Happy Birthday, Preston Hammer
Today is (or would be) Preston C. Hammer‘s 100th birthday.
I found a great photo of him on the eBay web site a few days ago, but it seems to be gone now. So it goes.
Today would be a good day to rethink how many empty sets there are, to thoughtfully consider how we reuse everyday words in technical settings, and to remember that our technical work takes place in a broader cultural and societal setting.
Many of his writings are on the web; an incomplete list is linked above. Here’s one I liked: http://mumble.net/~jar/articles/hammer-mind-pollution.pdf