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Life Under the Weight of Opportunity Cost

July 17, 2016, 4:30 a.m., last updated July 17, 2016, 4:42 a.m. Entry tagged as editorial , health and long.

This is a self-reflective post, interesting mostly if you want to understand what goes on inside my head these days. There’s no practical knowledge to be gained from it, no commentary on politics, popular culture. It’s meta.

My Brain, Apple and the Transfer of Fragility

April 8, 2016, midnight, last updated March 29, 2017, 11:10 p.m. Entry tagged as apple , editorial , health and long.

Let’s talk for a while about trust issues and data robustness. There’s really two interconnecting stories here so bear with me while I go overboard with the backstory.

What single-dispatch generic functions mean for you

June 5, 2013, 11:50 a.m., last updated Jan. 23, 2019, 6:06 p.m. Entry tagged as long , PEP and python.

PEP 443 has just been accepted. It brings a uniform API for creating and managing single-dispatch generic functions in Python 3.4. If the last sentence read to you like some Haskellish solution to a self-inflicted problem, this post is here to explain how generic functions may help you to organise real world code.

The Zen of Python and Me

March 31, 2012, 10:07 p.m., last updated April 14, 2012, 2:17 a.m. Entry tagged as long , python and zen.

import this is a brilliant easter egg in the Python interpreter. In just a few words it catches the philosophy behind what is considered "pythonic". One might argue that it describes the essence of what is so great about the language, its libraries and its community.

But for it to be more than just a bunch of aphorisms, a programmer has to ask herself: how do I conform to those guidelines in my daily work? I asked myself this question the other day and here are a few thoughts and opinions. Beware that this is at times very meta.