Travel providers: metadata please!

I travel often enough that keeping track of the little details is cumbersome. For years, I’ve relied on sites like TripIt to try to magically siphon the pertinent details out of all those confirmation emails and aggregate them into a single itinerary. Read More…

Drill Rack

I recently got tired of digging around for my cordless tools under a pile of materials and built Shaper’s Cleat-of-the-Week Drill Rack. Read More…

Air Broke

I try to avoid it, but it happened anyway: on my cycle-commute I got stuck alongside a city bus at a red light. Inevitably, the bus did its air brake thing right next to my ear: PSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHT! Read More…

Wordprexit

The Hugo documentation currently recommends three different tools for migrating a blog from Wordpress. Why not a fourth? Read More…

Introducing Scottosphere 4.1

I redesigned this site just half a year ago. While I wasn’t unhappy with the results, I was pretty disenchanted with the state of Wordpress. So I ported the whole darn thing over to Hugo! Read More…

On the Fire at Notre-Dame

The photos and videos of yesterday’s fire at Notre-Dame were difficult to watch but hard to avoid. For a while, when it seemed like the structure would be a complete loss, I couldn’t help but contemplate the same sense of the impermanence and futility of human existence that I felt when I visited the ruins of ancient civilizations in Egypt. Read More…

Endlings

At the American Repertory Theater March 1–17, 2019 at the Loeb Drama Center Cambridge, Mass. About 10 minutes into the show, I realized that my mouth was hanging open. I’m not accustomed to being dazzled or surprised by the Boston theater scene–delighted, yes, and certainly entertained–but here I was, giddy for every startling new set change, lighting cue, and sound cue. Read More…

High frequency trading, pt. II

In an earlier post, I alluded to the great engineering feats undertaken and resources wasted to make high-speed trading work. This week I saw an article on the subject that’s about as good as it gets: The Gazillion-Dollar Standoff Over Two High-Frequency Trading Towers. Read More…