TP-Link Smart Plug IoT Button v0

So my office lamp is in an awkward location behind a sofa. Instead of re-arranging my office furniture like a sensible person, I decided instead to just install one of those cute $20 tp-link plug that let you toggle stuff via a smart app. Of course, it turns out that the smart app takes an eon to load and I only have my phone on me about half the time.
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Hello World 2.0

Hello again world! Blog 2.0 is launched. This was a move from Jekyll to Hugo using a tweaked hello friend theme. Specifically I: Removed the byline (all posts are by me) Fixed the trailing dash after date Fixed short blog post content not being displayed on post lists Other little tweaky things More important, the old blog required some git commands to submit new blog posts. That was fine when I was at my laptop, but no good if I wanted to compose from my phone (at least, not easily).
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Failure

I’m going to give a theory on why people tend to be afraid of failure, back it up with some anecdotal evidence and then give a recommendation on how you should react to failure in general. Why we fear failure When you’re in school and you go to take a test or do homework, the general understanding is that you either pass or fail. It’s a binary choice that once made, is mostly irreversible.
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Release versioning

There are several different strategies for versioning releases. I’ll cover a few of them quickly. Semver {major}.{minor}.{patch} (or to be a bit more clear) {breaking}.{feature}.{fix} Add in a new feature? Do a minor bump. Change an API? That’s a major. Pretty common, pretty easy, well supported. The Git Hash This is my preferred strategy and one I use for the iris chatbot. Since there are multiple people releasing multiple versions from different branches she doesn’t have a “golden release”.
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Pax

Spent the weekend at Pax which was amazing but came back to some disappointing news.

Pax South

Pax South was amazing. It always strikes me how friendly Pax is, despite being a massive event. The crowd is really kind and it’s an awesome experience. Lots of great games (especially Indie) games coming up. Looking forward to Dreadnought especially. Lots of great merch as always, including Musterbrand and Sanshee.

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How to talk about tech: a primer

Everyone has read a blog post that starts with a grand claim such as “MyLatestDB is the fastest database ever!”, or more than likely, “LatestHatedTech is the worst thing ever made ever.” It’s probably pretty obvious the issue with this and instead of ripping apart this approach I’m going to recommend a better one. My goal here isn’t to be exhaustive, but provide a general guide of how to write blog posts about tech appropriately.
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Quick n’ Dirty: Keyboard Navigation

I was recently on a comic website and was struggling heavily with their poor UI layout that made navigating pages quite painful so I wrote a tiny tampermonkey script to add in WASD style navigation. This particular site has both between issue and in-issue Previous/Next, so there is a “next page” and a “next comic” button. For compatibility this is written as an ES5 IIFE with ye-olde dom events instead of some sexier DOM 3 tricks.
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Open Data

So one of my big focuses in a lot of my projects is less about open sourcing my code (though that’s important) and more about open sourcing my underlying data. To be honest most of the time while I like my code, it’s not really all that special - just about any competent developer could reproduce something close enough. What is special is my data which enables my project. This idea of data being important is a double edged sword.
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This blog & the tech that powers it

This blog isn’t all that interesting tech wise, but I wanted to take a moment to cover it for those with a passing interest. It’s a jekyll core with a very hacked on midnight theme, currently using jemoji for the :heart:s, :poop: and :laughing:. Code is styled with the very fancy and very awesome Fira Code font so that things like this are a thing: ‘use strict’; const myFunc = (.
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Oh, hello there

Oh, why, hello there good sir and/or madam.

This is awkward because I’ve just started this blog and have a whole lot of nothing to discuss but wanted to have a blog post up to test some styling and other features. Also I think the feed is still broken :broken_heart:. Anyways, please kindly ignore and/or disregard this blog post as you see fit, or rather, I prefer you to.

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