A major Swedish newspaper had a feature about sourdough today. Apparently, it’s becoming quite popular, with more and more small bakeries selling exclusive sourdough bread and giving courses on how to make your own sourdough.

Just having returned home from QCon in London, where there were some great talks about, and significant interest in, functional programming, I’m reminded of my own keynote from the ACM SIGPLAN Erlang Workshop in Tallinn 2005. It was called “Sourdough and Erlang”, and as much as I would like to flatter myself by calling it “prophetic”, I’m sure it would just tempt others who were there to propose some other, more fitting descriptions. I feel this is as good a time as any to finally release the slides. Perhaps it’s at least good for a few laughs. I still think that “stalking the wild yeast” is an outstanding metaphore for creative software development, though…