@fribbledom I’m looking to hire three such people as soon as possible! I’m trying to explain to my superiors how we are less likely to find good devs with bad money…

Slightly grumpy, remote work 

We are past the point where it is acceptable to say "I can't find the mute button" in remote meetings. You've had plenty of time to figure this out, friends.

@hugo I've been using it for years now. They provide very solid service at a decent price and I've been happy with them.

Today I'm performing interviews for the position that, when hired, will be my boss. This is the first time I've ever done that. It's a weird feeling.

The problem with being able to visit fully vaccinated people is that I no longer have an iron clad excuse for never going anywhere.

I “won” RimWorld again, but this time I sent out three colonists to start a new colony as the original group left to the stars. It’s kind of the “new game+” option.

My tolerance for Friday afternoon meetings is inversely proportional to the number of meetings I've had throughout the week. There should be a law...

One thing that I have to keep telling myself: If I finish a task and it takes me more than five seconds to know what my next task is, it's time to stand up and walk around for a bit. I realize this is the entire point of the 🍅 Pomodoro Technique... I should probably get good at doing that again.


Sometimes being an adult means stepping over the dog barf while you take care of more important things and looking forward to when you have the luxury of cleaning up.

I've written almost nothing creatively lately, but apparently I've written almost 20,000 words of meeting notes and process documentation in the past two weeks. So that counts, I guess?


Email regular expressions are the fastest way I've found to help new developers off the Dunning-Krueger hill when they start learning regexs. Seeing the number of cases you have to watch for expand, seemingly endlessly, helps people understand what they don't yet know.

The weird thing to me now isn't that email regexs don't work, it's that, somehow, email DOES work. Mostly. Kinda. Like all older computer systems, email protocols seem to be held together by duct tape and good intentions.

Software Griping, Mac OS specific 

I've been using TextExpander for years, but in the last two months it's been breaking down, giving me an error and dying. After a few weeks of uninstalling, reinstalling, even coincidentally rebuilding this machine from the ground up, it's not getting better. Also I haven't had any response from any support requests. Fortunately Setapp has a replacement all lined up for me.

Okay, impress me, Rocket Typist.

Nate! boosted
Nate! boosted

If it involves a couple of hacky tricks, I don't care if your code solves the problem 6% faster.

Hardware scales and will improve over time. The human capacity of understanding and maintaining code does not.

There are always exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking:

clean code > performance.

Just bought my own copy of Robert’s Rules of Order. To help myself feel better about being so excited about this, I’m telling myself that it’s basically a Dungeon Master’s Guide for meetings.

At this point I'm semi-seriously considering buying a Steam copy of just to make it easier to download mods. I've put almost 200 hours into the game and don't see any end in sight...

Spent two hours today writing up all my thoughts about diagonal movement in D&D. Because that’s a normal thing to do.

I have a slight headache, but it’s the weird kind where I can hear it when my eyes move

@jeff I obviously don’t know all of the things that have been going on and I know this must be a very hard time at GB central, but just know that I’m totally on board and I know that you’ll make the best next thing happen.

@fribbledom As Andy Weir said when he was asked this question: Doctor Who. :tardis:

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