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Tbray Ongoing

ongoing fragmented essay by Tim Bray
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Do You Love Any Dead People?

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 19/11/2017 pm30 21:00:00

I think most of us do, so if you’re in Van­cou­ver around Hallowe’en, you should go vis­it A Night For All Souls. Even if ev­ery­one you love is still alive, you should go any­how be­cause it’s full of ex­treme ethe­re­al dark-hued beau­ty. Read the article
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Dueling Camera Apps

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 18/11/2017 pm30 21:00:00

I got a Pix­el 2, large­ly be­cause it’s said to have a re­al­ly great cam­er­a, with software-driven mag­ic  —  machine learn­ing at work. Here are two shot com­par­isons be­tween the Google and Light­room An­droid cam­era apps to see what that means in prac­tice. Read the article
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Vintage Nauticals

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 04/11/2017 pm30 20:00:00

We keep our boat at Horse­shoe Bay, a pret­ty lit­tle place when ap­proached by land. Boaters com­ing in from Howe Sound come face-to-face with a huge an­tique float/pier/break­wa­ter kind of thing, whose ug­li­ness I’ve long found mag­nif­i­cent and which to­day I took the time to tour and pho­tograph. Read the article
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Working at Amazon

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 26/10/2017 pm31 21:00:00

Some­times when we’re try­ing to hire a se­nior em­ploy­ee, I get asked to do a “sell call”, tell them what it’s like to work here. Since I’m com­ing up on three years and haven’t quit, I guess the sup­po­si­tion is that I’ll be pos­i­tive. Since these can­di­dates are out­siders and some of them don’t come to work for us, noth­ing I can say can be a se­cret. So why don’t I tell ev­ery­one? Read the article
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Live Metal is Better

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 13/10/2017 pm31 21:00:00

Re­cent­ly I went out for a live met­al triple-bill, with En­don and SUMAC open­ing for Boris, whom I’ve cov­ered here be­fore (with groovy pix). More pix to­day, with words on the his­to­ry and mean­ing of met­al, and how to pho­to­graph it. Read the article
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Macro Trends

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 07/10/2017 pm31 21:00:00

In The bub­ble with­out any fizz, The Economist ad­dress­es the fact that financial-asset prices (s­tock­s, bond­s, and the like) keep drift­ing up and up in a world where in­fla­tion doesn’t; are we in a mega-bubble? What’s re­al­ly go­ing on? Looks ob­vi­ous to me, but then I’m a left-winger. I think it’s all a straight­for­ward con­se­quence of eco­nom­ic ef­fi­cien­cy and class war­fare. Read the article
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Refresh Is Sacred

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 27/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

There are two kinds of client ap­pli­ca­tion­s: The first kind has a “refresh” or “reload” but­ton to make sure your app’s in sync with its server’s view of the world. The sec­ond kind is bro­ken. Read the article
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You Might Be Evil

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 20/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

Or at least, your em­ploy­er might be. Over the years we in the tech sec­tor have got­ten used to be­ing well-regarded. After al­l, we make people’s lives bet­ter, on bal­ance. That’s chang­ing. At the mo­ment it’s rum­blings from thought lead­er­s, not per­va­sive pop­u­lar anger. The oth­er thing that’s new is that they’re thought lead­ers who are pro­gres­sives and lib­er­al­s; just like most of us in the tech pro­fes­sion­s. It no­tably in­volves the M-word and those of us on the in­side need to be think­ing about it. Read the article
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You Might Be Evil

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 20/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

Or at least, your em­ploy­er might be. Over the years we in the tech sec­tor have got­ten used to be­ing well-regarded. After al­l, we make people’s lives bet­ter, on bal­ance. That’s chang­ing. At the mo­ment it’s rum­blings from thought lead­er­s, not per­va­sive pop­u­lar anger. The oth­er thing that’s new is that they’re thought lead­ers who are pro­gres­sives and lib­er­al­s; just like most of us in the tech pro­fes­sion­s. It no­tably in­volves the M-word and those of us on the in­side need to be think­ing about it. Read the article
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Photos of the Sky

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 17/09/2017 pm30 21:00:00

I mean No Man’s Sky the game, which I’ve been play­ing again late­ly. It’s been ac­cused of be­ing most­ly a plat­form for gen­er­at­ing cheesy sci-fi book cov­er­s, but that’s not true, and al­so I love cheesy sci-fi book cov­er­s, so this is most­ly to show you some. With a few words on the game. Read the article

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