As You Were

Devin Coughlin's blog.
Styles: Serious Spare

November 7, 2012

David Simon on the Death of Normal

"Regardless of what happens with his second term, Barack Obama's great victory has already been won: We are all the other now, in some sense. Special interests? That term has no more meaning in the New America. We are all -- all of us, every last American, even the whitest of white guys -- special interests. And now, normal isn't white or straight or Christian. There is no normal. That word, too, means less with every moment. And those who continue to argue for such retrograde notions as a political reality will become less germane and more ridiculous with every passing year."
David Simon via df.
Posted by coughlin at 6:47 PM

October 15, 2012

The Sound of Cylons

Via The Mary Sue.

Posted by coughlin at 4:15 PM

September 6, 2012

Bill Clinton at the 2012 DNC

Bill Clinton's nominating speech at the 2012 DNC was fantastic. It was a real reminder that it is possible to explain and defend public policy fully and truthfully and yet still fire up a crowd. This full speech is worth a watch:

Bloomberg has a "fact-check" of Clinton's speech that reads true, true, true. You don't need to lie if the truth is on your side -- and that strong candidates don't need lies to sell them.

And here is Hillary watching the speech from East Timor.

Love the scrunchie. Rockstars, both of them.

Posted by coughlin at 9:40 AM

November 3, 2011

Skydiving Car


Posted by coughlin at 4:02 PM

September 20, 2011

The McGurk Effect



Posted by coughlin at 11:41 AM

September 16, 2011


Just saw the movie Contagion. It was extremely diverting right up until the end.

But now I can't stop touching my face.

Posted by coughlin at 8:10 PM

September 7, 2011

WebSite Story

Made me pull out the soundtrack to the original and read up a bit on Marni Nixon and Natalie Wood.

Posted by coughlin at 3:25 PM

February 28, 2010

New stuff I did in January

Tomorrow is March. Which means today is the last day that I can reasonably post a list of new things I did in January:

  • visited Miami Beach
  • got an internship at Google
  • went to Casa Bonita as an adult

And that’s it. 2.5 new things (since I’d already been to Casa Bonita as a child).

I think I need to find a way to do more new things.

(Thanks to bluishorange for the inspiration.)

Posted by coughlin at 10:30 AM

August 16, 2009

Upgraded to Movable Type 4.3

Managed to upgrade the blog to Movable Type 4.3 (I was running 3.3) without (I think) any disastrous side effects — which is quite remarkable given all the custom plugins I’ve written. (Note to past self: this was a BAD idea).

I’ve started using MarsEdit, which I couldn’t make work before. It turned I had a different password than I expected for the Web Services API. I’ve spent many years thinking MarsEdit wouldn’t work for me because I broke something hacking movable type. idiot++.

I’ve also decided to start using Markdown for posts — we’ll see how long it lasts. (Especially since it turns out that the official version of Markdown doesn’t support footnotes! This was half of the attraction for me, because, footnotes, one needs them).

Posted by coughlin at 9:57 AM

July 10, 2009

In Italy for ECOOP

I've been in Genova, Italy this week for European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming (ECOOP). The flight over was long and annoying; a woman overdosed on Ambien midway and we had to turn around and land in Bangor, Maine. This was not pleasant. But it looked like the woman was going to be OK when the paramedics wheeled her off the plane. But we finally made it. Here's a picture of the Alps as we were getting close to landing in Milan.
I took a bus from Milan to Genova, which is on the coast, wedged between the ocean and the Ligurian Appenine mountains. In between the Alps and the Appenines is an agricultural valley that reminded me a lot of the Central Valley in California. Genoa is a pretty large city, with a vast "Old Town." The conference was held at the Palazzo Ducale, which is on the Piazza de Ferrari.
The conference presentations were made in a magnificent room where lesser officials would hold court -- there was an even larger, more ornate room next door.
Ate a lot of good Italian food. Also, the McDonald's here serve fried brie, which was not bad, but didn't taste anything like brie. Some other surprising (to me) things about the small slice of Italy I've seen. There are lots and lots and lots of motorcyles. Ten times, maybe more, than you see out and about in the U.S. There are lots of bookstores -- at least four within a block of my hotel. It is very hard to get someone to serve you dinner at a restaurant before 7:30pm. Why are all the restaurants closed? Maybe they only serve lunch. Umm, no. Also, something called a "café" is unlikely to serve you a meal.
This is very distressing. All of the dessert shops close before the dinner restaurants -- so you must get dessert before dinner. This is also surprisingly distressing. Also, you can get a large pizza at a restaurant -- more than enough food for a meal -- for much less than an entree. Just about every evening Christoph (the principle author on the paper we presented at ECOOP) and I would choose a random alley to follow from the Piazza di Ferrari down to the waterfront.
We'd follow these narrow passageways (no more than 10 feet wide) down the hill, past clothing stores, bars, and shops of all kinds, until we found a restaurant we though might put up with two tourists who don't speak enough Italian to properly give a beverage order. Now, I'm off to visit Ben in London. If I get particularly ambitious, I might put up another post about ECOOP when I get back.
Posted by coughlin at 9:02 AM