Social Media

On November 23rd, 2017 I had just finished reading “Deep Work” by Cal Newport and in it he talks about social media’s popularity being due to its ability to “short-circuit [the] connection between the hard work of producing real value and the positive reward of having people pay attention to you.” When I was on Twitter constantly it became a filler. During the times that I didn’t have anything in particular to do I could flip over to Twitter and go through an endless timeline of posts, some of them expandinging into threads and conversations that went on seemily forever.

Bitmojis

I’ve been using the Bitmoji app on my phone for a while now and it’s been great for getting across that little something extra during all that fun text-based communication. But that’s the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Once you’ve created your very own bitmoji in your likeness, there is a Chrome plugin that lets you conjure one and shove it into your clipboard whenever you’re feeling froggy. They come in handy in work emails, blog posts, forum posts, and just about anywhere you might want to paste something fun.

View Data Types

So I’m working with a customer on some programming and they’re going to offer me a view from their application which pulls from a hojillion (that’s a technical metric) different tables. Since I have to worry about the types of data I ultimately get I need to know where we finally land with each field. To that end, I googled and the glorious Stack Overflow gods answered as they usually do - with delicious answers.

Language Survey

A little while ago I gave a primer on Go to a fellow SolarWinds engineer known as Dez on the internets. The goal was to get her started with a programming language that she could use to wrangle some API stuff in SolarWinds and so that’s the route that I went with her: Set up a development environment with Visual Studio Code. Run through the typical “Hello World” routine.

Restarting

Flying to Texas and back on an itty-bitty plane (seems that way at this size anyway) and dealing with the heat is a huge motivation to get back in the gym and start whittling down this weight I’ve put on since I decided to embrace the sedentary lifestyle that is programming and bingeing Netflix. So, I’ve been getting up in the morning and starting on the treadmill. That alone has been a challenge.