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February 23rd, 2017

I was recently discussing with a development line manager on one of my projects an aspect of the solution I was proposing. The line manager seemed to think this was an incredibly hard development job. I think it was simple for any mid level developer.

I got to  thinking about the code problem and later that night I posted an update to LinkedIn:

Anyone in Singapore want to hire an underpaid Solutions Architect to be an overpaid Software Engineer again? I miss writing code.

I know I can’t make a decent living writing code in Singapore, but it is all I ever really wanted to do. So…

Anyway. This post is by far the most viewed and commented thing I have ever posted to linked in. And I suspect it is more cowered than anything here or on Facebook (maybe some stack overflow questions/answers have more):


So, Capgemini, Optus and Ericcson – got any development jobs in Singapore?

Like it or not; he is your president

February 21st, 2017

I don’t agree with the theme of the anti-Trump protests held on Presidents Day. All the “not my president” slogans are wrong. Like it or not Trump is The President. With a capital “T” and “P”. You can disagree with every policy, with every word, with every mannerism and he’s still The President — your president. “Not my president” is how the republicans objected to Obama. It’s how the pro-Trump masses were groomed. Don’t go down that road. Respect the office. Fight the man but don’t institutionalize the idea that he does not, and cannot, sever The People — including those that didn’t vote for him. We must get back to a functioning government and that means politicians who can reach across and govern for all The People. Hold the president accountable but recognize that he is The President, like it or not.

Death by Vice

February 15th, 2017

The vices of mankind are active and able ministers of depopulation.

Thomas Malthus [wikipedia.org] in An Essay on the Principle of Population

RIP Hans Rosling

February 10th, 2017

It’s sad to hear about Hans Roslings death. Hans Rosling was my introduction to Big Data before the term existed via his early TED talks [ted.com].


Only 68. He didn’t make it to 100 to see if his predictions came true.

Scientific Method

January 26th, 2017

This:

“Science is not a body of facts … Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.”

Marcia McNutt, quoted by Joel Achenback in Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? [nationalgeographic.com]

Also this, from the same article:

Scientific results are always provisional, susceptible to being overturned by some future experiment or observation. Scientists rarely proclaim an absolute truth or absolute certainty

Joel Achenbach, Why Do Many Reasonable People Doubt Science? [nationalgeographic.com]

The article is from 2015, but more relevant in the post-truth, alternative facts world.