gammatron - the weblog


diverse teams are less comfortable, perform better (hbr)


install and use any command on any os (command not found) [ops]
mens jeans reviews (wirecutter)
moebius concept art from jodorowsky's dune (instagram) (google photos)
how to follow up with someone who isn't responding (hbr) [comms]
online open ldap test server (forumsystems)


losing your native language (bbc) [comms]


how to transfer stock into an ira (zacks finance)
one sentence will make you a more effective speaker (inc) [comms]
12 phrases that will make your audience put down their phones (inc) [comms]
stop ending your speeches with any questions (inc) [comms]


list of least-traveled highways by state with senic callouts (geotab) [travel]
interactive comparison of keycap profiles ( [keebs]
nyquist/levinson split 40/60 ortholinear keyboard (keebio) [keebs]
dsp40 40% staggered or orthlinear keyboard (keebio) [keebs]
remember anything with this 20-minute habit (inc)
be a more interesting conversationalist (inc) [comms]
questions interesting people ask (inc) [comms]
source for untabbed hario v60 filters (prima)
how english spelling got so disfunctional (aeon)
fricatives, with lots of tangents related to weird spelling in english (lingthusiasm podcast)

JULY 2021

mac/os x window management (remember positions &c) (slate)
new child tax credit faqs, including opt-out (irs)
baratza vario alignment video (youtube) [coffee]
baratza vario burr upgrade (youtube) [coffee]
baratza vario super alignment photo guide (home-barista) [coffee]
app to measure grind size distribution (ad astra) [coffee]
cybersecurity bad practices for critical infrastructure (cisa) [devsecops]
chicago to-dos (conde nast) [travel]
alonzo skiles livermore (findagrave) [ironcovers]

JUNE 2021

scary piece on vulnerabilities of weapon systems (crypto-gram)
benefits of being terrible (and great) at things (outside) [kaizen]
coffeevac 1/2 lb coffee cannister (tightvac) [coffee]
eight clues that a candidate will be a great hire (lou adler) [hiring]
writing in reverse for better written communication (emails, &c) (inc) [comms]
reading education is totally broken (apmreports) [comms]
monument spans continental plates in iceland (00group) [travel]
how to handle secrets on the command line (smallstep) [devsecops]
mrna revolution is just beginning (wired)

MAY 2021

Write Like You Talk: 12 Tips for Conversational Content (content marketing) [comms]
The good guy/bad guy myth (aeon)
You Can Only Maintain So Many Close Friendships (the atlantic)
america's most underrated national monuments (afar) [travel]
using ai/ml to probe software for vulnerabilities (wired via cryptogram) [devsecops]
docker container attack vectors and techniques (mitre) [devsecops]
free cloud-based linux host monitoring (interzer) [devsecops]
browse streaming services by genre, format &c (movieofthenight)
source for luggage parts, connectors, belt rivets etc (ohio travel bag)
high-end boutique dyneema bags/luggage (sdr traveller)
profile of memphis community radio stations (memphis flyer)
historic memphis buildings (historic

APRIL 2021

regular expression in-browser testing (regex tester - dan's tools) [devsecops]
tsundoku: the art of buying books and never reading them (bbc)
best office chairs (wirecutter)
deals on used high-end office chairs (seatingmind)
giving good compliments (ted ideas) [comms]
seven phrases to increase your power at work (fast company) [comms]

MARCH 2021

movment of indiana bell building while occupied in 1930 (via hn)
look for many small gains instead of few large gains (one percent rule) [kaizen]
obit for space shuttle engineer Allan McDonald (npr)
bash shell history tips - bang shortcuts (mooreds) [devsecops]


throwaway development container for docker (nicola) [devsecops]
octopus with completely transparent head (modernmet)
remote desktop for low-bandwith xserver (x2go)
short-lived ups passenger service on "quick change" cargo 727 freighters 1997-2001 (airways mag)
playground for jq (jqplay) [devsecops]
paen to midtown manhattan north of penn station (new yorker)
oldest manhole cover in nyc, in that unnamed neighborhood (se corner of 40th and 8th)


how to give better advice (sci am) [comms]
you will regret these choices in 10 years (medium)
the mathematical case against blaming people for their misfortune (psyche)
os x window management (rectangle)
os x automation tooling (hammerspoon)
important/urgent axes for decsision making (eisenhower matrix)
using dropbox on arm/raspi [1] [2] [3]
coffee flavor wheel (counter culture) [coffee]
quick and dirty how-to for building multi-arch docker images (docker blog) [devsecops]
most nutritious foods (bbc) [cooking]
major stargazing events for 2021 (natgeo)
configure raspberry pi for kubernetes (alex ellis)
boot raspberry pi 4 from USB (tom's hardware)


clearer thinking - improve rationality (good podcast as well) (spencer greenberg)
using obs &c for remote presentations (
webcam network of residential window views (windowswap)
browser-based photo editor with intuitive workflow (photopea)
teach it to a toddler to learn anything (feynman technique)
variation makes practice twice as effective (inc) [kaizen]


anger is temporary madness (massimo pigliucci)
remembering alex trebek (fivethirtyeight)
radical advance in multiplication speed (quanta)
jeff vandermeer: some version of the apocalypse is inevitable (sway podcast w/ kara swisher)
history/background on the circumflex (haggardhawks)
1983 war scare/able archer exercise (gwu nukevault)
three important life skills nobody taught you (


wifi qr code generator (qifi)
museum of obsolete library science (metmuseum)
history and evolution of the numpad (
colemak keyboard layout resources ( [keebs]
some bilingual people dyslexic in english but not their other language (medicalxpress)
open-source coloring/restoring of photos (deoldify)
conflict over ai/ml image upscaling/colorizing/adding frames etc (wired)


blacklight - real-time website privacy inspector (the markup)
comprehensive terminal/ssh for ipad/ios, with mosh support ( [devsecops]
wynton marsalis on 12 essential jazz recordings (pocket)
wynton marsalis picks his top 50 jazz recordings (jazz blog)


great thread on remote onboarding new hires (twitter)
three jobs that retention programs overlook (hbr)
improve your strategic thinking (hbr)
beagle bros, nrol-39, etc stickers (vintagetechstickers)
underground black market chalk dealers in academia (cnn)
overview of keycap profile differences (keeblog) [keebs]
transparent toilets in tokyo (nippon foundation)
image cloaking disrupts ml facial recognition (via crypto-gram)
fermi estimation, orders of magnitude, beirut/covid guessing (david epstein)
leather notebooks, pencil rolls, razor cases etc (inkit/etsy)
leather index card holder (etsy)
horween leather wallets etc (ashland chicago)
leather wallets, belts, watch straps (guarded goods)

JULY 2020

dutch oven bread (king arthur) [cooking]
listening via observation of light bulb vibration (via crypto-gram)
why new hand sanitizers smell bad (wirecutter)
old terminal keyboard arcana w/ why unix uses ~ for $HOME mentioned in passing (dave cheney) [keebs]
the three elements of trust (hbr) [comms]
promql query builder and learning aid (promlens) [devsecops]
historic memphis buildings and businesses (

JUNE 2020

the origin of unix pipes ( [devsecops]
extensive resource for AT&T long-lines tech and gear (
excellent vimrc example (github) [devsecops]
weird mods on mystery 737 (the drive)
long piece on Marcus Hutchins (kronos, wannacry) (@malwaretechblog) (via crypto-gram)

MAY 2020

noctilucent clouds intensifying in the arctic (spaceweather)
running dns-over-https with pihole (pihole)
os x command-line tool for reading cpu temp (github)
command-line utility for dispaying solar and lunar epherma (github)
promql (prometheus query language) cheat sheet, crash course (promql for humans) [devsecops]
install os x Catalina on older macs (dosdude1)