Planet Iron Blogger SF

May 29, 2020

a digital life

May 25, 2020

Certainly Strange

Quilting Romulan Quartermaster

I tried abandoning my post as Romulan quartermaster because it turns out I hate quilting, but that didn’t work out so well for me.

by Steen at May 25, 2020 02:37 AM

May 24, 2020

I Like Turtles

Barberism

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May 24, 2020 04:00 AM

May 21, 2020

Doctor Popular

Nostalgic Nineties Covers

Here’s a round up of wonderful covers to warm your cold little hearts.

Makes me nostalgic for Sonic Youth, record stores, and Noise Addict. What a great cover.
Is… is this even sadder than the original?
Surprisingly good covers. Travis Barker on drums! I say “surprising” because I really don’t know much about Post Malone, but I wasn’t expecting an hour of Nirvana covers from him.
sharing because puppies

bonus live video of Ben Lee covering “Sugar Cane”

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by doc at May 21, 2020 09:07 PM

May 18, 2020

Doctor Popular

Taught a zine making workshop online

One of my favorite things is to teach people how to make their own mini-comics/zine. Last week I got to do that to a friendly group of 3rd and 4th graders via the magic of the internet.

The class was done via Zoom and had about twenty attendees, most of home ended up with their own hand-made zine at the end. It was a lot of fun. After teaching the process, I helped the group collectively make a comic, which I drew, about Bernard the Bearded Panda.

You can learn how to make your own zines here, or maybe hit me up if you have a classroom looking for a guest lecturer.

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by doc at May 18, 2020 02:33 PM

Certainly Strange

May 16, 2020

I Like Turtles

Deliveries

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May 16, 2020 04:00 AM

May 15, 2020

a digital life

May 13, 2020

a digital life

May 11, 2020

Doctor Popular

New Yo-Yo Shirts

I just added some fresh new designs to my Threadless page. Including a collection of yo-yo related clothes. One of my favorites is an illustration for the freehand patent, which just expired at the beginning of this month. The art looks rad on a shirt.

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by doc at May 11, 2020 06:24 AM

Certainly Strange

Romulans and the Depiction of Green Blood

The appearance of Romulans has been limited by their being portrayed by human actors (in blatant Federation propaganda, no less), but something I have long been obsessed with is their green blood and how you would go about portraying a … Continue reading

by Steen at May 11, 2020 06:15 AM

May 10, 2020

I Like Turtles

Weekend electrician

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May 10, 2020 04:00 AM

May 08, 2020

a digital life

May 05, 2020

a digital life

May 04, 2020

Certainly Strange

Maymay: A Complete Summary of Star Trek Picard

For real though Soji needs to be imprisoned for all eternity for attempting to cleanse the galaxy of all life. Or dismantled. Or dismantled and imprisoned.

by Steen at May 04, 2020 05:06 AM

Doctor Popular

Gary Numan and the Sneezeguard Army

I love Gary Numan, but I honestly can’t say why I decided to make this.

The Pleasure Principle (2020 special edition)

Already got some good suggestions for song tracks:

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by doc at May 04, 2020 04:10 AM

a digital life

May 03, 2020

I Like Turtles

Goodbye, Dropbox! Hello, Vanta!

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May 03, 2020 04:00 AM

April 30, 2020

a digital life

April 27, 2020

Certainly Strange

Romulan Culture Musings

((Note: in this I make direct comparisons to Vulcan society, because it presents an interesting opportunity for a purely cultural comparison. Romulans and Vulcans have only been separate populations for ~2,000 years so all the differences between the two societies … Continue reading

by Steen at April 27, 2020 06:44 AM

April 25, 2020

Doctor Popular

A Dubstep Remix of a Broken Printer

I just kicked off my 3rd week of my Quarantine Jams, a daily beat making project. To break things up a little beat, I’ve been hunting for more unusual sounds to chop up and build around. A friend sent me this audio recording of a broken Epson Stylus 600 printer and said I might like to take a stab at it. As soon as I heard the “air horn” I knew it would be a fun audio source to play with.

You can hear the rest of my Quarantine Jams here:

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by doc at April 25, 2020 04:13 PM

I Like Turtles

Sheltering on a bike

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April 25, 2020 04:00 AM

April 24, 2020

a digital life

April 19, 2020

Doctor Popular

Quarantine Jams

For the past few weeks I’ve been working on a daily songwriting project. So far they are just beats, but I’m hoping to find some musicians to work with to build them out more. I’m sharing them daily on my Twitter or you can follow the playlist here.

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by doc at April 19, 2020 07:12 PM

April 18, 2020

a digital life

April 17, 2020

I Like Turtles

Adventures with Dada

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April 17, 2020 04:00 AM

April 16, 2020

a digital life

April 13, 2020

Certainly Strange

Casting Ears for Silicone Molds

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ears for costumes for a while now. Blending in the edge is always such a hassle and takes hours for the pros-aide (or whatever) to dry. And even then, I’ve never been … Continue reading

by Steen at April 13, 2020 06:39 AM

April 11, 2020

Doctor Popular

Spring Sale on Metal Health Tips shirts and sweaters!

All of my Metal Health Tips clothing and accessories are on sale now on Threadless. Save big on these awesome shirts and get a cool looking shirt in the process. All proceeds go to local work food and beverage workers who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. Buy your shirt here https://docpop.threadless.com/designs

So far $300 has been raised for workers at Bender’s Bar and Grill, The Chapel, and Tartine.

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by doc at April 11, 2020 09:11 PM

April 10, 2020

I Like Turtles

Firefighter drills

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April 10, 2020 04:00 AM

April 06, 2020

Certainly Strange

DIY Quarantine Haircut

My fade was fading fast, so desperate times call for desperate measures!

by Steen at April 06, 2020 06:54 AM

April 04, 2020

I Like Turtles

Fiona on the move

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April 04, 2020 04:00 AM

April 02, 2020

Doctor Popular

Support Local Food and Beverage Workers

I’ve been selling COVID-19 themed t-shirts to help raise money for effected food and beverage workers in my neighborhood, the Mission District SF, so I decided to keep a running list of Mission District fundraiser that go directly to the workers. I’ll try to keep this list updated, as I’m sure there are many more workers out there that could use the support.

If you are looking for a way to help f&b workers all over the US, you can donate to The Restaurant Workers Community Fund.

Support Mission workers:

Support local businesses

The shirts

As I mentioned before, I’m also selling these COVID-19/mental health inspired t-shirts and donating all of the proceeds to local food and beverage workers. You can see the full line here.

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by doc at April 02, 2020 05:49 PM

March 30, 2020

Certainly Strange

March 29, 2020

Doctor Popular

Some bright spots in the Mission

Tomorrow begins our third week of shelter-in-place here in San Francisco, but I wanted to share a few nice things I’ve seen in the neighborhood lately.

A flyer on 23rd and Valencia. #inplacetogether Since everyone is panic-baking, there has been a huge rush on active yeast. All of the stores have sold out, so our local grocery store decided to split up the last few bottles and give them away in small containers. Offers of help. Showing appreciation.

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by doc at March 29, 2020 10:51 PM

Metal Health Tips

I have an artist on Fiverr that I love working with, so I hired him to turn some of the coronavirus health tips in heavy metal logos. Here they are:

cover your mouth when you cough Some of these designs are available as shirts via https://docpop.threadless.com/designs
All proceeds go to local bar and restaurant workers. don’t touch your face wash your hands frequently maintain social distancing

Feel free to print these up and spread them around, but please do not sell them.

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by doc at March 29, 2020 06:38 PM

March 24, 2020

I Like Turtles

Social distancing

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March 24, 2020 04:00 AM

March 23, 2020

Certainly Strange

Crafting in Isolation

So since I’m stuck inside and I can’t go to the gym or rehearse with the string ensemble anymore due to Shelter in Place, I think I’ve been doing more crafting. Especially all the little details and fiddly bits that … Continue reading

by Steen at March 23, 2020 05:07 AM

March 21, 2020

Matt Spitz

On remote teams

*This is an evolution of a prior post about remote work. Many are working remotely now, thanks to COVID-19. I’m assuming this will be more of A Thing™ going forward and decided to refresh my thoughts.


Enabling effective remote work is increasingly becoming a requirement successful tech companies. Hiring is competitive, costs of living are going up in tech hubs, and there’s an increased focused on cost and profitability in the markets.

The industry trends towards leaning into remote work and/or funding offices in less-expensive areas. For better or for worse, I have extensive experience working remotely or on distributed teams, both before joining Dropbox and then in bootstrapping Dropbox NYC over the five years I was there. Below are some of my learnings and thoughts.

Note that “remote workers” and “distributed teams” are very different things. Remote workers are physically alone day-to-day (often working from home), and distributed teams are groups of people working together in an office outside of headquarters. At this level of discussion, they’re similar enough that I’ll refer to both as “remote.”

What success looks like

Successful remote workers are:

  • Motivated: they work on initiatives that are critical to the company’s success. Most of the canonical challenges from remote work (e.g. lack of promotion, feeling left out) are actually symptoms of not working on something that matters to the company. Giving remote workers mission-critical work is a forcing function to get the logistics right. As a side note, if a company isn’t willing to give critical work to remote workers, it shouldn’t explore doing remote work at all.
  • Empowered: they’re able to act autonomously and make decisions within their scope. Decision making can be done locally without running everything through another person/team. This is especially important when there are timezone differences.
  • Connected: they have the information they need to do their job. There’s no substitute for the nuance in real-life conversations and the hallway chats that inevitably happen, but the processes for making and communicating decisions don’t disadvantage those that aren’t there in person.

What success requires

Further leveraging remote work is certainly possible and potentially very fruitful, but a company must be thoughtful and deliberate about how to invest. Effectively taking advantage of remote work requires:

  • Commitment: there must be a top-down mandate to fund important initiatives remotely, either as new investments or transferring existing important initiatives. The latter will move much faster than the former. It’s one thing to provide incentives or to encourage managers to look outside of their office for engineers, but attempts to move work outside of existing offices inevitably peter out when not accompanied by sustained top-down support.
  • Focus: with remote work, it’s better to do fewer things well. A company needs to be strategic about which initiatives to fund remotely and focus efforts on those initiatives. It’s better for coherent organizational chunks to be remote than it is for every team to have a one-off remote worker. Remote work is hard, and limiting the number of teams that have to evolve their traditions and processes to accommodate remote work limits the risk of slowing down a significant portion of the company.
  • Investment: while the long-term goal is cost savings, bootstrapping remote work is expensive, both in $$$ and in brain space. When building an office, it’s essential to invest in key people (site lead, early senior leaders) with frequent travel to headquarters and to accelerate hiring significantly by bringing in local recruiters that know the market . With remote workers, setting them up for success requires travel and in-person communication, especially if a team’s processes don’t already lend themselves to remote work. The greater the initial investment, the more likely a company is to achieve cost savings in the long term. A company must set expectations that costs will go down eventually, but not at first.

Remote as an office

Last year, Stripe announced Remote as an engineering hub. Rather than allowing teams to have one-off remote employees, they treat all remote engineers as being in the same “office.” In general, remote engineers work together, and the teams they’re on are entirely remote. I haven’t seen this in practice, but it’s an interesting idea. Remote workers already know how to work well with one another, the touchpoints with remote work that require high-bandwidth communication are limited to leadership, and the risks to slowing down every team that takes on a remote workers are minimized.

March 21, 2020 04:00 AM

March 16, 2020

Certainly Strange

Things I think Star Trek: Picard Got from Star Trek: Online

I’ve mentioned before that I think the writing for Star Trek: Online is absolutely spectacular – it is better than it has any right to be. I now prefer to think of it as a completely canon show, in my … Continue reading

by Steen at March 16, 2020 05:26 AM