Author: Mike Garrity


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...

Noisy Loops 0

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...

Cookie and XFish 0

Cookie and XFish

When I blogged about Multics yesterday, I forgot to mention my favorite Multics program. Cookie was a program that you use to use to hack someone’s account when they left a terminal logged in....


Multics Turns 40

Multics, one of my favorite operating systems recently turned 40. I first encountered it in ‘76 on the big machine at MIT. It was quite a revelation at the time. The other systems I...

Marine Traffic 0

Marine Traffic

As Melville wrote: Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth ; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul ; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses and...

SPDE Starlings 3

SPDE Starlings

OK, I think I’ve got SPDE generating applets now. Let’s see how this works. Leave me a comment if you have trouble running this one. This is a variant of the Bees sketch I...