Juha-Matti Santala
Community Builder. Dreamer. Adventurer.

Week 06 of 2023

Weeklies are my notes of things not big enough for a blog post but worthy of being mentioned and linked to. Find all of my Weeklies at /weeklies.

  • OpenStreetMap is in trouble by Pieter Vander Vennet

    This was a really well-written piece about open data license, community building and its important features like trust building, attribution and contributing to a larger project. And it talks well about why it's problematic when large companies blur the lines, hide the fact that contributions are made to OpenStreetMap and according to its license.

  • How I added C-style for-loops to Python by Tushar Sadhwani

    I love these kind of explorations into making something that isn't practically smart to do but can teach a lot about the wiring under the hood. Tushar built a C-style for-loop in Python and walks the reader through three different approaches.

  • On Personal Branding by Brad Frost

    Personal branding is something that sounds a bit vain but in reality is doing things you value and then directing the story you (and by proxy, others) tell about you. Brad shares his views on it: 1) be sincere, 2) establish style/tone, 3) be consistent, 4) have a hub and I totally agree with them. I especially love this quote: But more than anything, my personal website is the glue that ties everything together. I can point anyone to my website to learn more about me, see my work or read my thoughts. I don’t have to worry if they aren’t on Facebook or don’t know how the hell to use Twitter.

  • The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (movie)

    I've had a very good week with movies. One of my favorites this week was The Map of Tiny Perfect Things. It's a young adult romantic growth story with a Groundhog Day style time loop. I especially love the titular map (I'm bit of a map geek) and the also titular concept of paying attention to small details and the beautiful things that happen in the world around us.

  • Drifting Home (movie)

    Another movie I really enjoyed this week was this anime that is a story about growth and friendship.

  • 2022 Tiny Desk Concerts by NPR

    This week I discovered that NPR has these amazing Tiny Desk Concerts in their website and Youtube channel. I just love these kind of intimate small performances. The one that got me hooked to this series was this one by dodie.