Hello, Flux

After leaving FreeWheel and playing hide-and-seek with bears in Glacier National Park for a week, I’d joined two ex-FreeWheelers (Nick and Max) to co-found a startup called Flux.

Flux aims to help enterprise better understand talents and internal needs, to increase internal mobility. Our own stories led to this idea. I changed jobs six times across three departments in FreeWheel. Each time I switch a position, it’s not only a good challenge and growth opportunity for myself but also a great benefit for the FreeWheel. By keeping experienced talents around and motivating them with new positions, companies minimize attrition cost and maximize productivities.

We’re starting the company in a truly distributed fashion. Nick/Max are in California, and I’m in NYC. I understand the importance of face time, so we’ll get together often, and I also believe modern technology has advanced to the point that people can collaborate seamlessly online. And I’m looking forward to the life of coding a few hours at home and going to a gym on my schedule. After all, engineers all wear headphones when they work in an open office, don’t they?

We plan to hire a few engineers at the beginning. If you’re interested, check out our open positions and drop an email to journeys@fluxwork.co, or feel free to message me. I’m happy to share more information.

Bye, FreeWheel

0710月,我结束了在加州Bosch半年的实习,回北京毕业加上找工作。那时候在四个大大小小的公司实习过,做过悠闲的螺丝钉也做过996的接地气创业公司。找工作的时候想的倒也简单:找个不怎么加班的创业公司(现在想想这还真挺难)。在9#上看到Di的一篇招工文,就懵懵懂懂的来了FreeWheel开始实习,写Ruby on Rails

刚来不久就发现其实还是要加班的。07年底的时候想上线1.0版本,于是在办公室附近订了几个旅馆房间,员工都干到半夜十二点然后去住那里。我那会儿还实习,一周只上两三天班,但也有幸体验了一两次。还好事实证明之后的这些年里,我需要加班的时候并不多。

那会儿我做的第一个功能是用户登录和权限控制。当时我的感觉是这你们都让实习生做,也是挺敢的。弄了几周做出来了,还附赠了一个巨简陋的登录后首页。没想到那首页一用就用了五六年。现在美化过的版本还是隐隐有当年的影子。

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Phone-Free Life

I lost my phone on a Lyft ride last Thursday. Got off a ride, went upstairs, checked my watch and noticed it was disconnected from phone, realized phone lost in car, used “Find My iPhone” to locate/beep/lock my phone, filed a Lyft support ticket and they contacted the driver, driver said he didn’t see any phone, end of story.

Since then, I’ve been rocking a “phone-free life”. I started reading a paper book on subway and actually made good progress, although I reflectively yawn a lot when reading a paper book these days. I use an old iPad as bed alarm and for WeChat. I use Google Hangout for making calls and receiving calls, which means I sit in front of a computer to wait when I’m expecting a call, just like sitting in front of a phone in old days.

What I miss most without phone:

  • Check weather before going out in the morning
  • Check map and subway status
  • Google words, phrases
  • Call people and get calls when I need, which is actually rare.
  • … cannot think of much else

But, it’s indeed relieving and freeing. When I’m offline, walking on street, taking a subway, my subconsciousness knows no one is able to contact me at that moment. No phone call, no message, no email, no Slack. Think about it. I haven’t had this “luxury” for many years.

Maybe I’ll choose to accidentally leave my phone at home one day a week from now on?

 

拿到日本五年签

今天去取了日本签证,给了五年多次。简单写一下经验。

在纽约申日本签证是要去日本领事馆面签,不需要预约,带齐材料在工作时间直接去就可以。

需要带的材料领馆网页上列得很全了 http://www.ny.us.emb-japan.go.jp/en/d/03.html。需要注意的一是旅游日程要写得比较细,那个表格里面必须一天一行,不能多天写在一行里。另一点是如果想要多次签证的话,可以自己另外写一张纸表达一下很喜欢去日本玩和可能会经常去。签证官的态度很好,我在那的时候这两个东西都让我现场补写的。

我周一去面签的,周四就可以取了。取的时候记得带个ID过大楼的安检,带收据和正好的零钱。交了55$,拿到了五年多次的签证。

Pandemic Legacy Season 2

以前写过这个“只能玩一次的桌游”的第一部,2017年出了第二部买了一直还没玩。过去一周终于拿出来把它玩穿了。依然是强烈推荐。作为一个桌游,最后一小时我居然玩出了在枪林弹雨中逃出生天的紧张感。真的是不可错过的佳作。

大部分不剧透的介绍上一篇里面都写了。这次大致的模式还是一样,12个月,每个月最多玩两局。剧情层层推进,不停有新要素加进来改变规则。打开秘密文件和盒子总是很有惊喜。玩到最后相当紧张刺激,十几个小时的浸入体验使角色和任务都变得代入感超强。

有了上次的经验之后知道了这游戏玩的就是这一次性的体验,不太可能重玩。于是这次看到让销毁的牌都会很爽快的撕掉,奇妙的快感。

以下剧透

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