The Tremendous 10 link roundup, #236

  1. Maker’s Schedule, Manager’s Schedule | One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they’re on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more. There are two types of schedule, which I’ll call the manager’s schedule and the maker’s schedule. The manager’s schedule is for bosses. It’s embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals… When you’re operating on the maker’s schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in.”
  2. Why Your Brain Feels Broken | “Pandemic stress and multitasking can affect memory in a real way.”
  3. W.E.B. Du Bois showed us the power of data viz more than a century ago | “But Du Bois conceived another visual strategy for the exhibit that has resonated through the ages for its ingenuity, clarity, and disarmingly elegant beauty. Enlisting his students at Atlanta University, a Black college where he had been teaching since 1897, Du Bois set about creating a compelling visualization of the data he mined on Black perseverance through the social tumult of Emancipation and Reconstruction, often to quantifiable success…”
  4. There’s a hidden message in the parachute of NASA’s Mars rover | “Internet sleuths cracked the message within hours. The red and white pattern spelled out “Dare Mighty Things” in concentric rings. The saying is the Perseverance team’s motto, and it is also emblazoned on the walls of Mission Control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the mission team’s Southern California headquarters.”
  5. Bruce Blackburn, Designer of Ubiquitous NASA Logo, Dies at 82 | “He was known for the NASA ‘worm,’ which has become synonymous with space exploration. He also designed the 1976 American Revolution Bicentennial star.”
  6. What we can learn from Apple’s dataviz accessibility | “Ever since getting the Apple Watch in November, I’ve been looking at my Apple Health & Activity data on a daily basis. After being disappointed by all the inaccessible graphs around the US Presidential Elections, I wanted to find out how Apple’s visualizations are handled by VoiceOver.”
  7. Sure, Laugh Away. But Every Big Vehicle Should Look Like This New USPS Truck | “The truck, which is actually more like a minivan, is the first of many different vehicles expected in a next-generation USPS delivery fleet, and it sounds like an absolute winner on paper: the custom-built, steering-wheel-on-the-right model can be outfitted as either electric or gas-powered, and 50,000 to 165,000 of them will be built right here in the U.S. by the Wisconsin-based defense contractor Oshkosh. But the most important benefits will be delivered, if you will, by that goofy-looking design.”
  8. TEN YEARS AGO | “See what the internet looked like on February 26th, 2011.”
  9. Storytelling Can Dramatically Change Your Business | “Learn how entrepreneurs can use filmmaking as a tool for dramatic growth.”
  10. “Art Requires Not Knowing” | “Austin Kleon on why uncertainty is essential to creativity.”

Image: W. E. B. Du Bois/Library of Congress from link #3.