Institutionalised education in the arts will finally be ousted as frivolity by a skirmish on such scale that the survivors will envy the dead. From the cold ashes of the ensuing nuclear winter, people will learn to create on their own volition, without the trappings of self-indulgence and pretence. Art for art’s sake while sipping on rare earth mineral tea is yesterday’s black. Systems that survived the electromagnetic saturation will succumb to ritual sacrifice — to heed warning unto others — as what is left of our species attempts to rekindle their humanity.
Status: Untested; Won’t fix
I’m not usually one for “New Year’s Resolutions”. If you want to make a change in your life, you should do it now, rather than waiting for some arbitrary demarcation. However, while I was in Shanghai over the New Year, I had plenty of time to myself — to mull over life — and came up with three tenets by which to live.
In an attempt to inject some much needed “renaissance” into my heavy-on-the-engineering blog, here is my take on Spaghetti Bolognese. A perennial favourite, which is ridiculously easy and cheap to make and — cue the nostalgia — the first meal my mum ever made my dad. (Aww!) My recipe combines those of my mum and dad, which I grew up on, with a touch of Mrs. Xoph’s influence as well as some magic from my chocolatier days.
(As for the pedants out there who are thinking, “The Italians don’t even know what Spaghetti Bolognese is!” I say this: In effetti, il sugo de carne dalla città di Bologna si chiama “ragù alla Bolognese” — o, semplicemente, “ragù” — che è noto bene. Però, gli italiani non lo servirebbero mai con spaghetti, perché sono troppo sottili: il sugo non si appiccica. Presumibilmente, quando la ricetta ha portato all’Inghilterra, lo spaghetto era solo disponibile. Allora, io uso le tagliatelle.)
It has occurred to me that the lifts at my workplace provide a strangely satisfying autological metaphor to the place as a whole.
I have sipped from the Kool-Aid that is Haskell…and I like it! Perhaps it’s the mathematician in me — I’ve yet to write anything non-trivial, so the reality of software engineering in Haskell I might find quite different — but it just appeals to me. So much so that I’m investing a lot of my time in changing my thought patterns from the traditional Von Neumann paradigm to the pure functional. Given that I want to rekindle said inner-mathematician, I hope to kill two birds with one stone!
Anyway, let’s have some beginner’s level Haskell fun!
Besides being the “go to graphic” for illustrating psychoactive substance abuse, the Mandelbrot Set’s aesthetic has afforded it currency as the de facto mathematical fractal. Despite its complexity, it is surprisingly straightforward to compute and, in this post, we shall do some of the usual visualisations…with a twist!
I have come to a sudden realisation about why enterprise software is so bad!
My reason for writing this is basically to vent my anger and frustrations. It is also in some vain hope that it will be picked up by others, such that those responsible will receive a more appropriate comeuppance. (However, let’s be honest: I’m a nobody and am realistic about my influence in the world!)