On the Efficacy of Vegan Marches

I wonder if these marches manage to convince enough people to reduce their meat consumption to offset the ill will that they possibly sow. While wandering around in London’s Piccadilly Circus neighborhood, I stumbled upon what I later learned to be the National Animal Rights March. A sizable gathering of colorful and impassioned people, young and old, were marching down the street with signs and banners, advocating greater sensibilities for the treatment of animals and a wholesale prohibition on the consumption of animal meat....

August 30, 2022

When to Write Code Comments

Generally speaking, my advice on this topic would be: Don’t write comments to describe what the code is doing. Code written in an imperative way can be read line by line to determine what processing is being performed. Re-stating the logic or steps of execution in a comment runs the risk of the comment falling out of sync with the code and becoming outdated. If a section of imperative code gets big, unwieldy, and hard to read, that’s probably a sign that a refactoring is needed and some abstractions need to be introduced....

August 17, 2021

Quarantine Likes & Dislikes

In quarantine, I like: Having an easy “out” from social obligations. Not having to bother buying or preparing food for myself. Alone time. Generally, not having to be anywhere at any particular time. I dislike: Any food I do get isn’t quite hot enough. No physical exercise. No dance parties (actual dance parties, like with a DJ and fabulous people). Not being able to hang out with my close friends.

August 17, 2021

My Advice to a New Grad

I was asked recently to provide advice to a new college grad. Here is the core of what I wrote. My advice to you is to write. Your writing doesn’t need to have a specific structure, and you don’t have to write for a specific audience, but getting your ideas down on paper is a service you can render to your future self. The important thing is to write with some regularity, even if not often....

July 30, 2021

On the Extinction of Animal Species

I’ve been reading Noah Yuval Harari’s Sapiens and have reached the chapter in the book where he tells of the profound impact that the Agricultural Revolution of our species had on ourselves and on the planet. In basic terms, the Agricultural Revolution was the period a little over 10,000 years ago when our species very gradually made the transition from subsisting as foragers and hunter-gatherers to settling down as farmers, living in settlements and villages with accompanying fields of domesticated crops and cattle....

March 28, 2018