23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism - a quick read that I’ve nonetheless taken weeks to slowly get through. As deeply critical Amazon reviews indicate, it isn’t completely neutral, but it does have really fascinating observations about economic principles that have been really helpful for my understanding. And, thankfully, it’s from 2012, so it can bring me out of the accursed present for brief moments.
Against Legislating the Nonobvious, about GitHub’s new Terms of Service, is a good legal-minded read about a slightly new policy. I’m thoroughly disappointed by the state of IP law, and its lack of progress. Simple questions like ‘can package metadata count as sufficient notice of a license’ aren’t concretely answered and probably never will be, at this pace.
The Rise of Worse is Better is a neat description of the LISP vs C design philosophies, and satisfyingly names the winning camp the ‘New Jersey’ approach, which as a proud New Jerseyan I enjoy.
Matt Might is switching to medicine. I’m competitive by nature - always trying to get to some new level of knowledge or competence. But there are a few people who, despite a great deal of humility, scare me - Matt is one of them, Jeff Dean is certainly another. Without alluding to the toxic 10x programmer myth, there is still something genuinely unnerving about people who’ve been part of so many consecutive home-runs, something that makes it hard to imagine the steps from ‘here’ to ‘there’.
I’ve been listening to this 12+ minute long song by Of Montrealconstantly. It’s perfect. It’s a lot like Deerhunter’s Monomania, which I’ve also been listening to a lot: a long, focused, trance-like repetition. Of Montreal’s jam has even less variation than Deerhunter’s with roughly one chord running the whole way through, but dramatic vocal shifts forming the song structure, kind of like early Bill Callahan songs, but angrier.