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Only a Fool Learns From His Mistakes

steve blanksgblankJul 12, 2016, 3:16 am 
Only a fool learns from his mistakes;
wise men learn from other people’s mistakes
– Bismark

Advice for Software Engineers

As Zack from Github says “You can have the best, most comprehensive test suite in the world, but tests are still different from production”, amen! — and he says a lot of other useful things as well:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 19, 2015, 10:58 pm 
move fast & break nothing by @holman

Twenty-two good pieces of advice for software engineers including:

  • Everything takes longer than you think.
  • Fix the known errors, then see what’s left.
  • Assume no coincidences.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 21, 2015, 1:45 pm 
Lessons Learned in Software Development

Advice for New CEOs

From American CEO, fifteen essential CEO skills:

  1. Attracting Employees
  2. Retaining Employees
  3. Employee Development
  4. Communication
  5. Leadership
  6. Sales Knowledge
  7. Operational Knowledge
  8. Financial Knowledge
  9. Regulation and Governance Knowledge
  10. Market and Customer Knowledge
  11. Tying Strategy to Execution
  12. Attention to Detail
  13. Anticipate Organizational Needs
  14. Emotional Intelligence
  15. Build the Culture
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 21, 2015, 7:46 pm 
The Top 15 Essential CEO Skills – The American CEO

And then, from one of the smartest, most inspiring, CEOs I know:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 22, 2015, 12:05 am 
From @patrickmoran “Go. Big. Always.” – in everything you do, just go big.

Victimhood, SaaS Startups, and Books

Unfortunately, I’ve definitely met these people:

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 10, 2015, 10:29 am 
Wait, I’ve met this person before!

From the article: “There’s a familiar path now to SaaS companies that start in the SMB (small-to-medium business) part of the market. Over time, they seem to inevitably begin serving larger customers. Box, Hubspot, Zendesk and among many others have exhibited this pattern. Why does this happen?”

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 10, 2015, 1:02 pm 
The Innovator’s Dilemma for SaaS Startups via @ttunguz

This is my model for feedback: frequent, followed up with writing, augmented with coaching, and always honest:

nigel carrsohonyApr 10, 2015, 4:01 am 
“How to Build a Culture of Continuous Feedback” by @peeps_first – every company needs leaders who really live this:

And finally, this statement is just too true. It’s not just because I’m a reader and prefer a book or a written report over a movie or a webcast, but because if you’re busy you can read a book incrementally:

Book RiotBookRiotApr 11, 2015, 1:00 am 
Too Busy To Watch a Movie? Read A Book:

Fun Tweets

Leonard NimoyTheRealNimoyJan 11, 2015, 2:29 am 
Don’t smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 28, 2015, 5:05 pm 
Thanks @ATT, you make me feel less and less like a valued customer every minute I’m on hold and every time you transfer me to another agent.
Terry W. VirtsAstroTerryFeb 28, 2015, 3:58 pm 
Hacker NewsnewsycombinatorMar 1, 2015, 5:01 am 
8cc: A Small C Compiler
EliEliLangerMar 1, 2015, 5:12 pm 
There are 2 kinds of people in this world.
You had one job_youhadonejobMar 3, 2015, 12:34 am 
I’m not sure that’s a kitten.
Scott HanselmanshanselmanMar 4, 2015, 3:08 am 
Me: “What are your life goals?”
7 yr old: “Well! In fact, I…”
Me: “Growing a tail is not a goal.”
7: “Oh. Then I have no goals.”
Wil WheatonwilwMar 5, 2015, 3:15 am 
My cat is doing this new thing where she hides behind my monitor on my desk, and randomly scares the shit out of me by swiping at my hand.
SciencePornSciencePornMar 6, 2015, 1:42 am 
This will be the greatest Pi Day ever in the American history, spread the word!
The VergevergeMar 7, 2015, 6:51 am 
A ninja cat riding a fire-breathing unicorn is exactly why Microsoft is cool again
JessedagraffmanMar 7, 2015, 10:33 pm 
Adam Rosko and I will be doing a short tribute to the legend himself before the show. I hope to see you. #LLAP

ClassicPicsHistory_PicsMar 8, 2015, 12:01 am 
Dr. Seuss is credited with inventing the word “Nerd.”
Swiftsure Yacht RaceSwiftsureRaceMar 8, 2015, 12:39 am 
Velocity, racing up to Vic the Oregon Offshore crowd, then out to Cape Flattery and Back. Nice!
Dr. Sheldon CooperTheRealSheldonCFeb 28, 2015, 3:38 pm 
Google: Earth
Apple: Air
Amazon: Fire
Microsoft: Really needs to make something called water…
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 9, 2015, 2:43 am 
The Cost of Paying Attention: “The benefits of silence are huge.” – I couldn’t agree more.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 11, 2015, 12:10 am 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 11, 2015, 12:14 am 
Parable of the Polygons – a playable post on 2D light and dark
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 11, 2015, 10:32 pm 
“Yeah, but it’s more accurate than just to say “Legal” …”
Conrad HackettconradhackettMar 12, 2015, 12:23 am 
Terry PratchettterryandrobMar 12, 2015, 3:06 pm 
Mitch EdgeworthmitchedgeworthMar 12, 2015, 9:34 pm 
This is the best photo ever taken of Terry Pratchett, and indeed one of the best photos ever taken of anybody
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 13, 2015, 3:27 pm 
Scott HanselmanshanselmanMar 13, 2015, 3:25 pm 
I was just humming a song on the way to work, but then I stopped because I was concerned Marvin Gaye’s family would think it familiar.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 15, 2015, 9:08 pm 
One of my all-time favorite Doonesburys: “hold on, here’s another slip”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 19, 2015, 2:35 pm 
Adding color to a Billy bookcase – IKEA Hackers
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 22, 2015, 5:50 pm 
Why We Should Design Some Things to Be Difficult to Use
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 22, 2015, 6:04 pm 
Health And How To Lose Weight Once via @PDXcrossfit
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 22, 2015, 6:15 pm 
“and that’s when the world will finally appreciate the talent of sharks”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 25, 2015, 12:12 am 
“Of all toys, the one that best prepared me for life was Fischer-Price Activity Center”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 25, 2015, 3:55 am 
Mars rover Opportunity completed its first Red Planet marathon with a finish time of roughly 11 years and two months.
Book RiotBookRiotMar 27, 2015, 1:00 am 
“If you don’t read, the flirting is over.” That’s right, t-shirt. That’s right.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 27, 2015, 7:00 pm 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 29, 2015, 2:11 am 
How To Cope With Success: “Failure opens minds; success closes them.”
Gregorgr2mMar 13, 2015, 6:19 pm 
The quote, that will go down in history. @lrnrd in her talk about nothing: #concat15
Amazing Maps Amazing_MapsApr 3, 2015, 12:06 am 
What’s on the other side of the ocean?
SciencePorn SciencePornApr 4, 2015, 5:26 am 
Love this.
Mama SapphySapphykinzApr 4, 2015, 6:28 pm 
Dragons are often considered evil. This however isn’t always the case, it’s often a misunderstanding.
Like so!
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 5, 2015, 8:12 pm 
I regret ever buying the DroboFS. It has just never worked well = years of stress about backups. Unhappy.
plus one reply tweet 1 (included for completeness)

Opinion Tweets

Radley BalkoradleybalkoFeb 28, 2015, 2:40 pm 
*Seven* cops and prosecutors swore that a Louisiana man assaulted a cop. Cell phone video showed that they all lied.
Chris RockozchrisrockMar 4, 2015, 12:06 am 
This man standing outside congress speaks for millions of Americans #NetanyahuSpeech
GrooveSDCGrooveSDCMar 5, 2015, 5:52 am 
A quick synopsis of the #FergusonReport
Barack ObamaBarackObamaMar 7, 2015, 8:54 pm 
“We respect the past, but we don’t pine for the past. We don’t fear the future.” —President Obama #Selma50 #MarchOn
Bjorn F-BkingofslugsMar 9, 2015, 2:32 am 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 17, 2015, 10:09 pm 
“the more veto players in a government, the greater the nation’s economic inequality”
banksythereaIbanksyMar 19, 2015, 12:26 am 
Saw this at a church..
LOLGOPLOLGOPMar 2, 2015, 9:50 pm 
We could have had an Iran with 0 centrifuges with no war. But that’s another W. Bush failure.
Mrs. Betty BowersBettyBowersMar 27, 2015, 3:34 am 
If a True Christian™ discriminates against you it’s FREEDOM. If you return the favor it’s PERSECUTION #BoycottIndiana
Liberal EffectsLiberalEffectsMar 28, 2015, 11:33 pm 
How To Tell If Your Religious Liberties Are Being Violated

Work Tweets

Jessica KerrjessitronFeb 28, 2015, 4:40 pm 
Customer-centric focus “doesn’t mean we listen to them and build what they’re asking for. No.
We build what will change their lives.” @aaron
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 4, 2015, 6:08 am 
Cool stuff: “Troubleshoot projects running on Google Compute Engine with Google Cloud Debugger”
Jordan Wirfs-BrockjordanwbMar 4, 2015, 2:37 pm 
When displaying modeled info, clearly display inputs (what we know) + outputs (what is modeled/what we don’t know) @hfairfield #tapestryconf
John ArundelbitfieldMar 4, 2015, 6:33 pm 
Understanding uptime:
98.12% – you have a few problems
99.65% – you have no major problems
100.00% – your monitoring is broken
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 5, 2015, 10:52 pm 
Concurrency Hazards: Solving Problems In Your Multithreaded Code
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 5, 2015, 10:53 pm 
Leadership: Look For Intention First – By Tanmay Vora
Matt AsaymjasayMar 7, 2015, 9:05 pm 
“New stuff tends to go to the public cloud, while doing old stuff in new ways tends to go to private clouds”
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 11, 2015, 5:54 am 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 12, 2015, 1:24 am 
The Four Agreements: #1 Be Impeccable With Your Word, #2 Don’t Take Anything Personally, …
Jason FriedjasonfriedNov 13, 2013, 9:13 pm 
“Here’s what our product can do” and “Here’s what you can do with our product” sound similar, but they are completely different approaches.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 15, 2015, 9:54 pm 
12 Ways Leaders Humiliate Others: #2 Interjecting yourself into another’s public presentation. via @leadershipfreak
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 17, 2015, 4:05 am 
Hiring in tech should prioritize skill, not charisma via @qz
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 17, 2015, 10:15 pm 
“He had also learned that his ideas weren’t always the right ones, and he needed to listen to others.”
David MarquetldavidmarquetMar 22, 2015, 12:45 pm 
Bad leaders give bad orders.
Good leaders give good orders.
Great leaders give no orders.
SkylerSkylerFoxyMar 20, 2015, 10:01 pm 
A group of wolves is called a pack.

A group of crows is called a murder.

A group of developers is called a merge conflict.

John SheehanjohnsheehanMar 23, 2015, 4:42 am 
“microservices break the biggest source of shared state, in most applications: the database as a global variable”
kate matsudairakatematsMar 24, 2015, 3:05 am 
PDX News NowpdxnewsnowMar 24, 2015, 1:21 pm 
The difference between Portland and Seattle startups? Emotionally stability and social… #pdx
Trammell Hudson™qrsMar 24, 2015, 2:10 pm 
The reporter of this squid bug shows how to document an issue’s actual vs expected results:
Noah SussmannoahsussmanMar 24, 2015, 2:25 pm 
“The Power of Ten –
Rules for Developing Safety Critical Code” classic paper on coding standards in the space program
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 26, 2015, 4:18 pm 
Per @newrelic cool free test, my blog is average speed. Would it be faster if I wrote more? :)
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 27, 2015, 2:04 am 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbMar 31, 2015, 3:37 am 
Choose Boring Technology via @mcfunley
Ron EvansdeadprogramMar 31, 2015, 3:50 pm 
3/Getting to an MVP is a series of experiments. It is R&D, not manufacturing. You cannot predict the answer in advance.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 2, 2015, 3:02 pm 
Post-Mortems at HubSpot: What I Learned From 250 Whys: “Never Let “Slow Down” Be The Answer”
Bill SempfsempfSep 23, 2014, 5:56 pm 
QA Engineer walks into a bar. Orders a beer. Orders 0 beers. Orders 999999999 beers. Orders a lizard. Orders -1 beers. Orders a sfdeljknesv.
Kare AndersonKareAndersonApr 1, 2015, 2:45 pm 
Star performers cultivate diverse networks, thus tap collective intelligence more than equally smart folks who don’t ~ @alex_pentland
David MarquetldavidmarquetApr 6, 2015, 12:05 pm 
Achievement is getting something done. Leadership is helping someone see what they can achieve
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbApr 6, 2015, 9:55 pm 
6 Engineering Roles to Boost Development Velocity
Brenden DilleyHublifeApr 8, 2015, 1:20 am 
One of greatest lessons in life is the ability to recognize those whom sincerely want the best for you & whom will truly support you.

Fun Tweets

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 23, 2015, 12:30 pm 
Sediment around the Cargados Carajos Shoals : Image of the Day #NASA
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 24, 2015, 5:27 am 
Stephen Biesty’s Incredible Cross-Sections
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 24, 2015, 4:05 pm 
I can tell you that as a pilot, this is very impressive: 7 jets landing in perfect formation
HeForSheHeforSheJan 24, 2015, 3:48 pm 
Take @EmWatson’s words to heart. Make the commitment & be the author of your #HeForShe story.
The VergevergeJan 25, 2015, 9:16 am 
The new Sonos logo design pulses like a speaker when scrolled
SF Public LibrarySFPublicLibraryJan 25, 2015, 10:31 pm 
Why You Should Resolve To Use The Library Every Day In 2015 via @HuffPostBooks
The New York TimesnytimesJan 25, 2015, 11:59 pm 
Kimchi can perk up just about anything
John GreenjohngreenJan 21, 2015, 2:58 am 
Obama just said that the Earth is the only planet we’ve got, which is a WILLFUL DENIAL OF OUR COLONIZATION OF MARS BY A MINIVAN-SIZED ROVER.
Becca Laurie, PIimbeccableJan 27, 2015, 6:35 am 
oh my god we broke everything MT @engadget: Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, and Hipchat all appear to be offline.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 28, 2015, 7:01 am 
America’s Most Beautiful Public Library by @rebeccaschinsky
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 28, 2015, 3:28 pm 
Creative Characters: the Faces Behind the Fonts: Carlos Fabián @MyFonts
John D. CookJohnDCookJan 28, 2015, 3:26 pm 
Technology calls our bluff. If only I had …
A supercomputer? Check.
An enormous library? Check.
A way to reach to the world? Check.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbJan 29, 2015, 4:20 am 
Emma WatsonEmWatsonOct 30, 2014, 1:25 am 
Voodoo DoughnutVoodooDoughnutJan 29, 2015, 6:25 pm 
It’s Jelly Thursday at both PDX @VoodooDoughnut locations. Glazed raised filed with locally made Kelly’s Jelly!
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 1, 2015, 6:33 am 
Most watched sports finals worldwide
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 1, 2015, 6:23 pm 
Penn and Teller on Vaccinations
Cory DoctorowdoctorowFeb 1, 2015, 2:05 pm 
Free “freedom clip” turns off K-Cup DRM
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 1, 2015, 9:40 pm 
Rare letter combinations and key chords
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 1, 2015, 9:41 pm 
Getting out of a bad place
Dan AmiraDanAmiraFeb 2, 2015, 12:31 am 
*a child’s first steps*
*a horse at dusk*
*an elderly couple slow dances*
*a soldier salutes*


*fade to black*

Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 5, 2015, 7:24 am 
Hillary ClintonHillaryClintonFeb 3, 2015, 3:45 am 
The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let’s protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 7, 2015, 5:49 pm 
Most ski trail maps look kinda the same, because of a single individual: James Niehues.
TweetSmarterTweetSmarterFeb 7, 2015, 7:26 pm 
Clever: Radio Shack after closing:
Jeffrey FlierjflierFeb 8, 2015, 12:40 am 
RT @nathanrice: How to piss off an anti-vaxer.
Oddly SatisfyingLearnSomethlngFeb 6, 2015, 1:19 am 
Obeying the laws of gravity very well.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 9, 2015, 6:53 am 
“LiquidThreads is like the Duke Nukem Forever of wiki software.” – ouch, but too true
Maria PopovabrainpickerFeb 10, 2015, 3:32 am 
If there is a secret to great parenting, it is this: attentive presence rather than praise
John ScalziscalziFeb 20, 2015, 2:32 am 
So, @borderlands_sf is looking for 300 folks to be sponsors at $100 a pop to stay open this year. I’m in. You?
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 13, 2015, 7:20 am 
Dave ShumkadaveshumkaFeb 13, 2015, 6:07 am 
When a restaurant has milkshakes on the dessert menu instead of the drink menu, I wonder what freedom is even worth.
Carlos A. TovarcarlostovarwsjFeb 11, 2015, 10:43 pm 
Infectious diseases by U.S. states before and after vaccines were introduced via @tynandebold
Alaska AirlinesAlaskaAirFeb 13, 2015, 2:00 am 
There’s Alaska and then there’s everyone else. #seattlesairline
Travis OkulskitokulskiFeb 2, 2015, 2:07 pm 
The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will either be a huge success or a colossal failure and it has my unconditional love and approval either way.
The VergevergeFeb 15, 2015, 4:43 am 
NASA has revealed the official poster for Expedition 45 and it is a masterpiece
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 15, 2015, 6:58 pm 
I just backed Star Trek Continues 2015 on @Kickstarter
Jeff GauvinJeffersonObamaFeb 16, 2015, 2:04 am 
The only 2 Presidents to reduce the deficit in last 40 years #ILoveObama
Hank GreenhankgreenFeb 17, 2015, 1:22 am 
Nerdfighter Convention? In Belgium?! I wish I could go! It will only happen with enough support!
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 17, 2015, 3:35 am 
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 17, 2015, 3:55 am 
Traffic Waves: “beyond 40 vehicles per mile, the flow becomes unstable and stop-and-go waves appear”
Amy RolphamyrolphFeb 17, 2015, 5:41 am 
How we fall in love with books. A lovely illustrated story, via @brainpicker
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 18, 2015, 3:32 am 
Not quite the reaction they were expecting… (Woman defending daughter at school)
Max RoserMaxCRoserFeb 17, 2015, 6:32 pm 
Scott HanselmanshanselmanFeb 20, 2015, 5:26 am 
Microsoft Is The New Google, Google Is The Old Microsoft
banksythereaIbanksyFeb 21, 2015, 1:40 am 
Remember this.
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 21, 2015, 2:31 am 
Very interesting: Top 1% earners versus bottom 90%
Stephen Turnergenetics_blogFeb 20, 2015, 12:17 pm 
In defense of Fahrenheit
News from ScienceNewsfromScienceFeb 21, 2015, 11:15 am 
Here are the best—and worst—places to drive your electric car
Portland MercuryportlandmercuryFeb 21, 2015, 8:00 pm 
God bless Portland’s Americana, All-Way has the burgers and red pleather booths of dreams.
The VergevergeFeb 23, 2015, 2:29 am 
Watch the live performance of Everything Is Awesome at the #Oscars
Bjorn Freeman-Bensonbjorn_fbFeb 23, 2015, 4:39 pm 
On @medullan’s contact form, you see the actual person you are emailing.