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A Systems Approach

Whatever it is that you do, if you have wondered about increasing productivity, improving outcomes or creating more long lasting value, you owe it to your self to learn a little about the study of systems. Okay, starting with the most banal definition of a system: A system is a group of interacting or interrelated entities that form a unified whole.[1] A system is delineated by its spatial and temporal boundaries, surrounded and influenced by its environment, described by its structure and purpose and expressed in its functioning.

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A Pile of Links

There must be a large and storied body of literature when it comes to curation, but I am unfortunately not familiar. I might have a chance someday, but for now, what I do have is this article from Frank Chimero “Sorting A Mass” 1. Up till this point, I had bookmarked anything and everything that came close to piquing my interest. But after this article, I remember bringing more of a critical eye to my reading.

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The Stream as a Guiding Metaphor

Being a child of the 80s I can recall a time before the internet permeated my entire reading experience. It was a happy accident for me and my career when I was able to access the internet on a daily bases. Before the internet, Wired came once a month. When I had enough money I'd buy 2600 (it's hard to convince parents to subscribe to a “hackers” quarterly). Between publications, I'd dwell on the information.

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How To Download The Internet by Accident

Gonna start out the month with a fun and simple one. MP3 Blogs and wget by Jeffrey Veen. When I read this, I had a VPS, that I could barely keep running. I blindly ran the command in this post. The next morning I found that I had downloaded almost 30 gigabytes of MP3s. It forced me to learning about things about linux, and wget. This was important, because I got one of my first tech jobs because I knew about wget.

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500 articles to read!

500+ articles to read. That backlog took years to build. Years of, “Yea, I'll totally read that”. Then not reading anything. While I was able to trash part of the backlog. (No, I don't need to read “4 spaces are better then 2 when formatting code”). I still had a healthy backlog. To not keep anyone in suspense, I read it 1. Reading it reminded me of my favorite articles from years past.

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Advice for a software dev who is not a librarian but now finds themselves writing software for libraries

Well, around 3ish years ago I stared working for a company that sells software to libraries and I didn't know a thing. I have learned a lot since then, but I am now embarking on a new journey and I would like to leave some advice to other software devs who might find themselves in similar situations. The best advice I can give is to find a community who can remind you of how important libraries are.

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JSON Feed For Hugo

After learning about JSON Feed I took some time to implment a template for Hugo. This relies upon version 0.20 of Hugo which has support for many alternative formats. You can see find this in the github repo for this site.

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JSONfeed

JSON Feed is a new format for syndication that was developed by Brent Simmons and Manton Reece. This is a great idea. Read the announcment.

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Blogging as the Long View

I share Gabe Weatherheads sentiment about blogging. Is this it then? Is this the last gasp of independent blogging as everyone moves to micro transactions of half considered thoughts? Will Tweets eat Wordpress? It sure seems like the indie blogs are thinned down to a small collection of ideas and opinions. What I miss about blogging is the slow contemplation of a bloggers ideology. Indie bloggers like Kottke and Daring Fireball have been publishing for over a decade on a daily basis.

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