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Ryan Barrett
Works at Color Genomics
Attended Stanford University
Lives in San Francisco
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All code is liability. -+Peter Norvig​
I've spent the last few years rather flippantly stating, “Technical debt doesn't exist.” What I was trying to say was, “I'm deeply uncomfortable with how our industry talks about this thing, I think it's probably harmful, but I don't know quite how to express what I mean.
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Which one are you?

1. Never-better. We’ve never had it so good.
2. Better-never. If only all this progress had never happened!
3. Ever-waser. All of this is as it ever was.

Great categorization of views by Adam Gopnik.
Books explaining why books no longer matter come in many flavors. Credit Illustration by CHRISTOPH NIEMANN
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Back from Iceland. Pictures are up!
Icelandair picked us up from all over the US and Europe and delivered us to KEF. We grabbed coffees and SIM cards, started a group WhatsApp chat – “Viking Pillage” – and hopped a bus to Blue Lagoon, Iceland's biggest hot spring. After half a day of traveling, a swim-up bar in 40°C sulfur water ...
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It constantly amazes me how many bugs a baby can find in major consumer apps by just banging on the keyboard.
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Kids are among the more expensive tools for chaos testing.
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I often sign off on code reviews at work with “LGTM 🐶🔬”

#dogscience #ihavenoideaifthisactuallyworks #notproud

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We’re making App Engine for Go generally available.

That means our guarantee of stability and long-term support extends to your #golang applications. What will you build? http://goo.gl/RAb6bn
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In the twentieth century, the golden age of public relations, publicity, meaning the attention of the press, came to be something that many private citizens sought out and even paid for. This has led, in our own time, to the paradox of an American culture obsessed, at once, with being seen and with being hidden, a world in which the only thing more cherished than privacy is publicity. In this world, we chronicle our lives on Facebook while demanding the latest and best form of privacy protection—ciphers of numbers and letters—so that no one can violate the selves we have so entirely contrived to expose.

  – Jill Lepore
The defense of privacy always follows the emergence of technologies for breaching it. Credit Illustration by Nishant Choksi
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The Beginner’s Guide is one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in a long time. Carve out an hour and play it. You'll be a better person for it.
The Beginner's Guide is one of the most powerful games I've played in a long time. Make that one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had, full stop. It's not fun, per se, it's not even a traditional game at all, as much as one of the most potent empathy engines I've ever found.
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+Adrian Hon's History of the Future in 100 Objects, one of my favorite books in recent memory, is now free! Totally worth reading. Congrats Adrian!
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Decided to buy the kindle version (if you're that enthusiastic about it). See, the system works! :)
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#humblebrag: I’m reading a distributed systems book the other day, nodding along, when I come across a chart that looks familiar. I take a closer look, and it’s actually one of mine, from a talk I gave a while back: https://snarfed.org/transactions_across_datacenters_io.html#slide33

Fun! Thanks for the shout out, +Mikito Takada. It’s a great book, too, definitely worth reading if you’re interested in the field. http://book.mixu.net/distsys/
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I want to let our kid learn from her mistakes, but every time I do, my knee jerk reaction is MY BABY IS HURTING! FIX IT! Still trying to figure out when to intervene and when not to.
Brooke used to have a painful head-butting habit. She'd be happily playing, then all of a sudden, she'd slam her head into my cheek…or the floor, or a toy, or anything else in range. She was just learning to use her neck, but she still cried and whimpered whenever she connected with anything ...
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