Month: September 2023

  • Reading: September 2023

    A list of interesting things I (at least partly) read in September 2023. Things that I am reliably informed are interesting, but haven’t got round to reading

  • Code without fear. Sometimes?

    There is a blog post written by Julia Evans about fear, and how it can make people worse programmers. I think that it is well known, and if not then it deserves to be; I have found it to be very useful advice. There’s also a great talk that Gian-Carlo Rota gave at MIT which…

  • Please, don’t stretch your text across the entire screen

    There are a lot of great blogs on the internet, exploring such a wide variety of niche (and less niche) topics. One thing which (very slightly) gets in the way of reading such blogs is that a lot of blogs have unreasonable line lengths. Perhaps there some superhumans out there who can read like this,…

  • “You’re being defensive”

    I learned of this strategy a few years ago at a debating tournament. Someone (who shall remain unnamed) recommended that you should always describe your opposition as “defensive”. There’s no coming back from being called defensive. The natural (instinctive) reaction is to say I’m not being defensive – a defensive person which doesn’t work because…

  • Websites I like

    There are a lot of very good blogs out there, but sadly a lot of them are quite hard to find. Here are some I enjoy (not categorised or sorted or in any order of preference in any way) I also greatly enjoy the discussion forum tildes.net (it is structurally a lot better than virtually…