Tired: using the 😂 emoji to advertise a #comedy show. Wired: using the 🍆 emoji to advertise a vegetable show.
🕹️ Video game testers approve the first union at Microsoft. I’ve long been out of the video game industry, but from my brief experience a union was sorely needed. Congratulations to the team! More like this.
📚 Finished reading: Classic Tales of Horror (Arcturus Classics) by Edgar Allan Poe. Took me a bit to sink into the language, but once I did I really enjoyed this. Nice to read the big stories again as an adult, and I sometimes enjoyed the deep cuts.
Went rollerskating for the first time in forever for New Years Eve. Surprised how much came back, and not surprised that I still stop with a wall.
It’s that time of year again…where seemingly all the lotion in the world can’t keep me moisturized.
🍿 I watched The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). Interesting twist on the Frankenstein legend, but I thought this one was less focused and entertaining than the other hammer horrors I’ve seen. Still, an engaging performance from Peter Cushing.
I finally splurged for a pre-built Ferris split keyboard - I’ve been using a Ferris-inspired keymap on my ErgoDox for a few years. I’ll still need to solder the keyswitches, which I’m nervous about. I soldering a macropad and I only got 50% of the switches to work. ⌨️
The first snow of the year is falling in New York City today. Feeling cozy. 🌨️
TIL there’s a movement to refer to Neovim/Vim as a PDE, or Personalized Development Environment, instead of a text editor. “Text editor” can be confused with categorically different editors like Notepad++, while PDE indicates the deep personalization and power available.
I’m a long time Neovim user (and Vim before that), but it’s my first time tuning into the NeovimConf. It’s really fun! #neovim
📚 Listened to the short story I Was A Teenage Space Jockey by Stephen Graham Jones on the Levar Burton Reads podcast. Effecting, intense, and full of texture.
Until estimating is on a sounder basis, individual managers will need to stiffen their backbones and defend their estimates with the assurance that their poor hunches are better than wish-derived estimates.
—Frederick P. Brooks
The Mythical Man Month was written in 1974, and it still feels like despite our many new techniques, the software industry’s estimation hasn’t evolved much past “defend an educated hunch”.
📚 Started reading: The Mythical Man-Month, by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. I never read this often-discussed collection of essays on computer programming management. Excited to dive in. I had it on my reading list before Frederick Brooks’ passing, but death has a way of re-arranging priorities.
Still reeling from seeing TJ & Dave live this past Saturday, with surprise guests Tracy Letts and Michael Shannon. Reminded me of the beautiful serendipity than can happen in NYC and the improv world. The show was also really really funny.
📚 Finished reading: The Number Ones by Tom Breihan. I don’t respond to top 40 music in any era, but the stories are almost always fun and interesting, and the history of popular musical taste is fascinating. Tom Beihan writes so you can hear.