SoundCloud is Reading My Mind

“Bad artists copy. Good artists steal.” - Pablo Picasso It was bound to happen. In the ultra-connected world, things are bound to feed off of each other, eventually erasing differences, equalizing any differential in electric potentials between any two points. No wonder the weirdest animals can be found on islands (I am looking at you, Australia).... Continue Reading →

For Once, Being Reactive is Good

Apple said Monday that it sold more than 300,000 iPads on the first day of its launch, ushering a new era of people buying things in order to find out what they are.   SNL Weekend Update, season 35, episode 18 All my life, I thought 'reaction' was a bad word. Ever since the French... Continue Reading →

Odds and Ends

This week and the next there will be no regular blog posts. I hate to break my routine, but I am going to IBM Innovate 2014, and being an IBMer myself, it is a working conference for me, requiring a lot of preparation time and paying my booth dues. If you are coming to Innovate,... Continue Reading →

Should We Fight or Embrace the DOM?

Now, my story is not as interesting as it is long. Abe Simpson One of the privileges (or curses) of experience is that you amass a growing number of cautionary tales with which you can bore your younger audience to death. On the other hand, knowing the history of slavery came in handy for Captain... Continue Reading →

The Rise of the Full-Stack Architect

Full-Stack Web Architect needed with the experience with web services, back end Web platforms, databases, cloud based hosting such as Heroku and AWS, visual design, UX/UI, experience of mobile web development, all in agile environment.   An actual 2014 posting for a job based in London, UK Ta-da - the moment has come. In post... Continue Reading →

We Don’t Have MongoDB – is CouchDB OK?

'It can't be helped,' the saddlebum said. 'What's happened is, you've overloaded your analogizing faculty, thereby blowing a fuse. Accordingly, your perceptions have taken up the task of experimental normalization. This state is known as "metaphoric deformation"'.   Robert Sheckley, "Mind Swap", 1966. One of the Sci-Fi books that left a deep impression on my young mind was... Continue Reading →

Micro-Services – Fad, FUD, Fo, Fum

But band leader Johnny Rotten didn't sell out in the way that you're thinking. He didn't start as a rebellious kid and tone it down so he could cash in. No, Rotten did the exact opposite -- his punk rebelliousness was selling out. [...] And he definitely wasn't interested in defining an entire movement. From... Continue Reading →

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