Trello as a CMS

Adam was the bottleneck. His process (manually writing ERB templates in Middleman) did not scale well. We needed to collaborate, but we lacked a collaboration tool. So we turned Trello into a Content Management System (CMS) for the newsletter. It saved Weekly.

Via Trello as a CMS

The Changelog use Trello as a CMS for their newsletter. Looks like a great use case.

I use Trello a lot, but I don’t tend to stray beyond using it to manage what I’m working on. It’s a great tool, even if you’re not collaborating. I’m now trying to think of ways to take advantage of the API like they have.

‘The open-office trend is destroying the workplace’

I think there are certain jobs for which and people for whom the open floor plan works better. For example, when I worked on a large system conversion with a tight deadline, having us all work in an environment where we could resolve problems as they came up was key. When everyone in the environment is working hard on the same problems, it works. But trying to jam different departments or functions together all the time just makes a distraction-rich, contentious environment and is almost always done because of costs and sold with a veneer of productivity mumbo-jumbo.

Via John Moltz

I currently work in a small office (7 people) where generally speaking at least 2 or 3 of us are working on the same thing. And even if the piece of work isn’t the same, we’re all working on the same piece of software, and so we all have knowledge we can share and opinions we can contribute.

It works very well, and continues to improve over time.

Disney CEO Bob Iger’s empire of tech

Being CEO of Disney looks like a pretty cool job to have. They have their fingers in so many interesting pies, as this article details.

A couple interesting points from the article:

According to Pixar co-founder Catmull, Disney—under Eisner—had formed a group called Circle 7, which was dedicated to creating a sequel to Pixar’s popular Toy Story film. At the time, Pixar had made seven movies, and Catmull, Lasseter, and Jobs were convinced Disney was trying to thumb its much larger nose at their small but successful studio.

I knew that Pixar and Disney had a falling out, but I didn’t realise it was because Disney were going to make a Toy Story sequel (which I presume would have been Toy Story 3). Seems like a dick move to make.

Three years later he snapped up Lucasfilm for $4 billion. As part of the deal, Disney inherited Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the special-effects unit of Lucasfilm, and several hundred additional technical minds. All the brands—from the TV side to the parks to movies—are now encouraged to “beg, borrow, and steal” when it comes to technologies. (ILM, for example, is advising Pixar on how to animate lifelike tusks for a project currently in production.)

It never occurred to me that Disney got ILM out of the LucasFilm deal. As if the Star Wars franchise wasn’t enough. And ILM helping Pixar? Yikes.

The Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet

Since working closely with some good testers, I’ve really come to appreciate what they do and what value they can bring.

There is healthy competition in our team for the testers to find bugs, and for developers to prevent them from reaching the testers. I’ve also come to enjoy finding bugs in code that has been checked in (whether that code was written by me or others).

And so lately I’ve been trying to improve my testing. That has led me to the Test Heuristics Cheat Sheet.

It should be helpful for any tester.

Rian Johnson for Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX

I just found out that Rian Johnson is down to direct and write episodes VIII and IX of Star Wars.

This thrills me, because:

  • He directed 2 classic (and rightfully so) Breaking Bad episodes; Fly and Ozymandias. Ozymandias was some of the most gripping telly I’ve seen.
  • He wrote and directed the film Looper, a film I really enjoyed.
  • He was a guest on the (relatively speaking) small podcast The Talk Show with John Gruber, and also appeared on some episodes of the Official Breaking Bad podcast. It strikes me that he did this more because he enjoys the format (and the freedom it brings) rather than simply as part of a media circuit.

When I first heard about the sequels, my immediate reaction was “Oh please. Leave it alone”. But the more I hear about them, who is involved and having seen the initial teaser trailer, the more I’m starting to get excited about them.

Every Episode of Every ‘Star Trek’ Series Ever, Ranked

I’ve been a rabid fan of the franchise since childhood and I’ve got the wedgie scars to prove it. While still maintaining a semi-functional adult life I pen the One Trek Mind column at and host panels at Star Trek conventions. So when I present you with this complete ranking of every single Star Trek episode ever, it’s not like we just shot photon torpedoes at the wall.

Via Playboy

I found this an interesting although tiring article to skim read.

There are a few episodes he considers bad which I thought were great, but mostly he gets it right IMO.

Idris Elba on a Black James Bond

“I just don’t want to be the black James Bond,” he said. “Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”

Idris Elba via BBC News – Rush Limbaugh and his ‘black Bond’ outrage.

It’s an interesting point. At what point is James Bond no longer James Bond? Why would it be acceptable having both a blue eye and brown eye James Bond, but not a white and black James Bond?

There are plenty of other characteristics which you can define James Bond by, such as his job, his suave nature, what he drinks, drives, and that he almost always gets the woman.