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James Phillips @james@refactorcamp.org

Pinned toot

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.

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.

Some of the best indexing I've ever seen...

RT @atomicthumbs@twitter.com: 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.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/atomicthumbs/statu

This is the best thing I have ever seen in my life
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"All Star", translated to Aramaic and back into English. Sheer poetry.

#rock #metal #alt #engrish #smashmouth #WednesdayWisdom #clickbait
twitter.com/ApocalypseStn/stat

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

youtube.com/watch?v=Imp2ey44AU

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."

youtube.com/watch?v=9rOvEPYNEs

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...

Interesting article on the "Intellectual Dark Web" that discusses ideas about public intellectuals, alt-right, etc.

nytimes.com/2018/05/08/opinion

@james @BillSeitz

I have found that individuals with strong value maps struggle in larger organizations. Many corporate roles don’t deliver customer value—they exist to feed the organizational beast. This is a design feature, not a mistake, but can drive you mad, especially when coupled with the fact that corporate roles overwhelmingly work FOR the organization and only a few work ON the organization. You will be penalized for trying to change things.