I managed to steal more time for listening and reading this week. I also finally finished the automation that allows me to automatically populate this post with the previous week’s content, and relevant tags. At some point, after a little more polish and refactoring, I’ll likely write a post detailing how it works(with source). For now, I’ll notch a victory in the war against publishing friction.
Still weighing heavy on my mind are the short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic: social, economic, and philosophical. Hope everyone is doing their best to stay healthy, safe, and sane.
- Vitalik Buterin: Ethereum, Cryptocurrency, and the Future of Money | MIT | Artificial Intelligence Podcast - Vitalik Buterin is the creator of Ethereum, one of the most popular cryptocurrencies outside of Bitcoin. This conversation covered a wide range of interesting topics including: open source project stewardship, fiat currency, blockchain, and cryptopgrahy.
- 7 Levels of Coronavirus Attack and How We Can Fight Back | Lex Fridman - A brief solo-podcast from Lex Fridman about the COVID-19 pandemic. Nothing particularly novel here, but it’s refreshing to hear an intelligent person discuss current events in a non-sensationalized way.
- Stop the presses (Go Time #119) - Great discussion on technical newsletters and community. I’ve found a newsletters to be a good way to filter down for good content that I find relevant to my interests. There is a massive amount of content available right now, and newsletters have re-emerged as a viable tool for filtering down.
- Simon Sinek: Leadership, Hard Work, Optimism and the Infinite Game | MIT | Artificial Intelligence Podcast - Simon Sinek is a well known author with some valuable insights on leadership and business. The discussion on finite vs. infinite games is a topic I’ve been exploring recently.
- BSAG » Further adventures in org-mode - Another take on notes and pkm with org mode.
- How (some) good corporate engineering blogs are written - As someone who does freelance writing and technical blogging, I thought this was a good breakdown of what made a “good” company blog. Unsurprisingly, layers of bureaucracy are antithetical.
- Suspicious discontinuities - File this one under “weird and interesting”. A good lesson in how some applied statistics and math can reveal unintended consequences.
- Career Moats in a Recession - Sadly, the core topic of this article just got a lot more relevant. As a DevOps engineer, I’m fortunate to already have a pretty good “moat”, and desirable cross-section of skills. That being said, I’m not invincible(no one is), so staying well-positioned for change is an important facet of my career.
- It’s not what programming languages do, it’s what they shepherd you to - It’s interesting how a programming language can frame how an engineer approaches a computing problem space.