- Oct 2021
The work of Michael Saup explores the unintended consequences of design: Orbis Lumen.
+b (ORBIT) shows Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Map of the earth built from multiple layers of white industrial sugar cubes and illuminated by the complete sequence of all nuclear explosions from 1945 until now. Using the cubes as three-dimensional pixels, +b emphasizes the intimate relationship between information, energy, resources and their impact on society and nature. +b stages the most extreme power released by humankind, irreversibly transforming the atmosphere and igniting the epoch of the nuclear Anthropocene with its application and supposed mastery of atomic power.
The work illustrates how this mastery is really the reiteration of a profound error and the subsequent compounding of that error. We keep on making mistakes. Some of these errors are extraordinarily beautiful and useful, some are terrifyingly destructive with long-term planetary impact, and many are both.
- Jan 2021
- Oct 2020
One of the primary tasks of engineers is to minimize complexity. JSX changes such a fundamental part (syntax and semantics of the language) that the complexity bubbles up to everything it touches. Pretty much every pipeline tool I've had to work with has become far more complex than necessary because of JSX. It affects AST parsers, it affects linters, it affects code coverage, it affects build systems. That tons and tons of additional code that I now need to wade through and mentally parse and ignore whenever I need to debug or want to contribute to a library that adds JSX support.
- implementation complexity
- infectious problem
- too complicated
- the cost of changing something
- avoid complexity
- high-cost changes
- unintended consequence
- semantics (of programming language)
- can't keep entire system in your mind at once (software development) (scope too large)
- engineering (general)
- mentally filter/ignore
- mental bandwidth
- for-reaching consequences
- primary task/job/responsibility
- Apr 2020
Many of them have made poor password choices stretching all the way back to registration, an event that potentially occurred many years ago.
- Aug 2019
Here is an August 15 article that references the Larkin and Pines article. Get woke, folk, then get folk woke.
- Dec 2015
layoffs as a management tactic
A tactic against government "employee-protection" measures, you should note.