Five for Friday – May 22, 2020

The days keep getting more blurred. This is the Friday before a three-day weekend. What is a weekend anyway? Here are some things I thought were interesting as I stumbled through the last week.

  • Lisa Crispin gave a talk this week comparing the Agile Test principles with the Modern Testing Principles. Not surprisingly, they overlap a lot.
  • I’m really enjoying this series on organizational silos, by Len Lagestee. Part 1 and Part 2
  • I gave a presentation at the Online Test Conference this week. My dog, who accompanies all of my office calls slept behind me, but made it into a few tweets about the conference. She and I have spent a lot of time the last few weeks exploring these trails and enjoying a little aimless wandering during these times.
  • I forgot to mention this last week, but I started an AB Testing instagram account. It’s low traffic, but just a little more marketing for the podcast
  • A long, long time ago, I tested text rendering on Windows, and learned way too much about fonts and font rendering. I avoid paying attention to a lot of that stuff today, but still found this article on font rendering in Chromium on Catalina – specifically the discussion of a regression and fix.

Five for Friday – May 15, 2020

Here we go again…

Five for Friday – May 8, 2020

The days are all blurring together – but I still found some things worth sharing.

Five for Friday – May 1, 2020

I’m still here. In the same chair as last week. And the week before. And…forever.

But here’s some stuff worth sharing to keep me distracted.

Five for Friday – April 24, 2020

When the days all blur together, is it really Friday. Maybe I should do three for Thursday instead? For now, I’ll keep it as is 🙂

Five for Friday – April 17, 2020

Another week of isolation and interesting links.

  • I pulled this off of reddit – it’s a view of every president ranked across over 20 dimensions. While it’s based on research from presidential scholars – and feels accurate based on every bit of history I’ve ever read, I’m sure some folks will say that Trump’s numbers are fake news.
    You do you – link.
  • I finally started playing Disco Elysium (using photon on Linux), and so far, so good.
  • Unity is featured on an article from Slack this week
  • I came across this list of online Test Courses worth checking out
  • Your gift from The Oatmeal is http://whatsyourquarantinename.com/
    You’re welcome, from Chewy Couch Smasher

Five for Friday – April 10, 2020

I don’t know what day it is anymore. Fortunately I live by my calendar and a list of reminders in Todoist, so I know I should be posting interesting things I found on the internet.

  • Ministry of Testing is doing a TestBash Home event. It’s 24 hours of presentations and discussions that looks like it’s going to be awesome. Check it out
  • I stumbled by this article on Asynchronous Communication for Teams that I really liked
  • This article on dealing with incidents (Help, the Site is Down) is filled with great advice.
  • A little work involved, but in the category of things you didn’t know you needed, is this article telling you how to Browse YouTube Using Slack Commands
  • Like many others, I binged Tiger King on Netflix – an odd mix of documentary and a view into batshit crazy people that was both cringe-worthy and addicting.
    I’m glad it’s over.

Five for Friday – April 3, 2020

Here we go again

Stay safe and have a great weekend.

Five for Friday – March 27, 2020

I’m settling into being at home all day – my work hasn’t really changed, it’s just odd never going anywhere. Here’s some stuff for you to ponder over the weekend.

  • This week’s Covid-19 info isn’t as good as last week’s data-filled article, but it has some good info – which is a bit surprising given that it’s an AMA with healthcare givers on Reddit
  • I’ve been using Goodreads quite a bit more lately – including slowly adding more of my library to my shelves. Here’s a link to my stuff.
  • I’ve also spent a few hours at Board Game Arena – it works well at the free level, but it’s a helpful enough platform that it didn’t take me long to send them some money
  • I’ve bookmarked this article on prototypes, proof of concept and MVPs – it’s stuff I end up discussing way too often – now I can just point them here.
  • Finally, an interesting story about what happens when a popular node library loses its owner.

Five for Friday (or Saturday) – March 20, 2020

One thing that I’ve found interesting now that all of my coworkers are working from home is that they schedule more meetings. I think this is a good thing – but wow has my calendar exploded.

I still found a few things worth sharing.

  • The media and blogs are filled with articles on Covid-19 – so much so that am limiting the time I spend reading about it. Sometimes, however, I find an article that is sensible without being alarming. This article on Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance speaks a lot of sense and is crammed full of charts and graphs for all of us data-nerds
  • I don’t share Unity links here that often, but when I do, it’s because I think they’re worth reading. This one on experimentation and data to optimize a game is worth the read. Will the grass be greener with interstitial ads?
  • I often get annoyed with people who blame management for their own inability to influence. Now I wonder if managers really are the problem. This survey data on managers and their teams is frightening.
  • I’ve been playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps a bit lately – I normally don’t like platformers, but it’s so beautiful to play that I find it the best way to unwind from a day at the (home) office.
  • In news that wouldn’t have made any sense at all just a month or so ago, Restaurant giving out toilet paper with take-out orders over $25

Stay safe out there

-AW