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We had the day off yesterday so an outing to Santa Cruz was in order. It was gorgeous! We even spotted an otter playing in Monterrey Bay. Before the pandemic, I always took the Bay Area’s proximity to beaches for granted. Now I’m really grateful that I can see the water within an hour’s drive. When I first moved to the Bay Area, I had this idea of trying to visit every nearby beach up and down the cost. I may resurrect that project this summer and fall.
I hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend and get a chance to go outside!
Some recent blog posts:
- Why I don’t give out report cards. Resist the urge to reduce your usability findings into a series of checkmarks, X’s, and exclamation points.
- What I can and can’t help you with. What you can and can’t ask a stranger on LinkedIn.
What I’m reading this week:
Dare to Lead. I just started this book and I’m not very far along. A lot of people love Brene Brown — I’m not sure how I feel about her yet. So far in this book I think she brings up some really good points but I find it a little repetitive and hand-wavey/theoretical. I also think because she doesn’t have any corporate experience herself the anecdotes she mentions (at least so far in the book) are very second-hand and superficial (e.g. a manager came up to me after a talk and asked a question). This might be why I gravitate towards Kim Scott’s work, and specifically Radical Candor. The examples/anecdotes she cites are very relatable and more in-depth. She recently released a new book (it is on my reading list).
Articles, podcasts, & videos worthy of your time:
- Joanna Stern (WSJ) reviews the new iMacs. A good TLDR of the new iMacs. I wish Apple would make monitors again but I absolutely love my iMac (from the previous generation).
- Don’t Take the Narrow View of What’s Happening in Gaza. A couple of weeks old but Shadi Hamid offers good analysis of what led to the latest conflict and what’s at stake.
- Retiring Early On $870K In Arizona | Millennial Money. I’m not sure what’s the point of retiring in your 30s if you have to live in the middle of the desert. But to each his own!
- Tina. If you have HBO, you really should watch the new documentary chronicling Tina Turner’s life and career. It’s an incredible story of perseverance.
- This is a Robbery — The World’s Biggest Art Heist. This week I’ve been consumed by the story of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the theft of several paintings that occurred in 1990. I literally couldn’t stop watching this series on Netflix.
Happy Memorial Day!