best two advanced swegr blogs ever:
http://prog21.dadgum.com/ -- swegr, fp theory
http://www.johndcook.com/blog/ -- swegr, fp theory
http://blog.tmorris.net/ -- swegr, fp/tactics
http://james-iry.blogspot.com/ -- fp/tactics
http://playingwithpointers.com/ -- philosophy, fp/tactics
http://www.jasonshen.com/ -- "Art of Ass Kicking" (life)
http://www.sebastianmarshall.com/ -- "Strategy, Philosophy, Self-Discipline, Science. Victory." (life)
http://dilbert.com/blog -- politics & life
Cause you'd sweat a lot.
It probably stands for software engineering, though.
As in "gonnae gee-us wan o'yer swedgers, wee man".
And you'd swear a lot.
And a bit on topic even though it's not a blog. How about "The Bug of the Month" of the makers of lint?
A bit obscure but definately broadens the pool of error behavior concepts.
Second the recommendation.
1. I had a mugging attempt in a bad part of Saigon (by the slums by the river after exploring) and I kicked one of the muggers in the stomach and shouted at the other.
2. I got into a shouting match with a gangster in a McDonald's who had been yelling at the employees and spat on the floor, and was otherwise being a jackass. I told him to knock it off, a shouting match ensued, and later two police officers came, one with riot gear.
The closest I ever came to jumpkicking was when I got into a fight in a brothel when they tried to shake me down for extra cash afterwards. I kicked one of the guys after he grabbed me roughly. But even then, I didn't jumpkick - that's more of a movies thing than a real life thing.
Anyways, I can understand your skepticism, though the rudeness is unnecessary - you could just ask if you wanted details.
On the day you delete that post I'll consider reading your blog again. Until then not a chance.
Alas though, I can't take random delete requests because a point was controversial. I certainly overstepped my bounds with that post and publicly apologized, and also offered to Patrick - and him alone - that I'd take it down if he preferred. He didn't ask me to, so I didn't.
I wrote a long reply here with my thoughts and lessons -
And, of course I can't just delete a post because someone is offended, or we'd never discuss anything controversial.
I respect you taking a principled stand, and it's a kind of a bummer that a smart guy doesn't read my site any more. But life goes on. Can please some of the people some of the time, and all that...
You can read that in many different ways. The way I read it does not make you look very good.
Of course he didn't ask you to. Try putting yourself in his position. He has to ask (beg?) you to remove something that should have never happened in the first place?
Does it make you good when people whose name and reputation you use to raise your own visibility then have to come crawling to you to please remove the stuff you write?
When you wrote that piece you were just being silly. After truly grokking why it was a stupid piece leaving it up is malicious, not accidental.
So, don't be a jerk, take it down. Leaving it up doesn't diminish Patrick in any way, but it sure diminishes you.
> When you wrote that piece you were just being silly. After truly grokking why it was a stupid piece
Actually, I stand by every point I wrote in that piece and the followup - the problem was in involving another person without clearing it with them, which was out of line.
But all the points stand and no malice was intended. Beyond that, I explicitly asked by email if he wanted it deleted - no asking or begging required.
> So, don't be a jerk, take it down. Leaving it up doesn't diminish Patrick in any way, but it sure diminishes you.
Reasonable minds can disagree. I stand by all the points in that post, apologized for the impoliteness of involving someone else before it clearing it with them, but if you're trying to honestly explore controversial ideas, you simply can't just delete things you stand by because an unrelated third party thinks it should be done.
In any event, cheers for sharing your perspective - we're in about 180 degree philosophical disagreement here, but you did make some good points worth thinking about.
If you already realize you were out of line then why can't you act on it?
Is being the third hit for 'Patrick McKenzie' in google worth the continued damage to your reputation?
The only controversial bit in your posting was the fact that you used a well known HN'er with an extremely good reputation and a nice guy to boot and attempted to use his reputation for your own gain, in the process turning what would have been a possibly interesting piece into the low point of HN over the time of its existence.
That blight will soil your reputation forever more and it will cause me and people like me (no idea how many of those there are, maybe they'e a minority, maybe not) to remember as long as that piece is up. Its continued presence on the web shows that you have not learned yet.
You go on and on about philosophy and appreciation, if you really had some class you'd realize how silly this discussion is and that it should have never gotten this far. You can't build your reputation by kicking others or dragging their personal life in to the spotlight. Your points should stand on their own without reference to other people.
You could have made your points just as effectively without naming Patrick, but then that would not have gotten you the eyeballs that it did.
Standing by that is just dumb.
But keep at it, time will tell if you're right or not in persisting in doing this.
> That blight will soil your reputation forever more
Okay dude, now you're being silly. This is why people can't have reasonable discussions on the internet - I take a moment to respectfully acknowledge your points, think through them, and explain why I disagree, and you keep melodramatic ranting.
You don't like how I handled it? Okay, noted. But this is why people just ignore criticism - I respond with my thinking to you in good faith, and you keep ranting about "dumb" "blight will soil your reputation forever more", "Cheap, cynical", "dumb" - and you're attributing malicious intent where it isn't there.
Before you reply, stop and reflect - I've addressed all of your points and then some, and I disagree with you, but I've tried to be reasonable and respectful. If you want to insult people that do that, you won't get anyone responding to your discussions any more. Indeed, that's what happens on most internet forums eventually - people who do things publicly just stop responding to anonymous critics, because they don't tend to lead to reasonable discussions.
Of course it's impolite to use someone's name like that without clearing it first, but otherwise your greater message was spot on.
I'm still partially mired in executing below my potential, but I'm working on it, and your piece provided me with more inspirational kick. Thank you.
Also, I've lived the Japanese salaryman life, so I know how it tends to shape you and blind your ambition.
I don't know anything about this whole controversy, but as far as I can see it, he's right about Patrick.
Also, I couldn't find anything offensive or malicious, so I don't really get your problem here..
After all, Patrick owes Sebastian exactly nothing, Sebastian writing this piece does not oblige Patrick to ask for a removal or even to communicate with him on the subject.
It basically says "I will create a clever little boundary that I know will never be met so I get my way".
Sebastian strongly believes that Patrick should use his genius (as he put it) to make a lot more money for himself. He wrote a post explaining that in great detail. What's wrong with that?
Anyway, I recommend everyone to take a look at his writing and to judge it yourselves. I think it's good stuff, and has inspired me to push myself harder.
http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/ -- Updates infrequently. Good articles on Linux and Programming. Start here: http://duartes.org/gustavo/blog/best-of
http://catonmat.net -- He doesn't update much anymore since he's working on his startup but the archives are still good. Mostly unix tools and CompSci stuff IIRC.
http://chneukirchen.org/trivium/ -- Curates unix and plan9 articles and some lower level/systems programming stuff with a few other peculiarities sprinkled in.
http://www.foldl.org/ -- Curated programming/compsci stuff from certain subreddits. Didn't last long, archives still have some gems.
http://lambda-the-ultimate.org/ -- I actually don't read the articles that often anymore but I scan the titles as if it were a ticker of what's going on in the programming world.
If someone could point me to more curated sources like foldl, I'd appreciate it.
http://ryanholiday.net -- http://www.ryanholiday.net/an-introduction-to-me/
http://thelastpsychiatrist.com/ -- I skip the pharma articles that are way over my head. Cultural deconstructionism.
http://codingrelic.geekhold.com/ (Denny covers assembly and networking issues often in great detail)
http://kellabyte.com/ (mobile-ish dev)
I'll plug mine as well: Hacker Newsletter - http://www.hackernewsletter.com, which is a product of what I said above. :)
Each newsletter is focused on a topic or natural collection of topics. What source is more focused on, say, Ruby than Ruby Weekly? I would find this useful advice! :)
Or are you saying you'd rather see, say, 3 or 4 links a week related to a topic.. and it's a problem with the volume rather than subject "focus"?
Steve Yegge's archives, http://www.modernperlbooks.com/mt/
are in my favourites, which are not mentioned here so far.
http://okmij.org/ftp/ ;; general cs ftw. too deep.
http://john.freml.in/ ;; nice http server perf in clisp.
http://www.learningclojure.com/ ;; get the most of clojure in terms of cpu cycles. refreshing.
http://vanillajava.blogspot.com/ ;; perf, lo-level details about java. refreshing.
btw, swegr ~= hacker ?
I think it's an abbreviation of 'software engineer(ing)'.
Generally high quality, interesting stuff if you're into Haskell.
- James Hague's "Programming in the 21st Century": http://prog21.dadgum.com/
- Edward Z. Yang's blog: http://blog.ezyang.com/
Rest of my daily blog hits I get via Hacker News and reddit/r/haskell
A Spellchecker Used to Be a Major Feat of Software Engineering: http://prog21.dadgum.com/29.html
Some standout blogs that I always read about programming are:
http://www.quirksmode.org/blog/ - Was writing about JS before it was cool, now it just has some of the most detailed coverage you can get of new things happening in js.
http://dailyjs.com/ - a great daily roundup of the news in the JS community
http://www.nczonline.net/ - A developer who lead many FE efforts inside of Yahoo, very outspoken about how JS should work.
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/ - Joels essays can be a bit cantankerous, but also paradigm changing.
http://sheddingbikes.com/ - pretty much everything that zed shaw does is fucking awesome. Take it with a grain of salt though.
Oh, I almost forgot steve yegge, http://steve-yegge.blogspot.com/ - In a few essays from steve my programming world opened into one of ideas, and not just syntax.
On a footnote I also recommend Jon Skeet: Coding Blog - http://msmvps.com/blogs/jon_skeet/
He's known in the .Net community. He's the guy behind Tony the Pony. He's a Google staffer who has written some C# books. He goes into great depth about C# stuff.
Other good ones I know of are the already mentioned Cocoa with Love
Cocoa is my girlfriend
and bbum's weblog-o-matic
http://julien.danjou.info/blog/index.html ← Julien Danjou, Awesome WM main (only?) dev.
http://ejohn.org/ ← John Resig, jQuery creator and lead dev
http://planetsix.perl.org/ -- Perl 6
http://ironman.enlightenedperl.org/ -- Perl 5
I also read the Daily WTF every day. It's great to have a chance to look at crappy code and try to re-write it in your head on how it should have been done.
This is a blog with multiple authors, so I check this once a day.
I also like this one with his series (back in 2008) on coding poker bots but he hasn't posted in a while:
http://www.lesswrong.com - A community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality
Both have subtle differences that poke at the perfectionist in me.
Give it a try.
All updated with new content almost every day, and the quality is getting stronger.
an obscure kernel feature to get more info about dying processes 
a presentation from some ruby conf, particularly slide set 2 which details how memprof works and talks about the abi, etc 
plus a bunch of discussion of profiling tools to look at exactly what gcc or your vm of choice are doing. Highly recommended.
I read a number of blogs when I search, but there are none that I go to daily just to read them.