Here you can see all content on this website. This is probably not what you want: most of it will be pretty boring to you. There's some tweet-like content here that isn't particularly carefully edited. I mostly publish this for search engines to have something resembling a sitemap, and my three friends interested in knowing what I'm up to, even when it's trivial.
Weekly Report 2021, September 13 - 19
This week in numbers: closed 8 issues, authored 1 PR, closed 49 PRs, and reviewed 6. No highlights this time since I badly hoped to be able to squeeze in some work on Saturday but that turned out not to be possible (it’s birthday season in my family).
Weekly Report 2021, September 6 - 12
Slower week this time as Monday was off due to US Labor Day. Apart from reviewing and merging pull requests, I spent some time on Thursday getting to know Datasette, fiddling with the SQLite data format to find one that lends itself best to analytical queries, and making sure that the dataset can be periodically updated. I’ll be writing a separate post with the findings from that.
Weekly Report 2021, August 30 - September 5
Slower week in terms of pull requests as I coded more myself and did some release management work.
Daniel Kahneman - "Thinking, Fast and Slow"
While it starts somewhat cringeworthy and could have easily been three times shorter, I still found it a great read in the end. I won’t be making a thorough summary as it appears Wikipedia’s got a very good one. I’ll focus on the things that made the biggest impression on me.
Weekly Report 2021, August 23 - 29
I spent the week preparing for releases of Python 3.9.7 and 3.8.12 next week. Namely, making sure that pending security content is merged and including other high-profile fixes.
Weekly Report 2021, August 16 - 22
This week my family and I visited the Polish seaside. Since I’m admittedly not a big fan of doing nothing at the beach for 8+ hours a day for a week, I decided to just keep working for that week. I figured that since I was already remote, being a little more remote this week won’t make much difference.
Weekly Report 2021, August 9 - 15
Can you believe it? I’ve been doing this for a full month now! More deep dives this week. Mostly around making reference leak tests run on macOS, which I need to be able to check PRs locally before landing them. This will take at least another week to get right. I also made progress on gathering data from all Github PRs which will allow us to answer some interesting questions about our behavior as a team.
Weekly Report 2021, August 2 - August 8
While this week I wasn’t sprinting so crazily towards beating the 1,400 open PRs, we managed to keep the number of PRs around that line. In fact, I deliberately spent more time this week to do more coding.
Weekly Report 2021, July 26 - August 1
This week I tried to drop the open pull request count below 1,400. This was a grueling task and I barely succeeded.
Weekly Report 2021, July 19 - 25
Second week passed as fast as the first one, if not faster. This time I dug into more non-trivial issues. While most were around typing, there was also quite a bit of C involved. Also, we were able to close Dennis’ PR to speed up
bytes.find is now 22%+ faster on real-world data).
Weekly Report 2021, July 12 - 18
First week of work done. While there are bigger overarching goals for the role, this week I decided to dive right into PR review which looking at our growing open PR numbers needs more help.
I am the new CPython Developer in Residence
This is some of the most amazing news in the past few years for me. Python needs full-time development to stay competitive, I’ve been talking about this for years, dreaming about it for even longer than that. Now it’s becoming a reality. Today is my first day. It’s both scary and exciting.
Why does `Black` insist on reformatting my entire project?
Some thoughts about why Black recommends adopting it by reformatting your entire codebase in one go and refuses to do “region reformatting”. This started as a tweet but there’s a bit too much content for 280 characters.
Cryptocurrency Is Evil
It isn’t hard to gather intuitive distrust towards cryptocurrency. If you haven’t formed an opinion yourself, here’s why I’m skeptical.
Building a PC in mid-2021
My 12 year old son’s aging 2012 11” Macbook Air has gotten him successfully through a year of online learning in the pandemic, but he was increasingly frustrated by its near-dead battery, tiny screen, and most importantly the inability to play with friends. Most games aren’t available for macOS and even lightweight games that used to work fine before like Minecraft or Terraria started lagging with updates over time. Wanting to give the little guy a motivation boost for the last stretch of the school year, I agreed we would build a PC together.
Why the sad face?
When you first encounter Black, a few things about it might surprise you. One of the those things might be "sadface dedent", the style in which closing parentheses in function signatures and other block headers are put on its own line. I arrived at this formatting style long before creating the auto-formatter. It’s got a few objective advantages.
I Made My 2018 Macbook Pro Run Quietly with Ableton Live
I like my Intel MacBook Pro and will probably hold onto it for a while. But for music production it’s been more than a little annoying with its tendency to blast fans at full speed. I’m happy to say I solved that problem!
American Psycho (2000)
Like it or not, it’s become iconic and somewhat of a cult classic. I won’t be rehashing reviews that either demonize it or over-interpret it. I just have a few observations.
I Care A Lot. (2021)
There’s a group of movies and TV series that focus on con artists that is sort of a guilty pleasure for me. From “Talented Mr. Ripley”, through “Catch Me If You Can” to “Sneaky Pete”. This one tries to be in this league.
Zen of Python, Again
There used to be a different blog here which I started in March 2012. The first entry was called “The Zen of Python and Me” where I went through each of the koans and explained what it meant to my day-to-day Python programming. What changed since then?
Micro blogging: a new attempt 12 months later
You might have read about why I decided to attempt a twist on the typical split between walled gardens and traditional blogs. It never got off the ground but I think now I have something better.
Yuval Noah Harari - "Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind"
I’m hearing this is a rather controversial book. In my view it organizes the understanding of the dual reality we live in, where there’s some objective truth of “rivers, trees, and lions”, but there’s also the imagined reality of “gods, corporations, and nations”. Here’s some notes I took while reading.
Safiya Umoja Noble - "Algorithms of Oppression"
Important subject matter and good data-backed observations. On the other hand, a dry and somewhat uninspired execution. But maybe it’s partially due to the topic being unpleasant to deal with?
Jerry Z. Muller - "The Tyranny of Metrics"
Starts off very strong against metric fixation but at some devolves into an argument against transparency.
Emily Nagoski - "Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle"
A more accurate title for the book would have been “hashtag burnout: a feminist perspective”. As a man, I realize I’m not in the target audience for this book. I’ll keep this short and will not put a numeric rating.
Marshall Rosenberg - "Nonviolent Communication"
Nonviolent communication is about establishing a relationship of honesty and empathy. Here’s my notes from reading the book.
Micro blogging: why
While it’s so easy these days to publish things online, it always bugged me how little we have to say about the platforms we use for this purpose. This is an attempt to find a better way for my personal needs.
I loved the movie: the visuals, the sound, the story pacing, the acting. It’s all there. What follows isn’t a review but a rather close synopsis of the plot as I plan to read the books and later compare the two.
Thom Yorke - "Dawn Chorus"
Simply an amazing song. Three simple monophonic synthesizers panned in stereo, some delicated padding here and there, and Thom’s voice telling a complex story. Here’s what I think about it.
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
I was very conflicted about this film after I watched it. If you have seen it as well, here’s what I thought, and a different idea for the ending.
Bon Iver - "Beth/Rest"
This is one of my favorite songs of all time. It beautifully covers love in a long-term relationship, which is much more complex than the initial infatuation. It also uses some famous 1980s timbres and techniques for a really timeless feel. I prefer the album version over the later autotune-heavy renditions from concerts. What follows is my interpretation of the lyrics.
Julian Jaynes - "The Origin Of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind"
A fascinating and unexpected perspective on what makes us human. We are far less conscious than we think. I recommend you read it yourself as my summary below is rather hastily written during reading.
John Kotter - "A Sense of Urgency"
Rather a tedious read but there’s some insight there nonetheless. I made some short working notes.
Good acting, great direction and tasteful photography, often focusing on atypical elements in the frame. The slow-paced plot unveils rather that twists.
Chris Voss - "Never Split The Difference"
The best book on negotiation I’ve ever read. I successfully used the techniques described in it many times, including during some pivotal moments in my life. It does change how you perceive dealing with other people. What follows is a working synopsis that I come back to every now and then.
Stephen Batchelor - "Buddhism Without Beliefs"
Since death alone is certain and the time of death is uncertain - what should I do? What does it mean to lead a life that will stop? In this book Stephen argues that Dharma practice is the courage to confront what it means to be human. What follows is less of a review and more of a digest, or synopsis.
"IN" devices, "OUT" devices
I always had a craving for a device that would fix my productivity issues. Years ago I imagined if I could just keep my notes, tasks, reminders and e-mails in one place, that would be it. Mail.app in Leopard introduced this feature, I bought it on release day. That didn’t fix it.
Eckhart Tolle - "Power of Now"
Profound ideas buried in pseudoscientific nonsense.
Miyamoto Musashi - "Book of Five Rings"
One of my favorites, it’s a poetic yet pragmatic depiction of Zen philosophy under the guise of a swordmanship manual. Here’s my working summary of the work.
Scott Rosenberg - "Dreaming In Code"
Follows the development of Chandler, a now defunct attempt at creating an open-source Outlook competitor. The company behind the project, OSAF, tried to differentiate themselves radically from typical software house corporations but ended up repeating every mistake in the book, including the ones described decades before in The Mythical Man Month.
Daniel Golberg - “Minecraft"
The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game That Changed Everything Not a great art piece. Nonetheless, an interesting book.