1. Following on from my post yesterday on the problems of requirements in Software and Projects, Bob Marshall the @flowchainsensi has a interesting post on Nonviolent Project Management. /via @sebpaquet
2. Most interesting book of the week is The Country Banker ( originally part published as “The Internal Management of a Country- Bank, in a Series of Letters on the Functions and Duties of a Branch Manager.”)
The book opens with the sage quotation from Ben Jonson that
No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.
An instruction manual for Bankers that is full of wit. With an opening line of
The leading subject of your daily education as a banker will be to learn whom to trust….
You’d have wished that a few copies of this over 100 year old tome had been given to Irish Bankers. Big thanks to @antoin for that link.
Short crib notes : 3 ways to improve a feature: * Frequency (how often it’s used) * Adoption (how many use it) * Quality (how good it is). Longer version. Read the post. And every other post that Des has written.
4 Interesting post on developments of Denial of Service. Secret footsoldier targeting banks reveals meaner, leaner face of DDoS Hat tip for that one to @draziraphale
6) As some one who started reading Tolkien when I was about 11 and read Lord of the Rings when I was 12 and who enjoyed Peter Jackson film version (despite missing the Scouring of the Shire) its sad to hear Christopher Tolkien talk about the family’s dismay with the adaptions. Via @greatdismal this interview on MY FATHER’S “EVISCERATED” WORK -
8) Via @mfeathers comes this link to. New research suggests that racial stereotypes and creativity have more in common than we might think. Is categorical essentialism at the base of racism and lack of creativity?
12 & 13) Two pieces on Aaron Swartz. Reddit. RSS. Creative Commons. Demand Progress. And dead at 26.
Aaron had literally done nothing in his life “to make money.” He was fortunate Reddit turned out as it did, but from his work building the RSS standard, to his work architecting Creative Commons, to his work liberating public records, to his work building a free public library, to his work supporting Change Congress/FixCongressFirst/Rootstrikers, and then Demand Progress, Aaron was always and only working for (at least his conception of) the public good. He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think? That person is gone today, driven to the edge by what a decent society would only call bullying.
My friend Aaron Swartz committed suicide yesterday, Jan 11. He was 26. I got woken up with the news about an hour ago. I’m still digesting it — I suspect I’ll be digesting it for a long time — but I thought it was important to put something public up so that we could talk about it. Aaron was a public guy.