Why You Hate Your “Productivity” Software

Tell me if this story sounds familiar. At your company, there is The Tool. Everyone is required to use The Tool. It is the central information hub for the entire company. Or at least it was supposed to be. In practice, it is where information goes to die.

PATH to Confusion

After installing the latest *env utility, I decided to stop and count how many of these things have accumulated in my shell.

Clojure Start Syscalls

Inspired by a recent article comparing the number of system calls at start made by various compilers, I decided to do the same with my Clojure start-time experiments.

Where Information Goes to Die

I’ve heard the phrase “where information / knowledge goes to die” applied to a variety of targets: email, wikis, various software products, even governments. But I wasn’t sure where it originated.

Org Mode for Blogging

On the impossibility of separating content from presentation I like writing in Emacs’ Org mode, not because it’s an especially good means of writing prose, but because I already use Org so heavily for notes and source code. My last post was written in Org mode. But my blog remains, as it always has been,… Continue reading Org Mode for Blogging

Old Fashioned Web Analytics in a Newfangled Serverless World

In case you didn’t know, I started a podcast this year: No Manifestos. One of the interesting things about podcasting is that it’s difficult to know who’s listening. This has even been suggested as the reason for the genre’s success, as it prevents the aggressive tracking and reductionist analytics that have made such a cesspool… Continue reading Old Fashioned Web Analytics in a Newfangled Serverless World

Sequences in Flatland

The inimitable Chouser has written an exhaustive analysis of the many ways to flatten a sequence of sequences in Clojure.

Clojure Don’ts: Numbered Parameters

Continuing my series of Clojure do’s and don’ts — which, as always, is a mix of technical recommendations and my personal stylistic preferences — and continuing on the topic of the previous post in this series, here are some more arbitrary rules about anonymous functions.