I am a force of Chaos: Why I practice Chaos Engineering to improve user experiences

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As systems grow in size, they inherently grow in complexity. As complexity increases, systems eventually reach a point where no single individual can reasonably understand the entirety. At this point, when the interactions between components are unpredictable, the system becomes chaotic. This chaos can manifest in many ways including unintended retry storms, broken and degraded experiences for users, and often, cascading failures of an entire system. Rather than letting users discover this chaos, Chaos Engineering […]

What It’s Like To Be Treated As The Lesser Parent, According To A Dad

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This post originally appeared on TheBump I’m not a babysitter. I’m not a best friend. I’m not the muscle. I’m a dad, and not only can I change a diaper as well as my wife—I choose to. But at most places I go, I don’t even have the option to change my sons because the men’s rooms don’t have changing tables. Even when I can, I know on the way there or back, at least […]

Charleston with Children: my top tips for what to do in the River City

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Charleston, a city known for history, top-notch food, beer, beaches, and… kid friendly spots? Not really, but like just about anywhere, Charleston can be perfect for parents and kids alike with enough preparation. There’s a ton to do in this world-class city for the whole family and a ton to explore. With great outdoor spaces and things to do on rainy days too, it’s a perfect place to let loose and have a great time […]

5 Things To Do When Your Toddler Says “No”

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This post originally appeared on TheBump Why is it that every toddler learns to say “no” before they even say their own name? While they can barely pronounce something like “car” above a whisper, they can scream “no” in a perfectly pronounced and enunciated manner in the middle of a crowded store. Every toddler begins to learn “no” as a part of developing their own independence and personality around the age of 2. It’s actually […]

Music soothes the savage soul, but can it really soothe children?

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Parents quickly learn that songs are a great tool for calming children and building a bond, but there is so much more music can do for them. Music isn’t just a great calming tool, it’s also a way to improve the strength of relationships with children. Music can also be effective as a teaching aide, helping kids learn words and patterns. Some have also alleged that music, particularly classical music can play a role in […]

8 Ninja Hacks For Surviving A Road Trip With Baby

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This post originally appeared on TheBump Family road trips are an American pastime as cherished as backyard BBQs and bouncy houses at birthday parties. Who doesn’t have a fond memory of riding in the back seat of their parents’ station wagon through the great wide open Southwest, the woods of the Northwest, or like my family, the endless concrete strip malls of the Eastern Seaboard? For parents though, these trips aren’t always magical and perfect […]

Questions my mentees ask me

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I’ve been mentoring a few people who are interested in moving from an individual contributor to becoming a manager and they tend to have similar questions. Switching from working on individual work to managing a team is a massive transition, and one most companies don’t quite know how to manage. These people tend to be excellent performers at the individual level and are looking for new opportunities to grow and try something new, but the […]

What to do in Park City: the perfect ski destination

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Park City, Utah is as close to winter sports nirvana I’ve ever come. While there may be bigger or taller mountains, for sheer breadth of amazing slopes, nothing beats Park City. From the slopes of Park City to the amazing secluded Canyons, you can ski for a week and never touch the same slope. The bowls are intense but so much fun. Ski bums will absolutely dig the place. The town of Park City has […]

Taking the great American car trip

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Whether it was riding in a sideways facing seat in the trunk of a station wagon or the back of a minivan, we’ve all experienced road trips growing up. Driving past the biggest ball of twine, the largest thermometer, and lizard farms is a key part of many of our lives. During these trips, we were forced to learn to entertain ourselves and to interact with family much more than any other day. Yet today’s […]

Can Blockchain get kids to do their chores?

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Everyone is talking about Blockchain. As the technology that powers Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the idea of a decentralized distributed secure ledger has struck a chord with those in a wide variety of industries. The secure and distributed nature of blockchain is being explored for usages in payments, legal contracts, and even health care. Chances are your bank is already dabbling in the technology. But the hardest challenge for blockchain yet might be getting kids […]