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Daniel “dictvm” Heitmann
Conqueror of Luddites
Conqueror of Luddites

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If SEO people cry, you're on the right track.
Hammer! Jetzt ist es tatsächlich passiert! Google führt die "neue" Bildersuche in Deutschland ein. Es wird Klagen hageln, da bin ich mir sicher ... 

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Took this one just outside our new office this evening.
The Pixel camera just keeps on impressing me.

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Back on the Brain Bazaar


I am on leave from my current position, and am now looking for new opportunities in 2017.

Here are a couple things I know and like to do:

* I can talk both engineer and leadership
* I am effective at building teams and trust with co-workers
* I know about communications tools to maintain and develop technical solutions (i.e., design docs, blameless post mortems)
* I know a bit about talking to people and stakeholders to figure out their wants and needs
* I know about public speaking
* I know about managing expectations
* I know about security
* I know about BSI Grundschutz and ISO 27001 certification
* I know about building cloud infrastructure and services, especially in an OpenStack context
* I know about Linux
* I know about macOS

If you know of a job based in Berlin that may fit that ticket, let me know. I am happy to fulfill a role that includes traveling.

PS: Comments disabled, but reach me at lastname at gmail dot com.

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Das kann ich euch leider nicht vorenthalten. Bitte, gerne, Ohrwurm.

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Several years ago, I was having dinner with a friend prone to conspiracy theories. She started explaining to me how this coalition of shadowy figures running oil and arms companies were secretly bankrolling the entire war in Iraq when I had to stop her with the bad news -- what she was describing wasn't a secret. You could read about all the things she was talking about on the front page of any newspaper, with the principals' names right there in black and white.

You would really think that we long ago passed the Poe Threshold, beyond which satire and reality are indistinguishable.* Conspiracy theories require a number of rather odd assumptions: that a lot of people are capable of working in secret to achieve some kind of end without this leaking (highly unlikely, if you've ever seen people try to keep secrets or do things in large organizations), that this end is somehow different from what the public sees (increasingly unlikely, because to be any more nefarious than what you see people advertising on their own websites you'd have to be sacrificing babies to bring about the return of the Old Gods) (and even that's pushing it), and that this conspiracy is somehow hyper-competent and secretly controls all things (incredibly unlikely, if you've ever seen how governments, companies, and so on actually run).

The sad truth is this: if there really were a secret conspiracy, it would be being run by complete idiots. The really nefarious stuff isn't done in secret; it's being done by people who boast loudly about it on social media.

(cf also "Real Names," as in "... are supposed to cause people to behave better." It turns out that the world's real assholes are quite proud of their assholism)

* That's named for Poe's Law, named for Nathan Poe, not Edgar Allen Poe.

h/t +Eli Fennell and +Xenophrenia.

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Arnaut Pavle is the right demo-tape for you when you're into Under a Funeral Moon:

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What a great find. Haunting melodies, fast paced drumming, harsh vocals and necro-sounding guitars.

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