· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · August
· · · · 07 (2 entries)

The Sweetest Thing · Our baby girl, two months old tomorrow, has learned to smile. She’s still learning to steer her eyes and focus, so you have to get yourself positioned around where she’s looking. Then the eyes widen and the whole little face lights up. Stone would melt. The process is not fully perfected: the smile occasionally veers out of control into a lopsided inebriated toothless leer, and then sometimes she’ll beam suddenly at the back of a chair or a piece of brick wall. The evolutionary behaviorists can please just butt out.
Code Typography · I’ve been having fun writing Ruby (and I’ll post some thoughts on that, and the code, soon) and one of the things I’m trying to do is be idiomatic. I haven’t fully internalized where to use parentheses and where not to; but I’ve come to appreciate the virtues of leaving them out; one of the reasons that Ruby’s so easy to read is that there are fewer typographic squiggles to break up the flow of meaningful text. Also, having done mostly Java for some time, I use lowerCamelCase method names. But after some days soaking in the Ruby ethos, those names are starting to feel reallyKindOfOverExcited and I’m warming to Ruby’s cool_measured_rhythms instead.
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