Win of the Day

My Blaseball fan site is mostly Dart and Github Pages. Two of my favorite things!

After six years at my current job with CoverMyMeds, and having the title of Software Developer, I finally made the decision... to not pursue climbing the ladder. Aside from the baggage of the Senior Software Developer title that came from my last job of 8 years (5 in that role), I just don't want to do what the next level is expected to do, at this company.

Let me be clear: I'm happy I've made this decision, as it has been weighing on me over the past few weeks, notably, with my anniversary this month.

I want to be a kick-arse software developer, I want to master certain languages, I want to be an advocate for my teammates and my co-workers. I can do all that from my current position, without having to climb the ranks and gain more responsibility, and more stress, and I still get to work at the same company I have grown to love.

Genuinely, it feels so good to have this decision in the rear view.

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Actual literal win of the day. I won a weekend trip for two to Fiordland in a competition that I didn’t even know I had entered.

Redherring wrote:

Actual literal win of the day. I won a weekend trip for two to Fiordland in a competition that I didn’t even know I had entered.

Probably a scam, be careful.

trueheart78 wrote:

I want to be a kick-arse software developer, I want to master certain languages, I want to be an advocate for my teammates and my co-workers. I can do all that from my current position, without having to climb the ranks and gain more responsibility, and more stress, and I still get to work at the same company I have grown to love.

I hope your company properly provides growth opportunities for people that want to pursue technical excellence.

Chumpy_McChump wrote:
trueheart78 wrote:

I want to be a kick-arse software developer, I want to master certain languages, I want to be an advocate for my teammates and my co-workers. I can do all that from my current position, without having to climb the ranks and gain more responsibility, and more stress, and I still get to work at the same company I have grown to love.

I hope your company properly provides growth opportunities for people that want to pursue technical excellence. :)

They don’t, which is one of the reasons that, six years on, I still don’t jive with the hierarchy / ladder they put in place. When I started in 2015, this ladder didn’t even exist, and with all the discussions I’ve had to help solidify my decision, it’s evident that something like that isn’t even a thought in the company’s brain.

I’m ok with that. Down the road, I may have an opportunity present itself that does, and that would be great. As it stands, they compensate me very well, plus pay our insurance premium, plus allow me to expense $100 a month on learning materials (no questions asked).

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bobbywatson wrote:
Redherring wrote:

Actual literal win of the day. I won a weekend trip for two to Fiordland in a competition that I didn’t even know I had entered.

Probably a scam, be careful.

It’s real - our suppliers have these promotions all the time where you can win something if you buy something, I just don’t pay any attention to them (until now...)

Yeah my company has two paths at least for devs. One towards senior dev, architect path or another to team lead, manager path.

But mostly from watching managers at my last two jobs I tend to not want that. Seems there is no code, not even at design level. Just endless meetings and bureaucracy.

I'm just an occasional lurker in gwjer-land, but wanted to chime in to say that this thread makes me irrationally happy.

OK, here's mine: I found the leak in my backyard sprinkler system...it was in the first place I looked! I had been having nightmares about digging up the entire backyard.

ThingumBob wrote:

I'm just an occasional lurker in gwjer-land, but wanted to chime in to say that this thread makes me irrationally happy.

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My wife, who is disabled and facing yet another surgery for her mobility, finally got the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine today.

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I started implementing basic functions for my visual novel script in the Godot game engine. I thought doing the text display script would take me a whole day. It ended up taking less than one hour to get it working. I still have a thing or two to improve, but I'd say I'm 90% of the way already. Next up: scenario processing!

Also finished two panels of my comic! If all goes well, I expect to finish page 4 this week.

I keep a living resume on my site, just so I don’t have to scramble when it’s time to actually write a Real resume. That paid off in spades tonight. Sure, it doesn’t have everything that my living resume has, but it still has a solid vibe. Just no emojis or gifs, cuz PDFs? So I had to make do with a Taylor Swift page background, and altogether, it turned out much better than expected.

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My indoor bike trainer randomly stopped working two days ago. I tried all the troubleshooting methods and nothing helped. Cut to today, decided to give it one more go and it works!

Winning streak today, some of it my fault, some not:

  • Woke up in the middle of the night, but managed to get back to sleep without much trouble (which, I'm happy to say, is getting more and more common these days)
  • Random pop-up vaccination clinic started today right across the street, so I can get my first dose later TODAY (not a huge gain, since I already had an appointment for tomorrow, but I would have had to drive to get there, and now I can just walk)
  • Implemented the biggest feature of my visual novel script this morning. I need to fix a thing or two, but overall, it's working!
  • Finally finished the rough sketch of the panel I've been dreading to draw for months and, unless the side effects of the vaccine knock me down hard, I should be able to do the final drawing and ink it tomorrow, putting me on track to finish page 5 this week
  • Guy I met in January 2020 with whom I had a very intense relationship for two weeks (he was only visiting and had to go back) told me today that he booked his flights and will be here next week (although I won't be able to see him until later in June when his quarantine period is over)
  • I may also have sold my old iPhone SE

Starting off the week with a call from my manager letting me know my promotion salary increase was approved. We asked for a big number and got said big number!

I feel really blessed to be surrounded by such talented people, a little bit humble to have so much success so young, but mostly hungry to make sure that all my hard working colleagues get their similar recognition.

Going to take a little time to celebrate tonight though!

Changed my email service for my domain and have been enjoying every minute of it. So much more control over something that has been stale for 40+ years.

HEY won't be for everyone (no IMAP support), but it's features have just blown me away. It feels like magic to be in so much control of my email.

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I got a call, that the advisor for American and Canadian universities is retiring, and would I like to train for this, and get my own desk/office at the private school where I teach (here in Athens, Greece). And money.

Yes. I would like that, yes.

Also, my kids are 14, 12, and 4.5. So this is is pretty great timing for becoming an expert at sending students to American and Canadian universities.

My buddy lent me his paint sprayer to repaint my deck. Hot dog did that thing work! I was done in like 20 minutes with the first coat.

Just today our team somehow poached two of the best developers in the whole company. They asked us if they could join - not the other way around. The only downside is now they're going to make me look bad - I was supposed to be the lead dev, but they're easily better developers than me!

I won't complain though - things are actually looking good at work for once. It's been a long journey, but we're now in a situation where we're filled with good people, surrounded by good people and we're doing great things. If that's not a win, I don't know what is!

Today I plugged in a USB-stick on the first try!

dejanzie wrote:

Today I plugged in a USB-stick on the first try!