I recently reached a goal that, for a long time, I never knew existed, and never imagined I'd care about. I’ve made it to 50 Parkruns. I’ve been there, and done that, although I haven't got the T-shirt yet.
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It’s a strange feeling to be going on holiday as the project I’m working on reaches a crunch time. I’m really ready for a break, and I’ve been working too hard, but part of me wants the project manager to ask me to cancel my holiday, to say that the team couldn’t possibly cope without me.
For a long time, I’ve been intrigued by the phenomenon whereby a certain kind of music fan (myself included) professes disdain for the mainstream, and doesn’t want to be seen to like anything too popular. Once upon a time Oasis were a thrilling new band. Is it a coincidence that the point where I went off them is around the time that they became the biggest band in the country? For many people, a similar story could be told about Coldplay. When something is too popular, it must be rubbish, in the eyes and ears of the contrarian.
Running in the rain isn't that bad. Once you've started, you get used to it pretty quickly. You're probably going to have a shower when you get home anyway, and the shower feels so much nicer if you're coming in from the cold. The only trouble is that before you start, you need to persuade yourself that this is true. Looking out of the window, the rain seems like an insurmountable obstacle - you couldn't possibly go out there in that weather. In reality, though, it's just another excuse to not run.
Some thoughts on the most important qualities for a senior developer.
Coming out as someone with anxiety and depression, the value and risk of open source contribution, and the importance of openness for mental health.
It's becoming a cliche these days to talk about the overwhelming pace of life, the combination of stress, overwork and information overload that assaults us every day, but sometimes we all need to slow down.
I must confess to being mildly obsessed with my Strava statistics. I love knowing how steep the hills are that I've ridden up, and how many hundreds of people are faster or slower than me. One of the features I like is the ability to set yourself weekly goals for cycling and running. Part of me loves this. I'm motivated by small but achievable goals. I like ticking boxes and crossing items off my to-do list.
I don’t want to perpetuate the stereotype of engineers as introverted geeks, but a lot of inventions lately seem to be ways to avoid talking to people. It may not be the actual goal of the inventions, but frequently a side-effect of progress is that we have less need to talk to strangers, less need of human interaction.