I've Driven Stick For Four Days Now

It's been 4 days since I picked up, if not bought, my Ford Focus GT, and it's been an eventful 4 days if nothing else. The first day was just a series of terrifying and jerky starts and stops as I attempted to navigate my way around the area without a) killing anyone and b) pissing anyone off. I succeeded at the former, flipped off a couple people while failing at the latter, but overall I was just a big ball of stress. I was filled with a lot of doubt. Was this the right choice? Am I a super »

Picked Up My New (Used) Car Today

So last week, I ended up buying a car. This is what I used to drive: I love you, old car. (Quint singing "Spanish ladies") It's a great car, easily the most comfortable and performant car I've ever owned. So why buy a different car? Do I have two cars now? The answer is no, I traded this car for this: A Ford hatchback? Really? Yes! Specifically, a 2013 Ford Focus ST. I've been meaning to get a car for a while, specifically a car with a manual transmission, not an automatic. I figured if I was into cars, I »

I Went For A Run Today

I'm now on day 3 of my month of not working, and I've started to make progress towards the (reasonable, attainable) goals I've sort of defined for myself before going back to work. One major one I accomplished late last week was purchasing a new (used) car! I'll write more about that when I actually get it, since there was some paint damage I negotiated the dealer fix before I'd agree to buy, but suffice to say it's a fun little 6 speed stick shift that should be a great commuter car. Not as good a commuter car as my »

Fads In Software Engineering

This blog post by Adam Drake (I 100% don't know who he is, to be clear) was posted in a few different places I tend to frequent for tech news, including Facebook. It's a pretty decent read, but the tl;dr is that Microservices are really hot right now, and that's a bad thing for a lot of software companies, particularly small ones. Why? Well, it doesn't have anything to do with the architecture in question, it has to do with how, where, and when it's applied. This is true for an enormous number of new or emerging technologies, and »

We're Putting The Band Back Together

A lot of decisions are hard. In general, the larger their impact on your life, the harder they are to make. Thinking about some of the most important and difficult decisions you might have to make, some obvious ones come to mind. Getting married, buying a house, having a child, moving to a different region or country. One that I think often goes overlooked is deciding to find a new job, and shortly following that is deciding where you want to work. You're making the choice to forgo the relative financial security you enjoy in favor of new opportunity, while »