Author Archives: mhoye

Burning Down The Future

There’s an old line in the military: amateurs study tactics and academics study strategies, but professionals study logistics. It doesn’t matter how good your grand strategy is if you can’t feed your troops, gas up the humvees and keep planes in the air for the duration. In the same vein, in the political arena your […]

The Bourne Aesthetic

“The difference between something that can go wrong and something that can’t possibly go wrong is that when something that can’t possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.” –Douglas Adams I’ve been trying to get this from draft to published for almost six months now. […]

Catching A Moving Train

I made a joke the other day on the twitters that I was writing a job req, how I needed a way to say “Experience surfing on top of a relentless, multichannel, broad-spectrum communications avalanche a major plus”. That didn’t go over fantastically well with HR, believe you me, but it’s a real part of […]


I was complaining on Twitter that almost everyone who makes shoulder bags makes terrible straps to go with them and that it’s the most important thing to get right and nobody does and everything is terrible. You know, as one does. And I mentioned modifying my bags to make the straps work right, and people […]

Failure Modes Of Novel Terminology

Somehow this has sat in my drafts folder for almost a year. At some point late in his second year, in that magical time when toilet training can be kind of touch and go but barreling around the house with no clothes on is the best thing ever, my son wanted to help me fix […]

Couch Gags Eternal

it rules that the simpsons is going to be on tv until every last one of its voice actors is dead — imogen binnie (@iphisol) September 1, 2015 There are only two of us left. The scripts and pictures come from… we don’t know. We don’t understand, but they come. Something keeps us here. The […]

Opaque Symbology

A collection of highway traffic signage unused pending an economical symbolic representation: Warning: Ornery Local Stereotype Completely Unremarkable Natural Phenomenon: 2 KM Something Will Happen And The Right Decision Will Seem Obvious In Hindsight But Nobody In The Car Will Ever Let You Live Down What You Did, Next 500 M If There Were No […]

“It Happens When They Don’t Change Anything.”

“Glitch in the Matrix? No, just that amazing San Francisco workplace diversity in action.” – @jjbbllkk “You take the blue pill — the story ends… You take the plaid pill — you stay in Silicon Valley.” – @anatolep “… And I’ll show you just how high your rent can go.” – @mhoye

Hostage Situation

(This is an edited version of a rant that started life on Twitter. I may add some links later.) Can we talk for a few minutes about the weird academic-integrity hostage situation going on in CS research right now? We share a lot of data here at Mozilla. As much as we can – never […]

September Never Changes

This is work-related; I’ll get back to the usual nonsense soon enough. September Is Coming It happens every year, a wave of students joining us in various fora hoping to make a contribution to an open source project. This is always a challenging time of year for Mozilla, and I’d like to say a few […]