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Privacy Lost

Apr 17, 2019

Ola Bini has been arrested by the Ecuadorian Police based on questionable links to Julian Assange and Wikileaks. Although he has been arrested, no charges against him have yet been filed. Near to the time of Ola’s arrest the Ecuadorian police tweeted an obscured photo of a person in detention and that person’s personal belongings, […]

Notes on Interactive Computing Environments

Apr 3, 2019

In the pantheon of my personal favorite books on computing, Interactive Programming Environments by Barstow1, Shrobe, and Sandewall places somewhere in the proverbial chancel. The book covers a wide range of topics from Lisp Machines, Smalltalk, Pascal, OOP, UNIX, AI, and intelligent agents but the common thread is this: Your programming environments should be an […]

A city is not a tree

Feb 22, 2019

While reading Christopher Alexander’s amazing essay “A City is Not a Tree” I was reminded of a page in one of my old notebooks. On that page I had taken some notes on some amazing computer science (and related) dissertations that might form the basis for a personal program design gestalt.1 In this post I’ll […]

The best things and stuff of 2018

Jan 2, 2019 some comments

Great things and people that I discovered, learned, read, met, etc. in 2018. No particular ordering is implied. Not everything is new. also: see the lists from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Great blog-posts / articles read One Windows Kernel – While I’m also a sucker for all things osdev1, my […]


Nov 27, 2018 some comments

While listening to Starboy by The Weekend I’m reminded about some codebases that I have to dive into more deeply. When reading codebases, be they for fun or profit, I tend to take a systematic approach to exposing them, described as: Get it building and running – not always as easy as it should/could be. […]

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