- Applying the lessons of the Golang scheduler to the Tokio scheduler in Rust
- Speeding up Nixpkgs by avoiding subshells
- Pessimism about engineering software
- The Racket programming language is heading in a new direction
- Ben Lynn’s “most functional compiler”
- Someone tries TLA+ and comes away impressed
- Something recommended by a co-worker: CMU 15-721, a course on Advanced Database Systems
- Matt Godbolt (of Compiler Explorer) on “why C++ isn’t dead”)
- Urbit is here
- Comparing APL and C (!)
- Remembering the era of Flash
- Clojure at “the immutable bank”
- Zen and the art of software maintenance
- Shareware and floppy disks …
- Reminiscing about different versions of Microsoft
- I recently discovered all the different “server-less options in GCP”
- Looking back at the first version of Redis, written in … wait for it … in Tcl !!
- A periodic reminder about microkernels
- Why text editing is so hard to implement
- (Re-)Assembling the Apollo Guidance Computer (!)
(or, “Dispatches from ebbs and flows in a mind-web”)
I’ve been toying with the idea of an email subscription option, with no success:
- I considered TinyLetter earlier on but never got round to setting it up.
- I considered Medium once, but the aesthetic constraints never appealed to me.
- WordPress has subscriptions too, but I do NOT want every single post to be an email update, I “mix in” a microblog within my blog, and don’t want to have the overhead of keeping that separate.
But it does make sense to have my monthly curations (the programming-specific one and the general one) be email-subscription-friendly …
… and then I discovered Substack, which seems to be a soft spot here — easy to use, easy to set up, hopefully not a hassle for you to consume from either — which inspired me to start a pilot project of sorts to use Substack to optionally serve these out.
For now, then, these posts will be duplicated there, available both on WordPress and as emails from Substack, so … pick whatever works. I myself have found it easier to subscribe to a small list of people that way, and once I saw folks like Matt Taibbi using it, it seemed “a credible enough platform” to use.
So, if you want to receive just the curation posts, by email, [Here’s the link] to sign up for updates on Substack.
(and here’s the link to (what will be) my Substack Archive)
- Home with Tara for a week
- Trick-or-treating with Tara 😀
- Poor sleep discipline 😔
- Finally got a “Real ID”
- Met up with friends a couple of times
- Diwali, Halloween
- Pumpkin painting (twice)
- Experimented with Airtable for a few inventory-ing tasks
- Random books in half-read stage
- Watched (on Netflix) The 2000s, Modern Love, Oceans (one of the best documentaries ever), Death dive to Saturn, Dark Crystal (whole separate post on this …)
- There’s a particular house with a very elaborate Halloween setup, with movie scene recreations, and a screen playing various scenes. I take a few pics when I pass it once, about a week ago, setting out for trick-and-treating with my daughter.
- Passing it on my way back again, I notice a black-and-white scene playing on the screen, and there’s an air hostess and … someone I recognize, is that, hmm … William Shatner? (as in … Star Trek, and, uh, Priceline?)
- I make a mental note to look this up, but then forget all about it.
- I’m browsing Netflix, for “recommended shows”, and I like to pause at every suggestion, because I watch a few seconds of whatever “clip fragment” ends up playing, sort of gives me a flavor. After a while, I’m not really looking at the titles, just the clips.
- I come across a black-and-white scene, with an air-hostess walking back towards … huh? … yes, it is William Shatner, and he’s looking out, and then he sees … something or someone, on the wing.
- It’s literally a continuation of the scene I was watching a week ago, picking up right where that left off. It’s an episode of the Twilight Zone
- This isn’t some random Twilight Zone episode, it’s one of the few episodes that I actually remember, with the weird creature on a plane’s wing.
(P.S. the title for this post really should’ve been a ‘tag’, but what could I possibly put as a title then?)
(I feel I’m making up for the lack of links for the last three months …)
- Running a blog for 25 years!
- The active core of our galaxy
- Craziness of San Francisco policy
- The effects of light at times, levels, places, where it shouldn’t be
- Seas boiling with methane in Siberia
- On the myth of progress w.r.t. technology
- Storing food, 400 millennia ago
- Sam Harris and faithless dharma
- Newly discovered moons of Saturn
- Using lira maps to find lost Maya cities
- A look at failed social networks
- Diving and exploring, to new depths
- The hopeless situation of San Francisco
- A review of “Neoreaction a Basilisk”
- Autonomous Black Hawk coming soon
- This almost sounds like retro science-fiction, but … the exquisite precision of time crystals
- Aerospike engines vs rocket engines
- Discovered Szukalski’s art from a hundred years ago … (!)
- Wonderful interactive description of the connections between the earth and the sun
- A dreaming Octopus …
- The link between graphene and the structure of spacetime
- Watership Down and politics …
- Looking at America’s food supply chain …