Sergeant Infant

Infants are the drill sergeants of parenting bootcamp. They give you four basic tasks – diapers, burping, feeding, and napping – and then scream at you when you do them wrong. There’s no encouragement, no smiles, just crying and quiet. And they give you tasks at any time, day or night. Just finished changing my diaper? Change it again. Good job, now change that one.

After a few months of breaking you down, they build you back up again. They smile at you. They sleep through the night. They hold their head up, so you don’t have to.

And after It’s over, the tasks you learned – swaddling, diapering, bottle prepping – are tasks you will likely never use again. But the skills you’ve gained – patience without sleep, calm in the face of screams, moving your hand into the shit instead of recoiling – are skills that will serve you the rest of your life.

Thompson_S_Sweetback – commenting on Reddit

Tech & Liberalism

Do you have to be cultural liberal to lead a tech company nowadays ?

It does feel this way following the recent Brendan Eich appointment as Mozilla’s CEO and his subsequent resignation following the uproar his $1,000 donation in 2011 to California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay and lesbian marriages in the state, created.

OKCupid’s campaign asking Firefox-using members to switch browsers due to the new CEO’s being “opposed to equal rights for same-sex couples” was both a great PR stunt and a disgrace.

Mozilla’s manifesto is in support of free flow of information and protests to government spying. It is solely about promoting openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. This does not make it a “civil rights organization,” nor does it imply that it has any view on gay marriage.

If Mozilla was discriminating against gays in their hiring practices, for example, I would understand where OKcupid was coming from. But publicly shaming a professional for a private opinion is disgraceful.

Whether this opinion is political, religious, social or even environmental is not the point. What a professional says or does when he’s not on company time should not be held against him professionally.

I know many tech CEOs hold liberal or libertarian ideals, but I do not believe one need to be a cultural liberal in order to lead a tech company. And I find the act of castigating a CEO for not holding the same ideals as the majority of the industry as unsavory from an ethical point of view.

Being intolerant in the name of tolerance does not make it right.


I came across this graphic on AVC today.
As soon as I saw it, I had to share it here.

Bottom line is that one just need an idea, and the guts to follow it through.
I guess I’m just like the pictogram of the dude above the 35 mark.
Searching for my idea.

Essays on Malaysia

If you got 30mn ahead of you, I highly recommend reading these two essays :
Part 1: Pirate princes, scattered kingdoms and lost majesty
Part 2: How citizenship as a privilege shapes fundamentalist nationalism

I really liked both and learned a lot from it. But also felt that the author was painting an ideal picture of what Malaysia used to be before the British, who classified everyone in a few categories (broadly Malays, Chinese, Indians and “Others) which set the stage for the federations’ initial agreement and constitution. A sort of “natural” state that was perverted by the colonizing force, and is due for a come back given the advent of democratic ideals in Malaysia. I don’t know enough of this beautiful country’s history to decide whether this narrative is on the money or not. What do you think ??

FYI, I also created a topic on Expatypus : The ungrateful Malaysian

Musings of an expat living in South East Asia