Illustration of Derek Powazek by Adam Ellis

Posts about TILTHW

In this series, I’m recounting stories of work and life in order to learn from my mistakes. I call them Things I Learned the Hard Way.

Unsolicited Advice is a Valuable Clue

When people give you advice, they’re communicating something in between the lines. They’re telling you what their problems are. And their problems could be a preview of yours.

Save the Touchy-Feely for the Redwoods

I was the new guy at the company, I’d just met Allison, and here I was laying my feelings out for her. She probably thought I was nuts. And for good reason. I hadn’t earned the right to ask her to care how I felt.

Don’t Work for Assholes

I didn’t like him, but what did I know? Maybe this is just how the freelance web design business worked. I took the gig. It was, of course, a nightmare.

Someone’s Always Listening

I was working for a tech company that will go unnamed a few years ago, and I had a bad day. A really bad day. So that night, I went out to a favorite restaurant with a couple of friends and got a bottle of wine.

Programmers are Tiny Gods

Programmers are the Gods of their tiny worlds. They create something out of nothing. In their command-line universe, they say when it’s sunny and when it rains. And the tiny universe complies.


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Hi, I’m Derek. I make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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