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Tumblr Engineering — Some Themed Posts Updates

As a platform that prides itself on being a home for artists and creatives alike, it only makes sense that we allow our users to fully customize their Tumblrs to fully express themselves. Here at Tumblr, the world is your oyster not only in terms of looks but also in how you create your theme. I wanted to demonstrate how you too can develop a theme using Redux and React. Since there are plenty of docs and tutorials on how…

Mentoring – UrbanWorkbench

The idea of being a mentor, comes from the character with the same name in Homer’s Odessey, where Mentor has a teaching, encouraging, and oversight relationship with Telemachus, Odysseus’s son. The English language adopted the term to mean (via Wikipedia): Mentor: someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague. The past couple of weeks have seen an increase in professional mentoring activities for me, some of these have come as unexpected opportunities, such as: a…

National Public Works Week – UrbanWorkbench

Public works is always there. Rain, hail, snow or shine, public works crews are dedicated to the job. They keep our cities and towns running so we can enjoy the essential services of the places we live and work. Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives:…

A Better Way To Track Listening

A screenshot of our elections app titlecard during Mega Tuesday on March 15, 2016. For the entirety of the primary season, we have been running our elections app at elections.npr.org, focusing both on live event coverage during primary nights and updated content between events to keep users up-to-date on the events taking place each day. A major component of our election coverage is audio-driven, whether through our live event coverage during primary nights or the NPR Politics Podcast in between…

White Rock Fire Results in Boil Water – UrbanWorkbench

Fighting the flames had put such a demand on the small local #water system that the city’s reservoirs dropped to “dangerously low” levels, explained councillor David Chesney. “We haven’t drained our reservoirs, but they’ve gone down a tremendous amount in fighting this #fire,” “We’ve not had any indication that there is a major problem yet, but … we just want to err on the safe side that we don’t endanger anyone’s life,” Chesney said. via White Rock fire causes water problems…

To Coach or Not to Coach?

A little while back during a coaching book club, a few Spotify coaches started a discussion about a common pitfall they found: why do we default to the coaching stance so much? The coaching stance is a tool used to help a partner to think and problem solve a situation through non-judgmental dialogue with the coach. It typically looks like a conversation with lots of open ended questions asked by the coach that provoke thought and contemplation in the partner. It’s a powerful tool,…

We Want You… and Your Teammates

We’re hiring here at Flickr and we got pretty excited the other week when we saw Stripe’s post: BYOT (Bring Your Own Team). The sum of the parts is greater than the whole and all that. Genius <big hat tip to them>. In case you didn’t read Stripe’s post, here’s the gist: you’re a team player, you like to make an impact, focus on a tough problem, set a challenging goal, and see the fruits of your labor after blood, sweat,…

Why should I Carebot? – Carebot – Meaningful analytics for journalism

Because what gets measured gets done *. The metrics you choose—and the ways you choose to communicate them—drive people to action. Analytics have the power to change behavior. To push your team to embrace different types of storytelling. To encourage reporters to think about some audiences more than others. To help managers make the hard choices of what to staff. And this can all go horribly wrong. If your metrics do not align with your goals, you’ll push your organization…

GMO Labeling Law to Stress Packaging Departments

by Rob Kaszubowski: Packaging Engineering Manager, Chainalytics  In case you had missed it, the latest verdict in the Vermont genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling saga is in: Food manufacturers have until July 1st to update their package labeling to include GMO information. Before and After: Food manufacturers across the country will be required to update their package labeling to communicate if their products use genetically modified organisms As a recap: Back in 2014, Vermont initiated a law to require all foods…

Introducing yakbak: Record and playback HTTP interactions in NodeJS

Did you know that the new Front End of www.flickr.com is one big Flickr API client? Writing a client for an existing API or service can be a lot of fun, but decoupling and testing that client can be quite tricky. There are many different approaches to taking the backing service out of the equation when it comes to writing tests for client code. Today we’ll discuss the pros and cons of some of these approaches, describe how the Flickr…