“First they came for the Muslims, and we said not this time mother fucker”. The quote set a tone for the national opposition. But the Niemöller original does not start out with ethnic groups. The original starts with “First they came for the Socialists,” and there is a reason Martin begins his list with the political opposition.
A friend of mine, I won’t share his name for privacy reasons1, told me he had an interesting realization one day.
Thinking back to the projects he’d done for big banks before his current job, each and every one of his software algorithms had
eventually ended up in The Guardian under a headline like “Giant Bank Inc. indicted for massive automated customer fraud system, AGAIN!”.
Some years ago, I polished up and released an abandoned project for storing financial data in Django.
It let you declare “Money” fields on your models, dealing with proper storage and currencies for you.
My use case for the library, django-money eventually faded, but it ended up teaching me a useful lesson in trust and OSS abandonware.
I’ve tried most any method I’ve found on caring for hot spots and blisters when hiking.
Turns out most outdoor writers don’t have the kind of sweaty feet I do - here’s a list of all the expensive foot treatment I’ve had fall off my feet this summer, and the things that didn’t.
Transactions are not very hip anymore - so unhip, in fact, that people started building databases without them.
Alas, as people who decided to try those databases found out, transactions remain a fundamental aspect of applications that don’t break horrifically.
Except, it turns out that even if you have transactions, it’s surprisingly easy to shoot yourself in the foot.
As an immigrant in America, I sometimes feel uncomfortable raising my voice about some of the mine-field political issues that sweep the country; abortion, religion, health care and so on.
I particularly feel uncomfortable when my opinions are so clearly colored by where I grew up. I don’t want to be the person that seems to think things were better where he came from. I’m here for a reason, I love this country very much and am very thankful I’ve been allowed to move here.
But in the case of gun control, I feel I have a legitimate claim to a voice and a less common perspective. I do live here, a resident of the American Heartland, I am a gun owner and, crucial to the point I want to make, I’ve lived in a country with much stricter gun control.