SB apprenticeship: Day 18

Luckily, someone warned me that this was alcoholic before I drank a big delicious glass and went to meet my boyfriend's parents for the first time drunk. *whew!*

Luckily, someone warned me that this was alcoholic before I drank a big delicious glass and went to meet my boyfriend’s parents for the first time drunk. *whew!*

I’m still getting used to this whole ability to drink (responsibly!) at work thing. Last week we had cider, and as I settled in to listen to people present their labs projects I kept expecting someone to take me aside and gravely tell me that the taps are just for show, and drinking at work is wrong, and they’ll have to let me go now. This is a different work environment than any I’ve ever had, and it’s really great. Yesterday one of the women messaged me on Slack and was like, “Hey, I think we should be friends. Let’s do that.” I’m not sure if it’s just kind of inherent to tech/startups, or because everyone’s relatively young, or if they select carefully for personality, but it’s awesome, and every day I’m glad to come in to the office.

  • What did you learn yesterday?
  • What are you going to do today?
  • What do you expect to learn?

I’ve been trying to organize my day into bite-size chunks, so I spend ~an hour on my kata, ~2 hours reading, ~2 hours on online tutorials and ~2-3 hours on the assignments. That ensures that I’m working on all the various parts I’m supposed to get done during the apprenticeship, gives me some structure and also gives me a stopping point when I’m frustrated. Yesterday it worked fairly well, but I still mostly feel like I’m hacking my way through the jungle with a butter knife.

Brandon just told me that today we’re going to pair on the Roman Numeral kata as a way to teach me Vim. Eep! I think I’ve build Vim up into this hugely intimidating thing that it isn’t actually. I’m looking forward to learning it better. One of my friends had a great way of putting it:

“I feel like learning how to use vi is like learning how to play chess. You could learn the basic “rules of the game” in an afternoon, or you could devote a lifetime of practice to becoming a grandmaster. Most people never go very far beyond the rudimentary level, with minimal costs to overall quality of life.”

Today I expect to learn Vim! Well, the rudiments of Vim, at least. I’m also going to try really hard to stick to my schedule and hit everything on my itinerary at least once.


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