My favourite tweets

I recently took some time to read through all of my starred tweets (yes starred, not liked) and decided to pull out my favourites so that I can find them again easily in the future.

Of them all, my favourite is this one from Sarah Mei which really nails the purpose of management for me.

Thoughts

We had some tweets that were a little deeper than others. Mark Kirschstein shared something that I try and remember when I’m working on something that isn’t quite there yet.

Sadly, Shaun Inman has proven to us all that time travel will never be invented in our life time.

Then there’s something we can all relate to from Dan Sumption

Tech

Moving on to tech, I found that I seem to have a soft spot for DNS related jokes

Gareth L reminds us that even professionals aren’t infallible when it comes to server configuration

Straw men

It’s good to be reminded that things aren’t as simple as they first seem sometimes. Like this post from John Cutler on why we make tickets (Hint: it’s not to show managers that we’re busy)

You’ll regularly hear “I could build that in a weekend!” on sites like Hacker News, but there’s generally a lot more involved than what you see when building something of moderate complexity. Take this flow chart that Slack use to decide where to send a notification, for example:

Infographics

Understanding logical fallacies and being aware of cognitive biases are things that will improve your life. These are great infographics to get you started:

Humour

Then of course, we have humorous tweets.

I’m sad to admit that my Fitbit scales have also thought I was a guest after I was too afraid to use them for a while

Yep. Alcohol poisoning is definitely on the cards (if you’ve not seen Dexter, I’d highly recommend it).

There’s no denying it, if they were a unicorn, you’d definitely be dead.

I’ve happily never experienced getting a debit card out of the floppy drive, but I can totally see how it happened.

Another one from Ethan Marcotte, this time on his family’s inclination to dive in to controversial topics

Then to round it all off, our only reply of the bunch. Sam asks why Windows doesn’t have a package manager, and Ben sets him straight

Martin Rue

For some reason I seem to like a disproportionate percentage of Martin‘s tweets, meaning he gets an entire section to himself! Here are some of my favourites:

The original

Finally, the original from Anna Debenham. I still use this to explain what I do to people who ask what my job is.

It really works – why not give it a try?

Michael is a polyglot software engineer, committed to reducing complexity in systems and making them more predictable. Working with a variety of languages and tools, he shares his technical expertise to audiences all around the world at user groups and conferences. You can follow @mheap on Twitter

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