"Fact remainsβ€”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

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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.

@elplatt Sounds like you have no cats in your life. Else you would have no trouble finding the holes... 😹

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 β€œPerformance Evaluations”, Anyway?

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

@seldo Self-doubt is the most obnoxious of the inner gremlins. I'm sure your talk was already great the way it was. πŸ’—

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. πŸ™€

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

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

On desktop browser, I really enjoy Pinafore (pinafore.social/). On Android I use Mastalab.

@buster I primarily post from this Mastodon account, and I use the cross-poster at crossposter.masto.donte.com.br copy my Mastodon posts over to Twitter.

I read both here in Mastodon and Twitter, they feel like very different communities to me, even if there is a fair bit of overlap on who I follow here and there.

November starts tomorrow and, with it, NaNoWriMo. I'll be trying to publish some writing every day (although not fiction). Feeling uncomfortably excited. πŸ™€βœοΈ

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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]