filtered: week of oct 13 2014

1 / The San Francisco Giants. All the talk has been about how the Giants have been lucky to make it as far as they have in the post-season. That something is wrong with baseball to have a 96 win team (The Nationals) be trumped by a club that barely squeaked its way into the wild card spot. Bullshit. When the post-season starts, the slate is wiped clean, and then it becomes about one simple thing: winning games. The Giants have been fun to watch because they play small ball, because they eke out victories on walks, wild pitches and errors.

And then when something like last night’s game happens — when the team that’s been accused of not having power comes from behind to win on not one but two late-inning home runs — it’s that much sweeter. Can’t help but think about The Nationals’ Bryce Harper, the guy who shouted his way around the bags after hitting homers against the Giants in the NLDS, at home on his couch watching Travis Ishikawa hit it over the right field wall last night in the bottom of the ninth inning. Travis Ishikawa, who revealed in the post-game press conference that earlier this year, stuck in the minor leagues, was on the phone with a friend in tears, this close to hanging it all up. This team is thrilling to watch because they play for each other.

Also, it’s not the Dodgers.

2 / Meg Hourihan, writing about Apple and Facebook paying for freezing eggs.

How about making sure decent maternity plans are in place, so that women can leave and come back to their job without fear of losing pay and promotions and opportunities? And that they don’t have to return eight or twelve weeks after giving birth?

How about making sure decent expectations are in place, so that women see having a family as compatable with having a job, and not something to put off until far in the future?

How about instead of pouring money in to these proceedures (and the egg freezing banks that profit from women’s biggest FOMO ever) you just ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, and you give them salaries and respect in the office that matches what their male counterparts receive every single day?

Also, a similar take from Rebecca Mead at The New Yorker.

3 / Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting, especially this piece on David Fincher. If you love Fincher’s movies, you’ll drool over this. If you don’t, you should watch it with begrudging respect. (Via Kottke.)

4 / Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park. Even though it has a lot of the usual suspects, the usual suspects are pretty great. It’s in this wonderful location, is designed for a leisurely walkthrough, and has enough space between pieces that you’re forced to pause and really look. Loved the Roxy Paine; the silver branches against the chilly gray sky of Seattle worked in a way that was completely different from the one that we saw this summer in front of the National Gallery, in the blazing 95 degree sun of D.C.

Roxy Paine, in Seattle

5 / Ma’Ono Fried Chicken and Whisky, in West Seattle. Really good fried chicken, with a side of biscuits and sausage gravy. Perfect with beer. You want to go to there.

6 / Steven Johnson’s How We Got to Now, on PBS. Saw the first episode this week (with Steven!) and it’s really good. His personality and the stories he tells work on television, the production is top notch, and there’s clever animation woven throughout to illustrate what he’s talking about. Ep1 was about clean water and city infrastructure, with a great middle bit about the cholera epidemic in London…the subject of his book Ghost Map. So I’m hoping that in a later episode he lifts from his 1999 book Interface Culture, and tells the history of the ironic link. Here’s the series preview video:

7 / David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. Yep, again and still. I’m at the point where things get insane and all the threads of the past 60 years of the novel are catching up with one another. I’m going to need to rest my head for a while after I put this one down.

8 / Mosh: the mobile shell.’s been fun not only because webpages (!) but because I’m getting to stretch and exercise a command line muscle that I’ve let atrophy. Also, learning about new things! Like Mosh, which, if you’ve ever suffered through a poor terminal connection (what? you’re not that old?) feels like magic. “With Mosh, you can put your laptop to sleep and wake it up later, keeping your connection intact.” OK, that’s cool, but this? This is madness:

SSH waits for the server’s reply before showing you your own typing. That can make for a lousy user interface. Mosh is different: it gives an instant response to typing, deleting, and line editing. It does this adaptively and works even in full-screen programs like emacs and vim. On a bad connection, outstanding predictions are underlined so you won’t be misled.

Wait, what?

9 / Dan Bricklin. Speaking of magical technology, today (Oct 17) is spreadsheet day! Quartz celebrates, and points to this great interview with Bricklin at CFO Magazine (which is a thing).

We would have considered it egotistical to regard our code as analogous to bridges and waterways, meant to last 50 years or more, but in many cases, it played out that way. Looking at the spreadsheet, we never thought it would last this long. After all, we were still inventing new tools.

10 / Jason Goldman, and his posts on being in debate club, especially the one yesterday about reframing the argument:

Winning the debate through reframing is pulling yourself out of the trenches and viewing the argument from a higher level. It’s this perspective that allows you to say: “I know we’ve been listening to 30 minutes of arguments but I want to take a step back and talk about what’s really going on.” You’re subsuming your opponent’s arguments into a context of your choosing and forcing them to debate you there.

And this:

One of the hardest things I had to learn as a debater-turned-product manager was that in product design there is no winning. There is no judge who assigns scores after the meeting and says who did the best job. There is no virtue in debating your peers just because you can.

And this:

One of the important things to remember about building products is that there is no winning because there is no end.

Even though it’s Friday, there is no end. Have a great weekend; see you next week.

Time travel is real! Go read filtered for the week of Sep 29 2014.

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