that minute where you wonder if a carbureted engine will start on a cold morning


I wrote a small write-up about the e-ink computer/digital typewriter I made 4 months ago.

A funny thing about exit intent popups is that they interrupt the moment I move the mouse to copy their link and share the page. And then I think, "well... I liked the article a second ago, but if I send it, will *I* look irritating, too?"

take me down to parallax city where the back moves slow and the front moves quickly

Does anyone have a way to report spammers sending via GMail's smtp? My searches only find help for gmail users, but I get an increasing amount from small-biz oriented spam tools like

I fixed a bug by adding `--magic` to a program shelling out and I feel like Lord Nikon should rollerblade in with some exposition of how cool that was. (command was sox)

The coffeshops I go to each week for Code and Coffee have a "10 punches and you get a free drink" card. I'd love to trade them in to set the Pandora station for an hour (subject to staff veto of course).

It turned out even UChicago's IRB didn't care that their researchers secretly experimented on me + other open source maintainers, so all I can do is snark about it in contrast to how friendly + productive MIT was:

A 2015 post of mine just sprouted a footnote: someone ran the numbers I'd hoped for on how college is a magical talisman.

If I were king of an OS: no update may restart any program in a user-visible way. The functionality for this must be exposed so that it can be used by and eventually required of all third-party code. (Yes, I'm aware this is "change what a process is" levels of invasive.)

Getting set up to stream some Rails coding of the site for my upcoming podcast. Just figured I'd try this out for the first time, will start in about five minutes:

Helping run down bugs in a language I wrote maybe 50 lines of code in during college 15 years ago:

I wrote twenty tests for feed permissions, realized I forgot a corner case, added a test... and now a query is going from a one-liner to a beast that joins twice against one table and I want like five more tests of its complexity.

If you'd like exercise with a live Rails codebase or want to contribute to Lobsters, I've tagged a bunch of issues to invite new contributors:

Big cleanup on Lobsters normalizing table IDs and foreign keys. I'm unpleasantly surprised that ActiveRecord doesn't complain about mismatches (eg. is unsigned bigint but comments.user_id is signed integer). Anyone know why not?

As I'm apparently living in it part time for consulting sales calls this week, I should mention is a free, no-plugin, no-hassle video chat service.

Anyone have a favorite TLD for a podcast? .fm, .am, .show? (.com/org/etc for the name I want is a non-starter)

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