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Uitwaaien is an idiomatic Dutch expression that means to go out in windy weather, particularly into nature or a park, in order to refresh and clear one’s mind. Uitwaaien comes from the Dutch uit– ‘out-‘ and‎ waaien, ‘to blow’, of wind.

We all need to do this from time to time – after a tough week or simply after focusing on something for long. I just had such a week and now I welcome the breeze and the widened horizons. How have you all been? Do you regularly take time to recharge, to breathe?

This week’s piece of wisdom is related: Human mood and well-being are heavily influenced by simple things: Exercise, good sleep, light, being in nature. It’s cheap to experiment with these.

5 Meaningful Metrics for Engineering Managers

A short and sweet no-nonsense article about some useful metrics for managing teams. Nothing shocking or revolutionary, but it’s always nice to have them collected in one place.

Engineering Manager Resources

An awesome collection of resources for engineering managers – books, articles, videos and podcasts. Not unique, but a good extension to already existing collections such as Awesome Leading And Managing.

Learning at work is absolutely work

In which I argue that learning for engineers should be an integral part of the job and should happen during working hours, vs. expecting them to spend their free time on it.

Does Stress Impact Technical Interview Performance?

Wait, don’t click! I have the answer right here: yes, yes it does! – Just kidding, do click, there are tons of interesting data and findings in the article and it even discusses alternatives.

Biocrusts Are an Entire World Beneath Our Feet

New research in Brazil highlights how distinctive the “living skin” of the planet can be. I’m fascinated by these findings and how much we still don’t know about our own planet… it’s stereotypical, I know, still, I can’t help it.

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