99% Invisible

99 percent podcast artwork

I came across a new podcast that I've been thoroughly enjoying - 99% Invisible, which describes itself as "a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world."

I'm working my way through the backlog of episodes, but so far, my favorite episodes have been:

2015Q1 Running Report

It's time for my 2015Q1 running update!

  • Total distance: 140.9 miles
  • Average overall pace: 12:01 min/mi
  • Longest run: 8.5 miles
  • Fastest run: 5km in 29:19

My goal for 2015 is to go over 400 miles (which is 1.1 miles/day), and so far, I'm 35% of my way to that goal. In January, I mentioned that I wanted to run two half-marathons, which I am signed up to do:

2014 Running Report

Now that 2015 is officially here, I decided to look back at my year of running and see what I accomplished:

  • Total distance: 307 miles
  • Average overall pace: 11:36 min/mi
  • Average run distace: 4.0 miles
  • Longest break: 33 days (ouch)
  • Longest streak: 2 days
  • Day most frequently run: Thursday

Overall, not too bad. Of course, what's a new year without a resolution!

This year, my goal is to cross 400 miles, and run at least one half-marathon - I'm already registered for the Colfax Half-Marathon, and I'd like to run the Estes Park Half Marathon again, if I can.

Here's to 2015!

Engineering rotations at Etsy

Etsy posted a walkthrough of their 'engineering rotation' for employees:

This got us thinking about starting up engineering rotations, where people outside of the engineering organization spend some time learning how the team works and doing some engineering tasks. Armed with our excellent continuous deployment tools, we put together a program that could have an employee with no technical knowledge deploying code live to the website in three hours. This includes time spent training and the deploy itself.

The program is split into three parts: homework; an in-person class; then hands-on deployment. The code that participants change and deploy will add their photos to the Etsy about page. It’s a nice visual payoff, and lets new hires publicly declare themselves part of the Etsy team.

I think programs like this are an excellent idea - not just exposing people to how others across the company work, but giving them an understanding of what other groups are doing. I see a lot of animosity towards other groups in my current job, mostly because they don't really understand what it is the other groups do.

Space!

Today seems like a good day to share the space-related news I've saved up, as I sit here watching the Orion launch NASA TV.

The first 3D object has been printed in space

History was made on November 24th at 9:28pm GMT, when the first 3D printer built to operate in space successfully manufactured its first part on the International Space Station (ISS). This is the first time that hardware has been additively manufactured in space, as opposed to launching it from Earth.

This is an excellent step forward for space travel - our first steps toward an on-board replicator! I think the best part of the story is that the part they made was a piece for the machine itself.

RadioIIS - Listening to Earth from Space

RadioIIS combines the live HD video stream from NASA's High Definition Earth Viewing experiment, and using their database of audio streams from around the world, plays the "nearest" audio stream at that moment, allowing you to hear the music of a place as the ISS floats overhead.