Todd Grotenhuis

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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March 21, 2021

Sunday Quote 📑

This is a quote I have in my favorites simply so that I get the reminder frequently. In another of his books (Food Rules) Pollan also says: “The banquet is in the first bite” and “No other bite will taste as good as the first, and every subsequent bite will progressively diminish in satisfaction.” and “...as you go on, you’ll be gettin...
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March 18, 2021

Pen Pals

At the end of 2020, I started exchanging correspondences with people. It was a delight...at first. It's fun to put real pen to real paper. It's fun to give and receive. It's fun to find something in the mail. I found myself feeling a bit overwhelmed with the prospect of writing back, over time. As I contemplated this, I realized that I...
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March 17, 2021

My Keto Question on the Peter Attia Drive Podcast 🎙

One of my favorite podcasts is The Peter Attia Drive. Every episode they go deep into topics related to health and longevity. These are not always biological and medical, sometimes topics can go into psychology, personal development, etc. They've had many deep dives on various issues of metabolism and metabolic syndrome, something that...
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