Back in 2019, when I first put this website online, I did so with the hope that I would produce one large article each 1-2 months. The topic I chose for the first article was floating point errors, and it was a labor of many, many hours and many iterations to get it to the final version. I liked the output, but I did not enjoy the process, which is why it took me many months to start working on the next article.
The second article was a monumental task that took me to the fringes of my knowledge and entailed not only effort in writing the article itself but in writing software to produce the animations for it. It took so much time that I ended up finishing it hastily due to the lack of spare time and, more importantly, the dwindling motivation. I hated the outcome, I still do. I don’t think it has a clear purpose, it lacks substance and it charmlessly rambles about fundamentally unimportant things.
My third attempt was much more modest, and it treated a topic I found interesting in my daily (work) life. In retrospect, while by no means perfect, I think it was the best of the bunch, not because of how interesting it was but because the motivations were much better: instead of setting off on doing something grand to fuel my ego with accomplishment I simply told the story of something that I had just learned. Writing it was no longer painful.
While flawed, I do believe these pieces of writing hold at least a bit of value to a rather small small audience, and it would be a shame to remove them outright. As a result I have moved them under the Ramblings section of the website. Should you find them useful, I’d appreciate your feedback feedback.
Whether other such articles will join them, hopefully with better structure and better execution, I couldn’t tell you right now. It’s a time investment I’m much more weary of at the present time and I don’t feel comfortable making such promises to myself or others.
What I want to focus on in the near future is much smaller pieces on topics of immediate interest, whether this interest is fleeting or grows into a more permanent fixture of this corner of the internet. I want these posts to be footprints in the snow, tracking my growth as an engineer (or even as a person) throughout time. I want the usefulness to follow naturally from the passion I put into whatever I’m creating, as opposed to manufactured usefulness for the sake of showing off knowledge.
So I welcome you to enjoy my journey, learn from it, frown upon it, laught at it, contribute to it or simply acknowledge it.