This is my last newsletter of 2020! I started my newsletter this year as a way to both share cool things that I'd found on the internet and as a way for me to remember what the heck I'd been reading. Now I'm 20 weeks deep and have no plans on slowing down in 2021. However, I'm not going to be posting another one for the rest of the year; I want to take some time to reflect and recharge before next year. Enjoy this week, and happy holidays!
Back on the timely release schedule! This week I read some excellent pieces, including one on reading in the meta, and I am really excited to share them. They cover the wildness in tech IPOs, interesting reads on performance and dev tooling, some papers on examining bias and approximating species diversity, and some killer nature photographer. Enjoy!
Ugh, slow again this week. I started my new role at Mercury this week and have been super fired up on my work, but I couldn't find the time or energy to put my newsletter together. I'll try and be back on my game next week! Anyway, this week I mostly had some great reads from some friends of mine in the Techwriters.dev group and some technical observations about Haskell and functional languages in general. And there were a few cultural gems this week, too.
Sorry I'm late! This week I took a road trip down the Oregon coastline with my partner and I mostly unplugged. As a result, though, I forgot to post my reading! My bad! This week, I read some great pieces on careers, a hodgepodge of technical content, and an interesting piece on the intersection of politics and big tech. Enjoy!
This week I did a lot more production than consumption; work was pretty hectic and I also wanted to finish part two of my fantasy football data science blog post (here's part one, if you want the full story). As a result, I've got fewer pieces that I read and thought about this week, and I definitely skewed more towards interesting cultural tidbits than deeply technical pieces. Enjoy!
Buncha techy content this week! I've been going really hard on trying to understand haskell better lately (for reasons that I'll disclose within a week or so!), and in addition to working on some small projects in Haskell, I've been reading a lot of articles about the language as well. It's so cool! This week also deviates from my normal behavior in that I read an enjoyed not one but TWO articles about Facebook engineering this week... as much as I find their product and business model actively duplicitous, I really can't fault their engineering chops.
This was a big week! The USA had its presidential election and while it's not officially done yet, it looks like Joe Biden has won, which is a positive development. When I woke up on Saturday morning and read the news it felt like the first time I'd woken up to good news in years. I don't have as many reads for this week because once election coverage began on Tuesday night I just kept refreshing [the open-source election tracker every few minutes alongside reading as insipid hot takes about voting trends as much as I could. It was a bad week for careful, thoughtful, reading for me. But a good week overall :)
This week the theme of my selected readings is about careers: how to succeed in your respective one, how to apply theoretical concepts in CS to a software engineering day job, and how to know when it's time to quit a typical day job. I also included a few beautiful musings on life and death. There's also a bunch of other unrelated things that run the gamut from distributed systems, hackathons at scale, and more indictments of Facebook (as per usual) :) Enjoy!
This week I have a mixed bag of pretty dense content, and other than the two podcasts and the first link I mostly skimmed the content, but many of these links are rich resources that you can continue to come back to. I recommend bookmarking any link you find interesting. Enjoy!
The list is shorter this week -- I was on vacation and kinda stayed away from tech and the internet in general as possible (I did, however, go on a lot of hikes, I read 2 books, and ate a bunch of good food!) There were still a few pieces that I read from the tech world, though, so I figured I'd share them :) They're mostly about Scala and Haskell, with a few fun pieces (including Aphyr's latest technical interview satire). Enjoy!