monday, september 26

outside my window
small insects wobble in the sunlight
there are thin bright curves of spidersilk
on the screen
a squirrel runs along the fence
with a green apple in its mouth

Thursday, September 22

gentle suggestions and fond hopes for your software project

  1. Your software is not a friendly crash-landed extraterrestrial sapient in need of rescue. Stop phoning home.

  2. One suspects that modern programmers have mistaken the virtues of code reuse for an imperative to use as much code as possible. Stop building on top of fragile, massively complex dependency chains with the approximate lifespan of a cockroach.

  3. Your new language, library, or startup will suffer if we have to google a common preposition, pronoun, or generic verb form which appears in billions of non-technical English web pages. Stop calling your projects things like “Go” and “This.”

  4. It was once typical to encounter basic mechanisms (light switches, locks, clock radios, thermostats) with working lifespans measured in decades. It was once reasonable to assume that basic household appliances would be unlikely to surveil their owners on behalf of governments and megacorporations. Stop putting computers in shit.

Tuesday, September 20

It’s late September. We’re back from the Burn, back from Winfield, back from a family wedding in Kansas City. Festival time has reverted to default time, at least in theory. There’s a pile of laundry: mud and woodsmoke on top of playa dust.

wednesday, september 14

you look better
with a little dust on you

linkdump

New Directions in Bloat

The ethics of voting

chef-cookbooks/php — Chef is still hot garbage.

Strange Horizons Reviews: Summerlong by Peter S. Beagle, reviewed by Stephen Case

Buck Knives - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Beyond grep: ack 2.14, a source code search tool for programmers

Bubble Yum - OldTimeCandy.com

Fun at the Turing tar pit

Beware of the Turing Tar-Pit — This is a classic.

Sound-on-film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

LP record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia — There is so much I didn't know in this article.

Strange Horizons Reviews: Star Trek Beyond, reviewed by Tim Phipps

First Contact | An und für sich

Cat conducts orchestra

The Official Stock Photo Guide to Solar Power

Ray and T Redesign Education

Thursday, September 22 - gentle suggestions and fond hopes for your software project

Evolver

Corvus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

BabelStone: When is a Swastika not a Swastika ?

Comparisons / Learn Vimscript the Hard Way

Please be patient - This Page is Under Construction!

Glossary of video game terms - Kill screen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Encino, CA

Own Your Words | Wirebird

Change font size quickly - Vim Tips Wiki

dog, fish.

Electric Motor Runs backwards, Cap OK - Electric motors & generators engineering - Eng-Tips

UNIX History

Various works from utf8art.com. More Japanese Shift-JIS works...

The kernel community confronts GPL enforcement [LWN.net]

Understanding EFF’s Do Not Track Policy: A Universal Opt-Out From Tracking | Electronic Frontier Foundation

risk of bear attack

This was a fairly sobering comment on modern web development. https://t.co/Bx3vXdd2Ek https://t.co/HF6VmYUHt5

Marijuana is not Coffee

Tricking Instagram's Audio Fingerprint System with Infrasound

Fashion Police and Grammar Police

What is Code Review?

Why I Will Continue to Use Linode

American Whiskey’s Jewish Spirit

RT @computerfact: restarting a computer fixes problems because its soul dies and is replaced by a new one which might have different opinio…

Shipspotting: “A”, avagy 300 millió dollárnyi luxustengeralattjáró.

The Fixing-JSON Conversation

What I hate about online debate

Watch Out, I'm Doin' a Grateful!

(ab)Using Git Notes

austinkleon: “The Worst Thief Is He Who Steals The Playtime of...

"If there were a Nobel prize for hypocrisy, then its first recipient ought to be Mark Zuckerberg, the..."

Falsehoods programmers believe

Linear Regression