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Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Have you heard the one about the guy who hates technology?

Mar 29, 2012

Yesterday,  amidst the rainy despair of Seattle spring, I found myself sitting in a talk given by Michael Huesemann entitled “Epic Technology FAIL”. I thought I was going to some sort of talk on internet memes and cats pining for cheeseburgers. I should have known better. I should have known better when the guy in front of me in line wrote out a...

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Rick Santorum: the sweater vest that could

Mar 19, 2012

The unthinkable has happened: the sweater vest has returned. Now, I emptied my closet of sweater vests with my farewell to Chandler Bing after the Friends finale. But like fedoras, and Superman reboots, the past is the future. The sweater vest has returned, personified by the latest last-hope of the conservative wing of the GOP, Rick Santorum. Now I’ve...

Is everyone miserable in New York City?

Is everyone miserable in New York City?

Mar 14, 2012

We are all miserable, every one of us, be it those of us in caught in the hoards of New York City,  to those eating fried okra at the Cracker Barrel in Knoxville. NYC, at first glance,  seems to only compound our misery with a daily routine that sometimes has us sitting in a smelly subway car, trapped behind  3 tourists walking abreast on an avenue, or...

Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Mar 6, 2012

Brrr…it was minus 3 degrees C today in NYC. For reference, in Phoenix its 22 degrees C, in LA its 13 degrees C. NYC winters are cold.  If that wasn’t obvious enough, this reality is driven home by the stream of Facebook pictures from friends in LA that showcase a beautiful sky with people frollicking on a beach in the dead of January. Quite often, I...

I found love in dynamic typing

I found love in dynamic typing

Mar 1, 2012

I’d not known bliss until I dipped my toes in the waters of dynamically typed languages. You see, starting with JAVA/C++ at Waterloo, up through my C# career at Microsoft, I only knew static typing. The idea of not needing a rigid type hierarchy was as foreign as democracy to a North Korean. Then I tried Objective-C: I walked across the DMZ, and straight into...