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Is the JVM the "next assembly"? I hope not. (repost)

06/04/2007

This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. (The original title of this was "Is Java the "next assembly"?". A year or two it was pointed out that JVM is more appropriate than Java. Better late than never, right?)

Spring Doesn't Come in February, But Snow Does

02/24/2008

The weather here is insane. It was getting above freezing and fairly pleasant for the last four or five days, but then it all flipped.

Being a Local Maximum

10/19/2008

Are you the best programmer in your project group? Are you a solitary contract developer? When the curtail starts falling, do you know you'll be the one who'll carry the project or be the last one crushed by its weight? Well, then I guess you're a Local Maximum. Congratulations, and my condolences.

Hard and Soft, Fluffy and Brittle

02/03/2009

Going through my first design phase in a large team of engineers has been an enlightening experience for me, exposing me to an ancient software dichotomy: hard versus soft.

Good to Great, Paul Graham and Ayn Rand (repost)

06/01/2007

This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. This article attempts--spuriously--to find a connection between various things I apparently once felt were important. (The original title was "Good to Great, Paul Graham, Ayn Rand, and a spurious attempt to connect them")

Cull Lingering Erlang Heart Processes

02/04/2009

This article introduces a short Perl script that culls errant Erlang heart processes, which have the awkward tendency of accumulating over time with crash-heavy processes.

Setting Up Django-Rcsfield

10/15/2008

I spent an hour or two last night figuring out how to get django-rcsfield working, and figure that the notes from the experience might benefit anyone else trying to do the same. With these notes, you too should only be thirty minutes away from adding version control to your Django textfields.

Python-Brightkite for... you get the idea

11/16/2008

As the highly redundant title might lead one to expect, Python-Brightkite is a simple wrapper around Brightkite's restful API, and makes it straightforward to do most anything you can imagine from the safety of your Python console or scripts.

Expectations and Reality for the lowly ALT

10/14/2007

When you apply to the JET program you have a lot of expectations. Then you talk to a couple of people who participated in the JET program before, and you get a new set of different expectations. A true JET veteran would tell you that Every Situation Is Different and to stop predicting because you're never going to know.

Miyajima and Hiroshima

12/29/2007

Some pictures and minimal commentary from my trip to Hiroshima and Miyajima.

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