Weekend Reading — 🖇 Office Story

This week we stack some cards, spot the fake plan, ask Bezos the hard-hitting question, frolic in the snow, and make unsettling eggs.

Weekend Reading — 🖇 Office Story

Rafi Schwartz We need one of these on every block.


Sam Wineburg The default mode for video meetings is “checked out”, here’s one way to keep people engaged:

When students have had a moment to think & formulate a thought, a lo-tech solution is one they know how to use: having them write a sentence in a Google doc. The thing about Google docs is you can see everyone writing simultaneously--hard to do in a classroom w/ f2f instruction. This web site does one thing well: find out the exact time in every time zone. And to keep track of co-workers in multiple timezones, check out Overlap by Moleskine (iOS/macOS).

Josh Elman 🎈

I wonder if Pixar is working on Office Story about how sad all of the office equipment (monitors, keyboards, copiers, desks, chairs) are right now waiting and hoping for workers to come back

🧰 Tools of the Trade

Starboard Notebook that runs entirely in the browser, no complicated installs.


Introducing Rome Rome is a unified toolchain: linter, compiler, bundler, and test runner, for Web languages. This is an exciting development: it's easier to install and configure one tool, you get the same language support across your toolchain, and it should be faster since it only needs to process the source code one.


Isoflow If you're doing architecture diagrams, these look great and they’re fun to draw.

Significant changes at Mozilla Corporation Open source business is problematic, 1/3:

Mozilla laid off significant part of its workforce. The long term outlook for Firefox is dire, moves us one step closer to a world dominated by a single browser. Remember how much long the web stagnated when IE6 was the dominant browser? Unfortunately, while Firefox is the only alternative browser, not enough people care to use it. MDN is also at risk, with a smaller team left to manage this valuable resource for web developers. 😢

Nat Alison Open source business is problematic, 2/3:

This thread will serve as a post-mortem on that project, what went wrong, as well as a catalogue of my issues with gatsby the Company, including worker mistreatment, incompetent leadership, and hypocrisy regarding diversity and inclusion. (3/??)

Sebastian Open source business is problematic, 3/3:

Can we please talk about why Babel and Jest are advertising online casinos prominently on their homepage? Jest has 16. Babel has 9. How did this happen?

amy nguyen 🔥

make clean yarn clean rm node_modules npm install yarn install source venv/bin/activate make clean yarn install restart computer kill remote devbox acquire new remote devbox throw computer out window quit job move to antarctica they can't hurt you there yarn install

🕸️ Web-end

Stacked Cards with Sticky Positioning and a Dash of Sass Cool effect for card-based UIs, entirely CSS.

Chapter 2: Browsers The history of the web, the early days of libwww, ViolaWWW, and Mosaic. Mosaic was such a pain to use over dialup, but it opened up to a new world of experiences. And libwww is the unknown hero of the early days.

Neal Agarwal “Animate your url transitions for that extra flair ✨”

Lynn Fisher display: grid;

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Teamwork

Sarah Guo 👇 Big companies and startups are further apart than they are similar.

1/ Why do truly great engineering/product teams from bigger tech companies often fail? One reason: they fail at sequencing product investment for 0-1 startups. Thread

Sahil Lavingia 👇 You don’t need to be a remote company to benefit from asynchronous communication, but it definitely helps:

Going fully remote was nice, but the real benefit was in going fully asynchronous. Here are a list of the benefits we've seen at @Gumroad:

A thread 👇🏽

Kitty 💯

Many people won’t hear your boundaries Until you are rude about your boundaries. Then when you are rude they will ask you to say them nicer. No. Because clearly they did not respond well to your kindness.

📈 Business Side

Michael Nygard

How to tell a real plan from an abstraction: real plans are complicated and "messy."

If the plan looks too tidy, it isn't executable.

5 Pieces of Advice Entrepreneurs Never Hear. That They Need to Hear Slow down, plan for the long haul, it will be a rough start, bad investors can hurt you, and the best mentors/advisors will deflate your ego. Did I get it right?

New data shows losing 80% of mobile users is normal, and why the best apps do better Analytics on mobile app retention.

⭐ None of the Above

Turgut “pls like and retweet to support my cause”

Robert McNees

Somehow I’ve lucked out and have an 8yo who thinks secretly reading under the covers past her bedtime is an act of rebellion, and it hasn’t yet occurred to her that her flashlights never seem to run out of batteries.

John Collison “Why didn't Congress ask Jeff Bezos the hard-hitting questions, like what on earth is going on with this screen?”

Caroline Haskins “Cannot stop thinking about this TikTok where this person points out that u can use Facebook’s ad library to find promo codes for online shopping!!!!!”

Everything sucks about Fortnite being removed from the App Store. TL;DR Epic Games decided they don’t want to pay Apple’s 30% cut, came out with a marketing campaign (a play on Apple's 1984 ad), violated Apple’s payment policy, got kicked out of the App Store, and now suing Apple for anti-competitive practices. They’re also suing Google, but not console makers.

Apple’s cut is way too much, and it’s hurting consumers and indie developers. OTOH Epic Games is a $17B company that’s looking to round up to $20B, and weaponizing a fanbase of angry gamers … for real?!?

Mark “Not sure who to thank for this, but it’s brilliant. Volume up.”

Zillow 2020 Urban-Suburban Market Report The San Francisco exodus illustrated (h/t Kim-Mai Cutler)

ABC News “This pup's excitement for his first snow in Australia is bound to make you smile!

QAnon groups have millions of members on Facebook, documents show If it's not about maximizing revenues for shareholders, what could it be about?

A small team working across several of Facebook’s departments found 185 ads that the company had accepted “praising, supporting, or representing” QAnon, according to an internal post shared among more than 400 employees. The ads generated about $12,000 for Facebook and 4 million impressions in the last 30 days.

u/RoosDePoes “🔥 An immense Jellyfish Sprite briefly appeared above a distant thunderstorm on July 2nd. Sprites are large electrical discharges associated with lightning strikes which occur high above storms in the mesophere and lower ionosphere”

Twitter, George Soros, and Porn Even without the pandemic, this rings true. We need news sources, and we need news sources that are not biased by algorithms.

Anna Hughes “Many people have been using quarantine as a time to perfect their bread or coffee making skills, but I personally have taken this as an opportunity to make increasingly unsettling eggs”

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