September 22, 2006

Advice for web application developers (circa 2006)

"why don't you take your skirt off and write some f***ing Javascript man?!"

-- Bill Higgins

(quoted with permission)

I love it :)

In Technology and Software

Posted at 08:30 AM | Permanent link

September 19, 2006

Who reads Knuth?

If I get one more email FROM THE DESK OF THE LOTTO CHANCELLOR I'm going to stick a fork in my eye and join Donald Knuth in signing off email altogether.

Hmm, Knuth... Knuth came up in conversation the other day!

Over IM I suggested to Bill we "knudge" a particular project in a particular direction.

"knudge? have you been excessively reading knuth?"

No... No, I haven't.

Which begs the question... Does anyone read Knuth? There's a consensus he's a great man, and I get warm fuzzies knowing he's a product of my alma mater. Yet, I personally can't think of anyone who's read his work.

I own volumes 1-3 of The Art of Computer Programming, and they look real impressive sitting on my bookshelf (just don't tell anyone they've never been opened). Same story for everyone I know.

I get the feeling Knuth's writings are becoming the "classical literature" of computer science - books everyone wants to have read, but nobody wants to read.

Then again, speaking as someone who's never read Knuth, I probably come off as a young, naive, arrogant bastard (as I do sometimes).

So I'm curious... I'd like to read Knuth. Have you read Knuth? What did you think? I could use some knudging.

Steve Jobs meets Donald Knuth

"It's a pleasure to meet you, Professor Knuth," Steve said. "I've read all of your books."

"You're full of shit," Knuth responded.

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Posted at 08:05 AM | Permanent link

September 12, 2006

New York, New York - January 2006

Here's something you can try at home:

  1. Snap a bunch of photos.
  2. "Lose" your camera in a drawer for eight months.
  3. Forget.
  4. When you're feeling down, find it again!

These are some photos I took during a trip to NYC with my brother Sam and sister Eliza way back in January.

New York, New York - January 2006 Photoset












(check the photoset - there's lots more)

Great fun.

In General

Posted at 08:16 AM | Permanent link