Rubber Duck Debugging

I mentioned the duck yesterday, so I should probably explain the duck.

Debugging is the act of removing errors or misfeatures from a computer program or system.

You know the thing where you’ve got a problem, and you’re going over it in your head, and it isn’t going anywhere, but when you explain the problem to someone else, suddenly the solution is obvious?

Turns out, the someone else doesn’t need to be animate, and it works nearly as well if you explain it to a small yellow plastic anatidae.

Thus, rubber duck debugging.

Blind leading the blinds

My office now has blinds and a whiteboard, so I feel less like I’m part of some kind of scientific experiment where the boffins behind the glass watch the unspecialised programmer attempt to explain facebook login flows to a strategically placed rubber duck.

It also has a whiteboard across almost the whole of one wall, in a way I’ve always wanted. My dreams are prosaic, occasionally, but also apparently achievable.

Edison Hate Future

In the future, where we are, I have a watch that has music controls. Pushing a button on my watch changes the track my phone (in a distant pocket) is playing though my bluetooth, wireless, headphones

So, this afternoon I got poked in the back of the head by a girl who *knew* I was ignoring her on the bus, because my “headphones weren’t even plugged in”.


Blank Slate

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time… to die

Cool URIs don’t change, but I’ve never been cool.

Fifteen years of archives just went poof, and I no longer feel beholden to any of it. They exist in three places: A database server, the Internet Archive, and my head. 

I got out of the habit of considering my own website when I was writing things. Stuff appeared on Tumblr, or as long posts to other people’s Facebook statuses, or random text files scattered over my Evernote account. So I’ve moved this over to tumblr, because it’s already in my flow of my day, in the hope that I’ll remember to write more, and not try to be perfectionist about the whole thing.

It’s been a while since I did an actual personal update here. I’m still living with my girlfriend in London. I’m working for Istic.Networks, ie, me. I’ve recently acquired office space in North London where I’m working on various contract things and a new startup thing I’ll explain more about when it’s ready for that kind of thing.

I am, still, writing a novel. It’s working title is “The mockery of Demetri James Jonathan Stark” and is currently slogging though the middle until I can push the dominos down to the conclusion.