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January 1, 2018

Esteban Hernández was stirring pasta, an old radio quietly crackling some cumbia rhythms from a nearby shelf in the small kitchen, when he heard the door of the telephone booth outside close. These days, he no longer even looked out the window when the booth had visito...

June 1, 2017

I was talking to a friend about how he’s unhappy working at his company. Why, I asked? They apparently hired a new junior developer who wasn’t a strong coder. What bothered my friend was how the senior developers started making jokes about the new hire’s code. Tough sh...

February 1, 2017

When I arrived at the theatre, the line was out the door. Correction: lines - one going left, the other to the right. Out the door, around the sizeable front parkade, around the side of the theatre and then doubling back on themselves. And this was for ticket holders o...

January 1, 2017

How do you take the measure of a page? Of a block of fictive text? Words, words, punctuation, story. Do you count, block by chunk Tolstoy style, merit based on some scoring system like a sports game ruled and scored, subjectively, arbitrarily, feeling like a teacher cr...

December 1, 2016

It’s easy, you know. It’s all Flashdance, pick-up and play, sudden success easy - that’s the American Dream. The funny part is that it is as un-American as slavery. The sad part is that this "dream" applies equally everywhere and to - almost - everyone. I’m talking abo...

November 1, 2016

I recently had a client that wanted me to help them make their site "better." After I took a look at the site and code, we sat down and I was very blunt: "Your site is made up of Frankenstein code: it's patched here and there by different developers, there's no documen...

October 1, 2016

About a year ago, my computer keyboard broke and I started looking for a new one. Those of you who know me could have predicted what happened - I fell down the rabbit hole and went real deep. I found out about not only mechanical keyboards, but the different types of s...

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