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Badass: Making Teams Awesome

I read Kathy Sierra’s BADASS: Making Users Awesome back in February and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since. The premise of the book rang true in a way I’ve not experienced from a book for a very long time. Reading it leads to the sort of, “well, DUH” moment which only follows when you come across an idea so brilliant and genius that it seems–in retrospect–so obvious. Judging.. Read More

OSCON 2014

Another year, another OSCON. Now that I’m approaching caught up, here’s a quick recap of that busy week. It was a busy OSCON for me this time around. I had two talks to give, only one of which I’d finished writing before I arrived. Oops. Ah, well. They both went well and were well-received and -reviewed, so I’m a happy camper. The slides and my webcam videos of both talks are available on.. Read More

San Francisco Perl Mongers: 12 months, 50% growth

A Timeline On June 21st, 2013, Fred Moyer asked whether I’d like to discuss becoming a co-organizer for San Francisco Perl Mongers. On July 5th it was made official. Earlier this year I was promoted to primary organizer, Fred stepping aside to focus on some real life matters (though he still very much loves and is involved with SF.pm). SF.pm: One Year In Therefore this marks, more or less, my one year anniversary.. Read More

Moving On From The Errors of GitHub and The Ada Initiative

The Story So Far On March 15th of this year, Julie Horvath–a well-known and -respected advocate for gender equality in technology–left her job at GitHub. It caused a bit of an uproar among technologists on the internet. On March 16th, GitHub issued a statement that they were investigating the allegations and that the accused parties were placed on leave or banned from the company’s offices. On April 21st, GitHub issued a statement of.. Read More

A CEO is a Leader: The Recent Mozilla CEO Kerfuffle

Experience comes for free. Learning takes effort. On March 24th, Mozilla announced that they had named Brendan Eich as CEO. On April 3rd, Brendan Eich, after much internet uproar over his $1000 donation to disallow same-sex marriage, stepped down as CEO of Mozilla. So. WTF happened here? First of all, some facts… FACT: Brendan Eich is well within his rights to support his personal beliefs through financial donations. Furthermore, that he did not.. Read More

Dear Mister Independent Recruiter,

Hello. I saw your resume on the web and am writing to see if you or anyone that you know who may be interested in the following position in $city. It is with a top $industry startup, located in a gorgeous location of $region, pays top dollar, great benefits, options and bonuses. You will be working on top tier financial technology with a great team! If there is any interest, please email resume.. Read More

Five Tips for Better Cover Letters

A question from a friend for whom I consult on occasional career coaching matters: What’s your take on cover letters: make ’em short ‘n sweet, or go to town and try to sell yourself there rather than in the resume? To answer my friend’s question: You should always be trying to sell yourself, both in your resume and in your cover letter. I’ve already had a brief discussion on how to improve your.. Read More

Announcing Documentation for the Internet Archive S3 API

Back in 2011 I was hired at Internet Archive to develop a digital archive service for memory institutions. Unfortunately, after six months the project was scrapped (along with my position). In the last month of the project, while waiting for the go-ahead to keep moving forward, I undertook documenting the Archive’s S3-like API. The project was going to need this API and, to be entirely frank, the existing documentation is laughable (sorry, IA.. Read More

I’m in the Market for a New Job

After over a year working on my own projects, I find I really miss leading and working with a team of good people. Working alone has its advantages but isn’t as fulfilling for me. Therefore I’m once again throwing my hat into the ring. I’m looking for a full time job and would love to hear about great opportunities and teams which could use my help. For those who don’t know, here’s little.. Read More

The Rising Costs of Aging Perlers: Part 3, The Suggestions

So, what can the Perl community do to avert this decline and potential extinction? Probably a great many things, but here are my three top suggestions: Make cool shit. Talk about it. Talk about it A LOT. What little positive image Perl retains in these modern times is primarily limited to making sysadmin/dev ops lives easier. While this is a worthy and admirable accomplishment, it’s not going to turn any heads. People will.. Read More