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.


  • Canonical Log Lines

    A lightweight and stack agnostic operational technique for easy visibility into production systems.

  • Service Limits

    Why and how to put limits and rate limits on your web services. Introducing redis-cell.

  • 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.

Older articles are available here.


  • Understand Deeply

    Aim to be an engineer and not just a user by learning in depth. January 18, 2017

  • The State of Messaging

    It's 2017, and the state of instant messaging is in worse shape than ever before. January 17, 2017

  • Journaling (Revisited)

    Six months and 85,000 words later. January 10, 2017

  • Amazon Prime

    Is Prime worth it? Lets take a closer look. January 3, 2017

  • Zombified

    On duck typing, zombie processes, and language APIs that are unsafe by default. December 29, 2016

Older fragments are available here.