Sinatra OmniAuth Provider app

03 Oct 2013

I have open-sourced a small Sinatra app that can be used to catch callbacks from OmniAuth for providers like Facebook, Twitter or Google. You can mount it in the routes file of your project.

The Legend of Zelda - Symphony of the Goddesses

29 May 2013

Yesterday my girlfriend and me went to the concert ‘The Legend of Zelda - Symphony of the Goddesses’ performed by the Babelsberger Symphony Orchestra in the Tempodrom in Berlin. I didn’t expect too much from it but in the end I was really overwhelmed by the performance. I expected it to be a rather smallish concert but it was very epic. This was also due to the many Zelda fans that went to the concert. I am not a huge fan of Zelda myself, in fact I haven’t played anything past ‘Ocarina of Time’ at all but I was playing ‘A Link to the Past’ a lot during my childhood and with the music all the memories came back. I can highly recommend it. Next stop: Final Symphony from Final Fantasy!

Applications are never perfectly designed. Every choice has a prize

06 Jan 2013

Applications are never perfectly designed. Every choice has a prize. A good designer understands this tension and minimizes costs by making informed tradeoffs between the needs of the present and the possibilities of the future.

Useful commands, tools and tips for MySQL and Postgres databases

24 Nov 2012

There are some quite useful commands I had to collect from many different sources which can come in handy when working with SQL databases like MySQL and Postgres.

Do you know what punishments I’ve endured for my crimes, my sins? None.

15 Oct 2012

Do you know what punishments I’ve endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men’s most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn’t tolerate my existence.

The less government we have the better

11 Oct 2012

The less government we have the better-the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.

Whatever the future of Valve turns out like, one thing is for certain

12 Aug 2012

Whatever the future of Valve turns out like, one thing is for certain – and it so happens that it constitutes the reason why I am personally excited to be part of Valve: The current system of corporate governance is bunk. Capitalist corporations are on the way to certain extinction. Replete with hierarchies that are exceedingly wasteful of human talent and energies, intertwined with toxic finance, co-dependent with political structures that are losing democratic legitimacy fast, a form of post-capitalist, decentralised corporation will, sooner or later, emerge.

SQL laughs in your face

08 Aug 2012

Trees? Nested objects and parent child relationships? SQL just laughs in your face and gives you a massive flat table saying, “You figure it out bro”.

The Naive Optimist: Refocusing on the people I love

08 Aug 2012

The Naive Optimist: Refocusing on the people I love

How to build a GitHub

08 Aug 2012

‘How to build a GitHub’ by Zach Holman. GitHub is an amazing company. Their philosophies are truly phenomenal.