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Water levels in Lake Mead reach record lows

My last visit to Las Vegas was just over a decade ago and we didn't stop off at the Hoover Dam that time so I don't recall the levels then. On a previous visit (14 years ago) where we did stop off, this problem was already known with no obvious way to fix it.

Posted 19th May 2022 @ 08:13

The "Roy Rule" on hiring

Adam Haylock (a customer of my previous employer), gave some similar advice at a company event a few years ago and it stuck with me. So much so that I had a succession plan in place for when I eventually stepped out of my team into a new role. It massively reduce the guilt I might have felt otherwise leaving my team behind and also freed my up to try my hand at something else. While it didn't quite work out for me the way I had wanted, that was my problem and not my team's.

If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted

I'm pretty sure that's the wording Adam used. Roy Schwartz:

Always go for people who want and can do your job.

Some more advice from the same post:

But here's the secret: The easiest way to get better at something is to surround yourself with people better than you — and learn.

This is where I am now in my career, I'm surrounded by much cleverer and more talented people than I have been around for a while. I feel like I did coast for a few years but once an opportunity presented itself I took it (and did so twice). I've never felt the need to be the cleverest person in the room, but clearly know what my strengths are and I'm always open to conversations and when appropriate, taking the time to learn new things.

Posted 10th May 2022 @ 10:33

How a mechanical watch works

Incredibly detailed article by Bartosz Ciechanowski on how the various pieces of a watch work together. His article on GPS is worth a look too.

Posted 5th May 2022 @ 15:42

"The G Word with Adam Conover" trailer

I'm a big fan of Adam Conover's work, his 'Adam Ruins Everything' serious was a lot of fun to watch. Looking forward to this new series. Could really do with a show like this for the UK.

Posted 5th May 2022 @ 11:35

103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known

Some fantastic advice from Kevin Kelly on his 70th birthday. Well worth reading all 103 items on the list.

Posted 3rd May 2022 @ 12:25

Deaths involving COVID-19 by vaccination status

I wondered about this statistic over the weekend and good to see that there's some data on the subject to look at. Pretty clear that being vaccinated massively reduces your risk of death should you be (re-)infected.

I'm still very disappointed with the general feeling that we're just going to live with COVID, but this data does help to put me at ease. A little.

Posted 27th Apr 2022 @ 10:28

Contra Chrome

Leah Elliott's updated Chrome comic:

All facets of your life are scrupulously collected

Posted 22nd Apr 2022 @ 14:39

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