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Eyyy, so to introduce myself.

I'm a minimalist and I like keeping simple things simple.

Been doing web dev for over ten years and I try to avoid dependencies whenever possible. Vanilla CSS with some JavaScript that's lean is better than any framework.

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.

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I like how on twitter you're not Famous™ unless you have like >10k retweets or whatever but on fedi I feel really famous when like 10 people retweet my post :blobheart:

An educational rant about link shortening, amp, trust, advertising, and Big Tech.

musings.tychi.me/the-machine-i

Anyone used Elixir and Phoenix? If so, what are your thoughts?

I'll get my website back up again eventually, but I think I'm going to be spending more time trying to learn how to make music.

Finally got my first track ripped using a Pocket Operator and my MiniDisc player.

It's really cool to be able to create something without using a screen.

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An unconscious bias walks into a bar.

Bartender says "why are you picturing me as a white man?"

Is it just me or has July felt more exhausting than June for everybody?

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: webaim.org/blog/user-agent-str

The most unethical thing a developer can do in their day-to-day coding is to fix a bug that was reported and gaslight the reporter by saying there's no issue.

Whatever your rationality is, don't do it.

You might think you're saving face by being a flawless engineer, but you've got egg on it.

armchairs on the orange site confused about gemini protocol and can only comment variations of "y tho"

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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.

Loading change.org with JavaScript disabled makes petitions default to zero signatures. If only that data could be server-side rendered.

One day we'll be able to overcome these challenging technical hurdles.

I had to enable JavaScript to see this.

I have words, but they aren't kind words so I'll keep my rant brief.

Trash.

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Protip: name your software projects after historically significant things, that way other people have already made your merch for you!

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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.

Goldilocks assessing my technical abilities.

"Well, he's not a dumbass. And he's certainly not a smartass. Gonna have to take the intersection on this one."

In hindsight, I regret not backing up my pi before running the pihole install. Now whenever I need to sudo it hangs at a prompt I can't get past, so I'm gonna need to reset it at some point.

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."

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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!

Plz boost!

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