Order Matters

I’ve been playing Kerbal Space Program recently and using the MechJeb plugin. Some people criticise that plugin – “You can do anything that MechJeb does, and if you spend a little time, you can probably do it better” – and they’re right, for some values of right. And yet, “execute next node,” is blessedly useful. ItContinue reading “Order Matters”

Ars Gratia Artis

So, I came out of retirement to work on a neato project. I’m doing a lot of programming, architecture, release management, project management, and, um, reporting. So, that’s why I’m not doing a whole lot of bagpiping or anything. Because this is fun and important. But nobody cares about that. The interesting thing here isContinue reading “Ars Gratia Artis”

Building Everything from Scratch

You know what I love about programming? The part where I get to solve interesting problems. You know what isn’t interesting? solving the same problem over and over again. Even less interesting is having to solve a problem that I know someone else has solved but where I can’t copy the answer. That’s not onlyContinue reading “Building Everything from Scratch”

Oh Right, That’s Why I Hated Libraries

I dunno, back in, like, 2010, I was working on software that had something like 1 zillion dependencies (or, you know, 50. Same thing) and keeping track of consistent versions of all the dependencies was a real pain in the neck. Our organization had a dedicated CM team who set up Artifactory and Ivy andContinue reading “Oh Right, That’s Why I Hated Libraries”

When Should You Have Lived?

So, Lise​ is off in Minneapolis for AWP. Neither one of us sleeps particularly well when we’re apart anyway, but she’s out there to talk to lots of people (not her favorite activity) and get them excited about Lithomobilus​. And in the frenzy of packing, she remembered earplugs but forgot melatonin. The love of myContinue reading “When Should You Have Lived?”

Decent Encryption Is Getting Easier

I just found out a thing that makes using PGP with GMail on a Mac easier. The problem: PGP encrypting an email means that, at the time of hitting the “send” button, the computer where the plain text message is stored needs to have your secret key and the public key of the recipient, andContinue reading “Decent Encryption Is Getting Easier”

Artisanal Is the New Organic

As we now know, organic food isn’t a health issue for the consumer but for the producer, but back in the 1970s only a very few people were hip to that. Back then, “organic,” vegetables meant that they were: more expensive weird looking small only available at the hippie stores Nowadays, you can find organic vegetablesContinue reading “Artisanal Is the New Organic”