#Firehose

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.

Adding FM synthesis to Polyend Medusa

I’m very excited this is out: I added digital FM synthesis to a popular hardware synthesizer, Polyend Medusa, used by some personal heroes of mine like Richard Barbieri or Eraldo Bernocchi.

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.

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.

Annihilation (2018)

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.

John Kotter - "A Sense of Urgency"

Rather a tedious read but there’s some insight there nonetheless. I made some short working notes.

Stoker (2013)

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.