Isolation and Ideology Change

Following the 2016 election my father, who is a much more active participant in Facebook than I, said something to the effect of "don't mourn; organize. I had a long winded post on the topic of 'don't celebrate; organize', but the bottom line is the same: organize." I'd append to this just to make clear that I'm of the opinion that self care, survival and the care for and survival of our communities is crucial.…

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Deleuze and Grove

I've been reading, two books non-fiction intermittently in the last little bit: Andy Grove's High Output Management and Deleuze and Guatteri's What is Philosophy?. Not only is reading non-fiction somewhat novel for me, but I'm sorting delighting in the juxtaposition. And I'm finding both books pretty compelling. These are fundamentally materialist works. Grove's writing from his experience as a manager, but it's a book about organizing that focuses on personal and organizational effectiveness, with a lot of corporate high-tech company examples.…

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Shimgo Hugo

In an effort to relaunch tychoish with a more contemporary theme and a publishing tool that (hopefully) will support a more regular posting schedule, I also wrote a nifty go library for dealing with reStructuredText, which may be useful and I think illustrates something about build systems. In my (apparently still) usual style, there's some narrative lead in that that takes a bit to get through. Over the past couple of weeks, I redesigned and redeployed my blog.…

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Going Forward

I wrote a post about moving on from being a technical writer, and I've definitely written some since then about programming and various side projects, but I haven't really done the kind of public reflection on this topic that I've done historically about, many other things. When I switched to a programming team, I knew some things about computers, and I was a decent Python programmer. The goal, then was to teach myself a second programming language (Go,) and learn how to make "real" software with other people, or on teams with other people.…

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Works In Progress

I've posed about some of these projects before, and I used to regularly post little overviews of the things that I'm working on. But I've not done a lot of this recently. Time to do some back fill. I think it's probably good to take a step back from time to time and inventory and evaluate the priorities of various projects. Not to mention the fact that I usually say "I'm not really doing much these days," when this isn't really true.…

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Get a Grip

I made another Go(lang) thing. Grip is a set of logging tools modeled on Go's standard logging system, with some additional (related) features, including: level-based logging, with the ability to set a minimum threshold to exclude log messages based on priority (i.e. debugging.) Error capture/logging, to log Go error objects. Error aggregation, in continue-on-error situations, where you want to perform a bunch of operations and then return any errors if any of them returned an error but don't want to return an error after the first operation fails.…

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Said on the Train

I finished, on the train this week, reading Freud and the Non-European by Edward Said (on the recommendation of zmagg and it was, one of the better reading experiences I've had in a while. Said is brilliant, and clear and says really complex important hard things in a really clear and approachable style. He's also frustratingly correct, which isn't really a problem, but as an engaged and independent reader, I occasionally realize that the internal monologue of my response is an unintelligent "yep yep" chorus, and I feel like I've fallen down on the job of being a good reader.…

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