Looking For a New Agenda

February 8, 2010 I've been blogging for some time, but recently I begin to wonder why I keep blogging. Is it just a habit? Or am I aiming for something?

Technical Debt and Peanut Butter Jars

March 10, 2009 Let me regale you with the story of technical debt and peanut butter jars. A harrowing tale from my past.

Filed under reflectionsoftware-engineering

Deploying django-springsteen on Google App Engine

March 5, 2009 This articles covers the basics of creating a custom search vertical using django-springsteen and then deploying it on Google App Engine.

Filed under djangogoogle-app-enginespringsteen

QoS, Cost & Quotas

September 11, 2016 Rolling out cost accounting is often viewed as unimportant and unexciting work, but I think it's infact a critical reliability project.

Filed under architecturescaling

Healing a Burned Out Team

May 29, 2016 We often talk about individuals getting burned out by their work, but for large projects, entire teams burn out as well. Here are some ideas around healing a burned out team.

Filed under managementburnout

Anti-Objects and Reflexive Decisions (repost)

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.

Filed under rubywriting

Measuring Single and Multi Server Performance

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.

Filed under apachenginxmod_wsgiexperiment

How Pitance Versions Documents in CouchDB

September 17, 2009 A quick overview of how I ended up versioning templates in Pitance, requiring a bit of extra meta-data as well as creative use of the query api.

Filed under couchdbpitance

Writing Join in Erlang

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.

Filed under functionalerlang

You Should Take More Vacation

October 1, 2016 When did you last take a vacation? We spend so much time focused on recruiting new talent that we often forget to focus on rention, and ensuring our teams take vacations are one of the most important retention strategies we have.

Filed under management

Fixing What Ails LifeFlow

December 4, 2008 I like LifeFlow. I like it a lot, you'd hope so, because I'm probably the only person who seriously uses it. That said, there are a number of issues that make it difficult to work with, and they need to be resolved before the blog platform is genuinely usable.

Filed under lifeflow