After a convention, family trip, and several days in office, I'm getting to the point again where I need to "de-people" for a while.

So, being in tech, let me note that it's full of some really, deeply, problematic people. These folks are basically also responsible for some highly useful tools.

The way you deal with a creation of a problematic creator, is you separate the creation from the problematic creator. People are rich, diverse piles of problems. You acknowledge that Useful Thing comes from Raging Asshole and do your best to minimize Raging Asshole in favor of Useful Thing.

Works for non-tech stuff too.

Fortunately, I'm pretty sure I don't have self doubt.

I've long since moved on to self loathing.

I've been reading a lot of positive self value stuff like
101 Tips for being a Great Programmer & Human:
dev.to/emmawedekind/101-tips-f
and Moving Past Imposter Syndrome: scraly.github.io/posts/imposto

I'm hoping that they eventually sink in, but I'm pretty sure i'm too dense to let that happen.

Went by the old Yahoo! campus today.

Most of the signage is off the buildings, and the shades are all drawn.

Just read that Google is buying the old Yahoo! campus for $1B.

I kind of wonder where the last employee will work from now.

mercurynews.com/2019/07/24/boo

jrconlin boosted

[puts this hat on forwards, then backwards, then forwards again]

A year ago, a team was warned that a new system needed to be put in place, credentialed and tested.

None of that was done.

With 24 hours to spare, the team realized the new system needed to be used, and scrambled to get the credentials. Folks were out, and in different time zones, but by a miracle, everything was completed in time.

I hate miracles.

They fail to sufficiently punish folks for bad habits and actions.

I live near several churches.

I get "missionaries" knocking at my door every year.

I like to make sure they leave with more questions about their faith than answers they tried to give me.

Today's fun?
"Listen to your heart? Yeah, that didn't go so well for Jeffery Dahmer."

(Ok, he might have also listened to his stomach too, but that's probably beside the point.)

TIL: Even a swarming mass of people I like is still a swarming mass of people.

Oh yeah, that's one of the reasons that I hate visiting family back east.

The casual racism.

*Sigh*

I sometimes wonder what someone from Titan would think of us.

We're bags of lava that live and move at ludicrous speeds, are really strong, and somehow evolved WAY too close to the sun.

And we keep looking for things like ourselves because it's all we could imagine being alive.

Finally worked through seveneves.

It's a nice book, bogged down by details (I know they're useless because they're repeatedly explained since the author knew you wouldn't care enough to remember).

If it's on sale, or at the library, may be worth a good skim.

(Seriously, I thought Niven over explained things he found mildly interesting. Stephenson takes it to unexplored heights.)

Finally worked through seveneves.

It's a nice book, bogged down by details (I know they're useless because they're repeatedly explained since the author knew you wouldn't care enough to remember).

If it's on sale, or at the library, may be worth a good skim.

(Seriously, I thought Niven over explained things he found mildly interesting. Stephenson takes it to unexplored heights.)

TIL:
Did you know that going to myactivity.google.com/delete-a and deleting everything before a given date doesn't delete everything?

Neither did I.

Because when I went to google.com/maps/timeline?hl=en there was my location history from years ago. Click the gear at bottom right to (theoretically) delete it from there too.

You'll also want to go over myactivity.google.com/more-act and nuke from there where appropriate.

Kinda sad, I'm fine with them holding the past 30 days, but no more ThankYouVeryMuch.

Waiting for the lazy recruiter emails to start rolling in...

We can put a man on the moon in about 2 months for $2,000,000.

There are no guarantees around:
* getting him back
* his condition after landing impact
* his condition in transit or really any time after "launch"
* a similar definition of "man" or "moon" you may be thinking of

But, 👨➡️🌝 totally do-able in that time and budget.

At some point, I assumed my career would be fun.

30+ years into it, I can safely say, "it's not".

Sure, there were brief highlights but most of the time, it's been a continual slog of frustration and self doubt.

I'm still interested in what I do for a living, and will continue to do so, but, yeah, I'm openly laughing at anyone who tells me to have fun doing it.

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