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Elixir’s fun. Surprise, surprise!

“The sound of surprise” was a used by Whitney Balliet, a jazz reviewer, to describe the magical nature of improvisation. I expect that’s where the title of a Bill Bruford’s Earthworks album came from, but before I discovered that the… Continue Reading →

VROOOM VROOOM VROOOM…

What’s new is new again. I find it interesting to hear the “musical drafts” of album tracks to see how material developed, and I love hearing the live rendition of album tracks to see how they can come to life… Continue Reading →

Documentation and “Coincidental vs. Intentional”

Recently I’ve been reading the documentation for the Elixir programming language, in particular the Documentation != Comments section. Like so many other aspects of Elixir, the documentation has picked up good ideas from a number of places and woven them… Continue Reading →

The Joy of Crimson

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to go to the “friends and family” full dress rehearsal show of King Crimson at Palais Montcalm in Quebéc. Not only was the music a delight, but the gig also gave me an insight… Continue Reading →

Irrational Irritations

I was looking at the Elm Style Guide and this good vs. bad comparison struck a nerve which made me consider a small loosely held prejudice of mine: Good: type alias Circle =     { x : Float  … Continue Reading →

Fun Distractions

I often find that the “simplest” things can lead me down interesting paths, and being led down interesting paths can take more time than anticipated. This is an account of one of those things… I have been a happy Mac… Continue Reading →

Stumbling Through Elixir

I’m working my way through 30 Days of Elixir at a relaxed pace, and I’m starting to get a sense of the possible differences in approach between the languages I already know (procedural and OO) end Elixir. Today’s exercise (09-ping.exs)… Continue Reading →

Elixir the Language

I’ve started working with the language Elixir for fun after many months of meaning to have a go at it. The experience to date has been great. I’ve long been intending to get some experience with functional programming, having used… Continue Reading →

Environmental Factors: Chatter

Some recent tweets containing a Florence Nightingale quote about noise have reminded me of one of the environmental factors which seems to sap my mental energy — background noise. The quote was from her book Notes on Nursing, at the… Continue Reading →

The New Privateers

I have finished reading George Lakoff’s The Political Mind after a (patient) friend lent it to me years ago, and I wish I had read it sooner. It has opened my eyes to how important the framing of issues can… Continue Reading →