Profile

Cover photo
Mark Lee
10 followers|12,936 views
AboutPosts

Stream

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
#nowreading "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power", by Jon Meacham.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
I think I need to add Rust to the list of languages I should learn.
One of the cool things about being involved with the development of Rust over the last couple of years has been watching the community grow along …
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
#todayilearned that Rails' ActiveSupport < 2.3.16 parsed invalid JSON without emitting warnings. #wtf
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
Dammit, Rails.
Vulnerability in JSON Parser in Ruby on Rails 3.0 and 2.3. Showing 1-1 of 1 messages. Vulnerability in JSON Parser in Ruby on Rails 3.0 and 2.3, Michael Koziarski, 1/28/13 1:03 PM, -----BEGIN PGP SIGN...
1
Aja Hammerly's profile photo
 
Luckily this time the latest versions weren't affected. 
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
If you've been following the tech news this weekend, you've heard about the story of Aaron Swartz. It's taken me a good part of the last few days to process all of the stories and responses that have been written about him. Mind you, I've never met the man - but he's probably the first contemporary that I became aware of when I was just starting out programming by myself. (I don't think I met anyone my age who was as serious about coding as I was until college.) This means I've been following his work for around ten years now. You lose any ego you might have about your technical abilities when you read about someone who's a year younger than you and has contributed to an internet standard. Later I found out that not only was he a good programmer, he was also a good writer. His essays on his weblog were fascinating to read; it gave an insight into the mind of a technical prodigy. It wouldn't surprise me if reading his blog inspired me to support organizations such as Creative Commons and the Internet Archive. Eventually I went cold turkey on my feed reader, which meant I no longer kept up with his blog, interesting as it was. From then on, I only heard the headlines about him, including his arrest at MIT, and ending in the sad news from this weekend.

It's really weird to lose a contemporary like that. If we, as a society, are going to honor Aaron's memory, I think it should go something like this:
* Demand open access to information - this includes guaranteeing a free (as in speech) and open Internet.
* End the uneven way that money influences politics.
* Increase government funding towards mental health counseling and treatment.

In short, make the causes he fought for a reality, and ensure that his fate doesn't happen to anyone else.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
2012 in terms of imprecise statistics (because I liked compiling last year's post[1]):

* ~593 tweets/retweets/replies (no idea why this number went down...)
* ~96 G+ posts (more than I'd have guessed...)
* ~31 books read (less, because they've been bigger and more non-fiction-y)
* 3 conventions (would've been 4 if PAX Prime didn't sell out in 2 days...oh well.)
* Crossed the two year mark at work, and let's say 11 months in a new role.
* Traveled to two non-Seattle area destinations
* Ran two 10Ks. In the most recent one, I improved by 1 minute per mile from last year to ~7:30/mile. I'm still trying to process that, two months later. And as it was last year, I consider that to be my greatest achievement this year.

Here's what I have to look forward to in 2013:
* More traveling (has nothing to do with work, I just feel like being a tourist more often)
** PAX East (Boston!)
** Something different for my summer vacation (I've gotten tired of SDCC proper, though I will miss the shows surrounding it, especially W00tstock...)
* Not 100% certain, but I think a summer half marathon is my next running goal.

Here's to the year that was 2012, and to an awesome 2013!

[1]: Last year's post, for the curious: http://u.malept.com/RufhUz7F
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
Reasons why the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012 (in no particular order):

* The cat peed on the second page. You can't get that smell out of stone.
* They couldn't find a mail-Mayan sturdy enough to deliver the rest of the pages.
* They could only find one deity to pose for it.
* No one ever bothered to look at the other side.
* The first page is free; subsequent pages require a subscription.
* They couldn't find any one who could program in COmmon Stone-Oriented Language (COSOL).
* They foresaw the coming of John Cusack & wanted to provide a vehicle for him.
* Deranged millionaire John Hodgman used a time machine to destroy the rest of the pages so he could write THAT IS ALL.
* A Mayan Garfield figured out how to eliminate Mondays forever.
* Those pagans were really just trying to destroy Christmas.
1
Add a comment...
Have him in circles
10 people
Paul M Grant's profile photo
Daniel Rust's profile photo
Aja Hammerly's profile photo
Richard's profile photo
Carl Sandstrom's profile photo
Rodney Cryderman's profile photo
Andrea Meini's profile photo

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
#nowreading "Henry Clay: The Essential American", by David S. & Jeanne T. Heidler.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
#nowreading "Reamde", by Neal Stephenson.
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
Evidently, I work with at least one person who believes that the moon landing was a hoax. #wtf
1
Mark Lee's profile photoAja Hammerly's profile photo
7 comments
 
:-( 
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
"Enough is enough! I have had it with these monkeypatching Rubyists on this Monday to Friday plane!" - from the movie "Ruby on Rails on a Plane"
1
Add a comment...

Mark Lee

Shared publicly  - 
 
#nowreading "Dodger", by Sir Terry Pratchett.
1
Add a comment...
People
Have him in circles
10 people
Paul M Grant's profile photo
Daniel Rust's profile photo
Aja Hammerly's profile photo
Richard's profile photo
Carl Sandstrom's profile photo
Rodney Cryderman's profile photo
Andrea Meini's profile photo
Links
Contributor to
Basic Information
Gender
Male