Sesuji ga kooru (背筋せすじが凍こおる), is a Japanese term which literally means “spine freezing” and it’s not hard to imagine when you’d want to use this phrase — footsteps that follow you on your way to the server room or the creepy feeling you get when you deploy to production on a Friday afternoon.


💡 This week’s wisdom: The best way to untangle a knotty tangle is not to “untie” the knots, but to keep pulling the loops apart wider and wider. Just make the mess as big, loose and open as possible. As you open up the knots they will unravel themselves.. Works on cords, strings, hoses, yarns, electronic cables, legacy code, personal and team issues.


Halloween logic


🐕‍🦺 Leadership

Engineering Onboarding — Built to Scale

We recently had a virtual cup of coffee with Jamshed Vesuna, an Engineering Manager on the Payments Team, to learn more about a new program he helped launch — Engineering Bootcamp, the department’s onboarding program for new hires.

7 Harmful Biases In Performance Reviews

Unbiased performance reviews are key to a healthy organization and people’s growth. Learn about the typical biases in the process and how to counter them.

Five Clues Your Employees Are Still In Crisis Mode

Five telling behaviors of crisis mode and how to help your direct reports through hard times.

Remote-first work is taking over the rich world

In february 2020 Americans on average spent 5% of their working hours at home. By May, as lockdowns spread, the share had soared to 60% — a trend that was mirrored in other countries. Many people, perhaps believing that working from home really meant shirking from home, assumed that office life would soon return to something like its pre-pandemic norm. To say it has not turned out that way would be a huge understatement.


🛡️ Security

How Hackers Hijacked Thousands of High-Profile YouTube Accounts)

Google has shed light on a spate of attacks that turned creator channels into cryptocurrency scam livestreams.

A massive ‘stalkerware’ leak puts the phone data of thousands at risk

The private phone data of hundreds of thousands of people are at risk. Call records, text messages, photos, browsing history, precise geolocations and call recordings can all be pulled from a person’s phone because of a security issue in widely used consumer-grade spyware.


🧠 Mind matters

The Brain Processes Speech in Parallel With Other Sounds

Scientists thought that the brain’s hearing centers might just process speech along with other sounds. But new work suggests that speech gets some special treatment very early on.


💻 Tech

The 25th Thoughtworks Tech Radar

I don’t think this one needs any introduction :) If you want to know what’s cooking in tech, check this out.

A curated list of Awesome Userscripts

User scripts can improve your browsing experience, and open a lot of possibilities to make the sites you visit better by adding features, making them easier to use, or taking out the annoying bits.

A Collection of application ideas which can be used to improve your coding skills

Have you ever wanted to build something but you had no idea what to do? Just as authors sometimes have “writers block” it’s also true for developers. This list is intended to solve this issue once and for all!

Mega Project List

A list of practical projects that anyone can solve in any programming language. Wait, there’s more! You can check out the solutions too!

Open Source Ideas

This is a crowdsourced collection of open source project ideas you can take inspiration from, join, or encourage others to attempt.


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