Subjects Keeping Me Awake


Shirts and symmetry

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Greg Lynn is an architect with a strange taste in shirts. He however has very good taste in architecture. In this TED-talk he however said something quite profound. Symmertry is not the sign of order and organization, symmetry is the absence of information. It immediatly struck me as at the very core of how I look at software and in particular bad software. In the end it seems, the reason bad systems design is bad is because it is not symmetric when it could have been. Unnecessary complexity is a well known bad boy in software engineering but I don’t think it quite explains the underlying problem in the same profound way this theory of symmetry breaking does. Symmetry breaking also explains how you can in rare cases see really large systems that are still not ugly and it is a hopeful thought: You can actually add functionality without moving towards that seemingly inevitable code bloat. You can do it, if you can do it without breaking symmetry. But look out! your shirt may still be ugly as hell.



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Paul Eluard, Portrait by DaliHoly mother of god, someone asked me to blog. My life is officially over. I am now a soul valued only by the collected bits it manages to produce. 

I am Bob Scoble

Of course he has readers in plural which is, put mildly, salting the agony.

I just saw Stephen Fry claim that ‘Zeitgeist is my middle name’. Personally I was unaware that he was jewish but really, I am not surprised. Middle aged, hiv positive and sad at that. The odds weren’t really getting anyone psyched. On the other hand, he was in character so I guess I shouldn’t draw to wildly on it.

Anywhoo… thoughts of the holidays included reversible execution of instruction set simulators(papers appreciated), carbonara recepies and the term ‘support drinking’, the english translation doesn’t really do it justice so I am considering renaming it to ‘suppressive drinking’ since it tends to bring to mind ‘suppressive fire’ and  then I just let the mental imaging take it from there. Did some field testing on monday and it worked like a charm. Went to bed early (tuesday morning) and had a sweet little head ache all tuesday which went well with the sad little macworld keynote of the day. The jury is still out on what the ideal results of suppressive drinking actually are but I’m putting it up as a win for the time being.

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