The Way of Ways

a Tour de Links that follows the journey of the Modern Data Stack.

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Context, and the Lack Thereof

Enterprise data systems can often be quite distinct from their smaller startup cousins. This post takes a look at how our conversations around data systems and techniques need to be more sensitive to context, specifically when conversationalists have varying backgrounds. A puddle-deep dive int... Read more

The Ocean is Not Full

Seeking flow state on the foil in the first week of September, a reflection on the pursuit of an open-faced wave.

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Data Navigators

Rich with historical trivia, linking to great practical insights, and sublime section headings. A must skim for any slow Friday - Data Workers Daily

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Foils Have Hooks

Foils are pretty easy to ignore, ask me. I managed for nearly 8 years. I managed to miss the barbed hooks and swim on. Surfing, bouldering, drones, wave pools, offshore sailing for a seasick summer, you name it. This is a story about how you need patience to let the barbs catch.

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The future history of Data Engineering

On Data Engineers and their place in a Data SaaS world. This is a narrative for the near future of Data Engineering in startups, and I think makes some interesting points. I do think the post has avenues for expansion, especially counter-arguments in the context of enterprise tech.

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Getting into Data

Rapid fire thoughts on transitioning from a technical role into data. I’ve been asked frequently enough about making a transition into the Data Analytics space, aka my day job, that I thought it would be useful to combine my thoughts into a coherent post. This is a quick take on who this indus... Read more

dataform and dbt

A quick rundown on two of the “indicative-of-the-future” SQL tools in data analytics at the moment. Dataform and dbt. Welcome to my third post, one I have wanted to write from the beginning. Getting these posts done isn’t easy, and the time between publishing is a commitment that I undertook r... Read more

Snowflake Field Notes

This is a technical intro to deploying Snowflake data warehouse, as a follow on from my previous post. This may be useful if you have decided to implement Snowflake. In this post, we’ll be taking a look into my notebook on storing. Specifically, the things I’ve noted as useful when implementin... Read more

Making the case for electric skateboarding racing

A lockdown investigation into e-skateboard-racing, something you might hope never takes off. As an ex-skateboard-pro-am racer, I have a passing interest in skateboards. Recent developments in battery technology led to the Boosted board, and more recently the logical next step, racing. Amateur ... Read more

Data as a Utility Tool

Within the companies I have worked for and plan on working for, uncertainty is a common thread. Sales may continue to accelerate, funding should land next quarter, we hope to keep in touch. The uncertainty may be more concrete. We should change to a new CRM. We probably need to stop reporting ... Read more

The crash of rent-to-let

This time, an investigation into Airbnb and the property market, and looking for hopeful signs in the virus outbreak. Seemingly, people, property and leverage don’t always mix. Borrow from the bank, buy property, rent it out, generally fine. What if you cannot borrow from the bank, but want to... Read more