Weekend Reading — With Pockets


Max. "David Bowie as Yerba Mate: a thread"

This Weekend Reading is short and not on a weekend. Just returned from vacation, road trip through beautiful Montana and Idaho.

Design Objective

How Netflix’s Customer Obsession Created a Customer Obsession This article is full of nuggets, here's one:

Based on consumer insights and learnings, do you have a product strategy that defines your hypotheses about what you hope will fulfill the trifecta of delighting customers in hard-to-copy, margin-enhancing ways?


Personalisation is not the end-game of marketing Bingo:

You may find the customer’s idea of personalisation is more akin to excellent customer service, rather than a post-purchase email offering a similar-looking jumper on sale.

RaminNasibov "30 years"


Tools of the Trade

Develop, edit & deploy websites entirely in the cloud with the CodeSandbox, Contentful and Netlify trio These three are remarkable at lowering the barriers for software development.


halvarflake And maybe also the most popular database system:

Excel is the most popular functional programming language.

Disk Usage Exactly.

amy nguyen "you ever wish jira was your therapist" 😭



Lynn Fisher z-index: -1;

Lines of Code

Sarah Frier Software development is exactly the same:

writing process, basically:

taylorconor/quinesnake "A quine that plays snake over its own source!"


Josh Johnston "when I review my own code"



Katrina Kibben 💯

Repeat after me: Retention, then recruiting. Make sure you have built a place people want to work before you try to hire the masses to join the misery. It will make things a lot easier.

Jason Lemkin That sounds about right:

About 20% of the advice from a great mentor should make you uncomfortable and even a bit annoyed

They will know where you aren't pushing hard enough, but should be


John Cutler 👇 A thread:

“As a product do you earn the respect and trust of your team?”

A couple things
1/10 - Don’t hide things from your team in an effort to protect/shield them. That’s weird. It’ll come back to bite you.


Lorin Hochstein 👇 Every single reply …

Let’s play a game: using five words or less, utter a phrase that will elicit a great story from a software engineer with years of operational experience.

I’ll start: “health checks”

Dan Veditz Noted!

Note to self: only use certificates that expire on a work day morning, early in the week. You will thank yourself later.

Locked Doors

Sindre Sorhus I had a similar issue with nodejs/security-wg. Overzealous attempts to flag expected behavior as security vulnerabilities is not helping open source security:

Many of @snyksec's vulnerability reports are bullshit. They classified all execa versions as vulnerable because it exposes childProcess.exec(). Duuh. That's kinda the point of the package. They also don't contact maintainers before publishing their reports either.


Rajiv Shah "I think the backdoor issue's been solved 🤔"


None of the Above

Les Bians Terribles "I was looking up how to clean a cat's eye boogers and I'm losing my shit"


Showerthoughts 👀

You never realize how much you use the internet until you go through your search history for 20 minutes looking for something from yesterday

Space Explorer Mike Mind blowing:

This is time lapse footage of neurons making new connections to other neurons.
This is what your thoughts look like!

Credit: to reddit user /u/AmazingScallion

Verizon is looking to sell Tumblr after squandering its potential Bury the lede:

On Thursday evening, Pornhub VP Corey Price claimed in a statement to BuzzFeed News that his company is “extremely interested” in buying Tumblr and “very much looking forward to one day restoring it to its former glory with NSFW content.”

FoxDefeated "Saw this reddit post title and got really mad but it’s actually good"


Emma Taylor 👇 Alternative title, "[How] the Allies won the war because a coder wanted his lunch sooner"

How do I know so many made-up stories about how the Enigma code was cracked and didn't know until yesterday how interesting the real story is? A volunteer at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park just casually blew my mind with a bit of the story. /1

They Want It to Be Secret: How a Common Blood Test Can Cost $11 or Almost $1,000 Broken by design:

“Some of these really simple diagnostic tests — what the heck?” Mr. Gaynor said. “It does mean, in a sense, the market is broken in terms of problems with market power.”


Silicon Valley is awash in Chinese and Saudi cash — and no one is paying attention TL;DR "You thought you’re in business. You’re actually in politics.”

with POCKETS! (h/t monkchips)


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