#introduction Hello! I am Gaelan D'costa
I'm 3X and I'm a third-culture once-kid (Goa, India->Saudi->Canada). He/It works.
I'm a site reliability engineer. I love coffee-making and can pour decent latte art. I am a kind of music nerd! I arguably like science fiction although I've barely had time to relax recently.
I go through depressive/self-esteem/ahedonia moods but I try to keep it pleasant. I like to low-key better the world.
I intend this account to be my brand/pro/straightforward one!
One of the most enjoyable & life affirming books I've read in a while woth great life advice on how to build large-scale applications with reliability and resiliency in mind
Michael Nygard - Release It! 2nd Edition #pragprog https://pragprog.com/book/mnee2/release-it-second-edition
In fine libraries everywhere
Goal for 2018
Finish reading and listening to this three-year old article on the best post-metal out there
Boss was talking about getting a USENIX or LISA subscription possiubly through work and ... yeah I should poke him and make sure he does that
I hope to one day code for a session in a way that resembles jazz bebop; not without purpose, but perhaps without obvious aim or definitive bound, emergent but unconstrained structure, a modal developer Orobous groove.
Thinking about how I move forwards and backwards in my text editor by character rather than lines or paragraphs or jumping across code structures.
still have mountains of code craft to hone
I have trained myself to order Greek coffee rather than Turkish coffee from my local, thus preventing any potential diplomatic incidents.
Greek Delight is getting me stares though.
Realization: Tron was the first or an early instance of the “Trapped in an MMO” anime genre.
Desire: A sequel to Tron, but the protagonist is trapped in Emacs.
Shamefully watching Cowboy Bebop to completion for the first time; statically cinematographied space station scenes set to only boisterous jazz music are moments I will treasure forever.
Reading “Shell Scripting Recipes” by Chris F.A Johnson and now I want to go out and write all sorts of powerful tools using as much shell script syntax as possible :D
argle bargle gargle I hate writing any code that isn't lisp gargle bargle argle
I fuckin' hate writing webapps of any kind.
An interesting article on designing secular rituals (for iconoclasts, while being informed by established spiritualities). It's an interesting idea that would benefit me and I should explore the possibilities. https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/ritual-design-lab-secular-atheist/559535/
Gonna stay home so I can work from the porch and/or watch my cats sleep in the sunny bits of the house.
A super neat visual language for functional programming, called Luna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xUOuzafmO0&__s=ehh6e9o4hos4rsotwv6n
I feel a great joy in looking at my sleeping cat and confusing her sometimes for an incredibly giant fuzzy banana slug.
I should probably try to _learn something_ from the fact that whenever I have to write UIs for software I wrote I lose pleasure the more I complete.