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Making programming (everything) more accessible

04 May 2021

Everything Always Feels Broken

Reading about, but not partaking in, the dotcom boom of the nineties, the defining characteristic of startups seemed to be the hours worked. …
26 Apr 2021

Trust the Process

At various retrospectives and postmortems the past few weeks, there’s been a clear pattern. When a project has gone well, it turns out we’ve …
02 Apr 2021

Heller

I passed 100 prayer flags strung on a wire over the creek with the morning sun shining through them and thought how adventurers, the truest …
01 Apr 2021

The Stream

I’ve begun to think of email, Twitter, news articles, Slack, voice messages, and any other interruption as the Stream. That’s not an …
22 Mar 2021

Spring

It was glorious out this weekend. I spent as much of it as I could outdoors, including bringing the kids to see their great-grandparents. I …
18 Mar 2021

Emotional Incentives Matter

A sign that you’ve reached capital-A adulthood is actively looking for ways to improve yourself and those around you. Or it’s a sign that …
11 Mar 2021

How We Spend Our Time

Some school systems and IT providers have blocked Replit because it’s distracting. That feels short-sighted to me. Most of the internet …
09 Mar 2021

This Culture

“What is your engineering culture like?” The short answer: think radically, ship incrementally. What does that mean day-to-day? It’s hard to …
08 Mar 2021

Competition

People ask me who are competitors are and instead of listing companies I tell them what I’m worried about. “We’re the easiest place to code …
03 Mar 2021

What I've Seen Work

The successful projects I’ve been a part of all had a common flow: Pick a goal. Start working right away. Ask for help when you need it. …