Kurt McKee

lessons learned in production

Hey there! This article was written in 2013.

It might not have aged well for any number of reasons, so keep that in mind when reading (or clicking outgoing links!).

April didn't come soon enough

Posted 1 April 2013 in life, programming, and work

Man alive, I've been working 12-hour days, seven days a week, for almost the entirety of March. It has been grueling. During this time I gained 10 pounds due to atrocious eating habits (like eating right before bed at 3:00am), my voice has become damaged thanks to stress- and diet-related acid reflux, and I've started waking up with caffeine deprivation headaches.

It all culminated in a very successful quarter-end, though. I got off work at 4:35am on Easter morning, slept for a bit, then went back for another 12 hours. When I got home this morning and checked my mailbox I realized that the stars were beginning to align for me: a Victoria's Secret swimsuit catalog had been mis-delivered to me. Ha!

Google has announced that they're shutting down their Reader service, so I'm excited to coincidentally have free time open up to improve feedparser. It's been a while since I've had time to solve complex problems, so I'm looking forward to relaxing with a hobby I enjoy. Stay tuned for another post in which I'll summarize the state of feedparser and what I'm planning to work on this year!