Arjun Narayan

Ristret is an experimental blog platform that I wrote, partly to learn about CMSes, partly to write database queries, and partly because I needed to fulfill my urge to write more.

I combined all those desires in one giant procrastination project. Right now it’s a pretty active construction zone, so don’t be surprised if the site is badly broken.

I currently live in Brooklyn. I work on an artisanal, hand-crafted, open-source database. I also have a Twitter, where I mostly retweet market-urbanist propaganda and Dan Wang. In a previous life, I was a PhD student in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania. I wrote a PhD thesis on distributed differentially privacy. By the time I finished, I learned that I didn’t really care much for security or privacy, but had come away with lots of strong opinions about distributed databases and large scale dataflow execution. I now put those opinions to socially productive use working at Cockroach Labs.

I also have other much less productive opinions, mostly to do with finance and economics. I also miss the early days of blogs. Growing up in India, old-school blogging was my one escape to a different world, one that I desperately wanted to be a part of. I think its a pity that they’re mostly dead, and this is one attempt to fight back against that current.