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Sep
24
Why you need a "WTF Notebook"

Why you need a "WTF Notebook"

There's a very specific reputation I want to have on a team: "Nat helps me solve my problems. Nat get things I care about done."
7 min read
Sep
17
Do you want to do things that matter, or do you want to be busy?

Do you want to do things that matter, or do you want to be busy?

Work, itself, is an opiate. And you can't do your best work when you're stoned.
9 min read
Sep
10
Some light Kubernetes skepticism

Some light Kubernetes skepticism

I'm pleased to see VMware "succeeding with success" and sticking with Cloud Foundry on BOSH for what that system is really good at: Mission critical apps.
7 min read
Sep
03
Six key skills for pair programming

Six key skills for pair programming

This article describes the key skills required to be a good pair, a pair who is productive and rewarding to pair with for most people.
10 min read
Aug
27
Engineering career ladders are made up, just like money and the government

Engineering career ladders are made up, just like money and the government

There is no god of engineering career ladders, handing down tablets to chosen prophets.
4 min read
Aug
20
A close read of the ActionDispatch::Response class

A close read of the ActionDispatch::Response class

This is a line-by-line investigation of the ActionDispatch::Response class, focused on understanding why each line is the way that
9 min read
Aug
13
A photo zine: Venice #1

A photo zine: Venice #1

It's a tiny sketch of a photobook, using the simplest possible criteria for inclusion – the first 16 pictures I made with a DSLR that don't rely on color for their effect – but it's incredibly satisfying to have shipped something.
3 min read
Aug
06
A slow but reliable system for making friends

A slow but reliable system for making friends

This system works because friendship is a process that happens a little bit at a time, and then all at once. Friends are, on some level, two people who have grown used to one another.
6 min read
Jul
30
Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker

Everything is made up, and the points don't matter
9 min read
Jul
23
The camera had a power I hadn't expected

The camera had a power I hadn't expected

I was rewarded for being interested in things. I was rewarded for being interested in everything.
5 min read