Todd Grotenhuis

April 9, 2021

Friday Good Reads

Check them out here. Topics include: • cephalopod intelligence! • AI • religious freedom • streaming as a cultural unifier • the future of travel • and more! Still got jelly beans around from easter? You can also try the jelly bean prayer. Read anything interesting this week? Please share!
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April 4, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑 Easter Edition

Both of these came up in my Favorites review, today: Hallelujah! Jesus has conquered the forces of death. So let us do our part to keep the resurrection going, to keep redeeming, to keep bringing life. Happy Easter!
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April 3, 2021

Jelly Bean Prayer

When you take a jelly bean, examine the color, listen, and offer a short prayer. • Pink: Where has the Spirit been moving? Do you sense any prompting? • Red: What are you avoiding? Where do you need support? • Orange: Name a blessing. Express gratitude. • Yellow: What have you lost? What hurts? Cry out. • Green: Where is there new life...
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April 2, 2021

Friday: Good Reads

Happy Friday. Happy Good Friday. This is the Friday roundup/reminder for things I enjoyed reading this week: linked here. Stories and topics include: • a few minimal technology ideas • good news and some warnings re: the health of our planet • Brood X - the incoming cyclic cicadas • a Bruderhof take on nonviolence • octopod dreaming • ...
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April 2, 2021

I recommend Readwise

If you’re an avid reader like I am, I heartily recommend Readwise.io Every day I read through 15 or more of the highlights (and associated notes) I’ve made from things I’ve read (books, articles, tweets). It’s a great way to retain the best information, reflect on lessons, and synthesize new ideas from different sources. I also export ...
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March 29, 2021

📚 Finished Reading: Harrow the Ninth

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Tagged: Fiction This is the second in a series of mega-horror, murder-mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, all-the-genres books. You may not guess it based on giving it 4 stars, but it took me a long time to get through this book. Why? Because it’s tough. Look, I’m not dumb, but this book often made me feel al...
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March 29, 2021

Guiding Principles

Have you ever written Guiding Principles? Guiding principles are a set of statements about how we will act, based on what we believe. Maybe you have them for an organization where you work or volunteer? Maybe you have some for your church or other group? In my world, I also wrote 6 Guiding Principles for my team at work (written with m...
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March 28, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

A political-theology story in five quotes: --- -Todd
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March 24, 2021

Security Tax

In one of the early days of the I am the Cavalry movement, I heard this useful phrase from someone who has done a great deal of work in healthcare: “"If you can't afford to protect it, you can't afford to deploy it."” Unfortunately, many services treat basic privacy & security features as an add-on, rather than table-stakes for operati...
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March 23, 2021

Lean Security - Introduction

A little while back, I was having a conversation with my company’s CTO. We were discussing what engineering behaviors we wanted to encourage to continue to promote trust and safety. “How do we build in helpful behaviors? How do we make doing the right thing easy? How do we make things repeatable, scalable, and resilient? How do we spen...
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