Archive for January, 2013

Kickstarter Campaign for “Producing Open Source Software” 2nd Edition.

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

I meant to announce this last week, but some very sad circumstances intervened (see the previous blog entry). Now there are 19 days left in my Kickstarter campaign to fund doing a second edition of Producing Open Source Software. I still hope to reach the goal, of course, because I want to give the revisions […]

Remembering Aaron Swartz.

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By now anyone reading this blog has already heard the news about Aaron. I already posted an obituary and remembrance over at, so will just refer to that. At the end of it there are links to two collectively-built memorial sites on the Internet. Sad, sad time.

The IRC Curmudgeon.

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

This post is only here so I can refer others to it from IRC: If we’re chatting in IRC, including via a gateway like the Slack↔IRC gateway, please address me on each line you say to me by my nick, “kfogel”. I’ll return the favor. Here’s an example: (jrandom speaking) kfogel: Hey there, what’s up? […]

Happy 40th Birthday, Ben Collins-Sussman!

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

Ben Collins-Sussman turns 40 years old today! Do help us celebrate by linking to his birthday page. It’s especially effective if you link from his name to the page, as I just did. That way anyone who does a search on him will know that he turned 40. And who could ask for a better […]

In Memoriam Carl Woese

Friday, January 4th, 2013

On the second to last day of 2012, Carl Woese died at the age of 84. I knew it was coming but even so was shaken by the news. He was a friend and for a couple of years a mentor; I’d somehow forgotten that he was also mortal — though he contributed to this, by remaining […]