All the talk about remote work vs back to the office is boring. People once again trying to generalize their own little experience around something that was already broken before COVID hit.

For product teams: rethink the office. Let teams (not people) choose how and where they work. Give direction, not goals.


For example, imagine two applications A and B that are identical except in one way: application A has an additional test suite that collects a set of slow, flaky tests, which require painful manual updates.

Now suppose someone showed up to B with a patch making it like A: “Hey, this patch adds a bunch of tests. Note: they take a very long time to run, when they fail it doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong, and when you change things in the app you will have to do a lot of tedious work to update them. Oh and also, though I’m giving you the code now, you’re on the hook forever for keeping it going into the future.” Would you accept the patch? I wouldn’t. And if that is so, you could reasonably argue you should also just delete the tests in application A.

This is an amazing way to look at existing code you need to revisit. The cost of maintenance is higher than the sunk cost of writing the code in the first place.

I’ve always wondered how the hatch and docking mechanism made way to the astronauts between modules. Here is an awesome video explaining the docking sequence/mechanism and how the crew managed passage

Apollo Docking sequence - Connecting the Command Module to the Lunar Module.

This article hits home on the mentorship issue I’m facing at the moment, and on why I accepted an offer last week and will be leaving my current position in 3 weeks.

I miss having a mentor

It’s been 17 months since my manager left, with still no technical replacement in sight. I really miss the challenging, high-level debates.

Amazing sunset tonight #melbourne

I just resigned. It feels super strange. This is only my second full-time employer since I started my career 13 years ago.

They gave me the opportunity to migrate to Australia permanently. It’s not nothing.

New week. Happy Monday everyone

🎬 Currently watching: Tenet. Wish me luck!

Just got off the phone with an HR person who sent me an offer for the established Australian company. Really exciting opportunity!

Turns out spending 3.5h today in job interviews, two of them back-to-back, was a lot more tiring than I thought.

I’m in bed at 9pm, unable to concentrate on a talk show video on Youtube…


Just had the nicest interview in a while, and also the weirdest, back-to-back.

Both are for a similar role, although one is pre-seed and the other one is Australian-owned and established.

Both are in domains I know next to nothing about.

I hope I get an offer from the established company because it’s a safe bet. But at the same time I really want to know more about the security company…

We’ll see how it goes next week I guess, nothing is going to happen before then.

Just pushed a commit with config file sourcing in the bash script to store the app token

Commit details

I just published the first version of a bash script to quickly post to using either the text in quotes after the command, the default $EDITOR or vi.

The source is available here and I’m using it to post this text!