… or Why midfielders are the most important part of a team

As a lifelong fan of the beautiful game of football (for my American readers, football = soccer), and having almost equally long involvement in software development, can’t help seeing some parallels between the two. In the following story, I’ll try to elaborate on those similarities.

About the game


.. or is it?

Photo by George Pagan III on Unsplash

The year was 1999, the end of it. We were celebrating (prematurely, IMHO) the start of new millennia. Everyone in the office was excited, full of hope and promise. During all of that, one of my coworkers said: “Are you guys aware that we just entered the millennia in which we all are going to die?”. That was a mood changer, to say the least.

Fast forward to the present day, pandemic and all. We’re forced to reevaluate our view of death, whether we like it or not. Some people got paranoid about it, some are…

What it is and how to use it with React.

According to MDN, FormData is an “interface (that) provides a way to easily construct a set of key/value pairs representing form fields and their values”. It is a simple data structure that holds key/value pairs that correspond to an HTML form. As such, it has a constructor — FormData()- and several methods that are used to manipulate collected data.


… but only if you get the vaccine first

Spectrum News

Yesterday, I went to take my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, per the appointment scheduled earlier. Vaccination was held at a large Event Center. Didn’t know what to expect, so I started rolling early. Traffic was OK, but space was crowded. After managing to secure parking, I started walking to the actual vaccination center, along with other folks. It was a gloomy, rainy day, as it usually is at this time of the year in my hometown.

Approaching the vaccination location, other than the crowd, I noticed a group of folks standing by the entrance, holding a big “JESUS…


My lateral movement is not what it used to be, either…

Screenshot taken from’s front page


You do you, not what everybody else’s doing

The time was the late ’90s, I was working at this small company, as an “IT guy” (in charge of “computers”). It was a relatively easy job, till something went wrong… Not much did go wrong in those days, so I had a lot of time on my hands.

Mike was working at the same company, as a property manager. He was a funny guy, cordial, we got along quite well. Most of the time he wasn’t in the office. …


Live and let live

George Tupou V, King of Tonga

The following story may not be entirely true, or verifiable. But that’s how I heard it, a long time ago, told by a friend of Tongan origin.

Mafu was my friend from Tonga. We’ve (my wife and me, that is) met him shortly after we arrived in the US, and we took a liking to each other, almost instantly. He was a stout guy, very strong: he came to the US to play football but was injured in his first year. After that, he got married and started a landscaping business.

He’d visit us frequently. We’d sit around, talking, drinking…


It’s better to be a bit stupid, than a bit smart — proverb

Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617) - Ovid’s Metamorphoses-Jupiter - King Lycaon

Once upon a time, a very, very long time ago, high above the planet Earth, a bunch of jaded gods sat around on clouds (or wherever), shooting the breeze, doing nothing, “dying” of boredom. They desperately needed some entertainment, but couldn’t come up with the right idea. Back in those days they didn’t have TV, Internet, games, streaming services…

Hours passed, and they were getting more bored, by the minute. They tried different games, but quickly found them lacking in entertainment value. That is, till one of them proposed a new game:

Hey, let’s play a game - he said.


… or don’t, it’s up to you


We were all taught, early in our lives, that humans - as do most of the animals - have five basic senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. Some would argue that there’s more, but that’s not important for this story. What’s important is that we have a limited number of senses (as many as you’d like).

Now, let assume that - in this Universe (or Multiverse, or whatever) - there are countless other life forms/species, etc. I know it’s a big assumption, but we need it to develop this story further 🙂.

Those countless life forms could - potentially…


“The only person you can’t learn from is yourself” — Anonymous

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