Self-proclaimed wisemen, productivity experts, and wanna-be executives teach you to complete tasks ahead of time, in an organized and systematic way. Small tasks? Do them immediately. It’s the only way to be an effective executive.


Don’t do things now or ahead of time. Do them last minute.

Let’s face…

Two months ago I published Modern Fortran: Building Efficient Parallel Applications with Manning Publications. It was a long journey (3 years!) and here I describe my experience: The writing process, tools I used, working with Manning staff, the economics of writing a technical book, and challenges. Though the title of…

Last week marked one year since the birth of the Fortran-lang open source community. A lot has happened and many of us who have participated agree that the progress exceeded our highest expectations. After two decades of a cold and desolate Fortran winter, are we approaching a new golden era…

Abandonware is software abandoned by its maker.

People sometimes speak of it in a negative context. “Nobody uses it anymore”. “A waste of time invested”. “Why would they even make that?”. “What a failure!”


Abandonware is what’s left when its maker learned what there is to learn from it and moved on. It’s software that served its purpose. Finding what doesn’t work is a prerequisite for finding what works.

Abandonware is beautiful. It’s the evidence of creative process and fighting the resistance.

As long as there are creative and curious people around, there will be new abandonware. I wish more people made it.

A few days ago I got notice from Google Scholar about the first citation of my latest paper on drag coefficient in hurricane winds:

When I get these notifications, I go and look at the paper that cited it. Perhaps my results supported theirs, or maybe the Authors disagreed…

Any scientific discipline that involves numerical modeling has three kinds of modelers:

  1. People who develop models
  2. People who run models for their or other people’s research
  3. People who analyze model output for their research

Neither is better or worse than the other. Model developers (1) often also run models (2)…

It’s not a bad dream

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781)

I’ve suffered from sleep paralysis since adolescence. For several years I didn’t know what it was, or that it was even a thing. …

This week I did my first ever Twitch stream, hosted by my book publisher. I had fun doing it and now look forward to streaming more in my own channel. Without Manning I certainly wouldn’t consider streaming, so thank you for hosting me.

In the stream I did a 2-hour…

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Fortran has an interesting historic feature called implicit typing: Undeclared variables whose name begins with letters i, j, k, l, m, or n are implied to be integers, and real otherwise. …

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Everybody’s life path is steered by series of seemingly strange coincidences. Like weather, human lives are chaotic and unpredictable. By chaotic, I don’t mean disorderly and in disarray, but rather that small changes at one time can lead to large changes down the road.

Enhanced color image of Saharan dust plume over the Atlantic ocean as seen from a geostationary satellite GOES-16. Source: NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory.

I think about…

Milan Curcic

I’m a scientist, founder, and author.

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