February 18, 2009 Here is a first for my blog: an experiment conducted using something approaching the scientific method. In other ways it wasn't a first for my blog, because it was essentially a complete failure. Damn it.
June 7, 2007 This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. This one talks about object orientation often blinding us from simple solutions.
May 5, 2008 Erlang doesn't have a built in function for joining strings, and so I sat down to put one together quickly. A quick look at two different ways that join can be implemented.
March 6, 2009 I've simplified the process of deploying django-springsteen on the Google App Engine down to a several minute process. Take a look.
January 2, 2010 This third part of the series working on Dynamo works on refactoring the code thus far into something more workable. In particular we add unittests and convert the message-passing based implementation into an OTP gen_server.
August 18, 2009 Here is my first attempt at putting together some thoughts on a computer science paper, in this case Jim Gray's A Transaction Model from 1980. It is an excellent paper which pushed me to think about my current work project in a broader light, and also inspired some ideas about potential future side-projects to experiment with.
September 7, 2008 I spent much of the day writing Mahou, which is the Japanese word for magic, and is now also a Yahoo! Boss Search Mashup Framework and Cappuccino (and Google App Engine, while we're at it) powered image search engine. It's a pretty interesting application, and even the least technical readers might enjoy playing around with it a bit.
July 1, 2008 Recently I have run into a few situations where I really wanted to avoid Markdown messing with segments of text, and there isn't a completely intuitive way to deal with that by default, so I put together a quick solution. And.. while I was at it I added some support for rendering Textile and ReST from within Markdown as well.
July 14, 2007 It can be a bit awkward to implement MarkDown and Code Syntax highlighting together in your Django applications. But making them play nicely together doesn't have to be a hassle. Beyond that, its about time to teach your Django blog to automagickly create MarkDown references for you. If only it would stop begging at the dinner table...
June 10, 2016 Interviewing fills many with a sense of dread, but as an industry I think we are incrementally moving in the right direction. Here are some steps towards a humane interview process.
December 29, 2007 Isn't it one of the great dreams of humans to design and build your own home? Well. I had a few ideas this morning and decided to put together a sketch.