I would really like to know

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I feel like I can’t complain, but I’d love to” — Michelle Buteau

I don’t know if this is a mutlicultural city thing where people know they’re mixed with people from different places so they tend to ask this all the time, but I find it very weird and uncomfortable that if you meet someone in the UAE for the first time, regardless of the scene/setting, with the first three questions you will definitely be asked, “So where are you from?”

The weirdest part for me is, I’ve never met or seen someone for the first time and thought “Damn, I need to know where you’re from”.

What do you people do with this information?

It has to be crack

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It’s the foolishness for me. It really makes no sense. So you as a Christian, that believes in the Bible, and the ultimate command from Jesus which is Love everyone will go ahead to discriminate people or support people that discriminate people?

*In Rihanna’s voice* You look so dumb right now

Saw the first five seconds of the Paula white twitter video and I wanted to puke, I don’t want to watch till the end because I’m geniunely allergic to nonsense and I don’t want to insult a “minister” of God.

However, I would still say, if you’re a Christian that’s a trump supporter, or even just a trump supporter in general, you’re very stupid, like very very stupid because I don’t see why anyone with a brain will be aligned to anything trump stands for, to name a few: misogyny, islamophobia, racism, classism, sexual assault, sexual harrasment, lying, discrimination, indimidation, locking people in cages. Like DAMN!, you have to be blind, deaf, and ignorant to accept all of this. Although, now that I list all of those things out, there are a few intersections with the Church of today so I see why they might be down for trump… but we don’t need to talk about that now. …

Writing this because I just spent precious hours debugging this issue, trying to do the most, when the problem was so damn simple.

If you’re getting the error

Unsupported image type. GD driver is only able to decode JPG, PNG, GIF or WebP files. {“userId”:1,”exception”:”[object] (Intervention\\Image\\Exception\\NotReadableException(code: 0): Unsupported image type. GD driver is only able to decode JPG, PNG, GIF or WebP files

The fix for me was increasing the upload_max_filesize andpost_max_size in my php.ini file to something large. …

Few nominations I care about.

Outstanding Drama Series
Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
Killing Eve
The Mandalorian
Stranger Things

Really don’t care for this category. I would’ve said Killing Eve but this new season was so bad I’m yet to finish it

Outstanding Comedy Series
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dead to Me
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Schitt’s Creek
What We Do in the Shadows

INSECURE!!!!! God please.

Outstanding Limited Series
Little Fires Everywhere
Mrs. America

Still haven’t seen watchmen but Little Fires Everywhere was really cool.

Outstanding Drama Actor
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Steve Carell, The Morning Show
Brian Cox, Succession
Billy Porter, Pose
Jeremy Strong…

Is this paradoxical?

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This question stems from a lot of thoughts I’ve been having since last year. The most recent being an interview with Michaela Coel I watched over the weekend. I started watching her new HBO show I May Destroy You, and brilliant is not even enough to describe how insanely good it is. It might be triggering for a lot of people, but it’s definitely a worthwhile watch. It centers sexual assault and it goes through different spectrums of sexual assualt in such a lighthearted way. …

Sometimes I just say the most shit. lol

“[01:34, 5/10/2020] Douglas: Nice, I too could enjoy it, but I don’t watch documentaries on netflix, that’s a waste of my time and money.

[01:35, 5/10/2020] Douglas: Netflix is for entertainment, not learning shit”

That was my response to my friend Daniel when he was suggesting I watch the Michelle Obama Becoming documentary on Netflix. In my defense, I really want to read the book before I watch the documentary, he says I don’t need to but I want to so I’ll get to it whenever that happens.

Anyway, isn’t it so funny how I said that just two months ago but here I am now, raving about two documentaries I saw on Netflix. …

From the perspective of a team member

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For anyone being led, good leadership is one of those things that you never really know you need until it’s absent. Then it slowly eats your joy and will to do the job. In the past four years, I’ve been fortunate to work at very amazing fast growing tech startups, assuming various roles, leading myself, being led, and also leading people.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about leadership and product management, and I don’t know if it’s the industry (tech), but a lot of people seem to take the title of product manager or product owner too literally, forgeting that while the outcome (the product), should be good, the product cannot be good without a functional team to build it. I remember my first opportunity to lead a team a few years back, the first thing that crossed my mind was “What are all the things I hated when people were leading me, I need to not do those”. …

This is the kind of story we’d laugh about…

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My cousin, actually, our cousin is being messy.

He borrowed money from me, twice.

He never paid back.

The first time, it was for a business, he said he’d pay back, but he never did.

The second time, He wasn’t asking for himself, He was asking for a friend — they owed the bank a loan.

The bank was going to seize their asset at the due date, so he needed to borrow to pay the bank what he borrowed initially. Funny, right? I know. …

Thirty days….

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Felt like three months, but I scrolled up to verify and it was “just” thirty days. So much can happen in thirty days. I don’t know if this happens to a lot of people or I’m just a forgetful person, but I tend to forget some things pretty quickly, e.g, why we didn’t talk for thirty days. …

In this dissertation, I —

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So, you’re looking to hire someone for a role, you’ve done your rounds of interviews and you’re down to 3 candidates. They’re all qualified and smart, any of them would be perfect, but you don’t know whom to choose. Well, think no more, here’s a good decider for the best candidate:

“Are you in the hive?”

On the surface, that might seem like a trivial question, but here’s five reasons why that question is so important, and why you should hire the Beyoncé stan.

  1. They live and die by Quality

I mean, think about it, just like Queen B, they’re all about quality. They won’t be caught slipping. They will deliver perfection, every fucking time. You know why? Because Beyoncé has never had a better previous drop (if you don’t count Everything is Love ofcourse), so you can be sure they will raise the bar for perfection all day, every day. …


Douglas Kendyson

I complain // Writing whatever // Software engineer // Currently building Selar.co // kendyson@kendyson.com

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