'Exercise is really great' song

My parents are visiting me this month, and somehow we were randomly chatting about nursery rhymes. There was a particular one that we vaguely remembered but couldn’t recall the lyrics of – “Exercise is really great.” After struggling to remember it for a while, and then googling the name and failing to find anything, we remembered… my childhood audio cassette! When I was a kid, my parents would ask me to recite the songs and nursery rhymes I had learned and recorded them. Well, we did have an MP3 version of the cassette. Alas, my mom said we hadn’t actually recorded this particular song. A few minutes later, while I was annoying my wife with the MP3 of my childhood cassette, my mom jumped up out of her chair – the song was on it!

What Matt Levine writes about (or, The Rise and Fall of WeWork and GameStop)

There exists a fantastic newsletter called Money Stuff by this brilliant writer called Matt Levine. I seriously cannot overstate how much I love reading it – it’s truly amazing. It’s not just me, lots of other people like it too. You should read it!

Recently, I was idly wondering about the topics Matt Levine writes about in Money Stuff. I thought it would be interesting to see because of how they sort of reflect trends in Finance news. I had some free time on my hands in between jobs and I decided to find out!

Circular Dependencies in Software (and Lockdowns)

A few weeks ago, I was watching some informative system design talks at work. One of the topics discussed was circular dependencies in distributed systems. In particular, I learnt something I found fascinating: if your system has a hard circular dependency, you can never reboot it!

Context-aware Autoescaping in Go

I’ve been working with server-side generated HTML for several years now, and the problem of code injection into HTML pages has been pervasive. A couple of days back, I discovered something fantastic that Go has built right into the standard library to help with this: context-aware autoescaping in HTML templates.