In the mailbag.

I’ve been using Go a lot more as part of the work we’re doing on a @chnm data API, and it’s been a fantastic language to learn.

I don’t know what happened between yesterday and today, but the dependency gods (looking at you, R libraries) are upset with me and disrupting everything I’m trying to get done this morning.

Great piece by @benwerd:

There’s no such thing as writing too much: your voice is important, your perspective is different, and you should put it out there.

Happy New Year, friends.

Knocking out lots of little digital maintenance projects this week:

  • unsubscribing from apps and services I don’t use frequently
  • setting up OpenDNS on our router
  • consolidating digital notes into Apple Notes and Obsidian
  • consolidating my fragmented task management into Reminders (yes, that Reminders) + GitHub Issues
  • acting on long-open browser tabs

The 5yo and I recently finished Chasm, a rogue-like 2D side-scroller — we thought it was fantastic. Last night, we started Unravel, which so far is super fun and stunningly beautiful.

Today’s projects include finally getting my router on OpenDNS.

The Break from Twitter

During Advent, I decided to take a break from Twitter. I’ve dipped a toe back in here and there over the past few days, but honestly I might keep away for the most part. Twitter might become, in some tortured computer lingo, more of a write space rather than a read space: a place to broadcast my writing, projects, the work of my colleagues, and so forth, rather than something I mindlessly scroll or jump to out of habit anytime I open a new Safari tab.

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My small Christmas break project of fixing face tagging in Apple Photos to correct miscategrized images of my kiddos just got way harder: thanks to a confusing UI issue, I accidentally tagged the 5yo as the 2yo. And now I have to go back and fix everything.


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