nathan todd-stone

nathan todd-stone

who
me@nathants.com
nathants.com
github.com/nathants
what
critical thinker
software engineer
scientist
context
i have no special talents. i am only passionately curious
i'd have written a shorter letter if i'd had more time
what i cannot create, i do not understand
if it's easy to explain, it might be a good idea
study hard what interests you in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible
i'm just trying to program without going crazy
the goal is short term velocity without long term paralysis
abstraction trades actual complexity for perceived complexity
duplication is cheaper than the wrong abstraction
no single data layout is efficient for all workloads
programmers know the benefits of everything and the cost of nothing
simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
make the problem easy, then solve the easy problem
nullius in verba
do what you can, with what you have, where you are
one accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions
brevity is the soul of wit
creativity is the residue of time wasted
amateurs talk about tactics. professionals study logistics
simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve and education to appreciate. to make matters worse, complexity sells better
languages
bash
python
clojurescript
javascript
c
go
rust
domains
rapid iteration
rapid experimentation
finding the right level of abstraction
mitigating complexity
tolerating ambiguity
understanding and designing for failure
concurrency, parallelism, and efficiency
stateless, stateful, and distributed systems
data processing, storage, index and query
fullstack web
cloud infra
generative testing
experience when context
independent present research, startups, exploration
at&t before cloud infra, fullstack web, data engineering, formerly istreamplanet via acquisition
shareablee before that cloud infra, fullstack web, data engineering
yelp even further back cloud infra, fullstack web, data engineering
retailmenot the beginning cloud infra, fullstack web, formerly zendeals via acquisition
education place
forever student the internet
3d animation and visual effects vancouver film school
foundations in visual art and design vancouver film school
associate in arts and sciences whatcom community college, during high school