Tom MacWright



Joanna Newsom’s new album, Divers, is all I’m listening to this month. It has all the force of Ys but ramps up quicker and with more experimentation. Sapokanikan especially keeps climbing and sounds good loud.


Most software projects depend on other projects. Using Conway’s law, we can restate this to say that most people depend on things built by other people.

Embracing Conway’s Law is the best piece of cultural/technical writing I’ve read in a while: I’ve only started to appreciate the value of vendorizing projects and the cost of relying on external dependencies.

The resource curse, also known as the paradox of plenty, refers to the paradox that countries and regions with an abundance of natural resources, specifically point-source non-renewable resources like minerals and fuels, tend to have less economic growth and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources.

Resource Curse: I heard of this term via Robinson Meyer’s ‘Not Doomed Yet’ newsletter, which is also recommended.

If you wonder why you don’t see your idea already out there in the world, it’s because your idea didn’t work the hundreds of other times someone tried it.

So you want to reform democracy Joshua Tauberer (another pivotal member of the DC Code effort) is a bit grumpy and a little flippant but as a reaction to the constant moonshot theories of civic hackers, it’s necessary.



December 01, 2015 @tmcw