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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Have a Gimlet: A Go JSON/HTTP API Toolkit

Look folks, I made a thing! It's called gimlet, and it's a Go(lang) tool for making JSON/HTTP APIs (i.e. REST with JSON). Give it a whirl! It's actually even less a tool, and more of a toolkit or just "a place to put all of the annoying infrastructure that you'll inevitably need when you want to build an JSON/HTTP interface, but that have nothing to do what whatever your API/application does: routing, serializing and serializing JSON.…

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A New Era

I'm writing the draft of this from an airplane bound for Ireland for a week of singing. I travel often: taking weekend jaunts to go to folk festivals, singing conventions, Morris dancing tours, and so forth, I don't really vacation often. I find travel and managing the logistics of being in unfamiliar places stressful, and my idea of a good time has a lot to do with sipping a cup of coffee [1] writing something, and reading a book.…

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Style Chameleon

When I started my current job there were three major problems with the documentation: There was too much duplicated content, so it was difficult to know where to point people. Given that there were always multiple versions of the product in use, it was hard to figure out which paragraph refereed to which version, particularly as the product changed. Each page felt like it was written by someone else (it was!…

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Knitting and Programming

For 2013 and some of 2012 and 2014, I mostly stopped knitting and spent the time teaching myself how to really make software. It wasn't exactly that intentional in the moment, but time is finite and both knitting and coding require similar kinds of attention and thought. In retrospect this is what happened. I've started knitting again, not as much or in the same ways that I used to, but there's a bit more space in my brain for additional projects.…

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Brunch Plans

There's been a lot of change in my life in the last six months or a year, and I've mostly avoided reflecting about it in writing. I've tried writing about it and tried fictionalizing it: I've concluded that I'm just not comfortable with my own interpretation of either the last six months or my current state in a way that I could write from. Nevertheless, given the recent calendar roll over, there's a lot of reflection in the air.…

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Deep Dark Piles

For the last 9 years or so, I've kept a copy of a novel that I wrote during my junior year of high school. It's so crappy: I think I have a Word 95 file of it somewhere, but it mainly exists in this binder, which turns out to be just the right height to use as a foot rest, to keep my feet planted on the floor while I sit up at my desk.…

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