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Issue 26 - Social Capital
There is intelligence that exists beyond our brains - in our bodies, our surroundings and our relationships.
I've often identified myself as an introvert, yet in the presence of my immediate family, close friends, or small groups of people, I've noticed a significant shift. I find myself engaged in lengthy conversations, telling jokes, and comfortably communicating with everyone around me.
Over time, I've come to realize that this doesn't necessarily conflict with my introverted nature. It's less about being introverted or extraverted and more about understanding where I draw my energy from and where I expend it.
The more I socialize, the more energy I expend. While this process certainly aids in the growth of my social capital.
and general happiness, it simultaneously drains my personal energy reserves. Conversely, when I indulge in solitude and engage in my own pursuits, I feel energized but kind of flattening my social capital. This balance is what defines my introversion, aligning better with my energy expenditure and my intent to manage my social capital thoughtfully.
It's critical to remember that these dynamics are not absolute. They merely serve as a guide to highlight the importance of diligently nurturing our social capital, like managing our financial assets. A robust relationship requires a consistent investment, and just like any financial strategy, it's beneficial to invest incrementally and regularly without big expectations, focusing instead on what yields the best results.
📡 Expected Contents
This the tool that hyped me the most currently. Created by Lloyd Tabb , founder of Looker, this experimental language offers a new way to compose query, on top of SQL.
It's definitely about "semantic layer" and analytics.
This talk in the last Data Council edition is definitely worth to watch 🤩 I think Lloyd and the team at Google are on something really new and innovative. Something SQL is waiting for decades...
Quantum computing could break the internet
We are moving beyond the gen AI hype... it seems it's not more than another generation of tools. Not bringing real new solution (just improve efficiency).
What's next? My two cents is : quantum computing.
It's here in the background for quite a long time, but when it will really pop out, you can be sure it will be the hype subject everywhere.
Very nice article from the Financial Time on how it could be a bomb 💥
Load incremental data at scale
The dbt competitor, SQLmesh (which is great, worth a try), comes with a great article on how to load incremental data correctly.
Quite hard to grasp at first, it's a common skill to know for data engineers.
What I Learned as a Product Designer at Apple
Build a great product, not an MVP.
Storytelling is the best skill we need to develop as product designers.
A top-down culture is not as bad as we think.
Love that piece. Even if the title can seems a bit clickbait, the author reveals nice story and vision around product development.
Great design will take you far, great communication will take you even further: influence people and move things forward. People may not remember what you said, but they will remember how you made them feel: confident, interested, optimistic, bored, reluctant, etc.
One of my favorite ressource this month !
📰 The Blog Post
Nothing special to share here this month 😉
🎨 Beyond The Bracket
That's the kind of project I love !
Jack Cheng come with such an awesome crafted miniature house.
I might be repeating myself when it comes to craftsmanship, but this is the type of project that excites me to the core. From the meticulous planning and design to the flawless execution and the valuable lessons learned, every aspect is thoroughly documented. When you observe the final results, it's impossible to deny the immense satisfaction it offers.
This is what truly drives me in life—thoughtful experiments infused with that special touch of magic that arises from making mistakes and, consequently, learning from them.
I've come across books that discuss the idea that the end result doesn't matter as much as the process itself, or how the process holds significance in various aspects of our lives, allowing us to find happiness everywhere and embrace enriching experiences. However, I'm uncertain if these concepts provide substantial assistance. While I can no longer recall the specific books I've read, similar to the way I can't remember every meal I've eaten, they have undoubtedly shaped me.
Yet, my open minded journey has taught me that it's all about the feeling. Regardless of the circumstances, if I'm genuinely curious about something or determined to achieve a meaningful personal goal, I must truly feel it.
I play piano, but I don't enough to learn new techniques and master songs. Still, I would love to play that Steve Wonder's song version.
But do I feel the same passion for it right now? Not at this moment, and that's why I'm not actively engaged in the process of achieving that particular result. It's simply not what my heart desires presently. Even though I recognize that I could pursue it, just like anything else, it doesn't align with my current state of mind.
The challenging aspect of all this is maintaining momentum. Feelings evolve, and if you want to excel in something and truly become a master of your craft, you must invest time and effort. However, when feelings and life change rapidly, finding that time becomes difficult. Especially when there are already numerous other responsibilities to contend with.
This whole syllabus is to remind ourselves one thing : don't look for more but for better.
We're into it ! (summer) ☀️
Very nice weeks here in Paris neighborhood, hope you got some opportunities to feel the radiations too :)