Wherein the “good old days” are revisited

Remember secretaries and drinking at work? And land-line telephones? And smoking inside? Blech! And an even more unequal society with even more thumbs on the scales? My wife and I, when we first watched Mad Men: Oy, Makefiles! And weird preprocessor tricks! And file-scoped variables/memory ownership? And everything is an int, sometimes pretending to be… Continue reading Wherein the “good old days” are revisited

Use as few rules as possible, mostly guidelines

Rules won’t solve your problems, but thinking about them might. To paraphrase a couple well-known quotes: “Rules are useless, but thinking about rules is indispensable” Dwight Eisenhower “No rules survive first contact with a toddler” Helmuth von Moltke the Elder 😉 It’s folly to think we can generate the exact outcomes we want with rules.… Continue reading Use as few rules as possible, mostly guidelines

Keep in touch with friends, the littlest CRM that could

This year, I’m trying to better keep in touch with friends, family, and former co-workers. It came to my attention that this is, in many ways, a thing for which you would use a customer-relationship management application. This could work, but seems like a lot to me. Most software starts life as a) a document/spreadsheet… Continue reading Keep in touch with friends, the littlest CRM that could

Enforce system consistency at the boundaries & meditations on run-time type systems

(…continuing a Twitter thread) io-ts caught my attention a while back and I finally had the chance to read through it. I’m glad folks are experimenting in this area, particularly with the potential reach into multiple communities and ecosystems that TypeScript affords. We use dry-rb extensively at work and I was curious how a TypeScript… Continue reading Enforce system consistency at the boundaries & meditations on run-time type systems

The Beautiful Ones

Prince’s unfinished memoir, The Beautiful Ones is a quick, but awkward, read. The preface is the most coherent, the story of how the editor, Dan Piepenbring, ended up being chosen by Prince to realize his autobiography. It shines an interesting light onto what it was like to be in Prince’s orbit, if only briefly. Of… Continue reading The Beautiful Ones