Author: David Faden

  • Viceroys aren’t faking it

    I finally finished Doug Tallamy‘s book “Bringing Nature Home” today. I’d highly recommend it. You might also like this talk from him and his site homegrownnationalpark.org. One aside in the book that caught my attention: One of my favorite butterflies, the viceroy (Limenitis archippus), is most commonly found near willow hosts… The adults are the…

  • Clifford Pickover “million-point” structures in PHP

    Back in 2004, I wrote some PHP to render the “million-point” structures Clifford Pickover described in his book “Computers and the Imagination”. I’ve got a project coming up that may require PHP so I decided to give it another look. Code is here: https://github.com/fadend/pickover-dots-php/blob/main/pickover_dots.php You can play with it here: https://revfad.com/cgi-bin/pickover_dots.php. A couple references I…

  • These words need not die

    Here’s a little poem I’ve been kicking around for a while: These words need not dieThough the original medium will perish.In your mind this moment they live,And wait to come alive again in any copyJust as I have copied them from othersAnd they have lived again through me. It’s based partly on the obvious observation…

  • Muwekma Ohlone Garden at Monta Loma Elementary

    When I first heard about the Castro Mound in the Monta Loma neighborhood and its subsequent destruction, I was further saddened to learn that there’s no marker acknowledging it. Now there is a memorial though, in the form of a garden, the new Living Classroom Muwekma Ohlone Garden at Monta Loma Elementary. I was happy…

  • Get rid of Reels

    I suppose the real answer is to be more disciplined about using Facebook at all, but I’m disgusted with myself for wasting time on Reals when I do get drawn in. Is there a nicer and less fragile way to identify the block and get rid of it? Not sure if any of the CSS…

  • Short reviews: “A Mind at Play”, “Poor Charlie’s Almanack”, and “The Man Who Solved the Market”

    I recently read three books that are tangentially related: I’d feel comfortable recommending checking out all three; in terms of enjoyment, for me “A Mind at Play” comes first. Perhaps in terms of practical advice, the book by and about Munger should come first, the others also provide examples of how to live and how…

  • Burr medic tastes starchy

    A little over a week ago, inspired by an interesting talk on weeds at the Garden Club of Los Altos, I kept some of the burr medic (Medicago polymorpha) I pulled from a school garden and brought it home to cook. Unlike small melilot (Melilotus indicus), which I also tried recently, burr medic grows low…

  • Short review: Building Machine Learning Powered Applications

    I enjoyed Emmanuel Ameisen’s book Building Machine Learning Powered Applications. (Companion Github repo.) I believe I’ve encountered most of the ideas in it before through work, etc., but it was still helpful to see them laid out altogether. (It makes me thankful again to coworkers who shared helpful ideas previously.) I also appreciated the interviews…

  • Interview: Jordan Gilliland

    Jordan Gilliland, now a director at Coupang, and I worked together at Google across a team or two, finally together on Google Now (predecessor of Discover), where we collaborated on something that almost launched. I’ve got fond memories of those times with him, which included my first time in a Tesla and many trips to…

  • Small melilot flowers taste like snap peas

    Helping with weeding a Living Classroom garden today, we pulled up a lot of what Seek tells me is small melilot: I nabbed a few of the plants we pulled to give eating it a try: One source said the flowers are edible so I decided to start with them: I tried a few of…