By Tyler Jefford
On April 5th, 2023
It seems like this month was only two weeks long. I was on call a lot this month, and that meant staying around the house more, so I got a good amount of reading done. Work has been stressful wrapping up some project work, but steady daily progress gets us across the finish line. As spring approaches, I am looking forward to getting outside and taking some trips.
Its OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, by Bernie Sanders - A book that is essentially the playbook Senator Sanders used during his 2016 and 2020 presidential bids. Some was usable and actionable, some was more of a rehashing of the campaign he ran.
What If? 2, by Randall Munroe - Interesting questions answered in a scientific and humorous way from the creator of xkcd. Listed to the audible version which was great while I walked around.
Different Mangas and graphic novels and some novels in the same universe as the manga. Nothing remarkable.
Push Notification Best Practices: 7 Questions Designers Should Ask - If you are thinking about adding push notifications to your app, give this a read. I am increasingly frustrated by random notifications that aren’t actionable, this is a good guide for the state of why use a push notification.
Numbers To Know For Managing (Software Teams) - A pretty interesting in key numbers for managing a software team. I found the 500 number of employees where the CEO becomes a political figure in the company interesting. Especially thinking down the chain, your one over or two over joining a meeting changes the dynamic at a larger organization.
Usage as the Moat in AI - a good through on AI today and how it’ll continue to gain traction. Innovation = Innovation + Distribution.
Privacy UX: Privacy-Aware Design Framework - an older post, but essential in how designers and engineers should be thinking about privacy across our products we build. The whole series is great, but the framework laid out here is something to aspire for when building software.
Traffic Safety Declining in U.S., Bucking Global Trend - From 2022, but the trend continues to worsen in 2023. In the article, it suggests the easiest solutions are the simplest. I’ve seen where changing the shape of the drivable road and protected bike lanes have dramatically reduced speed and distracted driving.
I've been making some really good old fashioned cocktails after visiting the Violet Hour here in Chicago. I’ve been cutting a hunk of orange and stirring the cocktail with that before straining which imparts just a hint of orange to the drink.
Personal updates from February 2023. Books I've read, articles I've written and links I enjoyed.