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This turned out a long one
Twenty-one days without collecting readings makes for a hefty list today (also several books finished). This has been due to a combination of too much work, cutting on my reading time and having written something last week (first link here).
Dave Grohl’s (Nirvana, The Foo Fighters…) autobiography, narrated by himself. It is a very good book. The day I finished it, Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters drummer and best friend of Grohl passed away. RIP.
Processes are usually some form of Chesterton fence for humans. It’s usually better to follow them, figure out why they are there and adapt to them. Of course, sometimes you need to totally say “screw this” and do it your way. You eventually get it.
As a team lead of a data team (a Data Platform one) I can fully like and subscribe this. This problem cuts across all “brands” of Data Teams (Science, Analytics, Infrastructure, Platform,…) no matter how you slice and dice them.
Slides from a presentation late last year by Luciano Ramalho, author of Fluent Python (recently got a 2nd,updated edition). It covers a good deal of the good and bad parts of Python typing and why it is good to have it there. Reads well as slides.
I’m not sure mental model is the right fit for this. It offers 7 thought areas an engineering leader must be in, and then for each offers a continuum of possibilities. For example, are you tech-focused, process-focused or people-focused? Ideally you’d balance all three, but as a starter leader you will very likely be either tech or process focused (if you come from an IC background).
A neat thread, particularly for the mathematically inclined. If you have ever wondered how PageRank (Brin-Page original invention that spawned Google search) works, it’s technically explained here indirectly.
A kind of online book with the best knots for usual day-to-day. I don’t tie that many things (except for shoes, where I have used a double slipknot for 15+ years since finding it out here, heavily recommended), but it’s always a fun thing to play with.
I didn’t have such a pompous name for it, but at the end of every day I write down more or less what is suggested here, collected from my handwritten notes of the day. As well as adding any relevant info to any open projects, or creating new tasks or appointments.
I would have titled this The Voices Within. It is about the impact coaches have on elite athletes, and in particular how athletes hear their coaches in their head, even long after having stopped competing. An excerpt:
When athletes discussed the helpful aspects of the coach’s voice, they spoke about technical specifics: how to get over a hurdle or into a loop jump. When they described its harmful ones, they spoke of general traits that defined their character: You’re no good. You’re lazy. You’ll never win. They heard the words again and again.