Year: 2019


Getting to a Middle Ground Between Monolith and Microservices

It’s difficult to think about micro services without considering the large management overhead the goes with it. In many cases, a micro service architecture might even make technical sense and not business sense. These two are completely separate but very important considerations. Microservices comes with more technical management because they require actual components to deploy, …

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The Easiest Way to Build a Hiring Pipeline

One of the most challenging parts of building a business is finding great people. I think that’s probably a universal struggle that businesses have. Everyone knows that great people are out there. But finding them and attracting them is decidedly difficult. But what if there was an easier way to find them? Well I’m glad …

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Interviewing Programmers When You Barely Are One

I suck at writing code. It’s just not one of my strengths. This begs the question, how can one do a good job of finding someone who is good at the thing (programming) you aren’t? I know I’m not the only in this position. But this isn’t a question of finding people for a job …

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Trying to Choke People is One of the Best Ways to Make Friends

Now I’m not saying you walk around the streets choking every bloke you see. But I am suggesting that, more broadly, having an activity that normally brings people together and finding its practitioners in new places is a great way to ingratiate yourself to people. Perhaps I should explain a bit more… I’ve been training …

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Is Luck Even Real?

I hate having one of those days where you just missed the train after skipping breakfast to run out of the house only to realize you forgot to charge your phone the night before. Or maybe I actually charged my phone only to realize that I forgot my headphones and the crazy person on the …

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4th of July Thoughts From Abroad

As a recent immigrant to Germany, I can’t help but look back at the current state of the US this 4th of July. It stands to me as an interesting contradiction that I get to witness from thousands of miles away. I see people celebrating freedom while tanks are being rolled into Washington DC for …

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Life

Man’s Best Friend

This is a story that actually took place in February 2012 or so. I’m reposting it here because I think it’s a good follow up to explaining why I enjoy spending time with the Charlie dog so much. The Story I had just gotten my dog Charlie about 3 weeks before I found out I …

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Aimless Walking Fixes Most of My Problems

If you’ve ever met me, you have probably been (un-)fortunate enough to hear about my doggo Charlie. We’ve been together for almost 10 years now and we go everywhere we can together (he’s been to 3 countries and 40 US states so far). The one unexpected benefit for me about having a best friend that …

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Why I Ask People About Their Tattoos

I personally have quite a few tattoos on my body. If we were counting hours, which is easier than tattoo counts on me, I would say the number is somewhere around 200 hours to date. There are many reasons that people get tattoos. Some do it for the story. Some do it for the art. …

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On Saving Screenshots

After many years of working on products, I’ve picked up some peculiar traits. One of them is that I save all the screenshots I take. Some of them I eventually get rid of (or immediately depending on the nature of what was in the screenshot). But for the most part I keep them all. I …

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