The Curmudgeoclast

Thoughts, projects, and ramblings of Dave Astels

Sat 16 November 2019

Scriptus 2019

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Well, only 7 months has gone by since my last post .

The pen and ink obsession continues unabated.

I recently went to Scriptus (aka The Toronto Pen Show) and picked up several firsts for my collection:

  • first 3D printed pen
  • first ebonite pen
  • first hand-turned pen
  • first celluloid pen
  • first …


Sat 20 April 2019

What I've Been Up To For the Last Year

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I just made a post and noticed that it's been a year since my last one. This always seems to happen. Good intentions "I'll blog more... really!". Then life happens, I get distracted, and suddenly I see that it's been a year since I last posted. So here we go …


Tue 01 January 2019

2018 in Review

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The year started with me employed by Trov. After a bit over a year I was still having trouble generally hitting my stride despite some good successes. So it was with some relief when a shakeup in the upper levels of technical management cut me loose in, as I recall …


Tue 29 April 2014

Science, Engineering, and Programming

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What is it that we do? Are we programmers, software engineers, or computer scientists? All of the above, some combination, or none?

My thesis is that it depends. All three are real things. All three are very different. Let's look at each, in turn.

Computer Science

This one seems easy …