A really nice man named Ben who worked at the Walmart in Broomfield, Colorado passed away recently. We talked a lot and he told me many good stories over the last few years, including this one.
Here’s a great 1999 interview with Jeff Bezos on YouTube. And here’s a transcript of an interview with James Comey, where he says, “so much of what I’ve tried to do as a leader is guardrail around what I think my weaknesses are. Really important to me that I avoid the danger — which I think all humans have, but I know I have — of falling in love with my own view of things, my own righteousness.”
Wow, I was just stunned to read that a so-called professional journalist (Mike Klis) here in Denver, Colorado doesn’t pay for a basic tool, or have his company pay for it. I can’t even imagine trying to cover the National Football League (NFL) and not having access to detailed statistics. The subscriptions go from $40 to $200 per year, not a huge cost at all for a “professional.” In the programming world we always try to find the best tools available for our jobs.
I don’t take too many photos of traffic intersections, but this is a favorite view of Boulder, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains. In this image I am on South Boulder Road, with the city of Boulder directly ahead.
Dear Amazon: You’re taking quite a chance raising the rate for an Amazon Prime membership again. I don’t like the Echo Dot, I really don’t like the Amazon Fire TV stick, and I can easily do without your video and music services. I’m just in it for the “free” shipping, and at $119/year that’s not much savings, if any.
Wow, in the last 48 hours Twitter, GoDaddy, Etsy, and other websites/businesses have sent me emails saying that their privacy policies have changed. The stuff Facebook has gone through (or created, depending on your perspective) seem to be having a rapid ripple effect on the industry.
“Complaining is not a strategy. You have to work with the world as you find it, not as you would have it be.”
~ Jeff Bezos
If you struggle to learn new things, check out this podcast interview with Barbara Oakley. A few years ago I read her book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), and it was helpful to me, and even influenced my book, Functional Programming, Simplified.