I Am Burning My 20s Writing Code, and That's OK

Working as a software engineer is more mentally demanding than anything I have ever done. The amount of focus I have trained myself to gather each day is far beyond what I thought was possible.

I have been pushing much harder than before, in my new job. I have only ...

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Engineers are Morally Obligated to Pursue Radical Technologies

Capitalism in the 21st century is premised upon limitless growth. It assumes that we can continue to expand our consumption indefinitely. Everywhere we look, we see more and more natural resources being utilized for human needs. In fact, the faster we drain the environment, the better off the economy is ...

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I Am Retiring from CMS Projects

After 5 years, I have decided to leave Drupal behind to take my software engineering career in a different direction. In fact, this was the plan, even before I began working in Drupal. My gratitude to the Drupal community cannot be overstated. A handful of key, unnamed people in this ...

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Understanding Config in Elixir

Elixir uses a build tool called Mix, which allows you to define static global variables for your project inside a special file called config.exs.

A typical config.exs file looks something like this:

use Mix.Config

config MyApp,
  myVar: value,
  myVar2: value2

Inside your application, we then load the ...

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The Node.js Event Loop is a Damn Mess

There Is No Perfect Software

I must start this article by reminding everybody of my endless frustration with software engineering in general. Frustrations like those I describe below are the rule rather than the exception. Anybody familiar with my obsession with Lacanian psychoanalysis understands why I don't believe in ...

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What Vegans Can Teach Us About Morality

This post is not about whether or not eating animal products is ethical. This information is relevant to you know matter what you think about eating animals. It's about the complex role of the individual and our expression of personal values in today's society, and why truly dedicated ...

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Natural Talent and Programming

Recently, I attended a Meetup where one of the guests brought up an interesting question. She remarked about how programmers can accomplish a lot, sometimes with less knowledge than we think we need. As fresh novices, it's hard to even know when we are ready to hit the job ...

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What Is Work-Life Balance?

Work-life balance is much more than having time to yourself every evening. It's more than a 40 hour workweek, and it's more than taking a few weeks of vacation every year to see your family.

While a simple harmony between work and other obligations is an honorable accomplishment ...

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My Interest in Elixir

Almost exactly a year ago, I published a blog post regarding my excitement about Scala. Today, I am writing about an even newer programming language called Elixir.

Motivation Part 1: Scala Seems Impossible

I am not one of those naturally gifted programmers who can pick up new syntax on the ...

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Noppoo Choc Mini Review

The Noppoo Choc Mini is a mechanical keyboard. I scored a killer deal on Ebay and decided to pick it up.

Why I Bought It

In terms of size, it sits somewhere between a ten-key-less (TKL) and a 60%. I attend a lot of programming meetups, and therefore write a ...

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