“But I didn’t have any official status as a mourner, according to Jewish law. The definition of a mourner, spelled out in Leviticus, is quite clear: a parent, spouse, child, or sibling of the deceased. Elie was a mourner. I was not. The way I saw it, my role was not to mourn. It was to comfort Elie and his parents—the official mourners—and to put my own feelings aside. If Elie wanted to talk, I would listen. If Elie wanted to sit in silence, we would do that. If Elie wanted to distract himself and go for a walk or cook an elaborate meal, we did that. My duty was to follow suit and support.”—Essay: Searching for a Way to Mourn for the Man Who Would Have Been My Brother-in-Law – Tablet Magazine
“If you just looked at Cherny’s curriculum vitae, you’d assume he was the fictional fourth child in The Royal Tenenbaums, the one with a yen not for finance, playwriting, or tennis but politics. Cold War-obsessed, he volunteered to work for the Michael Dukakis campaign when he was 12.”—
“Writing is the connective tissue that creates understanding. We, as social creatures, often better perform rituals to form understanding one on one, but good writing enables us to understand each other at scale.”—Rands In Repose: Please Learn to Write
“For the first time, Argentina will have a Jewish president, at least temporarily. Beatriz Rojkés, the provisional president of the Argentinean Senate, will be in charge of the government for a day and a half beginning Wednesday, due to the travels of the Argentinean president and vice president.”—Argentina has Jewish president for a day | JTA - Jewish & Israel News
“If you aspire to build an app or improve an existing one, the first thing you should do is define the problem, your idea for the solution, your target user base. Do your research. Know all the existing solutions out there, and exactly how your spec is different and better. Choose a platform, and start mocking up screens. Get in deep. Agonize over what words appear on the button labels, what the user success, information, and error messages should read, every single thing that could go wrong in the process of using the app and how it will recover, what your one-sentence description will be when your app appears in a store somewhere. Arguably, defining great specifications is a more important part of creating digital tools than writing the code itself.”—
I have learned so much about defining specs and writing out every step of an app, many different use cases, etc during the development of Menu and Hours. I will have specs and descriptions much more thoroughly thought out and written out in the future.
“Look, I love programming. I also believe programming is important … in the right context, for some people. But so are a lot of skills. I would no more urge everyone to learn programming than I would urge everyone to learn plumbing.”—
This is one of the dumbest things I have ever read.
The article is conflating “coding” with “professional software development”. Learning to code teaches you, among lots of other things:
Divide and conquer
When a programmer gets requirements from a product manager or business analyst, they are ALWAYS incomplete. The edge cases are NEVER identified and none of the “what if” scenarios are played out. 9 times out of 10 it is up to the programmer to understand the nuances, to take things to their logical conclusions, to consider what happens in the case of N=0 or as N approaches infinity.
These are all skills I use EVERY SINGLE DAY, not just when I code, but in solving problems in life. Broken toilet? How do I figure out where the problem is? You bet I’m going to divide and conquer that shit (pun intended)!
This kind of thinking helps me in everything that I do in life and it wasn’t until I learned to code (in college, mind you) that I started thinking this way.
Do I want my son to become a computer programmer? I don’t care. Up to him. Do I want him to understand how to think critically and logically and in a structured & methodical way when approaching problems? Absolutely. And computer programming teaches these skills better than anything else I’ve ever done.
“Please & Thank You
In addition to locally roasted coffee by Argo Sons and delicious breakfasts and lunches (try the savory Asiago, apricot, and jalapeno scone), this cafe-cum-record store boasts an impressive collection of vinyl, a self-service turntable, and a listening booth.”—