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I never actually did an introduction on here, so here goes.

Professionally, I've been working in the aerospace industry with antenna tech for the past 7 years - a mix of electrical, RF, mechanical, and software engineering with some organizational politics.

Unprofessionally, I like to read whenever I have a spare braincell. My sisters introduce me to people as a "liberal arts educated engineer." Sometimes it goes over well.

At the refactor camp in Austin back in May, there was a solid chunk people from Colorado and some discussion about if there was enough of a quorum to start a Denver/Colorado refactor meet up.

So, quick poll: how many of you are in the Colorado area and would be interested in getting together semi-regularly?

I'll also ping the Facebook groups to try to catch anyone who's not on Mastodon.

PSA: If you're an electrical engineering student hoping to work with embedded hardware or software, leave Arduinos off your resume. No one in industry is particularly impressed by that. Arduinos are great at making microcontrollers accessible to the non- engineer, but they abstract away most of the challenges and capabilities of working with an embedded system.

The correct application of an Arduino is "we had to hack this project together overnight with no budget."

Has anyone here had any first hand experience with Stanford's MSx program? Considering doing something a little crazy and shooting for the moon.

Preditability is comfort, unpredictability is interestingness.

Comfort can only exist if interestingness is viewed as anxiety. Interestingness can only exist if comfort is viewed as boredom.

The most common anxiety is feeling the need to be better than you are. The most common form of boredom is belief in already knowing everything useful.

Anxiety leads to closed worlds and so boredom. The world is locked b/c of the moat of anxiety that was never dealt with.

RT A former Tesla employee, who worked on their IT infrastructure, is posting in a subforum of a subforum, a little-known place for funy computer forgotten by time. His NDA has expired.

He has such sights to show us. Join me and I will be your silent guide into a world of horror.


How many people have bumped into situations where having a graduate degree was the deciding factor in whether they could take advantage of an opportunity?

Outside of academia, are there situations where graduate degrees can't be replaced by real world experience?

*wipes a tear from eye*
their first industry kill.
they grow up so fast.

A man said to the universe:
"Sir, I exist!"
"However," replied the universe,
"The fact has not created in me
A sense of obligation."
- Stephen Crane, A Man Said to the Universe

Does anyone have any experience using Kaggle for machine learning?

What did you think?

Every once in a while, professional wrestling provides some surprisingly accurate commentary on the tech industry...Amazon vs. Toys-R-Us

Has anyone started their career as an engineer and then transitioned to another field? Why was engineering just not keeping you interested? And how did you know what to transition to? In terms of career progression, did you have to start over? Or were you able build on top of your engineering experience?

Does anyone here have experience with designing USB devices at the physical layer (PHY - SIE)?

Into the Night with Garry Kasparov and Peter Thiel

"World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and billionaire entrepreneur Peter Thiel discuss technology, chess, Russian and American politics as well as human rights and prospects for the world economy."

Losses are things that happen in the external world, but losing is a cognitive shift that happens in your mind. It is the shift that leads you to accept the role of loser. A shift that, ideally in the winner’s mind, makes you quit playing the game simply because the rules do not permit you much room for action. To not lose on the other hand, is to expand the playing field, the definition of the game, and begin playing by different rules.

@akhil and after The Outsiders, some others I recommend for a broad intro to finance and investing:

If you're looking for something interesting to watch, Netflix has Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth. It's a series of interviews been Bill Moyer and Joseph Campbell from the 80s. Only on the second episode so far, but Campbell is already talking about software as a kind myth.

Also, Ray Dalio has been recommending Campbell's book, Hero with a Thousand Faces.

I'm guessing it's a bad sign when your day job feels like a glorified version of untangling Christmas lights...

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin. Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe. If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.