Engineer and product designer from Berlin. Ran a design consultancy doing game and engagement design. Now I'm working as a lead engineer at a local startup while raising twin daughters.
I do a small podcast (in Dutch for now) with my former business partner about progressive perspectives on technology.
“I offer this: literature can save a life. Just one life at a time.”
With some minor adjustments, this entire piece about the systematic advantaging of the automobile is applicable to Germany as well.
Parents driving their kids to school endanger kids who walk to school, which gives those parents a justification not to let their kids walk to school and thus drive them.
Exceedingly rare to find a talk about programming that draws on both Christopher Alexander and James C. Scott, two authors that I keep coming back to myself.
Even better that it uses them to explain why the Design Patterns failed, something that I also feeled but couldn't really put my finger on—I always thought this is just a silly thing that Java people do—and how they could be better.
There is another dirty secret behind the German switch to alcohol-free beers: German beers just aren't that good. I prefer any major foreign beer (Heineken, Carlsberg, 1664, etc.) over most beers you can buy here.
If democracy won't prevent this from happening, frankly I don't see the point.
A frankly amazing piece by Monica Lent using her experience to debunk seven commonly held truths about programming with verve. Programming consists of folklore and beliefs are often just beliefs. That indeed makes most learning in this field a question of unlearning.
“The island’s vaunted meritocracy is imperfect, especially seen from the perspective of its Malay and Indian minorities; and the pressures on citizens to perform and conform are so intense that those who do not fit in sometimes opt for voluntary exile.”
Not having walked the island (which sounds amazing) but talking about Singapore from afar, I came to many of the same conclusions. Still a fascinating place in so so many ways.
Lead Engineer, Design Strategist
Interested in the operational, cultural and personal dimensions of innovation.
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