SPLASH 2020 retrospective

Back in November I attended the annual conference in Systems, Programming Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity (or, SPLASH). It was held on a custom online platform called Clowdr, and while it wasn't perfectly free of bugs, I was impressed at how well it replicated much of the conference experience (many small videoconferencing rooms). While … Continue reading SPLASH 2020 retrospective


Unfortunately, I fell silent this year, at least on this blog. I feel it's the wrong place here to describe in detail why I think this happened, because I prefer to keep this blog committed to my ideas and not merely what happens in my life. But like all abstractions, it's a leaky one and … Continue reading Tumbleweed.gif

Notes on the Differences Between Things

This series will deal with the following truly widespread concept: the absolute "state", and the relative "change between states". Some examples: Points and Vectors Certain areas of mathematics (e.g. homogenous co-ordinates in computer graphics) distinguish between points -- i.e. multiple origins -- and vectors, the "displacements between points". You can't really do any operations on … Continue reading Notes on the Differences Between Things