When do Bloggers Jump the Shark?

…in which the title is a reference to Jeff Atwood’s greatest hit. OK, you all know the story. Or, in case you don’t, here’s a bit of expository dialogue for ya. Joel Spolsky is an internet celebrity who has been blogging since about 20 seconds before there were blogs – usually on business-of-software-type themes. He’s…

An Excellent Question

This post reminds me why I read Will Wilkinson. It is wonderfully concise, has a good point to make, and presents an angle on a common debate topic that neither side will have really considered. I am in general suspicious of Wilkinson for some of the same reasons that Todd Seavey seems to be (to…

Rapid Squares

There was a neat article in Wired recently about math shortcuts – you know, tricks to solve math problems quickly. I enjoy that stuff because it’s all about how you organize the numbers. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t make many of the tricks available, but there’s a list of user-contributed ones in the comments – and…

My Cat Runs on DOS!

IBM has apparently developed cat brain software. Don’t rush out to buy it, though. You need 147,456 processors to run it – not something that you can fire up the Python interpreter on your average machine and expect a return value from. I think the point is just that this is really motherfucking impressive. And…

Private Currency, Take Two

Things like this demonstrate why it’s ultimately futile for the government to enforce a currency monopoly – and they also demonstrate another quirk of human nature, a maladaption similar, in a way, to our apparently inability to think of organizations and individuals as separate categories. The story is about a company that’s lighting some fire…

The Company Didn’t Mean it how you Took it

Never send a computer to do a man’s job; never send a man to do a computer’s job. You wouldn’t hire your analyst to add millions of columns of small digits any more than you would ask your computer to talk you through your marriage problems. 20 years after home computers became ubiquitous, most people…

DLL Hell Now in Mac!

The ongoing saga of trying out .NET on Mac OS X via Mono. Remember that libiconv thing, where installing Mono briefly and mysteriously broke Mutt? Well, it turns out it breaks MonoDevelop too! More proof that the Mono Development Team isn’t exactly Mac-friendly. No – that’s NOT an accusation of sneakiness! The Mono Team does…

The Face of Dumb Internet Commentary

Just for kicks, here’s a bit of gratuitous internet boneheadedness courtesy of “A Tiny Revolution.” The title of the blog entry is “Once Again Adam Smith Betrays the Principles of Adam Smith.” And it links this New York Times column from some financial analysts who claim that American workers are overpaid. Then, apropos of absolutely…

First Impression of a C# Latecomer

As mentioned, I’ve been thinking seriously about porting Boltun (I really should add some more content to that link soon, eh?) to .NET. As a consequence, I’ve been delving into C# recently – reading both Andrew Troelsen’s excellent book Pro C# with .NET 3.0 and the Annotated Standard. So far, I’m really liking the language.…

Mutt Redux

Well, wouldn’t you know it. My two big log pages for “how-to-install-Mac-unfriendly-shit-on-Leopard” turn out to be incompatible! I KNEW that installing Mono would break SOMETHING, and that something turns out to be Mutt. The problem is that the library that Mutt calls to do its unicode conversions is libiconv.2.dylib, which was of course one of…