The Final Cut

I can barely define the shape of this moment in time

This is a semi-whenever list of interesting articles, podcasts and videos that I come across during the week. Hope you enjoy it, have something new to think about, and share it with your friends.

This week marks almost a month since I decided to self-quarantine due to my higher risk profile. While I’ve generally had a great headspace the last 30 days, focusing on taking care of myself not only physically but mentally, felt a bit different than the previous ones. Lots and lots of meetings this week really dragged things out for me; and gave me a reminder that I need to put time blocks in my calendar every day to ensure some breathing room for sanity.

Also bought a pizza oven — figured that if I didn’t burn down the house, I may as well learn a new skill. We’ll see how that goes — the first attempt was a flaming mess. :)

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I figured I would use some of the time at home this week to clean up my cable bag which has relatively stayed the same for the last few years — More

Why AI in cameras today make you look different than what you actually look like — More

Thought provoking questions on crafting the life you want to live — More

Personally a big fan on dot-grid notebooks, but a look at the best notebooks and covers out today — More

Recently I’ve become a fan of unique challenge coins — More

“Obstacles will come your way. Guaranteed. Think of them as a gift. They will make you stronger. They will make you more creative. Rather than break you, they will define you.”More

Ah, VxWorks. Apparently the OS stops filtering out stale data from key flight control displays on the Boeing 787; and the fix? Completely power off the aircraft before it gets to 51 days to prevent ‘misleading data’ being shown to pilots — More

On one hand, Zoom has some pretty bad security practices and I fear that with the rush for everyone to jump on and use them, it could be opening things up in very unexpected ways. On the other, I really wish the infosec community understood that many people in classrooms and in companies don’t get to choose what tech is rolled out to them. Instead of shitting all over them, maybe help them? — More

Speaking of Zoom — if you’re going to buy it’s stock, buy the right stock — More

New book out this week from the folks at DO Lectures — “Do Present; How to Give a Talk and be Heard”. Read

I have an on-again-off-again relationship with using Mind Maps — More

As always, Seth Godin has a great take on things: “We can’t change how things are, but we can change how we will approach today.”More

Seth also has an interesting take on multiple devices — are you using the same device to do work as you are to distract yourself from work? That could be a mistake — More

Uh, no thank you. “A Sardinian specialty made by allowing cheese skipper flies to lay thousands of eggs in a wheel of pecorino, casu marzu is served with a host of tiny yet visible larvae alive and writhing in it. (Dead maggots are a sign that the cheese has gone bad.) When you scoop some of the creamy-mealy cheese out of the rind and make to eat it, the maggots protect themselves by coiling up like organic springs and leaping up to half a foot away from danger, all too often onto your face.”More

More on the COVID-19 Front:

  • White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America — More
  • Some dude ran 130 laps of his year to complete a “quarantine marathon” — More
  • Some basic tips for working from home without driving you or your family crazy. — More
  • How enforced isolation, social distancing and the craziness of what’s going on today fit into society and the mental side effects — More

Closing Thoughts

And if I show you my dark side
Will you still hold me tonight?
And if I open my heart to you
And show you my weak side
What would you do?