I'm taking some classes on API documentation on Udemy because I've never done that professionally and it's a sticking point at every interview...and I have to say it doesn't seem that hard? Is it Dunning-Kruger effect and I just absolutely don't know what I don't know? It could be! Or it could be that hiring managers are being excessively cautious.

Anyway, the end goal is to generate some sample API docs to post publicly and hopefully get hired!

I should probably switch my blog to https soon, but I've been putting it off because it's a secret squirrel subdomain and my host only offers https on the primary domain. So it means buying a second account, probably, since I don't want to switch out what the main domain is.

I wrote a blog post about what it's like living with wildfire-polluted air when your main coping mechanism is going for a walk.

Bad Air Days

"I haven't felt this cooped up since Chernobyl"

rinsemiddlebliss.com/2018/11/1

if you get two monkeys typing at vim for three months they will eventually quit it

I wrote a blog post about what it's like living with wildfire-polluted air when your main coping mechanism is going for a walk.

Bad Air Days

"I haven't felt this cooped up since Chernobyl"

rinsemiddlebliss.com/2018/11/1

Modemism: a mode of thought that assumes that anything can be built out of modems

Postmodemism: a critical process where modems are sent through the post

It has very trying to make JavaScript pretend to be statically-typed smell. Or Java-as-a-first-language feel.

Have you ever "faked" an enumeration in JavaScript using a constant object? I just learned about it, and wonder if it's really all that common (or useful)

I’m volunteering at Science Hack Day in San Francisco today. They have a person doing live transcription of the presentations and it’s wonderful. I have good hearing, but I don’t always follow spoken words when I’m in a disctracting environment. I never would have thought to ask for it as an accomodation, yet now that I see it in action, it’s soooo useful.

@d It's really quite shocking and sad. It kind of reminds me of the stories of folks dying after being "treated" with bleeding, before doctors understood that it did a lot of harm, and no good.

"Writers are good at this" 😂

I wish it were as easy to name characters in my stories as it is to name variables. This is how you end up with Hiro Protagonist.

Somehow in all these years of using booleans, I hadn't learned that the boolean data type was named after the person who invented it, George Boole.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_B

@ianbicking Not so much a hobby as just an object, I wear a highly textured ring that I can gently fidget with, something like this etsy.com/listing/638910247/1-p

Food 

@LintLord Thank you. So far I've really enjoyed the space. The local timeline (I think that's what it's called) for technology is lovely.

Today seems like a good time to mention that I made my account on the technology instance because that's what I want to focus on here, along with writing and maybe occasional fun things. There are other places I talk about other serious topics. I'll talk about politics when and if I have an interesting opinion, especially when it overlaps with technology. But I'll leave stream of consciousness comments on current events for other places.

So, how about that dark mode CSS selector?

One day, a bug report came in.

The programmer said, "Works on my machine!"

The product manager said, "We can't just send the customer your machine."

The programmer said, "But what if we could...?"

And that's the story of where Docker came from.

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