Pascal Rettig

Author for Wiley. Rails, HTML5, Gaming, the Cloud and the Semantic Web. Yup, I think that about covers it.


Where design goes to die


It dies in meetings, where design by committee ensures that 1+1+1+1=0. Where good ideas are piled on top of good ideas until the meatball sundae that pops out of the other end induces palpable nausea.

It dies in endless tweaks, where a cohesive whole is slowly ripped apart to become a Jackson Pollock knock-off, impressive and colorful, but lacking…


Recovering a Website from Thin Air

Or, Undeleting Mysql MyISAM


Note: this post is from 2012 but I never got around to cleaning up and posting it.

Around 7:45 AM in the morning of one Thursday in 2012, I got the following piece of good news in my email:

URGENT: Website.com deleted their entire blog


Why they’ll never be rid of us


It must go through the average non-technical manager’s brain at least once a month: “My job would be great if it wasn’t for the programmers”

Programmers are a difficult breed to work with and manage. We’re generally somewhat anti-social and tend to have an anti-authoritarian bent.


Where design goes to die


It dies in meetings, where design by committee ensures that 1+1+1+1=0. Where good ideas are piled on top of good ideas until the meatball sundae that pops out of the other end induces palpable nausea.

It dies in endless tweaks, where a cohesive whole is slowly ripped apart to become a Jackson Pollock knock-off, impressive and colorful, but lacking…


Deck Chairing

Or, how I learned to trust myself from two weeks ago.


The idiomatic phrase “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” is often used for signifying a pointless or useless action, but it actually means something slightly more subtle: an action which, while it may seem useful now, will quickly become insignificant in the scope of larger forces at work.


You probably have nothing to hide (in context).


You may well believe you have nothing to hide, but this belief only exists because you know the context of your behaviors. Without that context, I promise there’s lots you’d rather keep hidden.

How do I know? Dating.

Think back to the last first date you went on and the show you put on. If you were…