Weeknotes 17

December 29, 2020
  • These weeknotes are a bit late, but given I have no idea what day of the week it is, I think I can style it out.
  • F- has started to say a couple of words including, gratifyingly, “dada”. He’s also finding the word “agua” (water) extremely useful when thirsty, but also as a stand in for “milk” and “bath”.
  • I’m really missing my family this Christmas.
  • N- is old enough to play games now. We’ve had fun playing Jenga, memory games and a one he invented called “Lego Skittles”. He’s quite competitve and always wants to be “the winnest”. This is proving quite handy when we want him to do something quickly - “who can put their shoes on the fastest N-, you or daddy?”.
  • I miss Chris Z’s weeknotes, but I see he’s recently started to publish an annotated collection of recipes which is a great idea.
  • I enjoyed Allison Parrish’s talk Programming is Forgetting: Toward a New Hacker Ethic which takes a critical look at Steven Levy’s book Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution and revisits the “hacker ethic” a way that is more aware of structural inequalities

    Instead of saying access to computers should be unlimited and total, we should ask “Who gets to use what I make? Who am I leaving out? How does what I make facilitate or hinder access?”

  • Happy New Year. I very much hope you and your loved ones are well, and we can go for a coffee or a pint before too long.