Welcome to Close to the Machine. I'm a software engineer based in the New York City area, and here I post a few things I've learned over the years.

In these pages I cover topics such as the following:

  • Java programming tips
  • An intro to some of Google's Guava libraries
  • Using the ConceptNet semantic network
  • Using HTTrack for web scraping
  • CSS and HTML

I borrow the title of this site from Ellen Ullman's Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents. That and her novel, The Bug, are worth a read—whether or not you write code for a living. See the sidebar for a link.