Avi Flax

Starting yesterday, and finalising on May 15, Slack is ending support for open standards IRC and XMPP. This is hugely disappointing, and just shows how easy it is to be ensnared by silos. So many FL/OSS communities moved to Slack from IRC.

Daniel Goldsmith

Making pancakes with the kid and her friend: 20 minutes. Cleanup afterwards: 60+ minutes… I keep finding little bits of batter in odd corners… 😵


htop is such a great tool (for UNIX and UNIX-like systems). Makes it quick and easy to find processes consuming too many resources and lower their priority or send signals to them e.g. STOP.

Write the Docs Portland / Registration Forms / I Am Not a Gadget

Registering for @WriteTheDocs Portland (early May, excited!) and the registration form is quite thoughtful.

I really like that many of the questions are text boxes so I can supply real and nuanced answers.

I especially like that the race/ethnicity question is free-form; I entered:

Jewish but I’m generally read as “white”

which is how I feel but I rarely have the ability to identify this way.

This reminds me of You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier — a seminal work that really lodged a few ideas in my brain.

This is really frustrating. Software should ship with help built-in — not download it on-the-fly via the Internet! People still use computing devices when offline, it’s an important use case!

I just saw there’s a TechYes! meetup in NYC next week: TechYes! #12: Don’t Judge a Book by its Color — I hope I can make it!

If you’re a US citizen or resident, please consider donating $17, or $1.70, or any amount, to support the March for Our Lives on March 24.

Access to weapons of mass murder and mayhem needs to be the main topic of our national discourse until we’ve curtailed that access.

Not cool, @TheEconomist — not cool at all.

Seems time for a massive march on Washington for gun control — something like a March on Washington for Safety and Freedom. Is anyone organizing something like this? @Everytown? I’d drive myself and 6 others down from New York, or pool funds for a big bus.

Just realized that when taking photos of slides at a talk, I now always include the speaker whereas I used to keep them out of the frame.

Seems like a promising sign for my growth as a human?

AWS: Customers can now auto-generate GraphQL schema and resolvers from a DynamoDB table without any coding

Impressive and exciting:

Customers can now auto-generate GraphQL schema and resolvers from an existing Amazon DynamoDB table without any coding. You can immediately perform queries and mutations using the generated API endpoint and configure it to use GraphQL subscriptions for realtime data.

AWS AppSync Adds new GraphQL Functionality and Removes Whitelist Approvals from Preview

Holy crap, there’s now a Ruby port of clojure.spec — and it looks really solid! Fantastic work by Jamie English!


Docker tip: if you specify --quiet or -q you can use the output of docker build as input to docker run:

ID=`docker build --quiet .`
docker run -it --rm $ID


docker run `docker build -q .`

Finally got around to watching Edge of Tomorrow, and it was great. Gem of a sci-fi action flick.

Guess who wrote almost 2,000 words of technical documentation in the past ~28 hours? This guy! 😅

🤦‍♂️ OMG Confluence please fix your 🔥 UX.

😐 Tesla just pushed my standard battery Model 3 delivery date from early 2018 to late 2018. A bummer, but far from a tragedy — I can deal. 😐

I’m thrilled by the successful test flight of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy! It’s inspiring and encouraging… we might have people roaming around on Mars within a decade or two!

I really ❤️ youtube-dl — such great software. Very much like wget; they both try really hard to do the right thing every time, and are deeper than they appear.

I paused a Tycho set to put on the SpaceX Falcon Heavy Test Flight live stream, which hasn’t quite started — and the hold music they’re playing (e.g. Heavy by Test Shot Starfish) is really good working music!