gilesbowkett.blogspot.com Archives - 19 September 2014, Friday

  • Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire

    Why Scrum Should Basically Just Die In A Fire

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 18 Sep '14, 10am

    Everyone calls their cards simultaneously by turning them over. People with high estimates and low estimates are given a soap box to offer their justification for their estimate and then discussion continues. Repeat the estimation process until a consensus is reached. The developer wh...

  • My Name Is Giles, And I Am A Panda

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Aug '14, 10pm

    ...computing spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen... the lack of a real computer science today, and the lack of real software engineering today, is partly due to this pop culture... If you look at software today, through the lens of the history...

  • The Bizarre Bazaar: Who Owns Express.js?

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 01 Aug '14, 1am

    When TJ Holowaychuk lost interest in maintaining Express, he did the right thing (for a change) by letting others take over and keep it going. In open source, that meant the project was no longer his, even if it was located under his GitHub account – a common practice when other peopl...

  • @fhwang I did some related experiments but it was very "web developer tries naive nlp"

    Blog Comment Similarity Detector (Free Code For Disqus)

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 19 Jul '14, 11pm

    A little while back, a Disqus plugin annoyed me in some way. I don't remember how, but I do remember that I tweeted Disqus about it, and they fixed it, mostly. I've decided to return the favor. Yesterday, the MetaOptimize blog post NLP Challenge: Find semantically related terms over a...

  • Real Talk

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 29 Jun '14, 5am

    1/ Britain had a very strong female leader at the head of a police state in Queen Elizabeth, in the late 1500s, when Shakespeare got started — not a chatbot (@gilesgoatboy) June 29, 2014 2/ so if Hillary Clinton wins in 2016 America will have caught up to where England was in the 1590...

  • Ye Olde Blogge Sale

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 09 Jun '14, 8pm

    I wrote a book on Rails which a lot of people praised and a book on Ember which seems to have become Google's number one autocomplete suggestion for my name. But I also make products that are fun. Here's a video from my latest product , in which I model an anime robot in 3D using Thre...

  • The Rails/Merb Merge In Retrospect

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 08 Jun '14, 10pm

    Rails will become more modular, starting with a rails-core, and including the ability to opt in or out of specific components. We will focus on reducing coupling across Rails, and making it possible to replace parts of Rails without disturbing other parts. This is exactly what Merb me...

  • Nobody Is Thinking Clearly About Robot Cars At All

    Nobody Is Thinking Clearly About Robot Cars At All

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 08 Jun '14, 3am

    One problem is that if you have a monopoly, you probably don’t want to talk about it. Antitrust and other laws on this can be nuanced and confusing. But generally speaking, a CEO bragging about the great monopoly he’s running is an invitation to be audited, scrutinized, and criticized...

  • The Rails/Merb Merge In Retrospect

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 05 Jun '14, 9pm

    Rails will become more modular, starting with a rails-core, and including the ability to opt in or out of specific components. We will focus on reducing coupling across Rails, and making it possible to replace parts of Rails without disturbing other parts. This is exactly what Merb me...

  • Top Ruby Article: Men Who Feminists Should Read:

    Men Who Feminists Should Read

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 23 May '14, 5pm

    I had the good fortune to read The Prince and snippets of The Conquest of Gaul in high school, and the entirety of The Peleponnesian War in college. I also read The Art of War and The Book of Five Rings in my early 20s, and Good Strategy, Bad Strategy just a year or so ago. If you're ...

  • @kneath

    Do Users Really Even Exist?

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 09 May '14, 1am

    It might sound like a crazy question, so here's an alternate version: is it even sane to assume a one-to-one mapping between usernames and people? If that's one too provocative, how about this one: do you have more than one e-mail address? OpenID is a cool idea, and some of its aspect...

  • Soylent: A Very Bad Idea

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 07 May '14, 3pm

    A lot of people are excited about a deeply misguided project called Soylent , which inaccurately describes itself as "a drink that has enough of every essential nutrient the human body needs." It is a drink. That part is accurate. However, the exact number of nutrients a human body ne...

  • Apology Etiquette In San Francisco

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Apr '14, 7pm

    Apology Etiquette In San Francisco Build an Anime Robot in WebGL Using Three.js Replace Your Printer With A Tiny Robot Tachikomas Twerking The Internet Will Never Be Secure, Ever

  • Apology Etiquette In San Francisco

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 26 Apr '14, 3pm

    Apology Etiquette In San Francisco Build an Anime Robot in WebGL Using Three.js Replace Your Printer With A Tiny Robot Tachikomas Twerking The Internet Will Never Be Secure, Ever

  • saved a ton of money (in units of time) buying the latest @gilesgoatboy joint:

    Build an Anime Robot in WebGL Using Three.js

    gilesbowkett.blogspot.com 25 Apr '14, 7am

    are robotic spider tanks (which can also double as vehicles) from the anime TV series Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex . Despite some fairly relentless fan service , it's a great show . It features terrific cyberpunk, where the Tachikomas are not just props or weapons, but also...

  • 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 ...