Tech Stacks are Overrated

In the process of interviewing dozens of junior and intermediate engineers, the questions candidates ask implicitly say as much about them as the rest of the interview. One question that comes up occasionally is some variation of "what tech stack are you using"? List some of the myriad Javascript libraries-du-jour and I get a murmur... Continue Reading →

How I think about salary

Nobody gets rich from a salary. Aggressive statement; it warrants some definitions. A salary, broadly speaking, is compensation for your labor — for your input into the machination of a company. The same is true for a hourly wage, except the relationship is more obvious there. People join companies to magnify their efforts — to... Continue Reading →

Personal Lessons from Taking Over SXSW

I just got back from taking over SXSW with Trustwork. It was an exhausting eight-day marathon, complete with an air mattress in the office, questionable food, and hundreds of rejections a day. I wouldn't want to do it again. Despite all that, it was a fantastic experience, and I'm really glad it happened. For reference... Continue Reading →

Stuff

I've moved 8 times in the last 6 years. Every time, I somehow manage to package my life into a few boxes, bags, and loose bundles of stuff. Every time, it seems simple at first — looking around, I have a cup on the counter, some spices, tea, and chocolate in the cabinet, a few... Continue Reading →

Mind-mapping

For many years, I dogmatically resisted using mind maps to take notes or organize my thoughts. I was always afraid I'd get "stuck" if I used pen and paper — that my map would end up too cramped (or too sparse, which seemed wasteful), and the software always seemed too expensive and a bit clunky.... Continue Reading →

ROI: In-Unit Laundry

I walked past a fancy laundromat + café place today. As a business, I think it's a great idea (although somewhat indulgent as well), but it got me thinking (as one does) about the economics of laundry, especially in apartments that have laundry on-site. My current apartment has a washer and dryer in every unit.... Continue Reading →

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