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1. When someone in your team is taking a lazy decision that will lead to unnecessary complexity in the long-term, prevent them from going through with it.

I just read "The Charisma Machine", a postmortem anthropological field study about the one laptop per child program. The book hit home.

**That is definitely a must-read if you feel ideologically tightly bound to free software and/or the constructionism learning theory**. It's a painful albeit necessary read.

The book starts by documenting the project's inception at the MIT media lab and linking it to the wider constructionism ideology. The OLPC project's main goal is to distribute a laptop per child to third-world countries. The laptop is expected to act as a trojan horse, pushing children to learn how to program/creative endeavor home in spite of an "outdated and primitive school system". The idea is the charisma alone of the laptop's hardware would lead children to creatively explore the device without any educational help.

The second part of the book actually documents the most "successful" deployment in Paraguay through the NGO Educa Paraguay. It highlights the social and infrastructure-based shortcomings of the deployment that lead to this project being a total failure. Not only the children did not experience the expected charisma of the machine, but the school and teachers/educa educators became the project's biggest allies.

The last part show how despite this obvious failure, OLPC and Educa managed to massage the reality to make it fit the constructionism promises and make look the project like an overall success.

This summary is of course an over-simplification of the 200 pages book, you should read the whole thing.

As always with Mit press, it's impossible to get a hold of a decently priced paperback copy of the book outside of northern America. You can find the epub on zlib ;)

Semantic coupling is also complexity and just as valid as architectural coupling.

There's a good reason why naming is hard. Wrong names are not without consequences.

Tech Lead notes to self

1. When someone in your team is taking a lazy decision that will lead to unnecessary complexity in the long-term, prevent them from going through with it.

"There are now more than 2,000 billionaires living in 20 countries from the United States, China and Russia to Turkey, Thailand, and Indonesia. An annual wealth tax levied at just 1.5 percent of their net worth would raise $74 billion each year: that alone would be enough to fill the funding gap to get every child into school and deliver essential health services in all low-income countries."

Remembering Aaron Swartz, who died on this day, a victim of the copyright system

By @glynmoody

Aaron's face gets thrown around the internet to prop up campaigns and etc, but it's important to remember that Aaron was an activist for digital rights, and was bullied into suicide by a system that wanted to punish him for his activism. He was also a human being with friends and family who loved him dearly.

Very good #Tusky news: I just merged the pull request I was working on for the last months
👉 Complete refactoring of the timeline loading logic (which is basically the heart of the app) with Kotlin & coroutines
👉 Squashed some bugs within the timeline
👉 Code is now way cleaner than before, which should make adding new features faster and bugs easier to spot

Programming in felt like hiking uphill on difficult terrain. is a jet pack. 🚀

Writing Clojure these days feels as much a guilty pleasure as playing video games or eating junk food.

Have I been an enterprise software developer for too long? :blobthinkingeyes:

"The use of GraalVM brings startup times within range of native tools, and it also makes Babashka one of the few options for a multithreaded scripting environment, for those rare cases when it's needed."

Is this going to be the unique selling point of Babashka? :blobthinkingcool:

Babashka | Thoughtworks Technology Radar

I had a few hacky ways of turning Clojure functions into executable shell scripts, including a function I wrote myself called "unixify".

Shifted to Babashka Tasks now. 😌

Maybe the biggest win here is the opportunity to group related utilities into namespaces.

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