2021#11 Readings4 minutes read | 702 words by Ruben Berenguel
Having to tweak a presentation for the Data+AI Summit time constraints has eaten all my disposable free time, hence the posting hiatus and this being relatively short.
Not much relevant has been going except for that tweaking. The recording was last Thursday, and it went well. The talk (and Q&A) is on Wednesday 26th May.
📚 The Practice
Godin’s books are always uplifting, and this is a quick read as well.
Ink traps and pals
Probably more than you want to know about typesetting in ink and light.
Anatoli Bugorski: The Man Who Stuck His Head Inside a Particle Accelerator
🍿 Nokia 3310 vs hydraulic press
I had one of these. Solid.
The Buddhist History of Moveable Type Before Gutenberg
The history of missed inventions is a bit sad (like the failed age of steam).
No Data No Problem
Transfer learning with
Embrace the Grind
If you’re willing to embrace the grind, you can pull off the impossible.
Hand signals improve video meeting success
This is interesting, it wouldn’t be hard to implement in our engineering team, but I doubt it would be easy to extend to product or the rest of the company.
La palabra que es imposible escribir en español
This is in Spanish. Unlike English, Spanish has relatively precise rules… But there’s a contradiction, and there’s an unrepresentable verbal form. Gödel would be proud.
The history of UTF-8 as told by Rob Pike
I have had several wild encounters with UTF-8. They are always fun. Caches, timezones, UTF…
How Boeing Lost Its Bearings
“If in fact there’s a reverse takeover, with the McDonnell ethos permeating Boeing, then Boeing is doomed to mediocrity,” the business scholar Jim Collins told me back in 2000. “There’s one thing that made Boeing really great all the way along. They always understood that they were an engineering-driven company, not a financially driven company . If they’re no longer honoring that as their central mission, then over time they’ll just become another company.”
🐦 A vintage shopping list
I saw it as an example of why the open-closed principle (I almost wrote oped principle) is important. I found it brilliant: most regular shopping is actually “pantry staples”, which are covered here. So you’d mark the “missing usuals” and have a separate list for the unusual.
Deriving the piano keyboard from biological principles using clustering (Jupyter notebook)
An interesting thought (and calculation, and Python) experiment.
MoMA | Video Games: 14 in the Collection, for Starters
I have played 11 out of the 14. Not bad for a non-gamer.
The Art of Mathematics in Chalk
The last chalk picture comes from Linda Keen’s whiteboard. I met her many years ago, awesome mathematician. I’d personally recommend A topological picturebook to learn more about “mathematics drawing”, particularly in chalk.
Feeling Blah During the Pandemic? It’s Called Languishing
At least I know what I have been feeling lately. The antidote is reaching a state of flow. There’s no drug for that I think (coffee?).
An Easier Method for Extracting Tacit Knowledge
This is going to prove useful.
📚 The New One Minute Manager
It was already on my “someday read” reading list, but it was recently recommended by the head HR person at my company, so I quickly read it and can definitely recommend it.
🍿 The One Minute Manager - Ken Blanchard - Part 1
An extension of having read the book. You can find Part 2 here.