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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Lessons Learned from 5 years using Pivotal Tracker
Everything is made up, and the points don't matter
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.