September 2021 ReviewOctober 1st, 2021
September was eventful!
I spent the first part of the month camping in Glacier National Park and driving back to Atlanta. Glacier was gorgeous and a great way to end my time in Montana. We drove back through the northern route, stopping in eastern Montana, Mineapolis, Madison, and Louisville. It was definitely strange re-entering civilization after months in sparsely populated Montana.
September 24th was my last day at Ladder. The following Monday I joined Vesta as one of the first handful of software engineers. I’m sad to leave Ladder—I enjoyed my time there, learned a ton, and made a bunch of friends. But I’m super excited to build the foundational pieces of an extremely young company!
My pre-season training is well underway—my first GPP block finished up this week. This season, I’m working with Coach Evan Gregory on both programming and technique. I’ve already learned a ton from him in the short time we’ve been working together, and I’m really excited to see how this season plays out!
- 🟢 Get
12% faster. I’m resetting this goal to be 2% faster than the 10.79 I ran at the end of last season—that’s a goal of 10.57. I doubled my goal mainly because I managed the 10.79 while injuring myself.
- 🔴 50% less discretionary spending. My discretionary spending was 22% higher than my 2020 average. Camping, a week-long road trip, and some furniture purchasing will do that!
- 🟡 One hour of solitary free time a day. This has been improving, and I expect it to continue to get better: my work schedule promises to be a lot more flexible with this new gig.
- 🟡 Twice-weekly live conversations with friends. Although I didn’t manage to do this while traveling, since I’ve returned home to Atlanta I’ve gotten back into the routine.
Track & Fitness
- My first cycle was mostly focused on getting back onto the track—I’ve been doing a lot of acceleration work and more tempo than I’m used to.
- I’m working on keeping my feet behind my knees as my leg swings forward and down. That should cut down on my ground contact time and keep my hamstring from entering compromised positions.
- You can download a built version of the Mac JOTA app here!
- Get a Hobby
- Postgres 13 Row-Level Security Performance
- JOTA: syncing MFA app for Apple devices
- Am I Getting Faster Over Time?
- Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
- I’ve been slowly working my way through the Penguin History of the World, which is a 1200 page monster of a book. I’m about halfway through now!
Links & Quotes
Software Engineering & Tech
- What’s new in React 18?
- The value of in-house expertise
- The Speed of Time
- How Big Tech Runs Tech Projects and the Curious Absence of Scrum
- Staying on the path to high performing teams
- No, We Won’t Have a Video Call for That!
- How We Got to LiveView
- Reactive Clojure
- Flying X-Wings into the Death Star: Andreessen on Investing and Tech
- Balanced between sherlocking and irrelevance
- Optimizing web servers for high throughput and low latency
- Are CRDTs suitable for shared editing?
Track, Health, & Fitness
- The impact of daytime napping on athletic performance - a narrative review
- How to Become Your Own Running Coach