Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash So in case you haven’t read the news lately, apparently there’s a pandemic going on. Whether you’re sitting on a stockpile of toiletpaper and scarfing down freeze dried peas, or pacing panickedly hoping you can still find at least a napkin to wipe your butthole with, this seems an appropriate juncture to talk about sensible preparedness, isolation and planning for volatility. Sensible Preparedness and Cooking in the Apocalypse Keep some canned food around, few extra jugs of water and a couple of candles in the kitchen drawer.
Photo by Anna Earl on Unsplash Moderating a community is more like gardening than it is like engineering. It’s an art of balance and having a light touch rather than having an iron will and designs for the future. Formal moderation is important for some communities and entirely unneeded for others. When a community decides to have moderators, it should begin by having community standards. What the law says and what a community says can and will differ when it comes to moderating content and setting acceptability.
The TS80 is a portable, somewhat finicky Chinese manufactured soldering iron which is powered over a USB-C port. It heats quickly, holds its temperature very well, is extraordinarily handy and is one of my favorite soldering irons to date. If you’re still using an old corded unit and you’re like me and frequently doing small amounts of soldering in weird places, I encourage you to pick it up and give it a try.
Photo by Dominic Romero on Unsplash Think of the most manipulative person you know. You know, the one who spreads rumors to create drama, or the person who knows just how to press your buttons to get you to do something you don’t really want to do unwittingly. It’s pretty easy to get a sense that the things these people do - even if they don’t result in any harm - are bad.
Cover Photo by Devin Edwards on Unsplash We’re surrounded by binary choices in our world: the light switch is on or off, we can have a glass of wine or not. We oftentimes want to apply this idea to other situations: our friends like us or not, our work is good or bad. The truth is very few things are actually binary, and almost everything in the world exists as a composition of states - in other words, reality is complicated.
Debate not fighting All debates are arguments, not all arguments are debates. We aren’t here to address mindless shouting or simply attacking the other person. In a debate each side has a specific claim they’re trying to defend and advance, and is putting forward evidence for their side or rebutting evidence on the other side. Why debate? When two people disagree, why should they bother talking through the merits of each argument and trying to solve it?
Coming from the perspective of a Windows user, Linux may seem entirely alien under the surface. Windows favors a batteries-included, gui driven workflow where programs tend to be all inclusive. Linux favors a command line driven workflow, where only the basics are available, and programs are small and meant to be chained together. The Kernel This disparate approach is due to many differences, but there are two main ones at play.
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.
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).
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.