Job: Security, 2

Ask HN: What was the best decision you made in your career?

DerekQ on Sept 26, 2018 | next [–]

Moving from permanent to contractor.

I made the jump 5 years ago and have worked for a number of companies since, on 6-12 month contracts. The money has jumped each time, such that I’m on what I consider to be silly money now for the job I do — Ireland, not US.

The work is always interesting for at least 6 months and I learn a ton of new stuff with every contract, much of which I use when building my own products (Downtime between contracts).

Every aspect of contracting is better than being permanent: the ability to jump ship quickly without affecting my hireability, the exposure to so many different technologies and different ways of doing things, the constant freshness of new things and new people, the ideas that come with seeing how different teams create and build different software, the ease with which you can step into new contracts (often one 30 minute interview as opposed to multipel interviews tests and take home projects for perm roles), and of course the money.

In terms of learning, each contract is like spending 3 years in a permie job, and I’ve had 7 in the past 5 years.

— Hacker News



2022.02.17 Thursday ACHK

A pretty girl, 2

Women are directly fitted for acting as the nurses and teachers of our early childhood by the fact that they are themselves childish, frivolous and short-sighted; in a word, they are big children all their life long–a kind of intermediate stage between the child and the full-grown man, who is man in the strict sense of the word. See how a girl will fondle a child for days together, dance with it and sing to it; and then think what a man, with the best will in the world, could do if he were put in her place.

— Of Women

— Arthur Schopenhauer


When the elderly Schopenhauer sat for a sculpture portrait by the Prussian sculptor Elisabet Ney in 1859, he was much impressed by the young woman’s wit and independence, as well as by her skill as a visual artist. After his time with Ney, he told Richard Wagner’s friend Malwida von Meysenbug, “I have not yet spoken my last word about women. I believe that if a woman succeeds in withdrawing from the mass, or rather raising herself above the mass, she grows ceaselessly and more than a man.

— Wikipedia on Arthur Schopenhauer


Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist — a master — and that is what Auguste Rodin was — can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is… and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be…. and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart…. no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn’t matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired — but it does to them. Look at her! (UC)

— Robert A. Heinlein



2018.10.27 Saturday ACHK

假名定律 1.2

反白論前傳:冠名篇 2.2

Jesus, Buddha, Einstein 3.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 10 日的對話。

(安:經濟學家張五常先生提過,有一篇經濟論文指出,凱恩斯(John Maynard Keynes)的經濟理論,和「凱恩斯學派」的經濟理論,不盡相同,雖然整個學派是以「凱恩斯」來命名。)




又例如,「機會率」有兩大學派,「頻率學派」和「貝葉斯學派」。「貝葉斯學派」雖然以數學家貝葉斯(Thomas Bayes)來命名,但是,貝葉斯並不算是,「貝葉斯學派的成員」(Bayesian),因為,「貝葉斯學派」中有很多理論,例如,「貝葉斯學派」對「機會率」的詮釋,也不是貝葉斯本人的意見。

Bayes himself might not have embraced the broad interpretation now called Bayesian. It is difficult to assess Bayes’s philosophical views on probability, since his essay does not go into questions of interpretation.

— Wikipedia on Thomas Bayes

— Me@2014.04.11

I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ. The materialism of affluent Christian countries appears to contradict the claims of Jesus Christ that says it’s not possible to worship both Mammon and God at the same time.

– Mohandas K. Gandhi

2014.04.11 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK


1. 自我虛級化

Publish! 2



Self-de-centralization is the best way to backup yourself.

– Me@2010.07.20




2010.07.21 Wednesday (c) ACHK

2. 自我虛級化 2

Self-de-centralization 2

釋放自我 2



Centralized-self = Evil

– Me@2010.07.25
















把手緊握 什麼都沒有

把手放開 你得到一切

– 臥虎藏龍




2010.07.25 Sunday (c) ACHK

3. 天使與魔鬼 5

自我虛級化 | Self-de-centralization | 釋放自我 3



入魔 = 要求別人的世界以自己為中心

– Me@2010.07.28


Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly;

devils fall because of their gravity.

–- G. K. Chesterton




2010.08.07 Saturday (c) ACHK

— Me@2011.11.04

— Me@2013.07.12

2013.07.12 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Indie game, 3

“Publishers might be a necessary thing,” he said. “but it’s inevitable that they will shift the focus from games being made by people who want to make good games to people who want to make money.”

In Persson’s view, this benefits players more than anybody: “The more studios that can remove themselves from the publisher system, the more games that will be made out of love rather than for profit.”

— The Creator

— Simon Parkin

— The New Yorker

2013.04.11 Thursday ACHK


Referrals tend to be a really fantastic way to bring people in and should be the first place you go. If you leverage each of your first ten hires’ networks, chances are you’ll meet some excellent candidates. When done right, internal and external referrals can scale your company pretty efficiently. Sit down and get your engineers to physically list out the best and smartest people they’ve ever worked with and then go after them with crazy intensity. As an added bonus, referral candidates might be easier to close because a friend’s recommendation goes a long way.

— How Stripe built one of Silicon Valley’s best engineering teams

— Jack Leidlein

2013.04.07 Sunday ACHK

Earn respect

Prisons: How do you earn more respect in prison?

James Houston, inmate San Quentin

There was a time when I believed respect was about others seeing me as a tough guy. Over the years with maturity as well as help from programs like the TRUST and The Last Mile, my belief system has been challenged and as a direct result, my belief system has changed.

Now I see in prison, as well as in the free world, respect starts with self. Since my belief system has changed, the way I interact in my environment has changed, and the way my environment interacts with me has also changed. I no longer hide or run away from how I really feel. I don’t gossip or talk about people behind their back. I try as best I can to remain fair and impartial.

I can’t say that it gains respect with everyone. I can say it gains my respect with those who have respect for themselves.

All communications between inmates and external channels are facilitated by approved volunteers since inmates do not have access to the internet. This program with Quora is part of The Last Mile San Quentin. Twitter: @TLM
Post ‧ 9:57 on Thu Aug 02 2012

2012.08.12 Sunday ACHK

上班 10





— Me@2011.09.23

2012.05.11 Friday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Teacher’s wisdom

Passive acceptance of the teacher’s wisdom is easy to most boys and girls. It involves no effort of independent thought, and seems rational because the teacher knows more than his pupils; it is moreover the way to win the favor of the teacher unless he is a very exceptional man. Yet the habit of passive acceptance is a disastrous one in later life. It causes man to seek and to accept a leader, and to accept as a leader whoever is established in that position.

— Bertrand Russell

2012.04.24 Tuesday ACHK