Moishe Lettvin

I write code at Etsy. I live in Boulder.


Software and Craftsmanship


I wrote this essay about 7 years ago, well before I joined Etsy.When I saw that their software engineering blog was named “Code as Craft,” I had a pretty good idea we’d be a good fit.

A few months ago I bought a Laguiole knife for myself. It took about 3 months to arrive, and when I unwrapped it from its packaging it smelled like wood and smoke…


Software and Craftsmanship


I wrote this essay about 7 years ago, well before I joined Etsy.When I saw that their software engineering blog was named “Code as Craft,” I had a pretty good idea we’d be a good fit.

A few months ago I bought a Laguiole knife for myself. It took about 3 months to arrive, and when I unwrapped it from its packaging it smelled like wood and smoke…


Youth


When I was a kid I was, to put it mildly, not very athletic. Whenever I played a sport involving a ball, the ball would hit me in the face; whenever I played a sport involving speed, I was…


Horatio Alger


My first job was delivering newspapers. I got that job the summer between 6th and 7th grade, for one reason: to earn enough money to buy myself a TRS-80 Color Computer. That’s not…