Life

Ergonomics in my middle ages

Ergonomics in my middle ages

Why a lifetime of living in this body has made me so picky about keyboards, among other things.

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Talking about my internalized ableism

What if I prioritize comfort and joy over pride? Why is that hard for me?

Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Location, location, location: A perennial discussion

Last night, part 87 of a perpetual discussion flared up again. The one about where you live and why it matters. It started with an article by Sean Blanda – Our Remote Work Future is Going to Suck. I encourage you to read the article, it’s not 100% right, but Blanda brings up excellent points…

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Circles of Care in the workplace

I first learned about Circles of Care from my brother, I think, when he was going through his chaplaincy training. It goes like this: The patient is in the center of the circle. Surrounding them in a ring are their parents, partners, or closest loved ones. The next ring out is more extended family, less-intimate-but-still-close…

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A Day in the Life of DevRel

This picture was taken on April 11, 2019, in Linz, Austria, at DevOne. I had left the first LaunchDarkly Trajectory conference in the last hour and flown to Austria overnight to speak here. That was The Before Times. This is a capture of my events calendar for last September. There’s a lattice of different-colored event…

That’s not funny

That’s not funny

This is me and my sister with our half-yearly shipment of goods from South Africa. Until I was kindergarten-age, we lived in Zaire, now DR Congo. As you can see, stockpiling is nothing new to me. What you need to know about DR Congo is that it’s not an accident I’m afraid of snakes. There…

Work from home, the Heidi Way

Work from home, the Heidi Way

Your broadband is the wfh problem you don’t see coming

Word of the Year: Equipoise

Word of the Year: Equipoise

When I started thinking about my word of the year, the image I kept returning to was an object at a Lagrange point. That’s one of the five places in the orbits of two celestial bodies where a smaller object is effectively balanced between the competing gravitational forces of the larger objects. It’s related to…

10 reps, 3x a day: Burnout recovery and PT

10 reps, 3x a day: Burnout recovery and PT

I don’t know why I thought burnout recovery was a single event. Nothing is like that. When I went on leave, one of the things I did was go to my doctor and get signed up for physical therapy to rehabilitate my elbow, because I have tendinitis, possibly from yanking a 30-pound suitcase off a…

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What I learned about my brain from playing 300+ hours of Stardew Valley

Yes, I got the Switch at the start of November. Yes, that is a lot, so many hours. Many of them were on planes and in waiting rooms, but many more were not. Yes, I do have a lot of internalized shame/misogyny/self-criticism about playing vidya games that much, and I’m working really hard on not…

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