Raising elephants is so utterly boring.

If you’re a Linux nerd, you should know what the post title means.1For the sane: it’s a mnemonic for REISUB, the sequence of buttons to mash together with Alt and SysRq (does anybody remember that key?) to restart a completely locked up Linux box that refuses to listen to reason. Every couple of years, it’s time to start anew and eschew the utter boredom of importing posts, going through shortcodes that no longer exist, fixing tags… there are more important things in life than that.

This time, it’s not just a reboot – it’s hopefully also a change of directions. For years, I have tried to keep things separate, to write about what’s on my mind and what’s on my heart in separate fora, with each coming at the expense of the other. The truth is, the two are not that separate. As such, in this incarnation, the blog will feature things that you might not be used to. If you have read my more personal blogs, you will be struck by the occasional post about some esoteric aspects of a little known technical programming language. And if you’re a reader of my technical posts, you might find some raw honesty by the man behind the numbers.

As such, this is also an experiment. Does my technical writing improve if I am liberated of the constraints of subject|>forum? Do my personal insights benefit from accountability to the professional self (owing to society’s views on what we’re doing for a living, there’s a limit to how dumb you’re allowed to get when talking about something entirely different if you also talk about maths, statistics and software development, as if knowledge of any of these areas endowed you with some degree of universal smarts – a matter squarely contradicted by some spectacular doozies uttered by otherwise respectable scientists when it comes to issues of society)? I’m quite keen to find out.

As a precaution, I am categorising work and life posts separately, for readers whose sensitivities preclude them from discussions of faith and society on one hand or introspection in functional programming languages on the other. I’m hoping this will allow those with exclusive interests in one or the other to get just what they need and no more – although even to them I would say that sometimes, risking the whole man is worth it.

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1. For the sane: it’s a mnemonic for REISUB, the sequence of buttons to mash together with Alt and SysRq (does anybody remember that key?) to restart a completely locked up Linux box that refuses to listen to reason.

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