Travel

Jörgerbad

Another one for the ultimate European pool / spa / bath tour. This one is in Vienna, Austria and looks especially glorious. 😊

Travel

Stadtbad Neukölln, Berlin

More European pool tour goodness, this one in Berlin. 🥰. I won’t even try to say the name.

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________________________ Stadtbad Neuk​ö​lln | Berlin, Germany | c. 1912 • The Stadtbad Neukölln is a city bath in Berlin, Germany. Designed by architect Heinrich Best and Town Planner Reinhold Kiehl, the Neoclassical-style building is inspired by the thermal baths found in ancient Greece • With the intention to combine physical exercise, personal hygiene, and spiritual edification, Kiehl included a public library and a public pool into the architectural plan of the building. Both were connected by an atrium that housed a fountain created by the prominent German sculptor Richard Guhr • Similar to the ancient Greek temples and basilicas, the design employs a dome with a skylight and a round plunge pool surrounded by columns, walkways, sculptures, and mosaics by Puhl & Wagner – the largest mosaic and stained glass manufacturer in Germany at the time. When it was built, the bath was one of the largest in Europe and hosted up to 10,000 visitors per day • Throughout the 20th century, the space evolved as both a place of relaxation and recreational learning, undergoing significant cycles of renovations, restoration and updates to meet both preservation codes and modern energy standards • Today, the bath is managed by ​Berliner Bäder-Betriebe and hardly differs in appearance from its grand opening in 1914. ​Its s​wimming pool and sauna area are operated separately, and include a Finnish sauna, herbal sauna, a marble steam bath, and a caldarium • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @berlinstagram ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia • #AccidentallyWesAnderson​ ​#AccidentalWesAnderson​ ​#Vscotravel​#VscoArchitecture​ ​#Neuk​ö​lln #Visit_berlin #Germany🇩🇪

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Travel

The Western Baths Club

Another swimming pool to add to the swimming pool / lido / spa / bath tour of Great Britain! This one is in Glasgow.

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________________________ Western Baths Club | ​Glasgow, Scotland​ | c. 1876 • The Western Baths Club is a Victorian-era private swimming and leisure club in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1876, the club remains at its original site at 12 Cranworth Street and, along with the Arlington Baths, is one of two clubs of its kind left in Glasgow • The 'Baths', as they are more commonly known, are cherished not only by residents of the city’s west end from where they take their name, but by many all over Scotland and across the world. Designed by architect Clark and Bell, the Baths are distinguished for their period ​trapeze​ and exercise rings suspended​ over the ​swimming pool • During its early years, members of the private swimming pool came from a variety of backgrounds – from merchants, manufacturers, and shipbuilders to physicians, bankers, professors and writers. Notable Scottish society members also attended. Yet, despite its popularity, the Baths would face difficult times and dwindling membership over the decades • At the root of many of its issues was a Cochrane oil-fired boiler that provided more problems than heat for the Baths. Bathmaster family the Wilsons would end up putting in 90-hour work weeks to maintain the private club and breathe life into the rarely-working boiler. Eventually, the boiler was replaced, but in the 1970s the Baths would face another setback when the Victorian roof collapsed • Today, after significant restoration and expansion, the Baths are thriving. They’ve acquired adjacent ground and erected a new building to house a modern sports hall and gym, and currently have a membership of 2,600 • Know more? Please comment below! • 📸: @sooukdotcom ✍: @kelly.murray 📰: @wikipedia + @westernbathsclub + historicpools.org.uk • #AccidentallyWesAnderson #AccidentalWesAnderson #WesAnderson #VscoArchitecture #Vscotravel #SwimmingPools #Glasgow #VisitScotland

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Travel

National Building Museum

Okay, this Austin Graff character really has me going on Washington DC now. I’ve always had the National Building Museum in the back of my mind when visiting DC, but now I have to go see it.

The thing is, I always had a slight cognitive dissonance about this museum. Is it a museum about buildings? Or a museum about building things? Or just a museum in a building? Whatever the case, I’m there!

Travel

DAR Library

This looks like a great place to visit for some quiet time and to soak tip some pre-industrial America while in DC. Or maybe enjoy some genealogical and historical manuscripts, if that’s your thang. Or just looked around with mouth wide open. 😲🤩

(DAR = Daughters of the American Revolution)

Travel

Manchester Victoria Baths

This place hits two of my personal sweet spots: swimming and amazing architecture. 🤩

👉 Victoria Baths: Manchester’s Water Palace

If I ever get to Manchester, and this place is actually open, I know where I’m going to get my exercise. In fact, I’d love to do a swimming pool / lido / bath / spa tour of the UK. Who’s down?

Software Dev

From Four Wheels to Two – Lyft Engineering

This is Lyft’s approach for adding a major new feature to their app. -> eng.lyft.com/from-four-wheels-to-two-403bcf1cbf59

I heard about this on the iOS Dev Discussions podcast.

Summary

  • Stay simple and lean
  • Reimagine over reinventing – ““Is it faster to rebuild this or reuse this, and what will we regret later?””
  • Launch what matters

Feature flags, feature modules, launching early and iterating small, facing questions they didn’t have answers to until they did some real world experimenting and iterating.

Love this…

Every new feature is a chance to start with a clean slate, and it’s often tempting to immediately build for scale. We all want our products to launch to massive fanfare and usage, but more often than not, the path to success for new features is slow and steady. With steady growth in mind, we designed our first architecture to support exactly what’s needed for our first product iteration, and nothing more

Also…

The computer scientist in me was angry, but when the datasets are small enough, reasonable tradeoffs can be made in the short term without sacrificing the user experience. When choosing the “rewrite” approach, it’s important to be confident that the code will stay simple and easily explainable. In this case, the algorithm wasn’t perfect, but it worked reliably and quickly.