What's in a name?

27. November 2011 14:56 by Uriah in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Okay, just a quick note about the name.

At the risk of sounding more sophisticated than I really am, it comes from Plato's Theory of Forms as it relates to virtue ethics.  Now I don't really prescribe to it in its truest sense, but it's the idea that all things have a perfect form including us.  A circle can be  perfectly described mathematically, but no circle in existence is truly perfect - every single representation deviates from that perfect idea in some way.  In this same way, we all deviate from the perfect person that could be.  Now depending on your ideas on metaphysics and religion, you may or may not believe there really is some perfect you, but there is always a more perfect you in your imagination (unless you are a hopeless narcissist I guess).

So virtue ethics tells us to move towards that more perfect us by getting better at everything we do.  The same concept can be expressed as Continuous Improvement, or Kaizen, or sharpening the saw, but it's really all just about making ourselves better at what we do.  So with this blog, I'm hoping to capture the ways that I try to improve myself and the things I learn along the way.  

Plus, I couldn't call it Perfect Circle or I'd get traffic from people looking for the band :).  Well that and it sounds really pompous.

Starting a blog is so 2005

21. November 2011 18:13 by Uriah in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (2)
There was a time when it felt like everyone was starting a blog.  A virtually infinite sea of voices shouting into the ether; each individual too focused on what they had to say to notice that nobody was listening.  There are a lot of reasons not to start a blog, but I think I’m going to do it anyway and here are my counterpoints to the doubting voices that tell me not to:

1.  Nobody is going to read it anyway

Okay, yeah, so I don’t care about that one too much.  In many ways, I’m writing this for my own benefit.  It will help me organize my thoughts on a subject and also to serve the dual purpose of reminding me of a solution when I find it.  Oh, did I mention this was going to be a tech blog?  Mostly about my life as a software developer.  Writing down my learning will help me remember it in the future and give me a place to look it up if I don’t.

2.  You don’t have anything to add

Given the multitude of voices out there, it’s almost impossible to have a unique thought or experience, but every so often it happens and when it does I hope that I can put it down in a cohesive way.  If my thoughts are unoriginal, at least I can make them entertaining or reinforce the wisdom of others.

3.  You’ll just abandon it like everyone else does

There is a good chance of that really, but maybe it will stick.  And if it doesn’t, it will be a lasting (in internet years) piece of evidence that I am just as half-arsed as everyone else. :)

So, in short, strap in for a possibly short, possibly meaningless ride that nobody else is going to take.  Here we go!

(x-a)^2 + (y-b)^2 = r^2