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June 24 2016

Robot Koch - Eclipse (ft Julien Marchal) Official Video on Vimeo

April 24 2016

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March 26 2016

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February 19 2016

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January 04 2016


Not quite. Here's how it works:

If you're making a list, place a comma after every list item but the last (eg. "Me, myself, and I").

The other major use is for certain cases of attaching a dependent clause to an independent clause.

An independent clause is something that could be a sentence by itself. For example "I like her". It has a subject (I), a verb (like), and an object (her).

A dependent clause is something that can't stand on its own, like "In a platonic way". ("In a platonic way... what? What's in a platonic way?")

There's one order in which you can combine these clauses which requires no commas. "I like her in a platonic way".

If you want to reorder things, you use a comma to cue the brain that it needs to context-switch or shelve the clause in order to parse the sentence. For example, "In a platonic way, I like her".

(In other words, punctuation like commas is used to prevent the brain from having to make multiple passes over longer or more complex sentences to successfully parse them.)

You can also place one clause inside another. Then, you need two commas:

"It was an ordinary, if somewhat brusque, winter day" ("It was an ordinary winter day" is a perfectly valid sentence on its own, then you stick "if somewhat brusque" in the middle rather than on the end, so you need to context switch away and back. Two commas.)

The pause is a cognitive side-effect of what the comma really means and the easiest way to determine whether you need a comma is to try stretching or shrinking the pause to see which feels more wrong. (For example, "Give or take, of course." Without the comma and its associated pause, a literal reading is "You should give or take 'of course'" as if "of course" is some object that can be given or taken.)

You use an ellipsis for a pause without context-switching. For example, "I think he's a... difficult person."

Finally, if you're sticking together two independent clauses (things which can stand on their own as complete sentences), then you don't use a comma (the name for that mistake is "comma splice"). Instead, you use either a conjunction (for/and/nor/but/or/yet/so. FANBOYS for easy remembering.) or a semicolon (;).

A semicolon indicates that tone of voice is supposed to substitute for a conjunction. (eg. "I like this but she likes that." "I like this; She likes that.")

Closed source and building for Windows : rust

December 21 2015


Around 2006-2007, it was a bit of a fashion to hook lava lamps up to the build server. Normally, the green lava lamp would be on, but if the build failed, it would turn off and the red lava lamp would turn on. 

By coincidence, I've actually met, about that time, (probably) the first person to hook up a lava lamp to a build server. It was Alberto Savoia, who'd founded a testing tools company (that did some very interesting things around generative testing that have basically never been noticed). Alberto had noticed that people did not react with any urgency when the build broke. They'd check in broken code and go off to something else, only reacting to the breakage they'd caused when some other programmer pulled the change and had problems.

So Alberto hooked up the build server to the lava lamps, which he put in the middle of the large U-shaped table configuration that the people worked at. (About the same number of programmers we have, maybe a little more.) This solved the problem, but Alberto noticed something additional and interesting.

It turns out that lava lamps take about 15-20 minutes to get warm enough for the wax bubbles to start floating upward. What was interesting was that it became a competition among programmers: as soon as the red lava lamp turned on, the person who'd broken the build really really wanted to fix it before the bubbles started rising.

This was another of my Aha! moments: Everyone knew broken builds should be fixed quickly. No one did it. Introduction of a completely irrelevant stimulus/challenge caused people to behave correctly. Reason could not counteract unreasonable natural inclination, but a different unreasonable natural inclination could.




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Articles (and movies) about Jobs are more often than not really about the people who are inspired by him. If you want a word to understanding their take on the world, forget "fanboy" or "Technium" or any of the other resentful or abstract things. A better word is "taste." This is often a tool of intelligent men of little emotional maturity or technical ability, in search of proof that such shortcomings just don't matter. Jobs (fairly or not) represents those things well enough to make him a perfect avatar.

I suspect the movie won't do very well. The people who care enough about Steve Jobs just aren't buying what it's selling.

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September 14 2015

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