Weeknotes 8

  • The pain in my wrists is frustratingly persistent. I need to constantly remind myself not to ‘over exercise’ as I usually do when it flares up, causing more problems. Instead, I’ve taken some time off work and tried to minimize time using keyboards, mice and controllers (which means no Apex Legends), but now I don’t know what to do with myself.

  • Walking around the streets in 17-degree sunshine this week provided a little taste of spring, reminding me just how enjoyable London can be when it’s not dark, cold and raining. What a difference a week makes.

  • Bojo’s adamant focus on ‘data not dates’ before predictably reeling off a list of dates at which we can begin to ‘restart our lives’ prompted some reflection on what the hell that means and whether it could (or should) feel remotely the same after the end of June.

    So many of my friends have either left London or are in the process of leaving. Those who left early with a view to it being temporary aren’t so sure any more. Like many companies, it’s unlikely we’ll return to anything like the old office-centric ways of working. The uncertainty and unpredictability are draining.

  • I’ve been subscribed to Will Larson’s blog, Irrational Exuberance, for a few years now. His writing style doesn’t always appeal to me; I find it often vague and high-level, like early drafts of ideas that aren’t quite formed or refined enough to really hit home. That said, An Elegant Puzzle has some excellent advice on engineering strategy and management that I’ve read multiple times and highly recommend.

    Last year, Will started a separate blog called StaffEng, focusing on individual-contributor and leadership content for ‘staff plus’ engineers. I’ve found it provides a rare depth of insight into technical roles beyond simply ‘senior’ where most people seem to be focused. Recently it was released in book form, which I’ve been thoroughly enjoying and finding much more actionable than the more manager-focused content of An Elegant Puzzle.