I did something this morning I haven’t done in a few weeks: I absently scrolled through a social media feed and internally-catalogued my response to each piece of “information”.  I recognized what privacy advocates and anti-social-media pundits have been crowing about for years: these platforms are means of surveillance, manipulation, and profit at their users’ […]

If it wasn’t clear before the Cambridge Analytica scandal came to light, it should be abundantly clear to any onlooker now: Companies like Facebook make a profit by tracking your behavior online, quantifying it through ruthless algorithms and questionable business decisions, and working to sell you (in quantified data) to another company to target directly for advertising and […]

Nobody likes the “brilliant asshole”.  Don’t be either of those things. Doesn’t matter how much good work you do if you’re an insufferable jackass.  You might be right or have good ideas but nobody’s going to want to work with you. Doesn’t matter what you have to say or what you have to show for […]

I feel as though I’ve spent enough time doing Systems Administration that I figure it’s time to vent a bit and point out some common fallacies and reasons why these are anti-patterns for both successful SysAdmins as well as overall health of tech organizations. “Just restart the service/host.” If companies wanted this kind of response to […]

My relationship with the “technology industry” has been contentious in many ways.  I’ve been diagnosed with and am currently undergoing treatment for PTSD, struggled with depression, and have intermittently contemplated suicide.  Constantly fighting with myself, battling Impostor Syndrome, and pushing back against my own unrealistic expectations of things is as exhausting as you might imagine. […]

From the outside, it seems as though American society plays a lot of lip-service to the idea of what I would call “common work”; trades and labor specifically.  People pay a lot of attention to the rates of college graduates, advanced degrees, and technical or scientific expertise–but the same kind of attention and respect is […]

What are the first things that come to mind when you think of the words “mental health”? Straightjackets? Pills? Psychiatrists and leather couches? If they are, you might not need to place all the blame on yourself. Western culture, to this day, still manages to maintain a deeply-entrenched stigma around the notion of mental health […]

At the behest of a friend in the DevOps community in Boston, I’ve been trying to give Ansible a go.  In thinking about this, I’ve also realized that I’ve stumbled across a few problematic areas in getting a basic Ansible setup that I hope to help others avoid by documenting them here. First and foremost: […]

It used to be that I enjoyed dealing with complex problems.  It used to be that I got a charge out of being in the heat of the moment and working to fix things.  It used to be that I loved being able to learn new things in the rush of everything. But it’s all changed.  I’m angrier […]

People can be pretty bad at communicating.  We are often so buried under various types of work that it becomes a struggle to “keep your head above water”, and often treading that water tends to promote anger, resentment, and frustration.  I’ve noticed a pretty common theme among most places I’ve ever worked: Every place I’ve ever […]