2014-09-06

Language, Made Worse by its Adoption

On CSS.

No one wakes up and aspires to commandeer an arcane DSL used to paint over the content of the world's media, but some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon 'em kicking and screaming like a cat wrapped in the chilly hide of a freshly skinned chihuahua.

2014-09-05

Staying Chipper

Always room for improvement. Today I got a negative review, so I asked for help on two things.

1. I need help focusing on small targets.

2. I need help compensating for my overall insensitivity.

(1. When people hand me a problem, I usually start by looking for one that's 1000x bigger... I don't do this because I think I'm smart/hot-shit - I do it because I inherently like trouble (not a good thing). Generally when I do project management, it is by by mapping out the critical chain with concrete dates - it helps me to stay focused.

2. I often do not get a whiff that folks are dissatisfied or annoyed by me, until long after it has destroyed our relationships. I am unfortunately likely to treat indirect questions as a theoretical discussion. I'm pretty stupid that way.)
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The weekend provides more time for quality work.
Cheap. Fast. Quality. Pick two.
Unless you hire bored retired experts.
One day, perhaps I'll be a bored retired expert. Right now I'm just bored and retired. No expertise worth claiming.
Off to bed for the day...
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You only need to get over someone if you get into them first. If work comes before love, then all loves lost are non-essential, but definitely worth the regular muse. Of late, I've been thinking a lot about work, and how few people actually like work. The last girl I dated was one of those who work in order to able to buy things.

I tend to work because I'm trying to get away from those things that a lot of other people want to get away from work to do. Crossed purposes. We all have different callings....

2014-09-02

Crack.

Relaxing first day of the week after a monster weekend. Now mandated to move fast, and break things. First casualty: Bootstrap.

Click

Apparently, posting reverse job ads is a monthly thing on HackerNews.

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Remote: no objections.

Willing to relocate: no objections.

Technologies: I like math. I use Vim, Ubuntu, HTML, CSS, PHP (CakePHP in particular), spreadsheets and slides (the usual suspects, hosted and offline), Ruby (Rails in particular), Erlang (exercise: I wrote a code basic MVC and code interpolater), Haskell (exercise: I wrote a basic MVC framework with interpolation and RESTful sessions), MySQL, Postgresql, MongoDB, bits of the necessary web-servers.

Resume: http://linkedin.com/in/generalistforhire

Email: yangjerng ->gmail

My career is about intellectual history and the quantification of human experience (which leads me to hobbies like machine intelligence, and rewriting mathematical systems). I'm not a specialist in anything commerciable, except quantifying, acquiring, and distributing transferable skills, and general human/organisational conditioning. I do have experience across a swarth of industries, and notable experience with fledging companies. I am in an ambiguous patch where I'm 15% into a decade of focus on optimising for cash returns, just to play the game... to say that I spent a bit of my life giving it a shot. Hit me.
Modified version for LinkedIn:
Not ready to quantify the world? Let me do it for you.

My life is about intellectual history and the quantification of human experience (which leads me to hobbies like machine intelligence, and rewriting mathematical systems). I'm not a specialist in anything commerciable, except quantifying, acquiring, and distributing transferable skills, and general human/organisational conditioning.

I may be better at some of those things than self-proclaimed "specialists", but it's nothing I take pride it. Commerce bores me. But I do have experience across a swarth of industries, and notable experience with fledging companies.

I am in an ambiguous patch where I'm 15% into a decade of focus on optimising for cash returns, just to play the game... to say that I spent a bit of my life giving it a shot. Hit me.

2014-09-01

"Learning is Overrated"

Well my friend, for you perhaps, and I totally understand that many people feel that way.

As for myself, I derive some, but relatively little pleasure from non analytical approaches to:
- popularity contests
- friends and family
- food, sex, drink, smokes

I mean, personally, it's all very repetitive to me. So where does that put people like me? The only curiosity we have to live for is a state of civilisation that does not exist. So we study to make it happen.