Bossy Lobster

A blog by Danny Hermes; musing on tech, mathematics, etc.

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Attack of Ruby Stack Traces

First, let me say I'm not posting this to shame any company or language community. Getting to the scale Twitter reached in a short amount of time can quickly make past engineering decisions look foolish in hindsight. But almost always they are decisions made in good faith with the current …

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Learn You a LAPACK for Great Good

Linear Algebra is an incredibly powerful tool. A joke among mathematicians is that the only way we can solve a hard problem is to boil it down to Linear Algebra1. Harnessing the numerical power of Linear Algebra has been done via LAPACK for the last 40+ years.

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Graduated

After five years, I'm excited to say I've finished my PhD. I certainly learned a lot and met a lot of great people along the way.

One of the biggest lessons I learned was about myself: I need to say no more often. I continued to say yes, to side …

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Installing Python on OS X

Caveat: I stopped using a Mac for my development machine way back in the fall of 2014. You probably shouldn't listen to me.

What Not to Do

The first rule of using Python on any operating system: don't use system Python. The OS relies on that Python, including the packages …