Spent the day with my best friend, got a little sun burn, steamed some clams. Unplugged. Easy to forget to appreciate those moments.
Howdy! I'm Michael Bishop. @miklb
Chef, web mechanic, general mayhem maker.
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I need to be looking at another static site generator like I need a hole in the head, but here I am. https://hexo.io
A post on Twitter byTechCrunch
that’s a lot of podcast ads.
So, this tweet
reminds me of a lesson taught by a chef early in my career. For one, he came on to the team not introduced as the new chef, just another cook. It wasn’t until a week later was that announced. It wasn’t a trial, it was what he requested.
One night over a beer and a heated chess match, I asked him why did he do that. The primary reason was he wanted to see how people worked naturally, not “being on their best behavior.” The other reason was the one that has always stuck with me.
He said often chefs come in and want to change everything. Often that’s why they were hired, a failing restaurant, be it critical failing, finacial, or usually, both. But he said knowing why something is done a way is often the key to knowing what to fix.
That has stuck with me in every aspect of my professional life. It’s easy to say something is broken, or being done wrong, but unless you understand how it got to that point, you aren’t wholly solving the problem. Understanding the underlying issues that created the undesired result prevents you from repeating the failure.
So next time you read some code, or start a new job and see someone doing it wrong, don’t jump to conclusions. Rather, if you truly want to fix it, follow it to its source and know why first.
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The scale the system is operating at is really amazing. Let’s look at some numbers…
There are over 250,000 reachable Git commits in the history for this repo, over the past 4 months.
- 8,421 pushes per day (on average)
- 2,500 pull requests, with 6,600 reviewers per work day (on average)
- 4,352 active topic branches
- 1,760 official builds per day
Truly amazing. Kuddos for the efforts Windows engineering has put into this.
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In my ongoing experiments with both a realignment of meyerweb’s design and CSS Grid, I came up with an interesting heading-and-subheading technique I’d like to share.
Interesting take on using grids for something other than basic layout
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Seven habits I admire in developers that I see consistently shipping great, user-centric features.
Some great tips here from Ben, especially “over communicate”, especially true for distributed teams.
When it comes to feature development, there is no such thing as over-communicating. What problem are we solving? Who are we solving it for? Why are we solving this problem? What solutions were proposed? Which was selected? How are we implementing it? What product or design considerations did we make? Do we have to make technical tradeoffs? Are there any outstanding questions? Does it actually solve what we set out to solve? What’s the current status? Are there any blockers? What do we need to do to ship it? Make it all explicit, memorialized, and discoverable.
“In our blessed land we all come to the table of democracy as equals.” Mayor Mitch Landrieu on removal of statues http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-new-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-monuments
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A post on Twitter byKurt Vonnegut
whooo boy does this ever describe a lot of web developers…
This looks like a really smart layer for git development. http://www.git-town.com
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We have to try out new apps and new versions of old ones, of course. Who knows when you might stumble upon a clever idea that makes you more productive or the app that you’ll use for the next eight years. I’m going to fully enjoy exploring Things 3 this week.
Then, I hope I forget about it again for a few years.
I’ve wanted to reach this point with a “producity app” forever. I did look at Things 3, and liked what I see. Just not sure it’s $50 better than what I’m using now.
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Improving the webmentions author directory to work around WordPress' shortcomings.
Just wanted to clarify, WordPress core functionality doesn’t convert a reply webmention to a standard comment, that is done with the webmention plugin. I believe part of that is so you can do a webmention reply to a reply, and as mentioned, the fact that
custom comment type isn’t fully fleshed out. There was work on it, a feature plugin for it, but it has since languished, despite David Shanske’s attempts to move the needle forward.
I don’t think we will see much movement on it until webmentions reach a crtiical mass, hopefully https://micro.blog will help with that.