A guided tour of my blog

Hello and welcome to my blog. Here is a quick tour.

Who do I write for? My blog is not “popular” by any stretch of the imagination, and I’m cool with that. I mostly get a bunch of recruiters and a few other passers-by here. So, I write firstly for myself; then for my kids, as a testament of who I am and who I was; then, for all of you, whoever you might be.

Ideally, I would update this blog 2-3 times a week, consistently throughout the year. In practice, my updates are burst-y: (1) I make a bunch of edits over a few weeks, (2) then radio silence for a few months, (3) then back to (1).

About all those recruiters: I have nothing against recruiters as people, and some of them have been kind enough to tell me they liked what they read, but in general, when a recruiter is reading my website, they are just doing their job, which is recruiting. I send recruiters to my page tl;dr for Recruiters.

This blog is about both professional and personal interests. As for being a software developer, I started a career advice page, and my most popular article so far is Coding as a hobby? For me, non-work coding is a regimen, like going to the gym.

I have been trying to blog more about my creative hobbies, but that has been slow going so far. Check out Learning Adobe Illustrator by manually tracing: Jango Fett Pt. 1 or My first Processing sketch.

This blog is using a theme that I started by forking a standard theme. Check out the updates, such as Version 1.2 of Moderately Austere, a personal blog WordPress theme, has been released and Moderately Austere, or the Power of Fork–Exec.

Post Update

I recently updated my post on how to write good blog posts. You can read the updated version here.

In this new version, I get much closer to capturing the points I want to get across. I use these guidelines as I write new posts and edit older ones.

Happy reading!

Coding as a hobby? For me, non-work coding is a regimen, like going to the gym

Einstein FTW

The opinions stated here are my own, not those of my company.

tl;dr – Don’t feel pressured to treat coding as a hobby if you don’t actually find it fun and relaxing. If your goal is to get better at coding, just treat non-work coding as a regimen, like going to the gym.

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Bruce Nauman On Clarity

Bruce Nauman

Having to say it out loud, having to explain what you are doing, forces you to be clear. You can’t just fumble through and get something and say “That’s what I meant to do all along”. That is the part I think about in my work: making sure that what I’m doing is really clear. Then it’s available, and those are the kinds of things you look for, in art, and this changes the structure of how you can think about art, and it’s there for you. And those are wonderful things when you are in their presence.

Bruce Nauman

This quote is from an episode of the show “Art in the Twenty-First Century” featuring the American artist Bruce Nauman. You can watch that episode online. He was drawing (no pun intended) a parallel between proof and clarity in mathematics, and clarity in art. I would extend the parallel to creative projects in general.

Re: 25 years of coding, and I’m just beginning

An interesting article made the front page of HN the other day:

25 years of coding, and I’m just beginning by DeChamp.

This article touches on a number of key topics that have affected me as well, so now is a perfect time to get my thoughts on these issues down on digital paper. Please read the article yourself, but here is how I’d summarize the key points:

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