Search is too good
I remember being eight or nine years old and wandering around the young adult section, trying to find a good book. I would basically just tilt my head and wander the shelves, reading titles. If something sounded unique or interesting, I’d read the first page. If I liked it, I’d take it home. Deep in […]
WTAF: Designer, meet a programmer
So, I know I kinda promised a short story in my last post … but I was going to retheme this site first. And, well, I ran into some atrocious patterns trying to make the theme do what I want. I just wanted to share this, because I seriously went WTAF. Some time ago, people […]
Is It Time to Start Over?
You may (or may not) have noticed I haven’t posted in a while, but the reality is that I have over a hundred ready to publish posts. So, why haven’t I posted them? The answer is pretty simple: I wanted to better understand what I write about and how I can be more focused. It […]
Detecting If a Screen is Turned off in Linux
I occasionally write utilities for my computer that make my life a bit easier. This morning I was looking for a way to detect whether the monitor was turned off on my Linux laptop. The best advice I came across was using xset -q and parsing the following section: Wait, what? After diving into some […]
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My Dead Letter Queue
I came to a realization a long, long time ago that one day I’m going to die. One day, I won’t be here anymore. What happens then? How will people read my (hidden) blogs from the Army? How will people read my unpublished stories and poetry? How will my wife know how to pay the […]
There Are No Easy Wins — Stop Asking
How many times have you heard a manager ask: “What are the easy wins?”
Casem; an Experimental Language
Every few years or so, I like to try thinking up a new language for writing software. Mostly, I don’t publish them or even attempt to create a parser. This time. Well, this time, I blew my own mind with this one.
On Porting Beanstalkd to Scala
Beanstalkd is a notable and mature job queue. It’s written in C, rather sparsely commented, and moderately complicated. I wanted to add some functionality and discovered reading the code pretty tricky. The soundest way to learn what some system is doing is to rewrite it. At least for me. So, I did. In Scala.
The Right Place; The Right Time
In the Army, we had this saying: be at the right place, at the right time, in the right uniform. We also learn to do extensive risk mitigation. I’ve taken a lot of this to heart to learn that in the worst case, you end up in the wrong place at the right time, or […]