Last week was one of those weeks where someone could write a FfF post – and then forget to actually post it…you know – hypothetically. This week is…better, but possibly because I took Thursday and today off. Here are some things I liked this week.
Either the thing I love about the pacific northwest – or more possibly, the thing that keeps me here, is proximity to hiking and biking. It’s about a 15 minute drive from my driveway to the parking lot at Tiger Mountain. I went there yesterday and had a chance to ride Side Hustle for the first time – and it is one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden.
Once again, the results from the Stack Overflow Developer Survey are out. One thing that stood out to me was the time developers spend, per-day on searching for answers.
This link is to a podcast – but there’s a transcription, so you can still read it. Will Larson (author of Staff Engineer, and An Elegant Puzzle) was recently on the Engineering Enablement Podcast with some great insights.
A twitter follower just told me that my five for friday didn’t show up. Yes, I’ve been busy, but mostly just dumb, as I somehow managed to write this, and not post it.
Better late than never.
This week has …not really been any better than last week. Lots of things happening, and only some of them are good. I still found a few bits of information worth sharing.
Something that really bugs me is stupid password rules. The only password I know is my bitwarden password, and it’s basically the opening paragraph of a novel. Anyway, some smart people at Princeton wrote a really cool paper about stupid websites and stupid password rules.
I’m reading, When They Win, You Win by Russ Laraway. Oh boy is it a good book for managers to read. It’s full of data, anecdotes, and practical things managers can do to keep employees happy and engaged.
I found out about this today from Noah Sussman. Apparently, Minnesota republicans can’t read, and accidentally approved a bill legalizing hemp-based THC edibles and beverages. It’s good for Minnesota, but yet another embarrassing story about dumb politicians in America.
I hope something here is interesting for you. See you next week!
Well – today has been a shitty day. Thanks to a set of unqualified judges forming opinions based on their fantasies instead of policy, abortion is illegal in 26 states. This will undoubtedly result in health issues and death for many women, and cause economic burden in states who already have high levels of poverty. It’s a sad day for the country.
I guess I better share a few links too – here you go.
I’m back home and feeling *almost* healthy. I seemed to have caught a cold on my return trip (multiple negative covid tests – both pcr and antigen) – it seems weird that I think it’s necessary to say that, but it’s the world we live in. Here are some things I’ve found interesting this week.
I’m unable to express my excitement about Seattle hosting some World Cup 2026 matches. I will attend everything I can in Seattle, but may also see if I can book tickets in some other North American cities. I can’t wait.
I know I share a lot of Michael Lopp (Rands in Repose) articles, but they’re all so good. This one, while on the surface is about layoffs, is really about the importance of explaining how hard decisions are made. I spend a lot of time doing this myself, but this article reminded me how critical this is.
Charity Majors is a gem. So many times when I think I’ve needed to take time to think deeply and try to explain something, Charity is there to the rescue. This time, she explains job levels at Honeycomb – but the lessons and explanations are applicable at most tech companies.
I’m in love with my Mac M1 – so while this flaw is concerning, afaict, it’s not nearly as risky as the article states. It’s a security feature that other chips don’t even have that can, in special conditions, not work.
I was happy and excited to see Anne-Marie Charrett (former and future AB Testing guest) win the 2022 Eurostar Testing Excellence award. She’s a fantastic contributor to the software community.
This is an interesting article on what it means to waste time. I like that it says it’s ok to do what you enjoy, and that downtime is productive time.
Finally (sixthly?), something I often do when I travel (which means I haven’t done a whole lot of it the last few years) is read fiction. I have selectively read Stephen King novels throughout my life, and gave Billy Summers a shot – and loved it. Not as good as 11/22/63 (probably my favorite King novel), but still high quality writing.
That’s all I have for today. I suppose I almost got this done by the time Friday ended on the west coast, but hopefully a few of you read this and find something interesting.
My entry into Tech was at a 90s startup called Midisoft. Stuff happened (I have stories), and I left to join Microsoft. Stuff kept happening, and the company folded a few years later. Recently, their website resurfaced.
Finally – I don’t know if I’ve posted about this before, but I’m currently drinking a cup of tea that has been precisely at 137 degrees farenheit for the last 30 minutes. I received an Ember mug as a gift recently, and for someone who likes sipping on hot beverages, it is absolutely the thing I never knew I needed until I got it.
That’s it for this week. How do I know? It’s because there are 5 bullets. Thanks again for reading – see ya’ in a week.
I spent the week in Los Angeles – meeting some of my peers at Unity for the first time…which was surreal. I did manage a quick walk on the beach – but of course I’m such a bright shade of Northwestern US white, that my face is completely sunburnt. Fortunately, heading back to the shade and rain of Seattle where I can easily heal. Here are a few things I found of interest this week.
This article from the Guardian is one of the better summaries I’ve read reacting to the absolute bullshit from Justice Alito.
The folks at Harness profiled one of the wonderful people in my organization in their Women of DevOps series.