gilesbowkett.blogspot.com Archives - 21 April 2014, Monday

  • Tachikomas Twerking

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 20 Apr '14, 8pm

    Replace Your Printer With A Tiny Robot Tachikomas Twerking The Internet Will Never Be Secure, Ever

  • The Internet Will Never Be Secure, Ever

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 08 Apr '14, 7pm

    a discussion here a few years ago about memory vulnerabilities in C. Some people tried to argue back then that various protections offered by modern OSs and runtimes, such as address space randomization, and the availability of tools like Valgrind for finding memory access bugs, mitig...

  • A Book (And Video) Sale!

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 31 Mar '14, 11pm

    Remote Mentoring For Fun And Profit Idea: Drum-Based Dance Music Performance Context Learning C & Clojure In 2014 The NSA Power Grab Hurt American Security I'm Learning 3D Graphics with Cinema 4D

  • Interesting idea: micro-celebrities as highly-compressed information blobs

    Zed Shaw As Performance Art

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 23 Mar '14, 9pm

    A lot of people like to hammer the idea that celebrities are gods, and certainly, when Britney Spears backs up traffic, paralyzes my daily commute, and magically summons helicopters just by visiting a courtroom, it's possible to see her as some strange, demented goddess, just because ...

  • Remote Mentoring For Fun And Profit

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 21 Mar '14, 10pm

    I've done paid and semi-paid programmer mentoring for a while, and I'm going to tell you what it's like. In 2010 I ran a coaching service, basically mentoring other programmers for an hourly rate. It made good money, but I shut it down for two fairly capricious reasons. First, I had s...

  • blog post for those of you who like to combine dance music with writing code

    Idea: Drum-Based Dance Music Performance Context

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 19 Mar '14, 10pm

    It's hard to think of a more unexpected turn of musical events than EDM's commercial triumph. For decades, the US remained impervious to the charms of the house music and techno that had been invented under their noses in the 80s. Then suddenly, nearly a quarter of a century after the...

  • Top Ruby Article: Learning C & Clojure In 2014:

    Learning C & Clojure In 2014

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 19 Mar '14, 3pm

    A tweet got me started on the idea. (I started with BASIC when I was 11, and began doing all kinds of random web stuff long before I ever learned Lisp, but better late than never.) To be fair, I basically already learned Clojure last year, in the sense that I took a workshop on algori...

  • Robot Warriors Will Destroy America

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 16 Mar '14, 3pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • An oldie but a goodie: FizzBuzters by Giles Bowkett

    FizzBuzters

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 09 Feb '14, 4am

    To the contrary, I have been enjoying the fizzbuzz movement. First of all, of course programmers are going to solve FizzBuzz. Hackers are problem solvers and it's hard to resist that urge. Since when does uselessness enter into it? Some guys at SAP just used scriptaculous and rails in...

  • What Is Threequals

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 25 Jan '14, 5am

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • Serious CSS3 Animation

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 16 Jan '14, 7am

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • Nothing Happening But The End Of The World

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 13 Jan '14, 8am

    One of the most important changes in the Web over the last ten years is that conversation's moved from private email, community email lists, and writer-owned blogs into various corrals and golden cages. If you were writing code in 2006, particularly "cutting edge" code like Rails apps...

  • Anouk Wipprecht: Robotic Fashion And Intimate Interfaces

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 05 Jan '14, 1pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • #q "Ubuntu is the Rich Man's [Mac] OS X"

    Ubuntu Is The Rich Man's OS X

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 03 Jan '14, 7pm

    I tweeted that I was considering making my next box an Ubuntu machine, rather than OS X. One of the many responses: This was probably intended as praise, but I think it's actually a very significant mistake, and the truth is precisely opposite. In 2010, from Feburary to around October...

  • T-Shirt Design Addresses Government And Corporate Surveillance

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 01 Jan '14, 9pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • The Obvious Isn't Distributed Evenly Either

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Dec '13, 6pm

    Disclaimer: I own a tiny quantity of Bitcoin. This is not investment advice. I do not have the power to see the future before it happens. what nobody seems to have noticed is that Dogecoin and Bitcoin exist on a continuum with WoW "gold" and Amazon gift cards — Giles Goat Boy (@gilesg...

  • Heretical Guide To Ember JS

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 24 Dec '13, 12am

    I've written a new ebook. It provides a detailed introduction to Ember.js. One enormous caveat: it doesn't deal with the data layer at all. I think this is fine, because Ember Data hasn't gotten near 1.0 yet, and Discourse and some other Ember projects roll their own data layers anywa...

  • Year-End Sale On My eBooks & Videos

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 16 Dec '13, 6pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • New eBook: Hacking Music and MIDI (and Animation) with Node.js and Clojure

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 29 Nov '13, 5pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • Rails Is A Honda, Not An iPod

    Rails Is A Honda, Not An iPod

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 08 Nov '13, 8am

    Apple embraces open-source software, and yet - bizarrely - the company takes a notoriously hostile attitude to users who want to modify Apple products they buy. It took a class-action lawsuit and general outrage to get Steve Jobs to open up the iPhone to developers . If you want to ch...

  • Commodity Teledildonics Is Now Possible

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 31 Oct '13, 4pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • "It Feels As If It's Reading My Mind"

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 29 Oct '13, 4pm

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • New D&B Track: Maximum Bass

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 23 Oct '13, 3am

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • JavaScript Patterns For Contemporary Dance Music

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 18 Oct '13, 2am

    Are you a hacker who likes to make music? You know how you feel precise control when you write code you understand, but you have to filter your understanding of your music through oversimplified GUIs which sometimes have terrible UX? I made a series of videos which teaches you how to ...

  • One Option: Shut Down Neo

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 15 Oct '13, 10pm

    You probably know about this, but just in case, it's alleged that the Ruby consultancy Neo allowed former executive Joe O'Brien, fired for an incident of sexual assault, to claim he departed voluntarily. The alleged victim, Justine Arreche, said: There was an investigation and Joe was...

  • What Is The End Game?

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 13 Oct '13, 7pm

    The biggest problem with sexism in tech is people thinking it’s a problem with sexism in /tech/ — Adam Howard (@skattyadz) October 13, 2013 Let's consider the contradiction inherent in a free-market society which criminalizes sex work. Capitalism's founded on the right to property, bu...

  • New eBook: Software As A Disservice - Fixing A Broken Rails App

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 12 Oct '13, 10pm

    Software As A Disservice: Fixing A Broken Rails App . It's a caffeine-fueled foray into fixing legacy code. I wrote it partly because I have some Rails students who I'm training, and I wanted to show them the difference between bad Rails code and good Rails code. I also wrote it becau...

  • iOS Fucked Up My Brain

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 11 Oct '13, 2pm

    True story: I used to be pretty good about inbox zero. Then I started using iPhones and iPads. The email apps sucked compared to Gmail, so I got in the habit of leaving stuff in my iOS inboxes until I could go into Gmail on the web and clean them up. Then I got bad at inbox zero. Toda...

  • Rubyists, A Non-Endangered Species via @InoReader

    Rubyists, A Non-Endangered Species

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 28 Sep '13, 12am

    Twitter’s engineers came to realize that Ruby wasn’t the best way to juggle tweets from millions of people across the globe — and make sure the site could stay up during its headline moment with the president of Russia. The best way was a brand new architecture based on Java, a progra...

  • Nobody Will Ever Win

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Sep '13, 9pm

    Sarah Mei gave a talk at GoGaRuCo entitled "Why Hasn't Ruby Won?" It's a trick question; I haven't seen the talk itself, but at the end of the slide deck , Mei concludes: Ruby can't win, because language choices hinge on familiarity. And everyone who walks in Ruby's door has given the...