Mythos, Metaphysics, Technology, Science: Techne and Episteme.

I’ve been thinking about the relation between the epistemological and the technological a fair amount. As a mode of doing, techne is usually opposed with poiesis. However as a mode of knowing, its opposite was episteme. The basic difference between techne and episteme as knowing is temporal – techne looks forward, and tends therefore to… Continue reading Mythos, Metaphysics, Technology, Science: Techne and Episteme.

“Nothing happened … but everything’s different …”

In the transformations from one metaphysical period, or epoch, to another, precisely the inverse of the above statement occurred.  Everything changed, yet nothing was really different.  In keeping with metaphysics, the changes were mathematical, topological. How does it stand with the twisting out of metaphysics?  How could that change be itself seen? “Metamorphosis is a realized metaphor,… Continue reading “Nothing happened … but everything’s different …”

“Done done”

In some project I worked on in the past, I forget which now, we started distinguishing between whether a task was “done”, or “done done”.  It’s a useful distinction outside software development. Lately I’ve been feeling that I was done done as a software developer.  As people age, there’s a tendency to look back more… Continue reading “Done done”

Elegance in Programming

In the latest Pharo release (Pharo 5.0) there’s an optional library/plugin called StateSpec.  This is the author’s description: StateSpec is an object state specification framework. It describes particular object states by first class specifications. For example, there are SpecOfCollectionItem, SpecOfObjectClass and SpecOfObjectSuperclass. They can match and validate given objects. In case when an object doesn’t… Continue reading Elegance in Programming

Funny Thing About a Programming Language

I’ve never paid much attention to Python, it just looked like an attempt to combine LISP with Smalltalk, and didn’t succeed at being as good as either. Recently I’ve had to make some changes to code written in Python, mainly due to Cisco router API changes., and I found a funny thing about it. Not only… Continue reading Funny Thing About a Programming Language

What Maven Should Have Been, but Probably Couldn’t Be

I’m not a fan of Maven, more precisely, I’m not a fan of using it as a developer tool.  As a build engineering tool, it’s fine; that’s for build engineers though, not developers. Maven is a package management system, largely for Java though I’ve seen it used for other languages.  Essentially it allows you to… Continue reading What Maven Should Have Been, but Probably Couldn’t Be