Notes for week 37 and 38 of 2021
In the last two weeks, I was only doing two things: pretending I do slides for my talk and doing a lot of interviews.
The talk went well: the conference was less attended than normally and the rooms were half-empty as people were dispersing around and online. It somehow made it more relaxing for me, but as before every talk, I have been questioning why am I doing this to myself again. I failed to immediately write the talk down, but I do hope I’ll succeed before it evaporates from my mind.
Interviewing for more companies, coordinating, and trying to get them done on time is a time management task on its own. I am not sure how do people do this if they also have to prepare for the interviews themselves. Nevertheless, I am happy I forced myself to do this: it’s a good way to get an overview of the market and interesting projects. That said, next time I am not aligning job-hunt and writing a new talk.
I have disappeared for a weekend to play RPGs as I am catching up with the OSR movement (I’ve tried Knave and it’s not bad). I’ve been surprised how much of a relaxing event it was for me and I am still trying to unpack why.
The main problem with the last two weeks was a total collapse of my “moving around” regiment. This is to be fixed before my body disintegrates.
- Apes piloting drones somewhat put things into perspective
- Run following git command if you forgot what was the name of your local branch that you last committed to (tip from Vladimir):
$ git for-each-ref —sort=-committerdate refs/heads/
- I’ve walked 16 km and rode 90 km. I’ve been active for 7.4 hours during 8 activities. The max speed was 60.1 km/h and I conquered 1049 elevation meters.
- By default, Selenium tests in Django will get 500 without any traceback as it overrides the
settings.DEBUG. It’s possible to override it back in the constructor; ugly, but useful:
class SeleniumTestCase(StaticLiveServerTestCase): def __init__(self, *args, **kwargs): super().__init__(*args, **kwargs) if not settings.DEBUG and settings.OVERRIDE_SELENIUM_DEBUG: settings.DEBUG = True
Recommended Readings From This Week
- Authoritarianism of Code: Mandatory reading for every (not-just-OSS) community leader
- Dungeon layout, map flow, and old school game design: Analysis of various dungeon crawl designs. I really like the visualisation technique.
- Crypto Channels Targeted in Biden’s Fight Against Ransomware: The Czech Republic is famous again! [oh no]
- USB3: why it’s a bit harder than USB2: I passionately hate a lot of USB3.2 (and -C!) choices, but I do have to admin it’s freaking hard
- Links For September: The idea of the Earth’s largest ISP being operated by Martians stuck with me.
- Elderly People Look At Their Younger Reflections In This Beautiful Photo Series By Tom Hussey: Neatly done
- how do I manage an employee who doesn’t need the job? — Ask a Manager: Everybody leaves at one point.
- Two-Factor Fail: Analysis of a modern phishing kit: Morale: UX for criminals is better than for a lot of banks themselves. I’ve been also wondering how dynamic 2FA sniffing works and the answer is—mechanical turks.
- What Working At Stripe Has Been Like: On working inside a hyperscale company
- How Medellín, Colombia, Became the World’s Smartest City: One of the most optimistic articles I’ve read. Leadership matters. Elections matter. A smart city is not about tech.
- Story of cities #3: the birth of Baghdad was a landmark for world civilisation: Baghdad in 10th century looked very impressive
- Snowflake stock options: a case study: Startup is not only a business bet, but a nontrivial bet/monte carlo tax simulation, especially in some countries
- High Signal Application Logging: Words of someone who was there. I can always tell easily a dev who was exposed to production based on the quality of the logs they write.
- 10 Habits That Help Me as a Manager — Marty Matheny: Not all are for me, but I am a fan of regular habits
- Velveting Is the Chinese Technique That Takes Stir-Fries to the Next Level: 🤔
- Site Reliability Engineering: NALSD is a good inspiration
- Carbon Costs Quantified: I like guesstimates, plus this one links to some cool projects I didn’t know about.
- Confessions of a Former Bastard Cop: Very opinionated, but still worthy to see how policing police is hard everywhere.
- Book Summary: The Lean Product Playbook: Helps you decide if to read the book
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