easy to forget that success is often built on experiences — like emotional interactions and complicated conversations and discussions of who we want to be and how our teammates make us feel — that can't really be optimized.
  4. Dan Catchpole, Boeing's CEO Says Its Culture Will Fix Its Problems. Experts Say It May Be to Blame, Forbes (2019-10-31).
  5. Andrew Gill, How to get started in homebrewing, from the pros who mastered it, The Takeout (2019-06-25). However your beer comes out, Randy Mosher says you'll be a practitioner in a most intimate form of art. "You're making something that other people are putting in their bodies and the sensations of aroma and taste and flavor go into some of the more emotional and primitive parts of our brains. So you have this ability to really reach out and affect people in really deep ways with flavor. For me, that's the magic of beer: being able to kind of get inside there and mess with people's heads a bit."

Listened

None

Watched

None

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Le France renaissante

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W38

Wrote

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Read

  1. Salman Rushdie, What Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" Tells Us Now, The New Yorker (2019-06-13).
  2. Nellie Bowles, Human Contact Is Now a Luxury Good, The New York Times (2019-03-23).
  3. Aishwarya Kumar, The grandmaster diet: How to lose weight while barely moving, ESPN (2019-09-13).
  4. John Semley, Where to dive into Frank Zappa’s weird, unwieldy discography, The A.V. Club (2012-08-09).
  5. It's the Flame That Matters, Not the Carrier, gapingvoid (2019-09-16).

Listened

  1. Free Will, In Our Time (2019-09-12).
  2. Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow, In Our Time (2019-09-19).
  3. Special CHP Episode: China Tripping - Experiencing the Everyday in the People's Republic, The China History Podcast (2019-09-06).

Watched

The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

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welcome back (waiting)

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W37

Wrote

None

Read

  1. David Browne, How Bob Dylan Made a Pre-Rock Masterpiece With ‘Love and Theft’, Rolling Stone (2016-09-11).
  2. Liam Shaw, A sharp crack and a heavy explosion, LRB Blog (2019-09-13).
  3. James Somers, Speed matters: Why working quickly is more important than it seems, the jsomers.net blog (2015-07-26).
  4. Glen Alleman, Project Management + Systems Engineering = Increased Probability of Project Success, Herding Cats (2019-09-13).

Listened

  1. PMP#8: Spider-Man: Far From Home (and Elsewhere), Pretty Much Pop (2019-08-27).
  2. Trade war economics, with Andy Rothman, SupChina (2019-09-05).
  3. 699: What Great Coaching Looks Like, HBR IdeaCast (2019-09-10).

Watched

Ne Zha (哪吒之魔童降世Nézhā zhī Mótóng Jiàngshì;) (2019)


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A week in review, 2019-W36

Wrote

None

Read

  1. Ahmed Kabil, What a Prehistoric Monument Reveals about the Value of Maintenance, Blog of the Long Now (2019-09-05).
  2. Tyler Cowen, The New Generational Divide: Screen Size, Bloomberg (2019-09-07).
  3. Dave Winer, The heroes machine, Scripting News (2019-09-08).
  4. Aditya Bhalla, Don't Misuse the Pareto Principle, Six Sigma Forum Magazine (2008-05-01).

Listened

  1. The Life Is Good Company: Bert and John Jacobs, How I Built This (2019-09-02).
  2. Picasso's Guernica, In Our Time (2019-09-05).
  3. Hunting bugs and tech startups with Python, Talk Python to Me (2019-09-04).

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A week in review, 2019-W35

Wrote

None

Read

  1. Stanisław Aronson, I survived the Warsaw ghetto. Here are the lessons I'd like to pass on., The Guardian (2018-09-05).
  2. Mary Delach Leonard, 20 Years Ago, Route 66 State Park Rose from the Ashes of Times Beach, St. Louis Public Radio (2019-08-26).
  3. Lily Hay Newman, How Facebook Catches Bugs in Its 100 Million Lines of Code, Wired (2019-08-15).
  4. Danielle Applestone, Struggling to hire at your rural plant? Read this., LinkedIn (2019-08-29).

Listened

  1. Augustine's Confessions, In Our Time (2019-08-29).
  2. 697: How African-Americans Advance at Work — And What Organizations Can Do To Help, HBR IdeaCast (2019-08-27).
  3. The Memory Palace, Radiolab (2019-08-28).

Watched

American Factory (2019)

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minor construction (subtitle: unsquare constraints lead to scrap wood)

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W26

Wrote

  1. Control (2019-06-25).

Read

  1. Luke Halliwell, The Agile Disease, Luke Halliwell's Weblog (2008-11-16).
  2. John Herrman, Slack Wants to Replace Email. Is That What We Want?, The New York Times (2019-06-19). For employees raised online, Slack looks and feels like a place to socialize. I grew up chatting with friends online and still do, sometimes in scattered Slack rooms. I have also spent the last 10 years at companies where work chat was the norm and observed the arrival of Slack with both relief and suspicion. Finally, a better work chat app. Then: Oh god, this is really how people are going to work, now?
  3. Zachary Crockett, The restaurant owner who asked for 1-star Yelp reviews, The Hustle (2019-06-09).
  4. Konstantin Kakaes, What Neil Armstrong Got Wrong, MIT Technology Review (2019-06-26). The Apollo program failed to make such a leap. Its success was in taking the technology of the time as far as it could go, just as the pharaohs built the absolute biggest pyramids they could. It was a monument to ingenuity and to determination. But monuments are, by design and by definition, ends and not beginnings.
  5. Derrick Goold, A scout, a backup catcher, Pujols & the trade that would have changed Cardinals history, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2019-06-22).

Listened

  1. A Mathematician Translating Pushkin?, Math Mutation (2019-06-23).
  2. Umbrella Revolution 2.0 – or something else? Antony Dapiran on the Hong Kong demonstrations, Sinica Podcast (2019-06-27).
  3. 644: Random Acts of History, This American Life (2019-06-23).

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Nxt@4240

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W25

Wrote

  1. Systems engineering and agile (2019-06-18).

Read

  1. Steve Demming, Understanding Fake Agile, Forbes (2019-05-23). Judging from the examples, it appears that "Agile lite" means the adoption of tools and practices of Agile without necessarily deploying them with an Agile mindset. Without an Agile mindset, Agile remains an inert, lifeless set of ceremonies.
  2. Keith Collins, The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it's like a 1960s time capsule, Quartz (2016-07-09).
  3. James Pollard, Found in a High School Restroom: Cache of 1940s Wallets and Their Contents, Riverfront Times (2019-06-21).
  4. Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi, Makaliʻi: Sustaining A Voyage Solely On Locally-Sourced Food, Hawaii Public Radio (2019-06-13).
  5. Neil Thomas, The Politics of History: Why Anniversaries Matter in China, MacroPolo (2019-06-18). Placing symbolic weight on historical anniversaries is a double-edged sword, however. In non-democratic polities where the government dominates public discourse, political activists often appropriate official commemorations to express dissent or mobilize protest, as such events provide a sanctioned veneer that can restrain or delay government responses. Historical anniversaries also serve as "focal points" for collective action because they help protestors overcome the coordination problem posed by state gags on unapproved information.

Listened

  1. Bit Flip, Radiolab (2019-05-08).
  2. CHP-223-The History of Tang Poetry Part 6, The China History Podcast (2019-06-02).
  3. Podcast #517: What Big-Time Catastrophes Can Teach Us About How to Improve the Systems of Our Lives, The Art of Manliness (2019-06-17).

Watched

Sex Education (2019)

Upcoming


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A week in review, 2019-W24

Wrote

  1. Landing on the moon: three visions attained (2019-06-10).
  2. Now reading: Moon Lander: How We Developed the Apollo Lunar Module (2019-06-11).
  3. Now reading: Digital Apollo (2019-06-15).

Read

  1. Robert McMillan, Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself, Wired (2015-10-13). For Hamilton, programming meant punching holes in stacks of punch cards, which would be processed overnight in batches on a giant Honeywell mainframe computer that simulated the Apollo lander’s work. “We had to simulate everything before it flew,” Hamilton remembers. Once the code was solid, it would be shipped off to a nearby Raytheon facility where a group of women, expert seamstresses known to the Apollo program as the “Little Old Ladies,” threaded copper wires through magnetic rings (a wire going through a core was a 1; a wire going around the core was a 0). Forget about RAM or disk drives; on Apollo, memory was literally hardwired and very nearly indestructible.
  2. Dick Day, Training Considerations of the X-15 Development, NSIA Meeting (1959-11-17). In: Gene Waltman, Black Magic and Gremlins: Analog Flight Simulations at NASA's Flight Research Center, NASA SP-2000-4520 (2000).To train the pilots for the X-15 landing phase, several methods were considered. First, an analog computer was used with an oscilloscope presentation to indicate approach attitude. This gave the pilots and engineers an understanding of the relative importance of the factors affecting the landing flare, but definitely lacked the in-flight realism afforded by the rapid approach of the ground.
  3. Margaret Hamilton, Computer Got Loaded, Datamation (1971-03-01). To blame the computer for the Apollo 11 problem is like blaming the person who spots a fire and calls the fire department. Actually, the computer was programmed to do more than recognize error conditions. A complete set of recovery programs was incorporated into the software. The software's action, in this case, was to eliminate lower priority tasks and re-establish the more important ones. The computer, rather than almost forcing an abort, prevented an abort. If the computer hadn't recognized this problem and taken recovery action, I doubt if Apollo 11 would have been the successful moon landing it was.
  4. Patrick Burke, When the River Took John Squyres, Outside Magazine (2019-02-28).
  5. James Scott, Aftermath: How the Doolittle Raid Shook Japan, World War II Magazine (2015-06-01).

Listened

  1. 676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid, This American Life (2019-06-02).
  2. The Inca, In Our Time (2019-06-13).
  3. A student leader 30 years after Tiananmen: Wu’er Kaixi reflects on the movement, Sinica Podcast (2019-06-13).

Watched

Murder Mystery (2019)

Upcoming


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