Category Archives: Week in review

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

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Watched

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Le France renaissante

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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)

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A week in review, 2019-W37

Wrote

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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

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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

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  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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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A week in review, 2019-W23

Wrote

  1. Systems engineering and Apollo (2019-06-24).

Read

  1. John Logsdon, Selecting the Way to the Moon: The Choice of the Lunar Orbital Rendezvous Mode, Aerospace Historian (1971-06-01).
  2. Mark Alan Stamaty, The Corner of 'MacDoodle St.' and Memory Ln., The Paris Review (2019-04-04).
  3. Mike Hurtt, Mac's Wild Years, Ponderosa Stomp (2019-06-07).
  4. W. Pate McMichael, Losing the Moon, St. Louis Magazine (2006-06-28).
  5. Mary Laskowski, Discovering treasures in Library’s storage vaults, Illinois News Bureau (2019-05-30).

Listened

  1. Live Episode! Tofurky: Seth Tibbott, How I Built This (2019-06-03).
  2. 155 - Live in New York - Post Truth, You Are Not So Smart (2019-06-03).
  3. Preparing for the next recession, The Brookings Cafeteria (2019-05-24).

Watched

Capernaum (2018)

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A week in review, 2019-W22

Wrote

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  1. Jane Smiley, Wisconsin: Three Visions Attained, The New York Times (1993-03-07). The small, light rooms in both the school and the house invite the contemplation of grandeur rather than the experience of it. The world Wright created for himself suggests a quest for purity and simplicity that seems almost evangelical—an offshoot of the recurrent born-again strain in American culture, but one that expresses itself horizontally and close to the ground rather than vertically, striving to transcend nature and the world
  2. Rajesh Kumar Singh and Andrea Shalal, Who pays Trump's tariffs, China or U.S. customers and companies?, Reuters (2019-05-21). U.S. President Donald Trump says China pays the tariffs he has imposed on $250 billion of Chinese exports to the United States. But that is not how tariffs work. China’s government and companies in China do not pay tariffs directly. Tariffs are a tax on imports. They are paid by U.S.-registered firms to U.S. customs for the goods they import into the United States. Importers often pass the costs of tariffs on to customers - manufacturers and consumers in the United States - by raising their prices. U.S. business executives and economists say U.S. consumers foot much of the bill through rising prices.
  3. Celeste Hoang, Oscar Avalos Dreams in Titanium, Jet Propulsion Laboratory News (2019-05-16). To this day, though, the most rewarding experience for Avalos is still taking high school students on a tour through the machine shop once a month because he can see himself in the kids. "It brings me back to when I was going on these tours," he says. "I tell them to keep their grades up because it opens doors. And I tell my story because you never know - it could happen to them."
  4. Isaac Chotiner, A Journalist on How Anti-Immigrant Fervor Built in the Early Twentieth Century, The New Yorker (2019-05-16). Before eugenics comes into the picture, I think that the attitude toward the Eastern European Jews, specifically, and the Italians, and many other Eastern and Southern European racial groups, was one of errant prejudice, and it was based on what they saw before their eyes, seeing the ghettos in Boston and New York and Washington and Philadelphia. What Jacob Riis saw is what they saw. Riis may have sounded sympathetic, but these people were horrified: “We can’t let this happen to us. We can’t let this happen to our cities. We can’t let this happen to our school systems.” There was an openly prejudicial view that they wanted to save themselves by keeping out “the other.” Today, it’s more ideologically driven than it was then, when there was a very clear visible threat for the Northeastern élite, the Northeastern Wasps who led the anti-immigration movement. They saw something, and it was very measurable. Here, yeah, we have television that we see it on, but, certainly in much of the country, the threat of immigration is not impinging upon people’s lives in any way. Anti-immigrant feeling in the U.S. rises in areas where there are the fewest immigrants.
  5. Sean Burns, 13 Years After The Series Was Canceled, 'Deadwood: The Movie' Is Finally Here, WBUR (2019-05-30).

Listened

  1. The Good Samaritan, Radiolab (2019-05-24).
  2. Aravind: Can You See This:, Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin (2019-05-29).
  3. President Ulysses S. Grant, In Our Time (2019-05-30).
  4. Charlene Barshefsky on Trump’s Trade War, SupChina (2019-05-30).

Watched

Tony Blair on Political Power, History Hit (2019-05-31)

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showing

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