me: "maybe I should try to take a break from alcohol for a few weeks, I'm worried about what it's doing to my brain"

my brain: "I think we both know what's going to happen with that idea"

tmw you realize that you've become good at spelling the word "bureaucratic" without having to look it up... this is not a good thing. >.>

it's becoming increasingly a stretch to call this "winter" anymore. We might have to face facts.

At an all-day conference with my boss. He spent most of the afternoon slowly eating my bag of potato chips because he didn't realize that his chips were hidden behind his laptop.

Google, a software company, and probably one of largest consumers and producers of open source software:

1. Hypothesizes distributed teams are less productive
2. Independently verifies they are not

David just threatened to set up a cron job that emails me this every morning so I'm glaring.

"and thou shalt know thine true bureaucratic enemy, for they shall spell 'HIPAA' correctly and not believe the US health privacy law to be 'HIPPA' as the layman oft does"

i suspect 80% of my entire career's accomplishments could have been done instead by a shell script that prints out "don't prepare for scaling problems you won't have" over and over

The text message. Immediately after Laurie sent that they yanked my access to everything. #npmlayoffs

The hostess now actively prevents us from seeing the menu at our local Italian place. "They don't need menus, they get the same thing every time." (Okay yes we are a LITTLE predictable)

serious question for people who post 10s or 100s of times per day:

Do you think it is reasonable to expect your followers to look at all of that? And if not, what tools do you expect your followers to be using which make it reasonable to have you taking up 50+% of their feed singlehandedly?

It's hard not to see this as bad/spam behavior which is jeopardizing the nascent Mastodon world... but I'm open to being convinced otherwise.

the GRUB manual contains the phrase "We hope that you enjoy using GNU GRUB as much as we did writing it." which is either rather nice or extremely threatening

word of the day: meckernspaß -- the fun of complaining

as in: the JSON spec forbids comments even though everyone uses them in practice. this is to provide meckernspaß for pedants in the bug tracker.

There are interaction designs with severe discoverability problems (tooltips, the clipboard) that were so useful that users overcame their drawbacks. Your new UX idea isn't one of those.

“They knew many things but had no idea why. And strangely this made them more, rather than less, certain that they were right.”

— Neal Stephenson’s Anathem

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