A media diet for the crazy years (2019, 2020) June 1, 2020

In the last year I read a lot less than normal, while at the same time I watched more streaming shows than I’m used to. I’ve been busier with work, in addition to what’s shaping up to be a crazy year. Stress and burnout kill my ability to focus on long form reading, which is […]

Bruce’s no-knead pizza dough May 31, 2020

This is a super lazy no-knead dough. It’s lazy in that you really only have to measure water, salt, and yeast, and then just add flour until it feels right. And even if it’s too dry or too wet, you can get a pretty good pizza out of it. This is a great dough to practice with, as it encourages you to think about how the dough looks and feels while you’re putting it together.

Did I mention that it’s a super lazy dough?

A very approximate version of Bruce’s pizza sauce May 30, 2020

This is a very approximate version of my pizza sauce. I make it different each time, though the pattern is tending towards what I outline here.

A JavaScript link mashup for Winter 2017: Things I used and liked in the JS universe this year. December 11, 2017

2017 was a good year for JavaScript. The newer language features are now part of our daily routine. Tightly integrated CI and packaging scripts are the norm, and we have a huge sea of libraries and tools available to us. The core JavaScript frameworks have settled down and mature to the point that we can be confident in JS as the base for large-scale commercial projects.

Tip: Become a part of your side projects. May 2, 2017

I’m an idea guy. It’s why I love designing software, both in terms of system design and user experience. I love designing and developing products too. It’s something that can get me fired up, keep me from sleeping, and keep me motivated through even the darkest, rainiest days.

My love-hate relationship with Sprints, Agile, and software development processes in general. April 22, 2017

In PM land we use tools and techniques like burn down charts, sprints, and spikes. You can get obsessed over getting these things right, and fail to ship effective, quality software. The special language used in and around these processes adds to the problem too, as the language ends up feeling like an accomplishment in itself. Too much focus on the pomp and circumstance of a process takes away from actually building great software.

Tips for Avoiding Technical Debt and Regret. August 15, 2016

It’s easy to feel unqualified to measure technical decisions, especially if you’re not technical. You may be disconnected from the planning process or you may not understand the jargon and details of an approach. How can you ask intelligent questions about risk when you feel so separated from what’s happening? How can you make clear decisions about risks with incomplete technical knowledge?

💰 Being Honest About “Technical Debt”. July 17, 2016

At best, we treat software technical debt like consumer debt, where we blissfully ignore the commodity and the terms of our choices, focusing only on our immediate need. At worst, we label our poor technical decisions debt (especially our predecessor’s). It’s a lazy phrase, a cop-out, and is a costly way of doing business.

Do just one more thing March 28, 2012

I have a suggestion. Do just one more thing. If it’s not rude, do another. And another.

📚 What I’m reading (Summer 2021 edition) August 24, 2021

Some of my Summer reading …

📚 What I’m reading (May 2021 edition) May 30, 2021

These are some of the essays I read in May 2021.

📚 What I’m reading (April 2021 edition) April 27, 2021

These are some of the essays I read in April 2021.

💡Good ideas aren’t always great April 17, 2021

What makes an idea good?

📚 What I’m reading (March 2021 edition) March 30, 2021

A few highlights of what I read in March.

A quick relish March 27, 2021

I like to work the fridge down until it’s almost empty, to both win the fridge, and to make it easier to clean. Today I wanted some relish, but don’t normally stock it in the winter as I use it so rarely. So instead I made some: ½ cup of chopped, sweet pickles ½ cup […]

Playing with the Pico-8 fantasy console March 25, 2021

I’ve been using Pico-8 as a virtual playground for playing with generative art ideas. Pico-8 is a highly constrained virtual machine that behaves a lot like a personal computer from the 1980s. It has a fixed colour palette, limited memory, limited screen size, and a simplified programming model using Lua. The constraints make it a […]

🥗 Sweet chunky salad dressing March 18, 2021

This is a hacky fridge-magnet recipe to use up some old herbs and sour cream. We had it this week tossed with a chunky combination of sliced cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and diced broccoli, carrots, and celery. 2 tbsp Hellmann’s mayo 2 tbsp sour cream ~2 tbsp (to taste) cider vinegar (Braggs is good) 2 tbsp […]

📚 What I’m reading (February 2021 edition) March 9, 2021

These are some of the things I read in February, the longer, more interesting essays and posts at least.

🍜 Sunday’s comfort food: A Thai inspired noodle soup March 7, 2021

Today’s dinner is inspired by a picture in my morning news feed. I’ll have to try that sweet potato curry recipe at some point, but today I’m working with ingredients I have on hand, which includes lemongrass, pork sirloin tip, and a boatload of veg. Pork and mushrooms 500-750g of pork sirloin, thinly sliced and […]