My daughter is three.
She’s my only child so I’ve been lucky enough to be extremely involved. Or rather, I’ve been lucky that she’s cool enough to become extremely involved in my life. She does everything with me. We watch baseball together, she sits on my knee while I write code and we go everywhere together.
Taking her out in public has created some troubling situations in bathrooms. I can’t count how many times she has needed a change, I’ve taken her into the men’s room and discovered there is no place to change her. If I’m lucky, I’ll get 25 cm of wet-with-who-knows-what counter space between a urinal and a sink, but a frustrating amount of the time, I’m stuck choosing between taking her home early, balancing her on my lap, or changing her on the floor.
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an industry that thrives on hyping buzzwords, blockchain has been one
of the biggest, most hyped buzzwords of them all. Despite this amount
of hype, few killer blockchain applications (outside of
cryptocurrency) have emerged. Perhaps, this is because few people
have a deep enough understanding of what blockchain is to dream about
the problems it could solve for them? In that case, hopefully this
article, which attempts to explain blockchains to a non-technical
audience, will spur on discussion about solid applications built upon
note – this discussion will gloss over implementation details in
favour of big picture design considerations. It is not intended to
serve as a quote, or a guide to technical complexity – just a high
level primer into what the technology is capable of.)
Continue reading “What the block? A simple primer on blockchains and their uses”
Years ago, my friend Stacey and I published a magazine. It never got huge, but it got big enough that we started attracting inbound interest and press releases. Through learning how to handle those and talking with real journalists to learn how they handled those, I developed a sense of how to work with the media when you’re new and don’t have a track record.
me, it always comes down to story. Journalists do not exist to be
your personal marketing force – they exist to find truth in
compelling stories. This implies a couple of things. The first is
that they likely won’t print any finely crafted marketing speak or
sales pitches. The second is that they will seek balance – they will
interview your competitors or print quotes that are critical of you
and your business. They will also comb through your social media
accounts and read what other people say about you. Just because you
don’t give them a quote or access to a source, it doesn’t mean that
they won’t seek out other quotes or sources. The entire finished
piece may be extremely critical of you and your business and if so,
it is the mark of an incredibly good journalist, not an asshole. Got
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(Subtitled – This is not another mental health/diversity post)
I acknowledge how important mental health and diversity are, I am not
going to talk about either. Instead, I’m going to talk about ways
that we can make all developers on our teams feel more comfortable
and productive. While developer happiness and mental health/diversity
are directly related, this post will be about the business case
behind truly happy developers.
Continue reading “Towards happier developers”
I just got back from a couple of weeks on Vancouver Island. As per my usual, I devoured a number of books there and have a few recommendations.
Continue reading “Good summer reads”