Enjoying Berlin, meeting people and touristing. I have a friend visiting from Canada, which is great. Still – still – coughing like I have typhoid but mostly when I’m cold so I’m getting back into working out more. Although still no swimming – sadness.
Met up with another man in tech for The Project (so far it’s going pretty well).
Was 24 miles short of Gold status (thanks to all the flights last year that didn’t count – grr!) but Air Canada let me have it anyway, which was nice!
Sent out the new faster build and my unit tests failed me so the images were reversed (basically when I refactored helper assert methods out into a separate class I messed them up). Fixed everything, and got some UX feedback, will work on that and send out a new build.
Really got started on Android, and got the home screen working. Spent a lot of time searching for what to search for – the hardest thing about moving onto a platform I’m less familiar with is I’m not sure what everything is called! I need to read more of the book.
Continuing to visit my favourites Tabibito, Roamers, and the Croissanterie, but exploring some new places including Floor’s (breakfast), The Barn (coffee shop), Susuru (udon, great decor), Companion Coffee, Mayflower (delicious Chinese food), Izumi (sushi, okay), Just a Bite (fancy tiny cupcakes, meh), Toca Rouge (Asian fusion, I don’t think I ordered well), Reisschale (Asian, cheap, I had a nice Thai red curry), Lagari (brunch!), Ron Telesky’s (so Canadian, there are moose, and a pizza called the Rob Ford) and Fräulein Wild (cake!).
Went to the Palace of Tears or the Tränenpalast, which is about the divide between East and West Berlin. It’s named for the station where people would have to say goodbye to their loved ones. It’s a great, and free, museum. I particularly liked the news real that contrasted news footage from the east with footage from the west, to compare and contrast.
I also went to the Designpanoptikum which is a surrealist museum of collected objects that combine form and function. It’s like, art from industrial design. Including an Iron Lung. The guy who runs it is absolutely fascinating and hilarious.
Watching Kourtney and Khloe take the Hamptons (very dramatic!). Apparently I have reached a milestone in The Black Swan and the rest can be viewed as kind of an appendix. Essentially the conclusion is a trading strategy: take a small amount of very high risk with a very high potential upside.
Product links Amazon.
- Fifteen is for Freedom
- Creating Test Images and Comparing UIImages
- #iOSDevUK: Maxim Cramer – Users Don’t Bite
I’m quoted in this article in Time!
Also my UIImage test post is discussed on the iOS Bytes podcast.
On The Internet
- “To be blunt, Scott’s story is about Scott himself spending a lot of time by himself hating himself.” http://buff.ly/1Cl0GkS
- Haunting story – My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward – http://buff.ly/1xtgbTw /via
- If this man is a good example of a male ally in tech we’d better get back to the drawing board. https://twitter.com/wadhwa/status/556631919761182721 …
- @shanley: TW- This post about a tech CEO who murdered his ex-wife’s husband. It flatteringly lists his accomplishments/titles http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/18/plaxo-co-founder-charged-with-murder/ …
- This is really good – Critical Exception to ‘Correct in Private’ Rule. – http://buff.ly/1AkjeQ0 /via
- “Mentoring is a mess because it’s hard to know what it means” <3 this from
@dianakimball – http://buff.ly/1BfSRQF
- The concept of answering these to a stranger freaks me out. Am I just too British? The 36 Questions That Lead to Love http://buff.ly/1B2KbKE
- Interesting enough I shared it despite constant and grating use of “he”: You Do Need Independent Technical Reviews! – http://buff.ly/1y8nzZo
- Everyone in tech should read this – My Statement – Shanley – http://pastebin.com/3jAQARCy
- @ModelViewMedia: The first articles of our new issue, on the culture and politics of programming, are up now: https://modelviewculture.com/issues/programming …
- I really like this account of a day spent as a PM at Etsy – A Day in the Life of a Product Manager – Joy Chen – http://buff.ly/1ITeUf3
- These bridges are pretty cool, and one is not super far from Berlin… I may go and see it (anyone want to come?) http://buff.ly/15jDadt
- I really liked this post on not wanting to evaluate a bad year, and the value of doing it anyway – http://buff.ly/1ytKyjP
- Love this by
@quinnae_moon – It’s not about you: When men take women’s style personally – http://buff.ly/1J10YzM
- Keep saying I’ll write about performance as function of environment. For now
@dianakimball‘s A Tale of Two Mountains http://buff.ly/1J10Y2z
- Good summary of the research – Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Why Women Stay Quiet at Work – http://buff.ly/1yzD8Iw /via
- Love this interview with the amazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s – on Life Lessons –http://buff.ly/15swmdA /via
- This version of the 36 questions is also scary, but funnier – To Fend Off Love With Anyone, Do This – http://buff.ly/1BA23zu /via
- This is good – Internet freedom and the EFF’s anti-harassment statement – http://buff.ly/15sAEl4 /via
- Redacted font on Android emulator – http://buff.ly/154TDBJ /by
- Great word, “Bropropriating” – How Not to Be ‘Manterrupted’ in Meetings – http://buff.ly/1BF16pz
- I find this hilarious, in a “gotta laugh or I would cry” kind of way – Handy tips for my Internet harassers – http://buff.ly/15tMZWm
- This is good – Exclusion and Exceptionality in the Pipeline by Julia Nguyen