Duncan McIsaac

Passion is ubiquitous. I help kids find theirs at @ Curious Cardinals. Opinions are my own.

Sane interviewing

November 01, 2021

When I was interviewing to leave Capital One two years ago, I threw myself into the process. I spent hours every day studying data…

Finding a new company: the intangibles

October 26, 2021

When the number of companies I was talking to crept above five, I decided it was time to make a spreadsheet. The initial columns of that…

My work principles

October 26, 2021

Leave it better than you found it; Treat coworkers like customers

Making mistakes is part of working

September 10, 2021

I used to be a perfectionist — I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to minimize failure and create a perfect solution to a problem…

To those who wish they wrote more

August 07, 2021

When I mention to others that I have a blog, I often hear, “Oh, I have a blog too. I just wish I wrote more…” in a somewhat defeated manner…

100 Coffee Chats

November 30, 2020

What I've learned grabbing coffee with quite a few people.

A Hierarchy of Engineering Values

May 31, 2020

It’s important for software engineers to determine what their hierarchy of engineering values is when looking to change projects, teams or companies...


February 22, 2020

I only recently identified my passion, and it helped close a long chapter of restlessness, discomfort and feeling out of place.

You Know the Half of It

March 31, 2018

A brief dive into synesthesia and how my perceptual experience tends to be a bit different than average.


February 24, 2018

console.log inserts environmental consciousness and puns into logging for web development.

Things That Stack

February 23, 2018

Maybe after reading this you'll see the world from a weird new perspective.


January 18, 2018

It’s 5pm on a Sunday but the city hums. San Francisco is a city of hills, and although I like to think my calves strengthened enough to keep…

Dangerous Woman

September 20, 2016

Grande's music meets a melodica and lives happily ever after.

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