I was hoping for a week free of fire-fighting, but I’ve been at my desk two minutes and guess what? There’s fires that need putting out. Sigh.

Laptops. Allowing people to take their work home with them since the 90’s.

I’m loving the new icons and UI touches to Feedbin.

Great to see Rails 6 will be shipping with multi environment credentials.

I knew there was a reason that I stopped buying some books as ebooks.

Spent the last couple of nights trying to resolve a MapKitJS and Turbolinks issue I was having. It was actually two issues rolled into one. Last night I finally managed to resolve both issues. Yay for patience and perseverance. 🙌

Looks like view components are coming to Ruby on Rails. This is going to be a great addition to the framework.

Time for ships to be accountable for their shipping containers?

Maybe it’s time to do something about the ways in which shipping containers are transported across our oceans?

Trainers, flip-flops and a selection of other footwear were appearing with a regularity that singled them out from the other tidal deposits.

They were the same brands, in the same styles, and, for some of the trainers at least, the same production dates were printed on a label sewn into the tongue of each shoe. Moreover, every item of footwear appeared to have been unworn.

In the months that followed, Mr Ribeiro retrieved about 60 Nike trainers, along with a host of other brands.

Why are Nike trainers washing up on beaches?

A single shipping container can contain hundreds of man-made products that if not secured to this ship, can end up being leaked into the world’s oceans. These end up being washed up on our shores, but also will break down in the ocean adding to the already big problem of plastics in our oceans.

Taking out a full page ad in your opponent’s city newspaper to congratulate them. What a class move by the Golden State Warriors! 👍🏀

Nicholas Bate reminds us that there is always time for a new plan.

Just had that moment when you’ve been trying to work out something for ages and then you find a simple and straightforward answer.

I love and hate these moments.

Love them because I have the answer, hate them because I feel I should have known the answer to begin with.

The beginning of Nike: A simple sales strategy

My sales strategy was simple and I thought rather brilliant. I drove all over the Pacific Northwest, to various track meets. Between races, I’d chat up the coaches, the runners, the fans and show them my wears. The response was always the same. I couldn’t write orders fast enough.

How Nike sold its first 50,000 shoes

I love reading about how successful companies started. It’s a shame that we’re moving away from this level of dedication and motivation with many startups looking to VC funding instead.

Well done to Brooks Henderson winning the Meijer LPGA Classic! Just 21 years old and now Canada’s most successful professional golfer.

A great way to finish a memorable sports week for Canada. ⛳️ 🇨🇦

Boys had a great time tonight at the club’s junior fun night. They even walked away with a prize each!

The pebbles of product work

I like this.

Each piece of work is a mere pebble tossed into a flowing river. Maybe your pebble will become bedrock—sticking around for a long time and altering the water’s trajectory. Or, maybe it’ll quickly dissolve into dust when new pebbles come along and crash into it. Both of those outcomes are completely natural and worthy of celebration.

Nobody really owns product work

Having worked on several different products, I can attest to the highs and lows of seeing your ideas implemented but ultimately replaced over time. The hard truth is that as soon as you commit your work to the product and it’s released, it becomes the target of scrutinisation by both the product team and the people that use the product.

Ultimately your work will be replaced over time, but it’s all towards the greater good of learning what’s best for the product and for those that use it.

Nicholas Bate reminds us to do it better, even when it’s just those everyday tasks.

Thought experiment Thursday with Niklas Göke’s blog, Empty Your Cup.

Tried Todoist yesterday for about five minutes and then deleted my account. The reason? I don’t want a task manager app that is available everywhere.

I’m happy to keep using Things even though it doesn’t have a web client. Sometimes restricted availability can be a good thing.

Paid version of Firefox

I’ve seen a lot arguments for and against Mozilla’s paid version of Firefox. I wouldn’t be adverse to paying for a service that values my privacy and in turn helps an organisation try to keep the web open, fair and secure.

I do have some reservations about a paid version of Firefox. Privacy shouldn’t be something you need to pay for, but I am hoping that this paid version is very affordable so that it’s accessible for as many people as possible.

Raptors were so close last night! Need to wait until Friday morning now.

I must admit, I’m not a die-hard basketball fan, but I’m chuffed to bits that my second city’s team is so close their first NBA championship. 🏀

Two wins this week for the Paisley juniors. Good start to the season! Also good to see Ethan win his match tonight. 🏌️‍♂️

Fan-made version of Star Wars scene 38

Also, I wonder if we’ll get a new version of A New Hope with this included as an option?

“We were inspired by the Vader scene in Rogue One,” Christopher Clements from FixitinPost says in an email to Fast Company. “We felt like the fury and power from that hallway scene should be present in the Vader/Kenobi duel that happens very closely in the Star Wars timeline. It was essential to update the emotion of the scene given the history we are now aware of between these two. Telling the story of these two was our main goal when setting out to create Scene 38.”

This fan-made, nerd-approved edit of an iconic Star Wars scene took 2.5 years to make

Where have all the good programming and development blogs gone? Maybe I’m not looking hard enough, but I struggle to find good programming blogs to follow that post on a regular basis.

Part-time career?

Personally, I do think working fewer hours makes me more productive. But that’s not why I do it. The real reason is that I have other things I’d rather do. An hour that I don’t spend working (and I work hard, believe me, and like what I do), is an hour sitting on the couch with my kids, reading a science-fiction novel and pausing intermittently to chat about their video games or YouTube favourites. It’s an hour cooking a meal, going for a walk or doing volunteer work. It’s when I can act as one node in the lively neighbourhood web of parents, grandparents and afterschool programmes for kids, organising hangouts and snacks. It’s also when I pay bills, run errands, execute minor home repairs, and hire others to tackle major ones – so neither I nor my husband have to do that stuff on weekends.

Part-time work is humane and should be respected and encouraged

Just imagine what you could so with a few hours extra a week. Home cooked meals, helping the kids with homework before dinner, time to enjoy more of the daylight through the darker months, the chance to fit more in during the evening. Deifnitely something I would like to see happen, for all these reasons and more.