I’ve realized this many years ago, about my attraction to computer programming:
The world, which consists of analog phenomena infinite and unknowable, is reduced to the repeatable and the discrete.
Problem is, the world cannot be mapped entirely to a technical model, nor should it be. My career-long ambivalence about digital technology hinges on that core belief.
After a decade of the same non-responsive layout for this site, I have paid off some technical debt to myself. The blog is now on WordPress with a clean mobile-friendly style. The server has been upgraded from CentOS 5 to CentOS 7. And thanks to the good folks at letsencrypt.org, every site hosted on this server has been updated to support SSL (HTTPS).
Discovered today I needed an RPM for the madplay cli binary for CentOS and one did not yet exist.
So I built my first RPM today, thanks to an existing (if dated) .spec file I found.
Here’s the RPM.
And here’s the spec file I based it on.
Found this link perfectly helpful.
Hadn’t heard that quote before. Want to remember it. It’s credited to anonymous, who as Virginia Woolf tells us, must have been a woman.
I get asked from time to time, always by non-software-developers, why it is that I start my email replies at the bottom of the thread.
for their mental dexterity and I admire them read from bottom to top, but a select few from top to bottom, most people read
I share a birthday and a name with Eugene McCarthy. I also share his belief:
Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game and dumb enough to think it’s important.