ICYMI: Here is a link to "Negative Monument," a speculative proposal, practical intervention, and anti-monumental gesture.

The project is an open invitation to engage in the participatory yet imperceptible negation of a monument: bit.ly/2E2r7I2

New England always makes me want to knit more. I think there is something about the weather and landscape and a sense of coziness, and I find myself admiring everyone's sweaters and socks and wanting to make some. 🧦🧣

A friend sent me a very sweet and encouraging note mentioning that he came across my blog post on Hacker News.

This led to me accidentally clicking on the Hacker News link and reading the first couple of comments.

Amazing how I used to think HN was a good source of news, and now it just seems to be an alternate universe. Bizarre.

When you hear "executive-level", what do you take that to mean? As in "We are seeking someone with executive-level experience".

Do you take it to mean "C-suite" or "director level and above" or "has managed before" or something altogether different?

"Fact remains—launch determines orbit, and Torres got a launch in life that put him low and in decay from the start. You just give it time and watch the sky." -- Richard K. Morgan, "Thin Air"

On day 9 of my publish-some-writing-every-day challenge, some things that have been helping me keep at it: "Tactics to Keep Up Your Motivation" anaulin.org/blog/tactics-to-ke

Thinking about all the surprising parts of doing software engineering work -- like the hours spent getting the friggin' build to work -- I wrote down a list of some of the Things Nobody Told Me About Being a Software Engineer: anaulin.org/blog/things-nobody

Nobody tells you that professional software engineering is 98% figuring out make your build and tooling work, and 2% actually designing and writing code.

I'm quite curious about the experiences of folks on here at social.coop -- if any of you has worked in co-operative and other more self-organized structures, can you share if/how were "performance evaluations" done? And, relatedly, did compensation have any component related to "performance"? (And if so, how did that work?)

Following on my recent musings about performance management and judgement vs metrics, I wonder out loud: Why Do We Have “Performance Evaluations”, Anyway?
anaulin.org/blog/why-do-we-hav

Some reflections on a workshop on "Executive Presence for Women" that I attended yesterday: "The Demands of 'Executive Presence' in the Modern Workplace are Exhausting" anaulin.org/blog/the-demands-o

Just realized that "evil" is an anagram of "vile", and I'm shocked I hadn't noticed this before, word-game nerd that I am. 🙀

How do we measure the performance of a software engineer? anaulin.org/blog/on-software-e

(TL;DR: there is no magic formula.)

November starts tomorrow and, with it, NaNoWriMo. I'll be trying to publish some writing every day (although not fiction). Feeling uncomfortably excited. 🙀✍️

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social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]