My 13yo nephew is building his first PC and sent me his pcpartpicker build list. This is his nerd quinceañera, I'm tearing up.

@tedu Hm. I know HN puts a strong negative penalty on that situation. Maybe we should do the same.

@swim Talk to them about how their business works to represent it well, then plan for the time after you. Build them something they can update themself on a stable service. I'd think SquareSpace - set it up, prepay for as long as you can afford to donate. Write a packet of instructions so if their employees change over they don't lose knowledge.

For the last two years I've read Reddit like the Sunday paper. Leechblock it all but the one morning, folder of bookmarks to /top?t=week pages of specific subreddits, don't log in.

Today I started by explaining that I didn't want to take a big complicated dependency on a pagination gem, I'd do the small thing to fit our exact needs. Then I spent two hours finding every corner case to demonstrate why I should've taken a dep. Sure learned the value, tho.

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Live in an hour. Will have the chat room on-screen this time.

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I'm streaming Lobsters dev again today at 7 PM Central (9h from now). This week I'll be working on pagination, a perf + ux issue. Full announcement:

Accidentally declared email bankruptcy. Please re-email if you're waiting on a response to something.

I would be 100x less mad at the asset pipeline if it broke exactly as often as it has for years but it never broke in prod without breaking in dev. Instead everything looks fine and then live deploys blow up.

This one went well: closed out that chart, wrote some tests, and worked through half of the backlogged PRs and some issues without once running into ruby version hassles. And I guess Twitch referred some people because I got an unusual number of questions about Roblox.

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On tonight's stream in an hour, I'm going to show where last week's charting ended up and then dig in on the thing I find harder in software dev than coding: writing.

If Game of Thrones is the War of the Roses but grimdark plus dragons, someone someday soon will write the next War and Peace and it'll be based on a thousand-page forum thread.

Well, that went nicer since with all the Ruby versioning woes squared away. Dropped in a library for making svg graphs and hacked it into giving a useful context to the concept of being heavily flagged. It'll get a few tweaks and go live probably this week. Thanks for joining.

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As is becoming usual for Monday evenings, I'm going to stream some rails dev in an hour. Unsually, I have a plan: a new feature for problem users.

The authors are weirdly convinced that littering useless unmaintainable hacks is valuable. And I guess UChicago doesn't consider software maintainers human - in any other situation they probably would've said "huh it's maybe bad to secretly test things on strangers".

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Weird pathology among authors of perf tools where they dump unusable microoptimization issues on open source projects. The highlight a few years ago was UChicago studying responses. Their ERB was weirdly fine with experimenting on maintainers with zero pre/post disclosure.

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