Medium Staff

Jun 5

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"Anxiety is self-centered. I’m not saying you are self-centered, I’m saying that anxiety, that fucker out there, outside of you, is selfish. It very much wants to make you selfish too. Anxiety is our ego trying to drive a wedge between us and our reality." —Doc Burford, writer and game designer
"For someone like me who's terrified of public speaking, this post is incredibly useful. Also, worth noting: 'A great toast can be as short as 10 seconds. But longer than 2 minutes and it stops being a toast and becomes a speech.'" —Harris Sockel, Content @ Medium
"An insider account from Steve Yegge, former engineer at Amazon, about attending an offsite at Bezos's house in 2004. It's the kind of story that helps convey what Bezos is actually like IRL (it's also just an entertaining read)." —Harris Sockel, Content @ Medium
"If you find yourself (or others) constantly digging or sifting through treasure troves of documentation for specific kernels of information, I encourage you to adapt this process for your own use case. You can modify this to work for your personal documents, or your company’s archives. And if you do, I guarantee you’ll walk away from the experience seeing your documents in a new light!"
"It doesn’t matter how 'intelligent' it is — it can’t get to meaning if all it has access to is form. But also: it’s not 'intelligent.' Our only evidence for its 'intelligence' is the apparent coherence of its output. But we’re the ones doing all the meaning making there, as we make sense of it."
"When discussing team organization, I am often asked: 'Why don’t you have the tech lead manage the team?' My response is to hiss like a vampire exposed to holy water. When the follow-up question is: 'Given you want managers on your teams, can the manager still perform code reviews?' I burst into flames."
"Following the go to school -> go to college -> work hard -> get ahead -> buy a home -> retire-in-comfort path is as foreign and bygone to them as the farm-the-land-with-your-dad-until-he-dies-and-you-inherit-it path is to a Boomer."
"Walking through Kyiv every day, I think: This might not have existed. Talking to my mom on the phone, I think: She might not have been here anymore. No matter how painful this experience is, I think: Awareness of what we might have lost teaches us to value what we have with all our strength."