I’ve been playing Diablo 3 as of late. I got started back with it around the time that season 13 was starting. I didn’t create a seasonal character initially because I didn’t see the benefit. You lose access to all your other characters their money, and their crafting bits. It turns out niether of those things are very important once you get to level 70. So I started playing a non-seasonal character for a bit and then realized that playing on my own wasn’t much fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.