More than Coding #

I meant to share this a couple months ago when I first read it. It's an excellent breakdown of some of the differences between software engineer levels and the type of work expected.

As a tangent, Bonnie Eisenman uses the following roles for the various different levels:

  • junior
  • midlevel
  • senior
  • staff

I like that Bonnie chose to label the various levels numerically. I prefer to use numeric levels when possible, as it helps to avoid some bias when someone switches to tech late in their career and takes on a "junior" role. Unfortunately there's no real standard for numeric levels.

My preferred labels are along the lines of:

  • level 0: intern/co-op
  • level 1: junior
  • level 2: midlevel
  • level 3: senior
  • level 4: staff

Anyway, go read Bonnie's post.

Hacking the Prime Minister #

Alex's "Do not get arrested challenge 2020" is the best thing I've read all week.

Somewhere around:

I called at least 30 phone numbers, to say nothing of The Emails. If you laid all the people I contacted end to end along the equator, they would die, and you would be arrested.

I laughed so hard I nearly fell out of my chair.

James Hong - Great Big Story #

I've seen James Hong's performances many times, but they only account for a tiny portion of his extraordinary number of roles.

I first started recognizing him after his voice acting for Covetous Shen in Diablo III. He really leaned into the rich texture of his voice for Shen, which made Shen stand out as particularly memorable to me. Every time James appears in a TV show or movie I'm watching, I think to myself "It's Covetous Shen!"

Leading Trim #

This will be a great tool if it gets standardized and implemented. I've had a few projects where heading and paragraph spacing were important for their design systems, and this would have come in handy rather than needing to rely on a handful of work-arounds and approximations.

Oh shit, git! #

I've been using Git for years, but I've never been great with Git CLI or really understood the inner workings.

Julia Evans does good work, so I'm definitely going to check this out.

Looking Both Ways

2020 is like looking both ways before crossing the street, and then being hit by a plane.

Invert, Always Invert #

I read this post last week and it resonated with me.

I particularly liked the quote by Charlie Munger at the end:

It is remarkable how much long-term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent.