TS80 Soldering Iron

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.
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Ends vs Means

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.
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Nuance, Binaries and Models

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.
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A Primer on Functional Debate

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?
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Understanding the power of Linux, as a Windows user

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.
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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

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