21 things I’ve done in 2017

Disclaimer: this post is not about personal praise, arrogance and chattery. It’s just a checklist of strikethrough items in my life. Remember, this is my personal blog and I want to write about my life.

There is a popular tradition to summarize things done during the outgoing year. I’m personally doing this second year in a row. You might ask what’s the matter of this?

Well, for me it’s a great opportunity to realize how far did I push my life in the fixed time range. This way is great to measure your progress and set the appropriate goals for the future.

1. Started to work in iFunny

I always desired to work on a high-load web systems. There you have a quick feedback about your work. You make sure its quality by running your results for millions of users.

I Always desired to work on continuously developing products. Rather than projects with due date. You take a responsibility for what you’ve done for years. You go through the more complicated steps of application development lifecycle.

Always desired to have a job results valuable for more than one target stakeholder. That’s great to play an important social role in this world. Ok, memes not really important, but you know what I mean anyway.

And here we go! I appreciate the fortune that iFunny exists and it is in my village. We’ve done a lot of valuable things in infra team trying to align with DevOps way. Hope it’s not the end!

2. Containerized my engineering mindset

I met the Docker pretty late at November 2016. Since this time I tried to dive into containers concept as much as possible. Not really about Docker internals especially. I focused on how do containers improve your infrastructure workflow, time-to-market and support. And yes, in most cases it works like a magic!

3. Learned new stuff

Last year I dived a bit into Kubernetes, ECS, Prometheus, MongoDB, Cassandra, Redis. Not really special for a rapidly growing IT, but anyway it’s better than nothing 🙂

4. Got the first talk in IT-conference

Had a talk about release-engineering in YUCON conference at Saratov. I guess there were around 100-120 people though majority came to the parallel talk about bitcoins. Which is reasonable :).

I like such experience. Conferences align your speech skills, force you to share the knowledge simple way. For me the final goal is to get everybody in audience understood. And also it’s a great motivation to dive into the new stuff and gain new knowledge for the future sharing!

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5. Visited DevOpsDays and HighLoad++

This was the first year I visited such wide-scale IT events. As in first DevOpsDays at Moscow as sure as in HighLoad I learned a lot of new stuff that matters all the time. Also in HighLoad++ I helped program committee sorting out the best talks. Actually I even never thought about such a chance, but these moments were really awesome!

You can read more about my thoughts on DevOpsDays Moscow here if you’re fluent in Russian.

6. Went to the final of IT-competition

Still being a full-time student until the June I got the chance to come to the final of the competition “IT-Planet”. I even had a glass statue for win at the first stage, haha.

Unfortunately the competition itself was not so attractive and covered by bureaucracy stuff. But anyway this was a great opportunity to see the Sochi where the final happened. I started to get familiar with the Russian south, comparing it with my neighborhood. So, yeah, it was mostly about travelling 🙂

7. Graduated from uni with a bachelor degree

One week after the previous thing at this list I passed my bachelor project in IT field and blot out the uni from my life. In spite of education system swearing which is popular in my country, I could say it was a great experience. In uni period I lived by the principle “if life gives you lemons – make lemonade”. Think I squeezed around 125% of my uni opportunities. It taught me to be resourceful and stealthy. I still lack some things I experienced in uni like speed and passion trying to back it up.

8. Gained 42000 views for one blog post

Yeah, I’m about databases in containers. Actually I didn’t expect this, writing this post especially for myself. But someone published this stuff in the HackerNews and here we go! I had only 4000 views of all my posts at this blog and got about 30000 for one night! That was crazy, my body was at the shaken state for a day after seeing this.

After this time I changed a bit my opinion about the subject and still open to talk about it. Appreciated everybody for a discussion. Thanks a lot for your constructive criticism and get the hell for unconstructive one.

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9. Started to do urban cycling

I learned how to ride a bike only one year ago and I started to live the whole idea of urban cycling. That’s a great way to optimize the city trafic, keep yourself healthy and having dozens of things else!

Although urban cycling in my area is a holy crap, I enjoyed it in the last summer also going somewhere out of the town. This is also one more goal to try it in bike-friendly areas like Berlin, Amsterdam and so on.

10. Pulled up on the bar 35 times in a row

Just dealt with it. Nothing special, but haven’t done so much before.

11. Keep “1 Second EveryDay” going

I’m still doing this project for 3 years getting the whole idea from this awesome TED talk. I already completed 18 minutes of my life. This year I switched from monkey video editing at Sony Vegas Pro to complete app in Android. Hope I’ll find the best way to merge old and new parts of video and maybe publish it. But still not so sure, cause a lot of things from it is private.

The question is coming: why are you doing this? And I have even 2 answers for it:

  • I can remember every day just by one second I recorded. I don’t need to shoot dozens of pictures and record the whole movie from my trip or concert or anything else to look back. It just works this way!
  • “1 Second EveryDay” seems to be the a kind of “litmus test” of your life. If you see nothing special for days in a row – it sounds like a loud alarm that you have to do something with your life! And it also works!

12. Read books in fiction, psychology and tech

Appreciate the fact that I still have a time, passion and opportunity to dive into books. Here is the full list of things I had in 2017:

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Final Circle of Paradise by Strugatsky brothers
  • Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  • No One Writes to the Colonel by Gabriel García Márquez
  • Garnet Bracelet by Aleksandr Kuprin
  • The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
  • The Twelve Chairs by Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov
  • Matryona’s Place by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Mental Traps: The Overthinker’s Guide to a Happier Life by André Kukla
  • Man, the Manipulator by Everett Shostrom
  • Antifragile by Nicholas Taleb
  • Pro Git by Scott Chacon
  • Infrastructure as a Code by Keith Morris
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Python by Kenneth Reitz
  • Site Reliability Engineering by lots of Google engineers
  • The DevOps Handbook by Gene Kim, Jez Humble, John Willis, and Patrick Debois
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • The Docker Book by James Turnbull
  • Docker in Production: Lessons from the Trenches by Joe Johnston, John Fiedler, Milos Gajdos
  • The Art of Capacity Planning by John Allspaw
  • Systems Performance. Enterprise and the Cloud by Brendan Gregg
  • Continuous Delivery by Jez Humble and David Farley

13. Learned some facts from human history

It’s mostly the personal thing that I started to get something from the history of the world. I dived a bit into the Second World War, local revolutions in some countries. So, at least I learned a bit more than pushing the laptop buttons haha.

14. Was in mass protests

I still don’t count myself as a rebel and revolutionist, because it will probably look stupid from me. But I quite ashamed by things happening in my country for now and facts revealed in the public. That’s why I was in 2 protests in May and June. Hope we’ll take all the bullshit out of this country one day, though it must be really difficult.

15. Learned cooking

I moved to the half-veggie lifestyle and got surprised what can you do with fruits and vegetables. Cooking is a nice hobbie to free up your mind and stop thinking about annoying stuff. This year I’ve done some nice courses and unforgettable fuck-ups 🙂

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16. Got a new laptop

One day I stopped being poor and filled my saving to get a 12-inch MacBook, hooray! I know I became a stupid user with no passion to tweak the Linux, but that’s fine.

17. Visited 18 cities in 11 countries

Well, I started to get that in 2017 I’ve been in count of countries twice as much as I’ve been in all my life before. Probably because these countries are small and European, so this fact is losing the value. But let’s summarize where I roamed this year.

Moscow, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, Minsk, Burgas, Sofia, Skopje, Ohrid, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Budapest, Miskolc, Bratislava, Berlin. Well, it was quite rushing year 🙂

#budapest #hungary #opera

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18. Visited Kasabian & Slaves concert

This was the only big concert I had in 2017, but it was definitely unbelievable! I even watched a lot of videos from this concert on YouTube because of the desire to come back again. One hour of crazy band Slaves “cheering up London” and hour with a half more of the marvellous Kasabian! Everything was awesome except of the shit I had in lunch in Moscow cafe. But let’s skip it, everything was awesome!

19. Made an Instagram account.

Not the stuff you might be proud, rather to be pity 🙂

But check it out and let me know your opinion about my nickname!

20. Became a vegetarian

After dozens of problems happened with my stomach and food assimilation generally I excluded meat, poultry, bread and seafood from my ration. That’s the idea to eliminate the reason of your problems, not the effect you feel from problems.

Getting older, you perceive the damages of junk/unhealthy food more sharply gaining the weight and losing the time you must give your organism for recovery. It’s still weird for others to see sometimes how I escape such stuff for consumption 🙂

I’m out of ideal ration yet getting the useless stuff and having meals more frequently than it could be, but hope it will get better in 2018!

21. Just enjoyed my life

Probably joy of life is the most important mastery I learned at this year! Before even after really cool things I blamed myself for things that don’t matter and tried to hide the achievements thinking they don’t make sense at all.

Now I can how to enjoy the walking on the streets you know all your life. To get the job done. To take a flight somewhere and arrive at the place you’ve never been. To have a 10km running completed. That’s priceless!

Conclusion


Comparing with 2016 I’ve experienced more marvellous moments than before. But, to tell the truth, my personal development in engineering has been stuck for a while. In personal feelings, I still experience it. Hope to fix it in the next year, IMHO it’s not enormous problem really.

Actually this year wasn’t particular. There wasn’t anything like a US experience in 2015 or marathon in 2016. But should it be? The question is mostly rhetorical. Don’t want to say “yes” or “no”. Just keep all shit moving like all your life generally. Because that’s interesting.

The only thing I have to know is simple: DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF WITH OTHERS! START COMPARE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF! That’s a mental trap for me! I’m listening a lot of opinions that you’re so young and you have a lot of time to realise yourself. That’s a deep trap. Don’t think this way, please.

Well, OK, it’s time to finish up! Thanks a lot if you’ve read this boring personal post up to the bottom.

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