Eyyy, so to introduce myself.
I'm a minimalist and I like keeping simple things simple.
Code itself is technical debt. Less code is less debt.
Hobbies include laying on my couch thinking I should be more productive, writing long winded essays, staring at my always growing pile of books, and trying to find fellow humans online.
An educational rant about link shortening, amp, trust, advertising, and Big Tech.
Writing a fake user-agent for a unit test:
"Test Suite / acts like Google Chrome impersonating Mozilla (like Gecko, y'know) / inspired by the artist formerly known as Trident / more commonly known as the Internet Explorer rendering engine / long live Mosaic"
For the uninitiated: https://webaim.org/blog/user-agent-string-history/
Published my fifth essay for #100DaysToOffload
Max Specs and Affordable Computing
I will never forget that on this day, last year, I was forced to go to a food bank for the first time.
A job in RVA had fallen through, and my grief over the death of my cat had slowed my frantic search for a replacement. Savings ran out.
My application for SNAP benefits was denied, and I was shamed and treated like a scammer in the process.
I was facing down a long holiday weekend with not much in the house to eat. I was scared, and I didn't know what to do.
I drove to Feed More, off Rhoadmiller Dr. There, a kindhearted older woman interviewed me, repeatedly suggested I stopped feeling ashamed, and sent me home with two sacks of food, and info about further local help.
It was the first time in my life I'd asked for a public handout from strangers, in person. And they gave it. Kindly. With encouragement.
I'd been the recipient of help from Mastodon before that. Between those tow experiences, the lesson that it was okay to ask for help finally sank in, after a lifetime of being brutalized whenever I had done. There are good people in this world, folks who want to care for others with no strings attached.
I learned that at 41. I'm glad I had the chance to.
I want to give back, here or wherever I go. "Independence Day" to me is bunk.
I celebrate Inter-dependence Day now.
List Of Ethical Code Hostings by 3rd-Parties
8) Notabug (Gogs)
9) Framasoft (GitLab)
10) Sourcehut (Sourcehut)
I'm a terrible engineer's engineer.
I don't care about implementation details because the user doesn't care about implementation details.
Feedback I've consistently gotten when working as an engineer is that I over simplify and trivialize effort, which is true.
When working as a designer, it's a desirable quality to cut through unnecessary complexity.
The main upside to working between realms is being able to wow both sides when delivering, but progress is a lonely exercise.
Does anyone out there have any resources on learning Nginx?
I've got some basic working knowledge and I'm able to search for most things I need to do, but I'm not the type of person that learns from reading documentation.
(Also their business model makes this type of learning seem more complicated than I think it is)
For me, ideally something with practical examples would be perfect for me.
"Here's a common problem and here's how to tackle that problem with Nginx."
Okay so the whole *gestures* world stuff has kind of seriously impacted my business and income.
If you know of anyone looking for the following:
- Designing cloud infrastructure
- Writing and updating Terraform around cloud infrastructure
- Solutions architecture, aka why are we building this way
- Building devops processes in teams
Could you put me in touch ? I'd really appreciate it!
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