a man, of letters
Joining dagster, congrats! Sounds like a great opportunity and interesting work. Need to do a pilot of the product soon, have only used airflow previously but there’s a lot of opposition to airflow at my current job.
What am I working on? I have made two open source commits, both tiny and inconsequential. I really want to find an open source data related project I can meaningfully contribute to. I had hoped it would be dbt related but since becoming a cloud customer I’ve lost my excitement towards dbt. Any recommendations?
I’ve recently become an analytics engineer and so far it’s almost the same as my prior roles as a data engineer. Many of my teammates are coming from analyst type roles rather than engineering ones. I’ve been enjoying the focus on keeping things simple and approachable for the whole team rather than specializing and building something only a few of us can maintain or troubleshoot.
I’m rocking a $99 chair from Costco. It’s actually pretty comfortable and if it ever breaks I can return it.
I also have quit social media, for me it was just LinkedIn. I had the same experience where I’d scroll and the more I read the worse I felt. Not to mention the endless canned recruiter messages. I think for the first time in my data career I’ve been recruiter free for over six months!! And yes, I’m definitely missing lots of things but the freedom of just focusing on my family and job instead of keeping up with the data joneses has been calming.
Fastly, my current company, has a cool program called fast forward that sponsors open source projects. It’s been cool to hear what it takes to maintain a heavily used open source tool and get a behind the scenes look into another corner of the internet.
Nice to hear from you :)
Going in reverse - what are your favorite tracks so far on iRacing? I just bought Willow Springs - tricky little one. Anything Laguna Seca is a blast and I just raced Rudskogen for the first time and quite liked it.
When we moved to Texas I went all in and bought a nice Herman Miller chair. Zero regrets.
Therapy can be really helpful if you find the right person. My coach is part therapist for me and he's been very helpful for both general happiness and effectiveness at home and in work.
I'm so torn on Twitter. I never really enjoyed posting on Bluesky or Mastodon. I'll admit that Twitter for me is easy dopamine and the added friction of the other platforms just made it not fun. I deleted Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter off my phone for a bit and that was nice. Redownloaded Twitter and it's been fine. Nice way to keep up with things - but then I realized one day I hadn't seen a post of yours in a while and figured out you'd left. It just makes me sad - I want my 2021 twitter back.
Work wise - doing a bunch of rebranding of Meltano to Arch and building a new product on top of Meltano. I never wanted to build an orchestrator, but yes, Meltano (esp Cloud) was an orchestrator. In our new product we handle the orchestration for you, but we're still coordinating work across time and space... it's orchestration all the way down.
Thanks for writing as always. Make sure you get all your hobby time in now, it's harder in the future when you get busier :)
Congrats on joining Dagster! I haven't gotten a chance to mess with it but I use Prefect at work. I'd be interested to hear any comparisons you might have.
Also interested to hear what chair you go with. I need to upgrade and have been considering getting a refurbished high end chair like a Herman Miller or Steelcase.
https://lauradavidsondirect.com/ makes some pretty nice, affordable office chairs
You can follow Simon and others on the Fediverse, we're waiting for you in https://data-folks.masto.host/ 😉