Good morning y’all. This week has been a bad one. The Supreme Court has finally gotten around to doing what we were all waiting for. It’s running the new GOP’s playbook. Making guns easier to carry and the big one, overturning Roe v. Wade. A settled law for 50 years.
That’s all I’m going to say on the matter for now.
On a personal note, I’m finally rid of COVID. 🥳
I had to lead with this story because Irms is a personal hero and all around wonderful person.
Gus Mueller: “On this day twenty years ago I registered the flyingmeat.com domain. I had no idea what I was doing back then, only that I loved coding, I loved sharing what I worked on, and indie companies were undisputedly cool.”
Gus is one of the good ones and an inspiration. If you’re a Mac user you may be familiar with his amazing software. If you’re not and need a photo editor that won’t break the bank you should check out Acorn.
Alex Ewerlöf: “For my 20 years programming anniversary, I tried to list the top principles that have been accumulated over the years as my guiding principles through my career:”
This is a really great list every developer should read.
Becoming a leader is not often what everyone thinks it is.
Michael Moore: “I said none of that. I remained silent, and to this day the shame I still feel for standing there and doing nothing is so intense that I’ve sat here now for over a day trying to write this weekly letter to you and realizing I would have to admit my inaction, my culpability, and say very publicly that of all the regrets I have in my life, this one, this few seconds of turning my head the other way, hurts me the most.”
Michael Moore has been a bit of a rebel all his life, in a good way. I love this story, it’s really two-in-one, but it a look into an event that helped shape the Michael Moore of today.
Saman Bemel-Benrud: “Last week was the one year anniversary of the Mapbox Worker’s Union going public, the event that lead to my departure. So, now seems like an appropriate time to share my story. It may offer some insight into how the tech industry operates. Mapbox’s story is likely similar to other companies with promise and ambition that that haven’t quite broken through.”
I don’t know much about Mapbox but it’s a company I’d considered pursuing a job with when we decided to move east. They’re in Washington D.C.
The product is super compelling and they have SDK’s to support multiple platforms.
On the original iPhone keyboard, I wanted the delete key in the top-right corner. It wouldn’t fit, so I moved it to the third row where there was room. Also, the third row of keys isn’t staggered relative to the second row. We just accept these things now. https://t.co/mEzgRvNo7D pic.twitter.com/DjqbbaLwAx— Ken Kocienda (@kocienda) June 19, 2022
LAist: “Entertainment streaming giant Netflix laid off an additional 300 of their 11,000 worldwide staff on Thursday, following the layoffs of 150 employees, dozens of contractors, and other part-time staff in May.”
A reckoning is coming. All those lovely, inexpensive, stream services we’ve subscribed to over the last few years are finally gonna start raising prices and laying off staff to try to compete.
It was good while it lasted. 😃
Nick Martin - joe.coffee: “We started joe on the premise that by making it as convenient and rewarding for coffee-lovers to order ahead at independent shops as it is at Starbucks, people wouldn’t settle for corporate. When choosing local is hyper-convenient, small business thrives.”
There are a few applications I’d love to create. I’ve talked about a few of them but never mentioned my desire to create a service with mobile apps to allow folks to order coffee. The fine folks at joe.coffee did just that.
I don’t know exactly how their partnerships with coffee shops work but it’s a great idea. I’d still love to do this as I believe I have a different bent on the idea.
Remote work means you have to learn how to reward people for the outputs of their work instead of the mere appearance of working.— Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) June 21, 2022
Many organizations don’t know how to make the switch so they resort to claiming people who work from home are lazier as if commuting’s an achievement https://t.co/DP5jLDerQa
Bloomberg: “Members of the rock band Pink Floyd are seeking at least $500 million in a deal for their music catalog, according to people familiar with the talks, which would be one of the largest sales in music history.”
This is wild. When I see something like this it makes me wonder what caused the bad to decide to do this? Debt? Tired of messing with it? What? I’m probably naive to the something completely obvious.
Wonder who’s in the running for it?
CNN: “Michael J. Fox will be honored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for his contributions to film and his efforts to help cure Parkinson’s disease.”
How can you not love Michael J. Fox? I loved him in the Back to the Future Trilogy but there is a little film of his I love to watch from time to time. Doc Hollywood is a super cheesy early 90’s film with a great cast. It’s one of those cringy, makes you uncomfortable, films that turns out just the way you’d hoped it would. Think I’ll have to watch it tonight.