“Unlike blogging, where you spend time thinking carefully about what you say in each post, Tumblr is really more about the moment of consciousness, and capturing a snapshot of it. Hence, where blog posts are supposed to be solid and stand-alone, Tumblr posts stand in relation to an entire thread of posts. That’s why looking at a Tumblr page is like taking a peek into a person’s stream of consciousness.”—
I just wrapped up my first week at Tumblr and thought I’d take a minute to share with folks what it’s like to work here as an engineer.
So many wonderful things to hear! :)
Just two highlights:
By the end of my first day I had committed my changes, gone through a code review, and saw the changes deployed to production on Tuesday. Love the low cycle time, it’s a great feeling to get your changes out quickly and in front of users.
By the end of the week I had participated in a total of one scheduled meeting (30 minutes), and received something on the order of 10 emails. To say that the environment encourages focus/productivity is an understatement.
“Copying Western Internet businesses is an oft-beaten path to success in China, where the large customer base, the language barrier and political obstacles for foreigners make it a promising market for domestic players.”—The Cloner Page 2 of 3 - Forbes.com
Living in Singapore (or anywhere outside of the US) means that hit TV shows will take longer to get here. In this case, Glee. I am oblivious to current tweets and only understand them weeks later - fine, no problem. So, in the episode this week Blaine leans into Kurt and then awkwardly jerks away. Then I realize, “Oh! They had to cut the kiss out!” Really, Singapore? I feel like Minnesota and Singapore have an unfortunate commonality right now. Singapore, you need to grow up so I can watch Glee in it’s complete form.
“…We will also never suggest going to a restaurant that claims to serve “Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, and Indian” food. However, we will be the first ones to pledge our allegiance to the hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop shop down the street with questionable sanitary violations.”—
My hair color and 'free-thinking' screwed my worth in camels.
Go on, find out how many camels you’re worth. I took this quiz and then thought about making eggs because I don’t have anything ‘instant’ to make for a snack. That’s just another reason I’m worth 21 camels and a half-dozen goats.