2020 October. Tech Lead.
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New posts #
Are media news information or entertainment? #
I highly recommend reading "Amusing Ourselves to Death", but it would help you read some of my disclaimers.
Choosing the Management Track. Notes on Becoming a Tech Lead. #
Are you thinking about being a manager or want to improve in the role?
A month without coffee #
I've watched Does Coffee make you Fat and Anxious?, and I was testing the effects of the coffee on myself. I've only drunk Coffee two times to get less sleep when I had to drive a car. Having a kid doesn't make those kinds of experiments easy to do.
TLDR; I want to go back to coffee next month. It may be that I'll notice a difference after drinking Coffee again, but I haven't seen much difference so far.
Keystone Habits #
Cal Newport talks about his Keystone Habits in his Deep Questions podcast, and I've picked some of that for myself.
- Exercise every day (missed only one day in the whole month).
- Morning Pages/Expressive Writing/Journaling (instead of meditation).
Why not meditation? In short, I want to have one keystone habit in a category that I want to do every day, and I get more value out of writing at the moment. I still think meditation helps me with focus and clear my head. But writing helps me figure out what I have on my mind is a much more structured way.
Books I've read #
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman. #
See my review: Are media news information or entertainment?
I've needed some way to relax and decided to go through most of the Expanse series. Unfortunately, I have to wait until part nine is published next year, and I'm missing the story's closure.
- Persepolis Rising (The Expanse #7) by James S.A. Corey
- Tiamat's Wrath (The Expanse #8) by James S.A. Corey
Elsewhere on the Web #
How Much Can You Change Yourself? #
Great take on nurture vs. nature with a draft of a framework you can use.
- You should be mindful of your natural traits and preferences. Personality, IQ, height are tough to change, so it's better to accept them.
In contrast, if we live in a world where ability is mostly hard-won through practice, then we ought to see more specialization as people require decades of specific practice to do well in a field.
What Makes People Feel Upbeat at Work. #
The article is mostly about how company efforts can backfire. Worth reading.
Advice to my young self: to succeed in your career, forget side projects and focus on your job. #
- I disagree with the first part of the article. Or, to be more specific - it's heavily contextual. Side projects can help you get a job. Having gone through a new technology tutorial will be useful even if it only gives you shallow knowledge.
- But, the second half of the post is outstanding. It made me rethink what I've been doing so far—highly recommended.
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