Wednesday Assorted Links

  1. We are no longer a serious people. Choice quote:

In short, an unserious country mired in the most masturbatory hysterics over bullshit dramas waged war against an insurgency of religious zealots fired by a 7th-century morality, and utterly and totally lost.

  1. How many pets (projects) do you have? What to do with them?
  2. California’s dry season is turning into a permanent state of being (phys.org)
  3. Instead of being ahead of their time, many ideas are behind their time
  4. Simple systems have less downtime
  5. Gwen.net on improvements in life since the 90s
  6. The Gulf Stream is really important. And it could collapse. This would be bad.
  7. Conan Took the Hard Road: As the country became more polarized, we undervalued his nonpolitical comedy (highly recommended)

And, some embeds:

The Real Story of “The Central Park Karen”

This is well worth a read. Read it.

To tell this story is to address a different set of problems. Among them: our collective intoxication with public shaming. Our willingness to dispense with due process when we think we “know” the truth in the absence of evidence. The media’s complicity in perpetuating public judgments, even when the facts directly contradict those judgments. The lack of proportion in the punishments meted out to perceived offenders. The absence of any avenue for redemption or reconciliation when a breach has been made. And the mercilessness shown to those at the center of these storms, often leaving them suicidal and broken.

Project to Product and Greatness

Jessitron writes:

Software is not an up-front investment that pays off over its use. Software is an ongoing concern, an intricate piece of a business that needs to evolve if the business is going to.

and:

The difference between people good at receiving direction and people who generate their own direction, according to Kegan, is not a personality trait or a skill. It is a way of viewing the world. An epistomology, an “order of consciousness,” a “gradual development of psychological complexity,” a way of defining yourself.

(Read the source post, it’s good.)

This is the same thing that L. David Marquet discusses in one of my favorite talks of all time, Greatness:

(You should also read his book)

He writes:

The leader-leader model not only achieves great improvements in effectiveness and morale but also makes the organization stronger. Most critically, these improvements are enduring, decoupled from the leader’s personality and presence. Leader-leader structures are significantly more resilient, and they do not rely on the designated leader always being right. Further, leader-leader structures spawn additional leaders throughout the organization naturally. It can’t be stopped.

Once you see organizations this way, you cannot unsee it. Providing clarity of the goal and ensuring competence so that you can give control to the individuals on the team is an absolute, complete game changer. And it’s exactly what Jessitron’s post is all about.