Hi, I'm ExaltedToast, and I'm a distributed systems engineer. My hobby is thinking about things, such as:
Sometimes, I put those thoughts down in text.
Why this site?
In The Pragmatic Programmer, David Thomas and Andy Hunt argue that "Don't Repeat Yourself" isn't about code. It's about life. As a mentor, I've noticed that I repeat myself quite often on various subjects. I wanted a place to deposit some of the ideas that come up a bunch, so I could just link it and call it good. This site is an evolving repository where I share whatever I feel like.
My operating rule of thumb is that if I feel like saying it thrice, it's important enough to make public.
Also, I just happened to have a spare server lying around. May as well make a website with it.
How did you make it?
Static sites are generated with Eleventy, and served with Nginx. You can read the source code on the Git Repo.
There are a few resources that have been greatly influential to me.
Hopefully some of them can help you out too.
I also put quite a bit of information in my writing,
- No More Zero Days is what got me started on being more than someone who plays games all day.
- A Mathematician's Lament and 3blue1brown are the sole resources that got me started on pursuing STEM as a career.
- Project Euler is the site that taught me most of what I know about algorithms.
- The Pragmatic Programmer is a book that I feel helped me transition from programmer to software engineer.
- Working Effectively with Legacy Code has solidifed a solid amount of my current opinions on clean code and unit testing.
- Designing Data-Intensive Applications is another career-defining book for me.
- Jordan has no life is a fantastic Youtube channel if you want a primer on the stuff I do for a living.
- How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
- How To Become A Hacker
I'm not really a fan of social media, and I'd rather keep this fairly flexible and unprofessional. As such, all I'll really link here is GitHub.