Holding Pattern

It’s been an absurd length of time since I’ve written a blog post. For most of the time, that’s because of a combination of both being too busy and also not really doing anything worth writing about, but for the past little while I’ve been reluctant…

Mid-conference-week notes.

This week is conference week in Edinburgh. Tuesday saw ScotlandJS, the first JavaScript conference in Scotland and the start of attempts to build JavaScript communities in Scotland. Note that last part, because it'll be appearing again later. While JavaScript isn't my main programming language, it is - like it or…

Americans should hire remote sysadmins.

Most internet start-ups these days don't manage their own hardware, unless they've got several hundred million dollars in funding and some fairly specialist needs. Pretty much everyone is working just fine on rented virtual machines, dedicated servers, and utility-pricing-model 'cloud' services. This doesn't mean that they don't need a sysadmin…

Call Out Gouranga And Be Miserable

This was originally written some time before 2003 - probably around 1999/2000, as that's when I was a student at Strathclyde University and got stopped by the Gouranga cultists every week on my way to and from Glasgow Central train station. A discussion on Twitter reminded me of it…

Hugs are not transitive.

A project that wasn't on my last from earlier in the week is the idea that was going to go on inappropriatetouching.com, which I registered back in September. The idea was derived from Paul Wilson's idea for a web site to resolve beer debts. You know how you post…

Projects

I guess like many a geek, I've a laundry list of half-started or only-exists-in-my-head projects. Every year I decide I'm going to work on them more, and then I don't really. (See: last year, the year before that, and the year before THAT.) So, in keeping with tradition I'm going…