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Reintroducing myself to help discoverability.

I've built software professionally since 2004. As a focus I've landed on:

Currently I'm focused on working in and , learning how to apply the above practices to them, and sharing what I learn. You can see what I've shared at

Other interests:

- removing accidental complexity
- high-level abstractions
- end-user programming.

I want to start using Shopify so if there is a problem and someone asks me why it’s happening I can respond “Shop-if-I know!!! 🤷‍♂️”

(Is that a joke? I don’t think that counts as a joke.)

I was going to make fun of the fact that my new bike helmet came with a manual, haha who needs that, but the opening sentence is “always ride safely and within your abilities” and… ok that’s me, they are talking directly to me.

trying the same thing over and over but expecting different results is the definition of flaky test suite

Just realized I hadn't paid for @tootapp even though I love it. Remedied that now.

If you're getting value out of Mastodon, use a third party client that has optional payment, and can afford it, please support them!

But for all the terrible things about Facebook, at least they have no incentive to care whether or you use React or React Native. That lends their communication about them a certain healthy openhandedness.

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Tried to read Remix's article comparing it to Next and I'm reminded of the toxicity in the React community I try to avoid. The first thing they say is encouraging people not to talk about Remix with smugness, and the second thing they say is that Remix is categorically better than Next.

I'm sorry, have you heard of the concept of different tradeoffs for different use cases? Even if they legitimately don't have a bad attitude, the communication style is stress-inducingly aggressive.

Slacks and Discords: "Here are our restrictions about self-promotion."

LinkedIn: "Literally the whole point of this site is self-promotion."

Making a lot of progress today on figuring out how to run Detox tests on CI. I'm sick today, so I have a lot of patience for doing a tiny bit of work and then waiting 30 minutes until I have to do something else.

If you're using the official Mastodon app, you can now view your server's Local timeline:

1.Click 🔍 "Search" at the bottom

2. Click on the "Community" tab at the top

The Local timeline shows all the public posts by people on that server. It works best on small, themed servers, and helps you find interesting posts and people.

On larger servers like, the Local timeline will be an unreadable firehose though.

You can look at other servers' local timelines on their websites (more info at

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon #LocalTimeline #MastodonApp

@CodingItWrong I have been using it for a while. On Android/Linux I just use syncthing to keep the MDs all synced up. As the you said its all flat files. No proprietary formats was one of the main reasons I went with it over other apps.

Trying out I hesitated because to use it on iOS I need to use iCloud Drive or a paid service. But it occurred to me that that doesn't lock me in to iOS, since it's just files on disk.

I'm an old-time personal wiki notepad nerd, even wrote an iOS app to do it.

Seems like the perception is that Mastodon is an inferior platform for creatives because it's less powerful as a promotional tool. But that risks reducing creative work to its commercial function. In many ways, Mastodon is better for discussing creative work.

Now available! :mastodon:

My in-depth comparative review of eight Mastodon apps for iPhone

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Is the term "masterclass" racist or merely pretentious?

My live stream with Jamon Holmgren of Infinite Red/Chain React has been rescheduled for a week from today, Friday May 27 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern. We’ll be looking at React Native Testing Library and other RN testing topics!

I ask myself “how can The Birthday Massacre be so good” and the answer immediately occurs “because they directly target the 80s goth synth rock Alice-in-Wonderland horror receptors in my brain.”

Trying to find great tech talks from the past 2-3 years — since the ones that I love are all 5+ years old now — and then I realised that a great big pandemic kinda makes that really hard to do 😠

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