I read Fluent Python

February 18, 2024  🐍

Almost a year ago, I started reading Fluent Python. I finished it yesterday, and I have to say, it was great. With a few big breaks for various uninteresting reasons, I read a chapter or two each weekend. It’s one of the best technical books I’ve read in years, and I think it’s going to significantly improve my use of Python.

I read Meeting Design

February 18, 2024

For a few months now, I’ve been putting off reading any of the management and leadership related books in my queue. For whatever reason, my internal gears recently turned enough that I felt like picking one up. Probably it’s because I spent a week in Vienna. I should write about that, too. Anyway, I picked up one of the books on my list and read it, and that book was Meeting Design by Kevin M. Hoffman.

The Great Infocom Replay: Cutthroats

January 28, 2024  🎲

I guess feel a little sheepish that I’m not really going to play much Cutthroats. Maybe it’s some kind of shame at quitting early that made me stop the replay ages ago. This is silly, though. I don’t think the game is fun, and I don’t really want to force myself to sit through it.

a bookshelf snapshot

January 15, 2024

For some reason, in mid-2023, and I really have no idea why, I took photos of one of the bookshelves in my office. April 2023 feels like years ago, at this point. Anyway, they’ve been sitting in a folder on my desktop since then. I’ve got a recurring todo item that says “clean files out of your desktop and downloads folders”, and I gave these a pass last time it came up, but today it came up again and I decided I could either delete them or do something. So I’m doing something and posting a ridiculous little post about them.

saluting face

November 23, 2023

I am a big fan of emoji. I don’t have a position on their suitability for inclusion in Unicode on first principles or anything. I just think they’re fun, and using them is convenient and makes life a little more whimsical.

Horror Movie Month 2023

November 19, 2023  🎃 🍿

Another year, another thirty-one days of horror movies. I’ve changed roles at work recently, which has led to a big dip in evening calls, which meant I was present for a lot more viewings. Excellent!

common per-host colors

September 2, 2023  🧑🏽‍💻

I found a note to myself that I should post about my per-host colors. I don’t know whether it’s of general interest to whoever reads this thing, but I guess I thought that once, so here we go.

either the Nanoleaf touch API is broken, or I am

September 1, 2023  ⚙️ 🧑🏽‍💻

When I bought my Nanoleaf panels, which I wrote about in my previous two posts, I didn’t realize that they’re not just programmable lights. They’re also touch sensors. Or so they claim! The truth is, I haven’t been able to use the touch interface reliably. This post will recount my efforts.