Author: David Faden

  • Another walk, another weed

    I swung by the library to return some books, then picked up a few more: The game design book was waiting there for me. I searched for “startup” in the catalog on a whim, which led me to the others. (Per this Reddit thread, Game Mechanics: Advanced Game Design is also worth a look. The…

  • Peer bonuses

    One thing I really liked about Google is its peer bonus system. What other companies have something similar? Laszlo Bock describes Google’s system in his book Work Rules: The other feature of gThanks is the peer bonus… Giving employees the freedom to recognize one another is important. Many companies allow employees to nominate an employee…

  • Mandelbrot Set in Autoplot

    Mandelbrot Set in Autoplot

    My older brother Jeremy was the first person to help me with programming. (And I’ve never stopped asking him for programming advice since then!) My first computer was a Commodore 128 that my mom picked up at a garage sale (it turns out from one of Jeremy’s high school friends); it was quite ancient even…

  • Another weed and buttercup blooming

    Yesterday I learned the name for another weed, again thanks to Seek: One interesting thing about petty spurge: it’s being used as a cancer treatment: “The sap from Euphorbia peplus is effective against human nonmelanoma skin cancers” (2011). I haven’t been able to find out yet why it’s called “petty”. This particular specimen I saw…

  • Leaving Google after 15.5+ years

    Yesterday (March 4, 2024) was my last day at Google (for now at least) after more than 15.5+ years at the company. There’s still a lot of work I would’ve like to get done, many people I’ll miss working with (everyone I met, pretty much), including many who are dear to me, including especially my…

  • Walking along North San Antonio to El Camino Real

    I had a nice walk this morning, my first time walking from our new place to El Camino Real. Strava tells me the roundtrip was around 4.6 miles, the furthest I’ve gotten to walk for a while. (But I’ll hope to go much further soon.) One treat was seeing rooreh (miner’s lettuce, Claytonia perfoliata) in…

  • Choosing a newsletter service

    I’m planning to use this blog for quick thoughts, then less frequently send out a newsletter with more fully digested ideas plus other things that didn’t fit. I’ve looked at a few alternatives: I also thought about some of the others mentioned in Best Newsletter Platforms for 2024: Comparing 13 ESPs. For example, Michael Betancourt…

  • Mirroring the world

    Something I think about sometimes: when we experience the world outside of ourselves, we take on, at least temporarily an image of it within ourselves. Through my eyes, I perceive the screen in front of me, but my picture of it seems to be a part of me. I’ll probably forget this image (though through…

  • Rainy day

    Though I see blue sky through the white clouds, windblown rain’s still coming down. It was good to feel rain on my face outside, but I’m happy to be warm inside just watching the weather now. Reading “The Year Without Pants” has made me more curious about WordPress, one motivation for starting this blog. (We…