I'm building a side project 💎 Issue #34
Plus: Are you glue? And "secrets" for a fulfilled life.
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After 34 issues of this newsletter, I decided to do something about the most boring part of writing it: get an estimation of the article’s read time.
I'm building a web app to provide an estimation of the read time to every article link you throw at it. With so much gold material in my hands, I'm practically obliged to document the journey in a blog post on my personal site and this is the first and only place I'm sharing it for now.
The app and article are prototypes but I gladly accept feedback for both.
With that out of the way, here’s the best stuff I found on the Internet this week.
New to me 💡
Being Glue | 42 min read
This is an eye-opening tale of the advantages and consequences of having someone on your team doing all that invisible, vital, work. Most often than not, it’s not recognized fairly, and we only value it when it’s missing. But there’s hope and some solutions. “Every senior person in an organization should be aware of the less glamorous - and often less-promotable - work that needs to happen to make a team successful. Managed deliberately, glue work demonstrates and builds strong technical leadership skills. Left unconscious, it can be career-limiting. It can push people into less technical roles and even out of the industry.”
Oliver Burkeman's last column: the eight secrets to a (fairly) fulfilled life | 7 min read
After sharing many articles like this, you might conclude that some are not entirely “secret”, but I still challenge you to not take something out of it. This one was particularly impactful: “When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness.” You don’t even have to trust the author. Just remember the results of your past crossroads in life and how much better did you end up when the choice was enlargement vs the others where you took the easy way.
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These apps I found 📱
Thingybase | An app to track all your stuff at home. Store something, tell the app to print a label and paste it in a box. Yes, you can ever get the contents of the box without opening it, just by scanning a QR code.
Soundescape | Another “productivity inducing” noise generator, but with a twist. This one makes sounds come from different places, making you feel like you really are at that coffee shop with the heavy rain outside.
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High note ⚡
Last issue most clicked link was 100 Tips for a Better Life
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