A (revised) introduction...
Hey. I'm a guy in his 40s doing platform engineering at AWS (sorry). I'm married to the best person I know. We're raising twin 6yr old twin boys to be empathetic, careful and considered members of society, I hope. It's really hard.
I post random nonsense about my day, music I'm listening to, and what I'm having for lunch.
you know how a coupla years back, just as the Outage Machine was really starting to hum, there was this orthogonal push to stop tweeting about your lunch, because nobody cares about your sandwich? that was the thing I loved best about Twitter: people sharing their most mundane, their most regular experiences. It's like a warm blanket, mercifully free of judgement and outrage. I'm no Buddhist, but I really dig the concept of the sacredness of the every day.
I had grilled cheese with bacon, btw.
second consecutive day of > 80% meetings. topics today have included:
- reviewing the results of a qualitative risk analysis
- a discussion of observability as defined in systems control theory
- design review of a workload prioritization algorithm
- safety requirements for incident response tooling
- improvisation as a critical path of resilience
- interview debrief
"what do you do for a living?"
"I'm a sysadmin"
TIL about the Bohlen-Pierce scale, and it's damaging my brain. This is a piece by Elaine Walker, btw, who I also learned about today.
Pretty good for 8:30am.
I am thoroughly, deeply back into the clutches of No Man's Sky. We're talking Skyrim-class elapsed times here.
Music might soothe the savage beast but it's doing fuck all for the frazzled dad #DadOps
[food] I'm starting to think this curly fries, nacho cheese and peppers sausage was a mistake.
#MinkCar turned 20 this week, so I thought it a fine time to review my theory that They Might Be Giants have written all your favorite bands' best songs they never wrote, and I can prove it to you with the tracks on this record. BEHOLD!
01 Bangs [THE MONKEES]
02 Cyclops Rock [THE PIXIES]
03 Man, It's So Loud In Hear [NEW ORDER]
04 Mr. Xcitement [BECK]
05 Another First Kiss [COUNTING CROWS]
06 I've Got a Fang [THE RESIDENTS]
07 Hovering Sombrero [THE BREEDERS]
08 Yeh Yeh (cover)
Being a parent of elementary school kids means daily emails written in 18pt purple italics, CCed to 20 other people asking for empty paper towel rolls.
8:40 - 8:50 fix runbook
8:51 - 9:00 coffee
9:01 - 9:28 oncall escalation
9:29 - 9:59 meeting prep
10:00 - 11:00 meeting
11:01 - 12:00 meeting
12:01 - 1:29 lunch, meeting
1:30 - 1:50 meeting (interrupt)
1:51 - 3:00 meeting (resumed)
3:01 - 3:40 meeting
3:41 - 4:02 meeting follow up
4:03 - 4:09 coffee, this toot
4:10 - 4:50 meeting follow up
Victory! < 10% retries, solid -68db on 5GHz, 25 dropped packets on ~185k Tx. And most of all, my wife reported no issues during her class stream.
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