Gambit thinks I've done quite enough category theory for one day.
We have a maxim in programming circles: Don’t repeat yourself, commonly abbreviated as “DRY.” It’s not uncommon to see a comment on your PR asking you pull something out into a
I have recently discovered something important about me and how my mind works that feels like precisely the sort of thing that I should note. Maybe some day it will even be helpful
I don’t write about religion and my religious beliefs as much these days because, after my year and a day of study and reflection, I feel like I’ve answered most of
This is not to say people shouldn’t seek comfort in art, in TV, in movies. It’s the only way to not go mad! But, in our view, do it knowing what
I feel awkward writing about autism. In an article from the past year, I summed it up nicely with the following footnote:Because I’ve never been diagnosed as being on the autism
“Speaking to the manager” is a sort of tyrannical helplessness; it is the haughty demand for intercession on one’s behalf by an array of greater forces you assume are servile. It is
It should be clear what all these changes in the nature of work mean for syndicalism: It is difficult to organize the workplace if there is no workplace. It is even harder if
Until I got my turntable last year, I had forgotten how satisfying it is to slide a record out of a paper sleeve, put the needle down, and listen to a whole album from start to finish. There’s an element of ritual that feels not unlike the start of a prayer or a religious observance.
One of the most important concepts in functional programming is composition. If you’ve ever used Unix command line activities to pipe commands together, you have used a form of composition.
When an author litters their text with quotes from others, it always reads to me as very amateur writing. It feels like a kid writing a term paper who needs just x more
The worker becomes a revolutionary not by becoming more of a worker but by undoing his “workerness.” And in this he is not alone; the same applies to the farmer, the student, the
If a Jew and a Gentile happened to be arrested on the same charge, it was certain that the Gentile would go free while the Jew would be sent to prison and sometimes
After my first medical appointments of the day, I find myself hanging out at a Panera and dreaming of a world there were public spaces I could sit on a democratically controlled Internet,
…“the economy,” which was a short-hand term for corporate profit… (A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn) This is a very useful thought technology. We should all implement a
Undoubtedly, ordinary people benefited to some extent from these changes. The system was rich, productive, complex; it could give enough of a share of its riches to enough of the working class to
When you first encounter Haskell-inspired structures like Maybe, Either, or Reader, they might seem needlessly complicated. I myself was guilty of thinking that these abstractions only served to obfuscate control flow that would
The problem of democracy in the post-Revolutionary society was not, however, the Constitutional limitations on voting. It lay deeper, beyond the Constitution, in the division of society into rich and poor. For if
When I walked into Starbucks this morning, I ran into a guy with a shirt not unlike this one. Maybe he hasn't been keeping up with his daily pledges?
MoviePass says its model can realize a healthy profit margin, provided it can monetize its user data and sign up enough casual moviegoers. This one sentence says so much about what's wrong with
During the Cold War, defense companies like Lockheed in the Santa Clara Valley drew scores of ambitious scientists; these workers seemed to share certain personality traits, including social awkwardness, emotional detachment, and, namely,
“About this grass now. I didn't finish telling. It grows so close it's guaranteed to kill off clover and dandelions-” “Great God in heaven! That means no dandelion wine next year! That means
When I look over my back garden, I really think this meadow thing is starting to happen. This is definitely a project that will evolve over the years rather than mere months.
The black-eyed susans at the front of the garden are thriving. More blooms appear every day.
I know it's a stupid and rather meaningless indicator, but when I have moments where I doubt that I'm a “real” developer, my GitHub activity chart helps reassure me that I'm a real