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The Evils of Snark

Mark Mzyk February 11, 2019

Snark, noun : An attitude or expression of mocking irreverence and sarcasm • Merriam-Webster Dictionary Even if you’ve spent very little time in tech, you’ve almost certainly heard snark. It is the lingua franca of tech. We use it to communicate and bond about shared frustrations, especially about the everlasting struggle to get our code […]


Learning Better Management By Sharing

Mark Mzyk February 5, 2019

I am starting an email newsletter to share my thoughts on software engineering management. It is titled Learning Better Management By Sharing. Please sign up if you’d like to receive my thoughts as soon as they are ready to go out. The newsletter will get updates first, but I’ll also post all the updates to […]


This Is Water

Mark Mzyk January 27, 2019

You likely recognize the title of this post. It is the name given to David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech that he gave to Kenyon College in 2005. You might have been exposed to Wallace’s words from this nine minute video that excerpts the speech. Even if you’ve seen this, you should listen to the full, […]