Dapeng Li

Hungry, foolish and passionate – yet another software developer.

Review of 2013 in 26 letters

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I will review my year of 2013 with letters, last year was with numbers, I’m starting to worry what I to do next year.

Audible.com

Like Kindle, but for audible books. Bought some books, listened to some of them. Though I haven’t found my rhythm using this service in my daily life, it does offer another option accessing books, and will be useful later.

Breaking Bad

One of my favorite TV shows of all time.

Coursera

A online MOOC provider, finished two courses in 2013, going to enroll in more.

Dip

From the book The Dip from Seth Godin: quit or push through the dip, avoid the Cul-de-Sec and cliff.

Enjoyment

I spent more time enjoying life in 2013, it’s hard to keep the balance between working hard and stopping to enjoy life, but it’s good to have a taste of the other half.

Failure

I failed several times in 2013, from job searching to working tasks. I guess it’s OK, as long as you tried your best, leaving no regrets.

Gaming

Gaming is the industry my future employer is in, sounds interesting and cool? I think so too.

House

Actually apartment, I bought a small apartment this year, and yes, now I owe the bank a lot of money.

Inner Peace

Not saying I have achieved that, I’m far from there; but there are moments I’m feeling inner peace, that feels great.

Job Hunting

I’ve rarely had pleasant experience in job hunting, this year as well. “Whatever doesn’t kill you make you stronger” might be an exaggerating term, but I definitely learned something.

Kata

Talent is overrated, my friend, and deliberate practices are what make people great. As software developers, you are paid to perform, not practice. Practice katas at your own time.

Less

I read and wrote less this year, as I said, it’s hard to strike the balance between working hard and enjoying life. No, actually, I was just being lazy.

Marathon

Nope, not happening this year.

NLTD

Northern Lights Technology Development, a company I worked for six and half years and left on Jan 24, 2014.

Office

New offices and more rooms are always nice to have, but upgrading hardware is only half the battle, making good software is what really hard (no pun intended).

Project Management

I spent more time on thinking about project management than writing code in 2013, I guess that’s what a team lead should do when the team had grown to a certain size. Different kind of problems, different challenges and different perspectives. Making software is more than writing code, that was time well spent.

Q

It’s a reserved letter.

RubyConf

I attended RubyConf China 2013 in Beijing, one of the best experience in conferences for me. Love the people and community.

Surgery

Had a small one.

ThoughtWorks

A software consulting company I respected a lot, prepared for more than a year, but didn’t make through the interview pipeline. The ThoughtWorkers are very nice and I still like them a lot.

Unexpectedness

Sometimes what your planned doesn’t come as you expected, that’s the unpleasant part of life; sometimes luck strikes if you happen to be ready, that’s what make life so wonderful.

Vacation

Had a short vacation to the beach with my colleagues, that was very fun.

Weather

The air conditions are getting worse in my home town, I’m a little concerned what will happen if things don’t start to get better.

Xmas

Christmas party with NLTD, instead of being a staff helping the show, I was an audience – sit back, watch, and enjoy.

Yes

Such as simple word, don’t abuse it. Say it only when you mean it.

Zero

From one of my favorite talks, about Burning Man: everything burns (and ends), that’s why we try our best, enjoy the moment, and move on. Back to zero.

I wish myself in the year of 2014:

  • Read more
  • Write more
  • Exercise more
  • Code more
  • Find more inner peace

Hope you had a good 2013, and achieve more in 2014.

Written by Dapeng

January 30th, 2014 at 11:45 am

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  • Guo

    Awesome…+1

    • xhguo.net, nice domain name and blog, hope to see more of your writings.