The Remote Leader’s Guide to Managing a Team


Thoroughly agree with things like how precise communication needs to be (and how easy it is to mess up which can require much patience and forgiveness) having been fortunate to be in a globally distributed team with no timezone overlap at MongoDB (Australia, New York, Berlin), an Australia-Vietnam team at Adam & Paul, and also most recently a semi-remote Melbourne/Perth/Sydney team at Arup.

I particularly like the reminder that not all employees can work remotely from home – I’ve been known to try coworking spaces, community rooms, libraries, parks, coffee shops and even trains, though would definitely recommend a decent coworking space as soon as there’s the need to Zoom, Skype, call or chat about anything deeper than a few messages on Slack.

6 things I loved about the most impressive resume I’ve ever seen—based on 20 years of hiring

Thank you Gary Burnison.

Hopefully it helps you if stumbled across my blog and you find yourself like me today, looking to get hired.

I can’t live up to all of this, though it’s good enough advice I remembered and was able to dig it up, and will apply what I can.

I most loved the bit about the convicted felon, wonderful to hear of someone willing to be honest, admit their past mistakes, and most importantly pick themselves up and make it clear they’re willing and able to get hired.

For me, that was I think a little simpler, like quitting the best job I’d ever had with MongoDB with no plan after the 2018 Robocup World Championship, having seen the (metaphorical) handwriting on the wall as per Daniel 5:5 and praise God having the grace to hire and train my replacement.

Where to?

God knows, I’m eager to find out!

Battlestar Galactica Corners

For the BSG corners on my about me picture, inspired by this codepen, in Firefox I used the CSS clip-path (MDN), disabled the body background image of chrome://global/skin/media/imagedoc-darknoise.png, screenshotted it then used the macOS Preview magic tool to cut out the background to get the clear alpha.

clip-path: polygon(
20% 0, 80% 0,
100% 15%, 100% 85%,
80% 100%, 20% 100%,
0% 85%, 0 15%
Some version of me chilling in the Hollywood Hills, shortly before my 30th birthday

Migrating to

Some years, life is less kind to us. It’s a little harder to justify spending AUD $150 every year just for hosting (excluding domains and email) as our currency keeps falling against the USD, so cutting that closer to AUD $90 and picking up mobile support overall seems like a win.

Please accept my apologies if you’ve linked to or any of the URLs here on – I’m sure you’ll find them in the internet archive or poking around the new site coming soon. In progress at

Thank you Guido, Julie, Mariatta!

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Last Friday was one of those special moments that’s a little bigger than a tweet. Thank you to Guido van Rossum and Mariatta for reviewing and merging my PR on PEP 484.

For context, it was also inspired by Julie Pagano: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone: Battling the Invisible Monsters in Tech – PyCon 2014, specifically to Help Others and Kill Your Heroes (not literally), and the Google Python Style Guide.

All praise of course belongs to Jesus for bringing me this far and giving me the spark and opportunity to offer such a contribution.

Ubuntu second monitor after sleep bug pictures

StackExchange doesn’t to my knowledge allow pictures in comments, so I’ll post my pictures here in case someone else has more time to reproduce and debug this issue.

Original question (please post any comments there):

Original state when I resumed my 2015 Macbook Pro with Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS and all updates applied from sleep this morning, after plugging and unplugging the HDMI cable a few times:

State 1

State after the sudo systemctl restart lightdm.service command was run:

State 2

The second monitor returned to normal after I tried the sudo reboot now workaround.

I pledge my life to Christ

To my future self or anyone interested,

I do not know if God is my savior because I do not know if I want to be saved. If I am one of the 144,000:

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were  purchased from among mankind and offered as firstfruits to God and the Lamb. – Revelation 14:3-4

Or far more likely I’m not that unique, and somewhere in the world is someone waiting for me.

My loyalties thus are:

  1. God, Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit
  2. The United States of America
  3. My future family
  4. My present and extended family – my parents and sister, my aunties and uncles, their respective families
  5. Values such as free and open source software as defined in The Mozilla Manifesto
  6. rUNSWift
  7. MongoDB or my current employer
  8. Australia which has disowned me through disownment of family values such as affordable housing for its citizens, as I have blogged about on many an occasion

I thank God for this insight, and understand this priority list may change in future to serve his will. For example, I didn’t even think of friends or acquaintances or the poor homeless people sleeping on the steps of the Commonwealth Bank or in the deconstructed tent cities around Central Station, or the illegal powered shipping containers at Alexandria. Leaders might try to hide these massive societal problems, even from the media and the public, out of sight out of mind, but that does not mean they are not real problems faced by real people every day.

I further in choosing God have put the world below Him. I recognize that things I considered assets in the past may without warning become liabilities.

I will farewell and thank those assets which have become trash holding me back from serving God’s will and plan for my life.

Now I just need a church somewhere in the United States to call my home, instead of the base camp nomadic lifestyle where I go from place to place as I meet people on my journey through this dying world. It is a great day that I choose to find a living Christ. Shout out to Wesley Mission for being the church where I spent much of my childhood years.

Praise be to God.

Peter Johannes Schmidt

Friday 9 February 2018, committed on the benches outside the Sydney Opera House facing the Harbour Bridge

Thursday 8 February 2018, in much of the continental US

P.S. I now understand:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. – Matthew 16:18