Blog: Pleasant Echoes

Pleasant Echoes
Pleasant Echoes
Date: 2018-Mar-01 05:52:32 EST

I occasionally bump into former coworkers now at a reasonable clip. It's kinda nice. Although there are some people I'll need to consciously reach out to. This isn't quite the same thing as having a working circle of friends, but I think I can probably slowly fill my social calendar and build my comfort being around people this way. Recently been trying to piece together a plan to visit two of my uncles in Texas sometime this year, and as of today I need to actually start the apartment hunt process, since I think now that it's March I can shoot for a start date for a lease that opens in April. I'm working on being more deliberate in managing relationships with coworkers in my current job; hoping to make things smoother than they've generally been in past jobs. This isn't easy - attention is a scarce resource and being deliberate means spending my attention on that, but maybe I can develop new habits that will yield better results but let me ramp attention back down in the longer-term but in a different place.

I frequently wonder what I should be looking for in life, and if I'm getting any closer to it. I have a good holding pattern that meets my continually-cycling goals. Do I need a larger goal? I'm not sure. It'd be good not to be alone, but that's proven historically difficult for me.

Very happy that we've had a lot of great scientific talks recently at the Institute; might try to pull people I used to know from other parts of my life in. I'm also hoping to ramp up my engagement with teaching, and maybe (because I have the opportunity and it interests me) trying to merge that in with some of the mild-so-far efforts I've made to help Tammy (and Gremlin) make the Chaos Engineering community they're shepherding successful. At this time I don't think I foresee working with them professionally (academia suits me better than industry), but keeping one foot on each side of the boundary has long been something that works well for me too, (almost) no matter the boundary. And maybe I don't know myself well enough to know if this is the right place for me for a year, three years, ten, or for the rest of my life. I'm not worried about that though; I've long been able to rely on figuring that kind of thing out when I need to.

The transition from SRE to SWE has done good things for me. Nice to think mostly about code rather than systems most of the time. I think had I done this in industry it probably would've worked almost as well (although I probably would've been able to keep the tight systems focus rather than becoming a generalist SWE). Recently have had a lot of headaches to plow through relating to python misfeatures, but it's been kind of fun anyhow when I step back and take the long view. Particularly because the root causes of problems, when I chase them down to being understood, often turn out to be interestingly intricate.

Recently been thinking a bit about how both companies and academia can abandon code, generally for different reasons but with similar timeframes. A company might go under, or cut a product if it doesn't make money. And because companies usually have strong notions of ownership, the product ends. Would be nice if they always opened it, but that's not super common. In academia, once all the papers that come out of it have happened from the authors, it's usually left as opensource but is too hard to use for most people to easily be picked up. Wondering if there's a better way for one or both.

Been doing some e-chores recently. Like moving my server, and stuff like that. Amused at that name.