Posts concerning work

2017 Goals/2016 Goals Review: A Year of Treading Water

16:10 01 Jan 2017

On every front except work, 2016 was a bad year for me.

Not in big ways; I didn’t have any major setbacks, bad injuries, or dramatic blowups. It just sucked in a low-key but consistent way.

It was bad in terms of the goals I set myself at the start of the year, too.

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2013–2015 Goals Review/2016 Goals

18:16 01 Jan 2016. Updated: 23:21 01 Jan 2016

I haven’t written about yearly goals since 2013. Time to revive the practice.

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Metaweb Acquired by Google

23:57 16 Jul 2010. Updated: 01:20 17 Jul 2010

The official announcements are out, and my former employer Metaweb no longer exists. I’m happy that the ideas, and most of the people, have found a home, but it feels strange that the company is no longer a distinct entity. In many ways it makes a lot of sense for Google to end up owning them, and I hope the former-Metaweb-now-Google employees prosper.

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Money, Motivation, and Social Organization

22:37 18 May 2010

This animated excerpt from a lecture by Dan Pink on the nature of motivation is absolutely worth watching:


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Starting at Snaptic

22:38 17 May 2010

My new job is software engineering (shocking, I know) at Snaptic, a small startup in downtown SF doing mobile application and platform development. It has a web component, which is what I’m starting out on; there are also some opportunities for semantic data work that I’m hoping to take advantage of.

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Rather Better Than a Cover Letter

18:55 13 May 2010

It might sound like a cheesy stunt, but I have a hard time coming up with a more fitting way to land a job at an advertising agency.

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Giles Bowkett on Finding New Programming Jobs

15:52 23 Mar 2010. Updated: 17:58 23 Mar 2010

It’s too long, it’s full of self-promotion, and really it’s an ad for a video he’s selling, but it’s entertaining and contains some good advice: “Programmers: What to do if You Get Fired”.

This might be the best line:

If you’re looking for a better job, writing an amazing resume is a good place to start. I don’t mean just a better resume; I mean a resume that makes people stop asking if they should hire you and start asking if they can afford you.

Annoyingly, I find myself tempted to buy that video after reading his post…

So far, his 2008 presentation at RubyFringe seems pretty entertaining too. Maybe you should watch it after you’ve updated your résumé.

Update: at the end of that presentation, he says “build something because you believe it should exist”, which I agree with 100%.

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Leaving Metaweb

23:58 06 Feb 2009. Updated: 05:44 07 Feb 2009

Today was my last day at Metaweb, and I was sad to leave. Naturally I’ll miss the people most, but hopefully I’ll manage to see most of them relatively often.

I’m not exactly sure what’s next, but I’m feeling good about it at the moment, and looking forward to finding out what it is.

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Literary Awards in Freebase

19:04 29 Apr 2008

I’ve been playing around with literary awards in Freebase recently, mainly the novel/fiction Booker, Pulitzer, National Book Award, Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards.

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Data Fever

19:56 10 Mar 2008

Since last Thursday I’ve essentially been in the the grip of a compulsion to enter data into Freebase.

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23:39 06 Mar 2008

Despite having worked at Metaweb for almost a year, and despite my OCD tendencies, I had avoided getting sucked in by the allure of correcting/completing/entering data in Freebase, the web frontend to our attempt at structuring all the world’s information. I had avoided it until today, that is.

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Starting at Metaweb

21:56 14 May 2007

Today was my first day at my new job, and it was good. Very strange, somehow unreal. That has nothing to do with Metaweb per se, and everything to do with my long tenure at Nimblefish. Almost five years there made it seem like the canonical work environment, so that a different environment seems to lack solidity.

It’s good to be there. It’s good to change it up, but more than that, I think that Metaweb is a really good environment for me.

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End of the Tadhg-Nimblefish Era

16:54 05 May 2007

After almost five years, I am no longer working at Nimblefish. I started freelancing at Nimblefish on Tuesday 09 September 2002, so that’s four years and eight months there. I was at their current offices in downtown San Francisco from when they moved in there, and was full-time there for four years and five months. It’s difficult for me to believe that I was there that long, and difficult to believe that I’m no longer there.

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Leaving Nimblefish

23:45 23 Apr 2007. Updated: 18:54 24 Apr 2007

Today I told Nimblefish I was leaving. My last day is 4 May, Friday after next.

It’s rather weird to be leaving. I’ve been there for almost five years.

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Enjoyable Work

23:48 11 Feb 2007

I don’t write about work too often, but I’ve really been enjoying what I’ve been working on for the last few weeks. I’m writing the specification for how our system should handle turning standard HTML files into files that handle the variability delivered by our backend.

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Using S5, a PowerPoint Alternative

23:09 25 Jan 2007

I’m not a fan of proprietary software, and I’m trying to make sure I don’t start using any more of it. In addition, I don’t like most Microsoft products, and PowerPoint is really low on my list. On the other hand, I need something with which to make presentations for work. Enter S5, Eric Meyer’s XHTML/CSS/JavaScript presentation tool.

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Work Versus Play

23:59 27 Nov 2006

What separates the two? The question has some hidden depths—especially after reading Play Money last weekend, which details the world of trading virtual assets in MMORPGs. Also, I spent my weekend happily fascinated by JavaScript challenges that a lot of people would have difficulty distinguishing from the “normal work” of a web developer.

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Nimblefish field expansion bookmarklets

18:35 10 Feb 2006. Updated: 22:46 11 Feb 2006

I had these up on a random page on my site and thought I might as well put them here.

If the PURL page has been coded correctly, these will display the field name in *front* of the field contents.

To use this, right-click on the following link and select “Bookmark this link” or “Add to Favorites”: ‘ + prefix + ‘: ‘ + cA[i].innerHTML; } } } })();”>Field Expansion Bookmarklet for IE 6.0 and IE Mac

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Ah, Meetings

15:00 25 Aug 2004. Updated: 21:23 25 Jun 2013

I wrote this during a meeting in work today:

Meeting overly long
Tedium descends like fog
Why do we persist?
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