Specific questions yield specific answers

Specific questions are our most underrated management tool.Ask the right question… and you’ll learn that your company’s most valuable employee doesn’t feel challenged by her work and is thinking about leaving.Ask the wrong question… and you’ll hear the same employee tell you she enjoys the work environment and is confident about executing her work. You only…

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Apple’s Strengths and Weaknesses — Stratechery

The San Jose location of WWDC, Apple’s annual developer conference, felt a bit odd, but Apple sought to strike a familiar tone: the artwork on and around the San Jose MeEnery Convention Center featured a top-down view of humans, and a familiar message: The idea of Apple existing at the intersection of technology and liberal…

via Apple’s Strengths and Weaknesses — Stratechery by Ben Thompson

Falling water House

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, Iconic Fallingwater House, Mill Run, Pennsylvania, USA, 1935.

via Fallingwater House — Bauhaus Movement

How much should I charge? — Signal v. Noise

The Chicago Botanic Garden is large garden and tourist attraction that opened to the public in 1972. (It’s a funny name though since it’s actually in a suburb of Chicago called Glencoe.) Besides the name, one thing I find interesting about the Chicago Botanic Garden is how they charge. Most museums in Chicago, like most museums everywhere, charge…

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If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work — Signal v. Noise

Actual hard work Designers, programmers, tech entrepreneurs, and investors love talking about how hard their work is. Let’s get real. Hard work is picking lettuce 8 hours a day in 90 degree heat. Hard work is being a single mother or father who has to work two minimum wage jobs back to back with nary a recuperative break all day. Hard work is heaving dirt…

via If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work — Signal v. Noise – Medium

Internet Trends 2017

Internet Trends 2017:

Good Code is Adaptable Code

Some people find the diagram below very funny: it basically says that there is no way to write good code. Of course I do not agree with this. The diagram implies that writing well is a slow process, and that the requirements will have changed before we finish writing our code. I claim that we should write […]

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