Author: Mike Garrity


The Royal Society @ 350

The Royal Society turns 350 next year. They’ve set up a cool website as part of their celebration. It contains a timeline which lets you scroll through and see some of the more important...

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Skew Binary

Remember my earlier post about balanced ternary? Well, another odd numbering system has been in the news recently. Randall Munroe just published a collection of XKCD comics. The page numbers start out like this:...



This weekend, I needed to move a pipe to add a hookup for the icemaker in a new fridge. The pipe’s in a cramped wall between the downstairs shower and the alcove the fridge...


Robots Perform Shakespeare

There’s been a lot of concern over the years about the effect of automation on employment in various fields. There’s occasionally been some talk about this in acting because of CGI projects like Digital...


The Political Mind

I just finished reading George Lakoff’s book The Political Mind. If you’re not familiar with him, he’s a cognitive linguist at Berkeley. That means that he researches the ways in which language use reflects...


Steve Blank Finds Closure

Steve Blank was VP of marketing at Ardent when I was at Stellar. The two companies were rivals and then later were combined to form Stardent. He’s been telling a bunch of old stories...


Bad Code Offsets

Here’s a useful idea; Bad Code Offsets. They basically work just like carbon offsets, but for bad code. Just like carbon offsets, they’re designed to expose external costs to the correcting forces of the...

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Noisy Loops

It seemed like kind of a crazy, noisy day. I felt a little like this sketch.



This is great. An implementation of Logo which runs in a browser. The project page is here, but just skip straight to it by clicking here, and get your turtle moving.   Or try...


Leonard Nimoy Day

Today was Leonard Nimoy day in Boston today. Nimoy grew up in Boston and he’s back in town this weekend, so Mayor Menino issued a proclamation. To celebrate, we watched an old Star Trek...