Single Serving Site: islessmore.com

A while back, I bought islessmore.com and put up a page.

It answers the question “is less more” with “No.”. My justification for this answer is that I think in the information age it is too hard to get a definitive answer to something, and the value of having a definitive answer to this simple question exceeds the insight to be gained from stating the paradox in this manner. The paradox is important, but there are other ways to state it.

But to give less, and the paradox, some credit, I made the site ultra-simple.


bat@bmamba.local:~ $ curl -I http://islessmore.com/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2013 02:10:22 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2
Content-Type: text/html
Via: 1.1 vhost.phx2.nearlyfreespeech.net:3128 (squid/2.7.STABLE7)

bat@bmamba.local:~ $ curl http://islessmore.com/
No.
bat@bmamba.local:~ $
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bat@bmamba.local:~ $ curl -I http://islessmore.com/
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sat, 06 Apr 2013 02:10:22 GMT
Server: Apache/2.2
Content-Type: text/html
Via: 1.1 vhost.phx2.nearlyfreespeech.net:3128 (squid/2.7.STABLE7)

bat@bmamba.local:~ $ curl http://islessmore.com/
No.
bat@bmamba.local:~ $

Chubby Rain

Many of my favorite programmers have two things in common:

Many of my favorite hackers are widely criticized. Matt Mullenweg is one such hacker. His code is subservient to his vision.

WordPress’s code is written in PHP, without an external framework. It is PHP that is a bit reminiscent of object-oriented C code that GNOME was built on. It has ad-hoc namespaces and a lot of callbacks. It isn’t pretty but it works, and in the places where it counts, is easy to change. In some ways it is less constraining than other popular web development environments, like rails and django.

Despite the criticism he gets, and many rubyists and pythonistas saying that they wouldn’t touch WordPress code with a ten foot pole, he loves his own code. The slogan on WordPress.org is:

CODE IS POETRY

This is a good result of building code that appears on the surface to be inelegant, that is beautiful in what it does, the problems it solves, and the community that has formed around it. But I need a battle cry. Mine comes from Rick Olson (@technoweenie):

This mess is gonna get raw, like sushi. So, haters to the left.

maybe I don’t need sync

Swaroop C H wrote a blog post about switching back to org-mode from using various apps, including Things.app and Evernote, which sync. He says he realized that he prefers a laptop-only workflow, and that his mobile devices don’t actually help him stay organized. If this is even close to being accurate, I want to switch to a laptop-only workflow, as I don’t appreciate the lack of presence that I get from relying on my cell phone.

I’m going to try to adopt a less stressful workflow by switching more to my laptop for organizing things. Wish me luck!