Irrational Exuberance!

Nobody cares about quality.

October 12, 2019 You’re grabbing coffee with a coworker, and they’re caught deep in a rant loop, "Nobody cares about quality. They _say_ they care, but they don’t care." You helpfully decide to snap them out of the rant by providing some counter-examples, measuring your memories of the last few months and recounting some examples of slowing down for quality. Moments later, your contribution to the conversation is an easily traversed speed bump as the rant metastasizes, "They just don’t care."

A forty year career.

October 8, 2019 The Silicon Valley narrative centers on entrepreneurial protagonists who are poised one predestined step away from changing the world. A decade ago they were heroes, and more recently they’ve become villains, but either way they are absolutely the protagonists. Working within the industry, I’ve worked with quite a few non-protagonists who experience their time in technology differently: a period of obligatory toil required to pry open the gate to the American Dream.

Notes on data modeling from Handbook of Relational Database Design.

September 13, 2019 I’ve been working through Handbook of Relational Database Design by Candace Fleming and Barbara von Halle, first released in 1989, which ambitiously attempts to define best practice for both modeling data in a database agnostic way and also address implementation concerns for implementing and tuning databases. I’ll write up note for both eventually, and these are my notes on the first half of the book on defining data models.

Organizing team offsites.

September 8, 2019 Last week, the team I support had our quarterly offsite. I’ve been running team offsites more and more frequently over the past few years, and have finally been able to nail down an approach that consistently feels like an essential, effective use of time.

Rewriting the Yahoo! BOSS Datahub.

August 31, 2019 In 2008, my approach to blogging was concocting an explosion of blog posts on breaking technologies and hoping that would translate into notoriety, page views, or at least a job beyond teaching English. I attempted this approach to various degrees with PyObjC, Processing.js, Why The Lucky Stiff's Shoes, and a few others.