I’m torn with ‘serverless’ as made popular by AWS Lambda. The nerd in me wants to get excited but I’ve struggled to map that excitement into situations where I’d advise someone to use serverless to solve a problem they face.

Jetlag get worse with age. I thought I’d beaten it but have just realised I’ve been having two sleeps a day since swapping timezones. Can’t work out if I just embrace this whole two days in one thing.

Enjoyed the Go London Study Group this evening. Added super sampling to my Mandelbrot set generator.

Why do both Feedly and Inoreader make it so difficult to find their pricing details. In both cases I’m asked to log in or register before seeing pricing.

Any recommendations for open/trustworthy alternatives?

If you are in the U.K. Monzo are giving £10 to anyone who uses a referral link to open an account. I don’t benefit from referrals, but you can.

Who doesn’t want a mobile first, cloud native bank that was built from the ground up in the last few years? AND it comes with a hot coral pink card. What’s not to love?

monzo.com/referral?code=hq3a7t

The economics of the gig economy in China mean it is not only possible but seems common to get someone to go to Starbucks and bring you your coffee in the morning.

The store is open, staff are making coffee but I’m the only customer here. Instead there are a steady stream of delivery riders turning up to collect orders.

It’s easy to miss just how quickly the tech giants have conquered payments in China. What stands out is how the humble QR code has enabled street vendors to take electronic payments with no investment in expensive card readers or payment terminals.

Day 15 and Advent of Code just took a step up in difficulty. At this point I’m going to stop trying to keep up each day but work through at my own pace.

Beijing’s air quality has been a frequent topic of conversation since I’ve been here and so I built myself a simple air quality indicator.

In building this, it surprised me was how quickly we adjust our definitions of normal. When freak events become regular occurrences they no longer stand out whatever colour we make them.

For all my work with ops, alerts and dashboards I’m not sure why this surprised me as much as it did.

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‪This prompted me to loook up the origins of the phrase “Siamese twins”. Whilst I can see the connection with the picture, I had no idea that it can actually be used to refer to word pairs:‬
‪* milk and honey‬
‪* short and sweet‬
‪* fight or flight‬

‪https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siamese_twins_(linguistics)‬

‪China tech may just have gone too far. In this shopping mall you need to scan a QR code with WeChat to get a sheet of toilet paper 🧻 😱‬

你好,世界! Greetings from Beijing 🇨🇳

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LondonGophers November meet-up will be live in just under 10 minutes. Thanks to @RiverIsland@twitter.com for the venue: youtu.be/bW4aM7U5yt0?a

Trying to make banana bread whilst looking after a 4-month old wasn’t the best idea in the world. Completely forgot the eggs 😱 somehow it’s till edible. Cake anyone? 🍌 🍞

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Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”

ar.al/2018/06/29/reclaiming-rs

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Pencilled in to give my first ever talk at a meet-up. The theme... learning.

I'd love to hear your experiences: What helped you learn Go? What really got in the way? But above all, what projects did you invent just so that you could try things out?

I really like the sound of . I don’t consider myself a project maintainer or a qualified contributor yet, but have a year to change that.

medium.com/@lpnotes/sustainoss

Thanks for the great write-up @lpnotes@twitter.com.

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