Avi Flax

Extra ginger

That moment.

On Thursday a friend gave me a spare ticket to see Gary Clark Jr. last night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. I’d never heard of him, but what the hell‽ Turned out to be a fantastic blues rock show. I’ve been listening to his 2014 live album & it’s great!

Spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, and ginger. Yum!

Walking around Manhattan on a rainy night, listening to Björk: quite atmospheric.

If anyone (shorter than me) wants to get started auto racing this lightly modified 1999 Mazda Miata Sport in Georgia looks like a great first race car that you could also probably daily drive.

Yesterday a friend gave me a spare ticket to see Gary Clark Jr. last night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. I’d never heard of him, but what the hell‽ Turned out to be a fantastic blues rock show. Now I’m listening to his 2014 live album & it’s great!

Spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, and ginger. Yum!

Holy shit, was “Beautiful One” the original title of the Smashing Pumpkins song “Ugly”‽

Walking around Manhattan on a rainy night, listening to Björk: quite atmospheric.

Pretty sure my prior post, with my tip about links being crucial when writing for the Web — which included zero links — would qualify me for the Smug Hypocritical Clueless Pedant Hall of Fame if I hadn’t been inducted decades ago.

Writing for the Web with Links and Focus

I love writing for the World Wide Web, and good writing for the Web is rich with hyperlinks. So when I write for that medium I’m always on the lookout for a term or idea that’d make a good link.

But!

I need to stay focused on my words. I can’t risk looking for a good URL in the moment.

So I insert (LINK) just after the term or concept, and add it later during editing.

This has been working very well for me lately.

#tip #flow

If I lived on a spaceship or space station that required one hour of maintenance every day to significantly reduce the risk of my premature death I would perform that maintenance every single day without fail.

So maybe I should take the same approach to maintaining my body.

I made a thing! The FC4 Framework is a methodology and a tool for authoring, publishing, and maintaining software architecture diagrams. It builds on the phenomenal work of Simon Brown.

Here’s its story: engineering.fundingcircle.com/blog/2018…

I really ❤️ what @lynnetye is doing with @keyvaluesio. It’s super smart to connect potential employers and employees via (hopefully) shared values. Almost everything else flows from values; this makes way more sense than searching via other factors that are likely (weak) proxies!

I just noticed that Apple is renaming iBooks to just Books. I like it. I hope they’ll drop the i prefix from all their products. Like Apple Watch and Apple TV, they’d have Apple Phone, Apple Pad, Apple Mac.

The Mac line would make sense:

Mac Mac Pro Mac Mini MacBook MacBook Pro

I love the smell of an impending merge disaster in the morning.

Whenever I have trouble with an Avro schema, a good way I’ve found to debug it is by trying to generate “random” example data using avro-tools.jar, like so:

java -jar avro-tools-1.8.2.jar random --schema-file TimeZone.avsc --count 1 -

Train to Busan. Holy shit.

Boston nerds: I’ll be presenting this Thursday at the Boston Clojure Group: Specifying Other People’s Data Structures with Spec: an Experience Report.

White Plains library:

…starting the first week of August, we will automatically renew your material before it becomes due.

— they also recently eliminated late fees for children’s materials. What a great library.

I just test drove a Tesla Model 3 (RWD, long-range, premium interior, 18” wheels+tires) — I only had 20 minutes, but it was fun and impressive. Very easy to drive; predictable, linear controls and handling; good ride. It’d be a pleasure to use as a daily driver.

Video of the talk I gave at @ClojureNYC last week has been posted!

Thanks to @andyparsons for organizing, recording, etc!

Wondering whether 1300 words is way too long for an Architecture Decision Record (ADR).

I have found the best giphy search.