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make things. make sense.
Sep 23, 2022 42 tweets 9 min read
back in 2017 i called this phenomenon "intentionally intensional" () neither specialist nor generalist but a secret, third thing
Sep 23, 2022 13 tweets 2 min read
it really is but it's also kind of 🍌🍌 how the spreadsheet has gone more or less unchanged for 44 years like, the spreadsheet is as old as emacs
Sep 23, 2022 6 tweets 1 min read
so instead of finishing said labour-intensive task i set up a reverse proxy for streaming that is only accessible by vpn; this took the entire afternoon there is something so pernicious about the general problem of "getting stuff to work on a computer"; it's so easy to tinker around with something and the next thing you know it's five hours later
Sep 22, 2022 8 tweets 3 min read
today's job: finish particularly labour-intensive task, then get back onto the program of writing chapter 4: ALTERNATING REPETITION.

here is chapter 3: BOUNDARIES buttondown.email/natureofsoftwa… if you don't know what I'm talking about in that last tweet, you must be new. I've embarked on a project to reconcile The Nature of Order with software as a medium and the idiosyncratic problem of making it: buttondown.email/natureofsoftwa…
Jun 25, 2022 5 tweets 1 min read
dall-e et al will put working artists out of work like visicalc put journeyman accountants out of work i mean, i am assuming the point of these models is to sell a service to media outlets/publishers, illustrations/book covers on demand
Jun 25, 2022 50 tweets 8 min read
whereas a physical building's construction budget is 80% actual construction (40% materials/equipment, 40% labour), and 20% design (12% architect, 8% structural engineer), i submit software development is 80% figuring out what to write, 20% writing it down actually probably steeper than that tbh

anyway this is why i have never liked the "build software" metaphor
Jun 25, 2022 4 tweets 1 min read
web apis i swear to god i swear every time i screw around with a web api i spend hours trying to remember how to log into the damn thing and then all my gumption is gone and it's time to drink
Jun 24, 2022 6 tweets 1 min read
out of curiosity i went and looked up when this episode of the simpsons ran: march 31 1994

plus ça change i guess that episode of the simpsons with the elephant that goes int anyway, watching in horror from canada, &c &c
Jul 18, 2021 16 tweets 3 min read
since christopher alexander is back in The Discourse™ i'm thinking about the main (deliberate? disingenuous?) criticism/misinterpretation of his work, which is that he is some kind of nostalgic neotraditionalist who wants to take the built environment back to the oldtimey days… …this overlooks the fact that his doctoral thesis was on the topological decomposition of design problems using a method we would now call "min-cut", something only achievable using a computer…
Sep 12, 2020 9 tweets 1 min read
i feel like this kind of thing is only going to increase by "this kind of thing" i mean something like… "opportunistic misinterpretation"