This week I have learned:

  • the callous, psychopathic nature of the way in which multi-national corporates can drop their relationship with a long-term member of staff on a whim.
  • that my interest in UK politics has now basically come to an end, if only to protect my own sanity.
  • that cumulative “quick fixes” can exponentially scale technical debt.
  • the attraction of building rather than buying is very strong.
  • entity-relationship modelling is an esoteric thing, but without it trying to think about how database systems work is fraught with danger.
  • own services, end-to-end.
  • having the time and space to step back, survey, and then draw fundamental conclusions is too often lost in busy organisations.
  • I’m looking forward to Christmas (and my first paid bank holiday in nearly seven years).

Next week: countdown

The week in photos:

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