Five for Friday – June 11, 2021

It’s a sort-of-sunny day in the Pacific northwest, and I have the day off from work (which probably means I’m cleaning the garage today. Here are some links to ponder from my recent browser history.

See y’all next week.

Five for Friday – June 4, 2021

Survived my second Moderna shot this week – had a few hours of general ickyness about 24 hours after the shot, but been great ever since. Here’s what I found in the meantime.

Five for Friday – May 28, 2021

Coming in a little late tonight. Today was a day off from work, and my non-computer errand list took up most of my day. Once again, here are a few interesting things from my week.

Five for Friday – May 21, 2021

Yet again, a few things I found interesting this week.

Five for Friday – May 14, 2021

This week flew by, but I still found a few interesting things worth sharing.

  • Microsoft (yes, Microsoft) have a great article on hybrid work that makes a lot of great points.
  • Then there’s this article talking about the ability of “geriatric millennials” to lead our new hybrid workforce. I have some arguments, but it’s interesting enough to share.
  • One of my favorite authors / books (Ray Dalio / Principles) has inspired yet-another-what-are-you-good-at assessment. If you’re interested, my main archetype in this assessment is The Explorer.
  • This is a great (and important) article on simplifying the customer journey.
  • Mississippi voters approved medical marijuana in the recent election – but the approval was voided because the Mississippi constitution requires one-fifth of signatures from each of their five congressional districts…but since 2000, they only have four congressional districts. Completely bizarre and more emphasis of what’s wrong with politics and law. Read it yourself.

Five for Friday – May 7, 2021

it’s been a good week – as far as weeks go over the past 15 months. Here are your Friday links:

Five for Friday – April 30, 2021

We’re already a third of the way through 2021. It’s still a wild world, but I’m signed up to get my first vaccine dose on Monday, so that light at the end of the tunnel is looking just a little bit brighter.

Here’s some stuff from my world this week.

  • I wrote another article for TestProject – this one on a better (and frankly, more obvious) way to learn test automation.
  • I joined the club of people with big monitors this week when I got this 34″ Samsung monitor. I’m happy to say that my 4+ year old GTX 1060 can drive it at 3440×1440 at 75hz (along with an older monitor at 1920×1080. With this monitor, I’m also using my mac more as a secondary machine.
  • If anyone on my team reads this, they’ll agree that I bring up the need frame conversations to help others get the most out of a conversation. The First Minute by Chris Fenning is a great book to understand framing (Framing = (Context + Intent + Key Message)). It’s a quick read, and well worth it.
  • Yet-another – but also a good write up / guide on 1:1 meetings.
  • Finally, a really good article on scalaing mono repos at git. A lot here to learn for those (like me) who are wary of mono repos.

Five for Friday – April 23, 2021

Kind of a lot going on in the world of the Weasel this week, but I found a few things worth sharing.

  • This came out well before FfF was a thing, but apparently my boss recently listened to this interview with me from ~6 years ago. I’m moving to a new manager at Unity, so figured I should post this for posterity soon.
  • A month or two ago, I posted an article from with the results of a study of working from home during the pandemic. They published a follow up this week, which is equally as interesting.
  • Highly related is this article on Software Development Trends for 2021.
  • A colleague (from the team I’m joining) found this article on interviewing, which is full of head nods and “duh”‘s.
  • I’m now running Hirsute Hippo (Ubuntu 21.04), and so far, all is working quite well. Someday I’m sure I’ll use a different distro, but for now, it’s been great.

Five for Friday – April 16, 2021

Back for another week of random stuff I found on the internet.

  • The State of Testing Report is out – lots of interesting insights and info.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi has a short, but nice blog on learning from failure that’s worth reading
  • Not sure who else is using Sourcgraph (or why I haven’t heard of it before), but it’s what org wide code search should look like.
  • Great article from HBR on What Does It Mean to Be a Manager Today.
  • We’re doing a little security ctf (capture the flags) competition at work, and it reminded me that just about everyone in software should try at least a few of these. The CTF 101 site is a great place to start.

Five for Friday – April 9 2021

Back again with interesting – but potentially useless links I found valuable this week