A Saturday in DC

Yesterday, I enjoyed what was a pristine spring day by venturing toward the District. After brunch at Lyon Hall, we hiked the loop on Theodore Roosevelt Island, and then enjoyed a beer on the patio behind the Madhatter. Two of my dogs, Addison and Arizona, joined us for the day. It was an amazing way to enjoy the weekend.

Gender and cultural bias in the programming world

Almost as soon as it had happened, my Twitter feed was abuzz with the keynote talk that Jacob Kaplan-Moss gave on how the internal mythology of programmer skill distribution leads to excluding and discouraging what must be the vast majority of software engineers. You should watch it, if you haven't:

CNN International romanticizes Cuban poverty

CNN International wrote a piece romanticizing slum tourism in Cuba this morning, lamenting that with the weakening of the US' embargo against Cuba and the inevitable end to that embargo, the timeless 1950's vintage character of Havana will wither away once American investors begin developing and modernizing the island nation. From the article:

Risk calculus, gender, and blame

As outlined with appropriate outrage over at the Frisky Fairy, FetLife, the social networking website for kink and fetish enthusiasts, finds itself in a bit of a firestorm with its members over its complacency or ineptitude at protecting its users' privacy, insofar as such things are possible.

Integrated toolchain for life management

Life is complicated. My brain is not cut out for the chaos of this life. Over time, I've found a set of tools that integrate very well to try to keep everything managed. If you have an Android phone and a Mac, you might find them helpful too.

Sunday coding fun: Blunderbuss

I took a break from doing my taxes this afternoon to scratch an itch. I call it Blunderbuss.

Head slamming against wall kind of bug

On a client job, I'm being asked to set up an instance of Discourse, a Ruby on Rails application for hosting discussion forums. I've been a fan of Jeff Atwood's blog for some time, so I was excited at the chance. Doubly so because Discourse's preferred shipping method is using Docker containers.

Murder. That's what it is.

Those of us who pay attention to the criminal-justice/police-militarization blogosphere all just... gasped... at this:

Free Association, the Long Forgotten Right

The Indiana version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has gotten far more attention than I'm sure its crafters anticipated. The pro-GLBTQ left excoriated Indiana as having passed a law thinly veiled to support individual bigotry against homosexuals and other non-heteronormative identities by invoking the tenets of religion.

Adventures in Publishing

Once again, I will try to maintain a regimen of putting metaphorical pen to even more metaphorical paper as a journal of my thoughts and a venue for conversation. Thank you for your indulgences.