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Brandon Hilkert on A Path to Services

Sidekiq retries are a recurring theme with our infrastructure. We’ve made a number of decisions around the fact that we have this advantage already built-in, and we might as well take advantage of it. Via: It’s always nice to read about lessons learned. Interesting points here about leaning on a queuing system for resiliency.

Garbage in, garbage out

In order to be able to assess the quality of our brains’ outputs, we much be able to assess the quality of the inputs. Using opaque algorithms to access information interferes with our ability to assess the quality of that information as an input. Opaque algorithms decontextualize information; without that context, we have difficulty developing […]

Overprivileged trolls at Stack Overflow

It seems Stack Overflow has gone full Reddit in my absence: No[t] only is Stack Overflow plagued by overzealous trolls, but it is a community where the trolls are actually in charge. — The Decline of Stack Overflow That article rings kinda true from my recollection of occasional recent visits. SO was one of the first sites to embrace […]

Stanford study finds walking improves creativity

Stanford researchers found that walking boosts creative inspiration. They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person’s creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking. Source: Stanford study finds walking improves creativity At my first programming job I used to regularly get up and do walking […]


In order to look at how resilience gets “engineered” (if that is actually a thing) we have to look at adaptations that people make in the work that they do, to fill in the gaps that show up as a result of the incompleteness of designs, tools, and prescribed practices. Also: we’re not yet good […]

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