My name is Brandur Leach (@brandur). I'm an engineer at Stripe, and am interested in service engineering, APIs, Vim, Tmux, Ruby, Go, terminal productivity, running, fixed gear riding, history, urban design, and metal.


  • The Case For A Go Worker Pool

    Error handling and fragility; or why a worker pool belongs in Go's standard library.

  • Postgres Hacking

    The missing README for how to get started with Postgres development.

  • AWS Islands

    The case for a concerted effort to build a powerful, but streamlined, platform on AWS.

  • The Intrinsic Static Site

    Building a static site on AWS with a global CDN, free HTTPS with automatic certificate renewal, and a CI-based deployment process powered by GitHub pull requests.

  • Notes on Go

    Notes on the language after spending a few weeks building a large project in it.

Older articles are available here.


  • PAX 2016

    Better known as line-con. Wherein I revisit the infamous video game expo after two years away. September 13, 2016

  • Courage

    On 3.5 mm headphone jacks and narcissism. September 9, 2016

  • Splunk

    On superior operational visibility and data rationing. August 28, 2016

  • Podcasts 2016

    A list of the best podcasts that I'm listening to this year. August 28, 2016

  • 4 A.M.

    On chasing the day's most productive hours. August 24, 2016

Older fragments are available here.