• Technology

    💾 Once upon a time, I was interested in writing reliable and efficient shell scripts. Using shell builtins was an eye-opener. Today I remembered about parameter expansion:

    mystr="$(uname -o)"
    # If we find "Linux", we get an empty string
    [ ! -n "${mystr##*Linux*}" ] && printf "We are on Linux.\n"
    → Sunday January 21, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 Kudos to @mikehaynes for the excellent Outpost theme! Just the refresh I was looking for, and it was so easy to customize based on my previous theme.

    → Saturday January 20, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 How I miss Things. It’s truly a usability masterpiece. Decided to drop it for 2 reasons - not cleared at work (especially the cloud bit); too separate from my notes and writing. Imagine if they entered the editor space and integrated the tasks alongside notes seamlessly. One can dream.

    → Friday January 19, 2024
  • Casual

    📓📷 Together we are safe (from the vacuum cleaner)!

    Two dogs resting on a cozy couch surrounded by patterned cushions.
    → Sunday January 14, 2024
  • Technology

    💾 Streaks is an amazing app. Every NY I return to it (for obvious reasons 😅). Its super power is simplicity. Super impressed with the team who manage to add more continuously, while keeping complexity in check. I’ve now slotted Streaks snuggly in my daily workflow.

    → Sunday January 14, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 After a week of temperatures closer to -20C, walking the dogs at -5C feels like spring is coming. 😅 Snapshot from the wintery city landscape in Helsinki from last weekend. 📷 Alt text courtesy of Bing chat 🤷🏻‍♂️

    A snow-covered city with buildings and construction cranes silhouetted against a blue and orange sunset sky.
    → Tuesday January 9, 2024
  • Management

    💻 Flow Metrics for Scrum Teams (PDF)

    The dirty little secret of MCS [Monte Carlo Simulation] is that we are assuming that the future we are modeling roughly looks like the past we have data for. The beauty of using professional Scrum is that in most contexts this is a safe assumption.

    You call it a “dirty little secret”, I call it a major stink 🤷🏻‍♂️ Anyway, still keeping an open mind, this book is a very good resource if you find yourself in the midst of an agile transformation (especially one that puts emphasis on estimates). Like we all do every few years. Ha. ha. ha. 🥁

    → Sunday January 7, 2024
  • Casual

    📓 Home-made chai latte, incense stick, headphones on - it’s going to be a particularly zen weekly review. 🧘‍♂️

    → Sunday January 7, 2024
  • 🍿 The Boy and the Heron (2023) - ★★★★★

    Oh wow, what an adventure! And so many layers to it.

    The Boy and the Heron poster

    → Thursday December 28, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Micro.bloggers (Cc: @help), what is your workflow for testing Micro.blog theme changes with a test blog and a Github repo? I thought of playing with the test blog on a branch and using main for “production”. But I don’t think I can point the test blog to a repo branch via the Micro.blog UI 🤔

    → Thursday December 28, 2023
  • Casual



    2023: an assorted list of personal takeaways

    📓 Reviewed my weekly takeaways in 2023. Unsurprizingly to me, the themes that emerged are wellbeing, work and career, and productivity. It is also clearly apparent how intertwined they all are. There is enough here to repeat and work on for many years ahead. Here goes.

    🪴 Wellbeing

    • Burnout symptoms - exhaustion, cynicism, ineffectiveness
    • Hobbies and pursuing interests are effective recovery mechanisms
    • Messy flat - messy mind
    • Never too late in the day or week to write a journal entry
    • Take care of yourself so you can take care of others
    • At your limits, it is OK to say no and focus on recovery
    • Poor short-term memory is a symptom of too much stress
    • Ominous meetings and days are often better than anticipated
    • Resilience is showing up every day

    👨‍💻 Work and career

    • Managing enthusiasm is essential to keeping things simple
    • Career growth requires crossing the boundaries of your role description
    • Challenging situations are an opportunity to build skill and improve the status quo
    • No one is going to remember your work achievements in a year
    • Know your “chase the fun” and “a place to call home” activities at work for effective recovery
    • There is no place for guilt in have to take a sick leave
    • Do not exhaust your “complaint budget”, i.e. pick your battles
    • Trust the fundamentals especially when feeling overwhelmed
    • The role of leadership is to maintain the necessary tensions and the constructive interaction stemming from them

    🤹 Productivity

    📚 Misc

    → Wednesday December 27, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 Iterating over my annual retrospective. Work seems to have a too big effect on how I feel about life. There is a lot to love about 2023, but it’s muted by work at each step. I am proud of how I’ve coped and grown. Still, I could appreciate the good things in life more and in full color. 🙇🏻

    → Monday December 25, 2023
  • Management

    💻 It’s hard to get company’s year-end messages right this year. Especially when many people lost their jobs and colleagues to layoffs. My LinkedIn feed is a mixture of #opentowork posts and “profound” reflections of great achievements… coming from the same companies. It stings. While life goes on and we should celebrate another trip around the Sun, I think we can benefit from more humility.

    → Friday December 22, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 I am on a trip for 10 days which means I left my PC behind. Figured I’d try GeForce Now on a Samsung TV. It’s running Alan Wake II better than my home setup. 😐 Sure, the underlying cloud rig is better than what I have, 4080 vs 4070, but the quality still leaves me stunned.

    → Monday December 18, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 One of the nine hells is perpetual flight travel with connecting flights 🛫 And most importantly - filled with people flying for the first time.

    → Saturday December 16, 2023
  • Management

    💻 Esko Kilpi: Why Should I Work with You

    A creative organization thrives on the tension that arises from widely different but complementary abilities and views working with one another in enriching interaction.

    I’ve been thinking about the concept of having a healthy tension between conflicting ideas. And remembered Esko Kilpi wrote about something very similar.

    → Wednesday December 13, 2023
  • Management

    💻 RTO vs WFH: my default recommendations for remote vs colocated teams

    Because this difference is contextual, any large organization that tries to impose a one-size-fits-all policy is going to fail. The only broad policy that can possibly succeed is one that is flexible based on the needs of the teams and the individuals on that team.

    This is a thoughtful article. Made me think even if I have different opinions on some of the default recommendations. My bias is towards the remote-first camp. Yet it’s clear as day there isn’t one-size-fits-all correct solution.

    → Tuesday December 12, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Finished Alan Wake II last night 🔦 This is not a game, it’s a work of art. Last month my partner had to do a photo assignment for uni and I got an Alan Wake inspired portrait 📷 on the side. I’ve been waiting to celebrate beating the game by publishing it on the blog. ❤️🖤

    → Saturday December 2, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Groundbreaking - customers not buying kills companies.

    “What this advertising boycott is going to do is it’s going to kill the company, and the whole world will know that those advertisers killed the company and we will document it in great detail,” Musk said.

    Source: Ars Technica

    → Friday December 1, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Bought Hogwarts Legacy on sale. Only after that read reviews and remembered the controversy around the game. On one side people (and media) boycotting it due to J. K. Rowling’s bigoted views, on the other - criticisms of the game being too woke. I’m left… just deeply sad thinking about it all. 😞

    → Monday November 27, 2023
  • 💬 Discussed some of my feelings of anger at work with my mentor. Immediately felt at ease. She also told me an apt (Finnish?) saying for the situation. Keep the fire alive 🔥

    “Jos kukaan ei suutu, mikään ei muutu.”

    “If no one gets angry, nothing will change.”

    → Sunday November 19, 2023
  • Technology

    💾 Sometimes I’d like to engage with online communities on specific topics. Discord feels too overwhelming and noisy (inherent to chat tools, I guess). Reddit, in theory, should be a sweet spot - but again so many distractions. Matrix, IRC, email - feel too clunky. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Digital introvert problems.

    → Sunday November 19, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 BG3 patch notes read like Federal Bureau of Control documents. You wouldn’t like to know that ◼️happened to ◼️ as an unexpected spoiler. In other news progressing with Alan Wake II 🔦

    → Sunday November 5, 2023
  • Casual

    📓 Changed back to standard time today. The oven clock is right again and it’s dark by 17.

    → Sunday October 29, 2023
  • Gaming

    🎮 Good morning, 2023-10-27! Alan Wake II downloading…

    → Friday October 27, 2023