Hobby Utility

So, we’re on a cruise ship and I got to thinking about the population and the environment and I developed a morbid curiosity. More about that below the fold. The high point, though, is that I’ve written another application — this one for the iPhone — that fills a neat, narrow niche: it’s a combination tallyContinue reading “Hobby Utility”

Satellite of Something

It’s day two of our Atlantic crossing and I’m getting the feel of the ship. It’s a really good thing I did all that setup work to enable offline coding, because the Internet is available mostly in a philosophical/mathematical sense. For example: % ping -c 5 nonbinaryreview.submittable.com ✹ PING e132729.b.akamaiedge.net (2.16.167.51): 56 data bytes RequestContinue reading “Satellite of Something”

Here’s a (docker) image for you

We’re getting closer to a long vacation with intermittent Internet, so I’m going through all my developer tools, making sure that everything’s ready. Now that I know how to get VSCode to persist its downloaded stuff between runs in a given container (make sure there’s a .vscode-server/extensions directory in the container user’s $HOME), I wantedContinue reading “Here’s a (docker) image for you”

I’m Dead, We Have So Many Forks

The post title is something one of our kids said, years ago, when our utensils drawer contained the combined tableware of two adult households. They were spoiled for choice. Anyway, since suddenly people I actually want to stay in touch with have started showing up on Mastodon and following me, I have started paying attentionContinue reading “I’m Dead, We Have So Many Forks”

Conflict

I am gonna surprise precisely no-one by saying, I do not like conflict. I’m conflict-avoidant. I don’t like having to confront someone and tell them they’re wrong, or that I don’t like what they’re doing, or anything even close to that. That means, of course, that when I’ve finally got the determination to enter conflict,Continue reading “Conflict”

How Do You Talk to the World?

There’s nothing like a natural disaster to get a person thinking about resilience. In 2020, lightning struck and started a fire in some dry brush in a canyon near Davenport, and the fire spread and took out nearly a thousand houses. While the fire was spreading, PG&E, which owns and operates the power distribution networkContinue reading “How Do You Talk to the World?”

Language Feelings Matter

I just finished a first pass at implementing a new feature in an application I wrote in Flutter. I’ve been working hard at it, not letting myself get distracted with any of my fun programming projects. So, to celebrate handing it off for evaluation and feedback, I just took this morning to do a massiveContinue reading “Language Feelings Matter”