Trying out YJIT in Ruby 3.2

This isn’t going to be a deep dive into YJIT, benchmarking it and such like, just a few quick tips to get started with it yourself. First things first, though, some context! What’s YJIT? Yet another entry in the Yet Another series, YJIT is a new just-in-time compiler for Ruby. When you run your application, Ruby will optimise it on-the-fly depending on which code paths are accessed more frequently than others.

Twenty Twenty-Two

At the start of the year I wrote a post about my outlook for this year. I signed it off with a desire to check back on it in six months or so and see how things turned out. The post still lives on the old version of my blog and I haven’t migrated it over yet, but I was positive about some changes to my routine and hopeful about my health and work-life balance as a result.

Agile by name, but not by nature

This is an old post, originally written in 2014 during my time at New Bamboo. You can find the original in the web archives[^1] Agile is dead! Long live agility!1 A very befitting eulogy to the spirit of Agile, I’m sure, but also an unnecessary one. I think it picks the wrong battle. The whole premise of Dave’s argument (and every supporter of it) is one of semantics. You are not Agile, you merely exhibit agility.

Emotional Debt

Another day, another post about burnout. But really, I’m thinking more about that point that precedes it, the stall that–left unchecked–turns into a nosedive. The good thing is you do have an opportunity to pull back up, you always do, but it gets harder the longer you wait. The last few years have been different and difficult for everyone, regardless of physical or mental health. I’m not going to explore any of that because I don’t have anything to contribute that you won’t find in the total saturation of commentary on the topics; this is just to acknowledge that I feel it and it hurts that in an age of unprecedented progression and prosperity, for 1% of of humanity to take a step forward, 99% seems to have to take two steps back.

Conditional Git Config

I like to maintain a single configuration across machines. Mostly it works fine and I take account for whether I’m working on Mac, Windows or Linux. All I need to do is run a small script to set most of my shit up: for config in */; do echo "Stowing: ${config}" stow -t $HOME $config done My config files are structure in a way that stow likes: . ├── asdf │ ├── .

Out of the frying pan

I have a friend who once explained to me the concept of a comfort zone and what it means to go outside of it. It happened a good few years ago so my memory is a little hazy, but it came with a useful visual aid. Enjoy my crude representation of one. #+ATTR_HTML: :src /img/out-of-the-frying-pan/comfort-zone.png [[../../assets/img/out-of-the-fireplace/comfort-zone.png]] Your comfort zone, as you might imagine, is the place where you feel cosy, safe, and within the confines of what you know and are, I presume, confident with.


This is a bit of an unusual twist for me, in terms of what I generally write about, because I don’t really care about the world of celebrity that much. But something has been on my mind over the past few days since we saw a famous actor, Will Smith, hitting a famous comedian, Chris Rock, on stage, and then hurling some threats from back in his seat. Way back in 2011, I was on the receiving end of domestic abuse from the man who, at the time, was my sister’s boyfriend.

Head, heart or gut?

If there’s one thing I like writing about more than anything else, it’s compassion, empathy, and intuition. It’s a super squishy topic which means it’s vulnerable, emotional, empowering, and ultimately human. I wish I could talk about it more than I do but sometimes I think the depth of it can be a bit intimidating because it can encourage a way of thinking that might feel uncomfortable. Might show you something you weren’t previously aware of.

Yes, I can connect to a DB in CSS

As they’re wont to do, a certain tweet was floating around the interwebs for a while the other week. Recruiters be like: We’re looking for someone who can connect to the database using CSS. It’s been a hell of a long time since I last embarked on a quality shitpost project1, in fact it’s been so long that back then I probably didn’t even have the word shitpost in my vocabulary.

Work, life, and broken windows

I’ve been working fully remotely for almost 18 months now. It’s not a temporary measure, brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s because the place I work is fully remote. No offices anywhere (just like Elastic and Gitlab, last time I checked). It’s not my first rodeo either, thanks to previously enjoying a year of living and working by the Baltic coast in Jūrmala, Latvia. Even having worked remotely before, however, that experience in 2017 and my current experience from 2020 onwards could hardly be further apart.