I’ve been diving into the history of rock music recently because, quite by chance a few weeks ago, I glimpsed an answer to a couple of odd little questions that had been occasionally been bothering me for decades. The most obtrusive of these questions is: Why does nothing in today’s rock music sound like the… Continue reading The blues ate rock and roll!
Month: December 2017
C, Python, Go, and the Generalized Greenspun Law
In recent discussion on this blog of the GCC repository transition and reposurgeon, I observed “If I’d been restricted to C, forget it – reposurgeon wouldn’t have happened at all” I should be more specific about this, since I think the underlying problem is general to a great deal more that the implementation of reposurgeon.… Continue reading C, Python, Go, and the Generalized Greenspun Law
You’re gonna need a bigger Beast
I’m taking a management-approved break from NTPsec to do a repository conversion that dwarfs any I’ve ever seen before. Yep, more history than Emacs – much much more. More backtrail than entire BSD distributions, in fact about an order of magnitude larger than any repo I’ve previously encountered. Over 255000 commits dating back to 1989… Continue reading You’re gonna need a bigger Beast
Decentralized threats as the mother of liberty
Dave Kopel gives us a fascinating account of the divergence between American and British gun culture in The American Indian foundation of American gun culture. I learned some things from this article, which is not a trivial observation because I’ve studied the same process from some different angles. While Kopel’s article is excellent of its… Continue reading Decentralized threats as the mother of liberty