Manager Builders

I wrestle constantly with the maker's schedule versus the manager's schedule.

This piece by Rands was a nice reminder to make time for making, especially this:

...every manager should have work on their plate that involves long periods of thinking as a daily antidote for busy. We need to be reminded of the healthy mindset that accompanies the act of building.

Middle America Does Not Have a Monopoly on Tough Times

Drew Magary, writing for GQ:

Middle America does not have a monopoly on tough times. There are a lot of people living in cities and elsewhere who have it just as rough, if not worse. And guess what? No one seems to give a shit. In fact, the GOP just orchestrated a whole campaign to disenfranchise a lot these voters, so you’ll pardon me if I save my empathy for the people who are actually screwed now, instead of the voters who did the screwing. I’d rather not waste my time trying to psychoanalyze why so many people were captivated by a political message rooted in pure hate. There’s no time for that. I’m going to fight instead.

Voter Suppression Using Facebook Dark Posts

Some amount of credit for the win must be directed at the digital operation, which was profiled at length in Bloomberg Businessweek.

An alarming, but unsurprising, statement made in that profile:

“We have three major voter suppression operations under way,” says a senior official. They’re aimed at three groups Clinton needs to win overwhelmingly: idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans.

Some of the tactics used to drive this suppression have recently been reported, including the use of "Dark Posts" via Facebook Ads:

For example, Trump’s digital team created a South Park-style animation of Hillary Clinton delivering the “super predator” line (using audio from her original 1996 sound bite), as cartoon text popped up around her: “Hillary Thinks African Americans are Super Predators.” Then, Trump’s animated “super predator” political advertisement was delivered to certain African American voters via Facebook “dark posts” — nonpublic paid posts shown only to the Facebook users that Trump chose.

Many people are susceptible to believing anything they see on Facebook or Google. The idea that anything could be loaded into a Dark Post and receive massive, targeted distribution via Facebook Ads without broad public scrutiny is alarming.

twitter's challenge

Twitter users have always been highly opinionated, especially when it comes to Twitter as product. For once, though, I'm starting to think Twitter users might be better at running Twitter than the current Twitter team.

It seems like all chances of a Twitter sale are gone now, with the Disney walk-off being the most damning. Bloomberg:

Walt Disney Co. decided not to pursue a bid for Twitter Inc. partly out of concern that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image, according to people familiar with management’s thinking.

The bottom end of Twitter is a real problem for Twitter, and Twitter doesn't seem to grasp that. Instead, Variety says:

Twitter has hired AngelHack founder Gregory Gopman to work on its nascent virtual reality (VR) initiative, Variety has learned. The company may add native 360-degree video integration as well as 360-degree video live streaming to its products in the coming months.

It's almost impossible to rationalize what is going on over there at the moment.

Shakedown in Oklahoma

Until 2008, Oklahoma experienced an average of one to two earthquakes of 3.0 magnitude or greater each year. (Magnitude-3.0 earthquakes tend to be felt, while smaller earthquakes may be noticed only by scientific equipment or by people close to the epicenter.) In 2009, there were twenty. The next year, there were forty-two. In 2014, there were five hundred and eighty-five, nearly triple the rate of California. Including smaller earthquakes in the count, there were more than five thousand. This year, there has been an average of two earthquakes a day of magnitude 3.0 or greater.

“Scientifically, it’s really quite clear" that these earthquakes are the result of oil and gas production. Probably something we should be paying more attention to...