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Posts on and around this day (Apr 24):
  • 2023-04-27 / I’m so deeply disheartened at Vice’s shutting down of Waypoint. It has been such a source of insight and joy. If its strong patron-supported model of critique and community can’t survive – and let’s be clear, it’s not that it didn’t make money; it didn’t make enough money for some small group of assholes to care enough to keep it on the books – then… well, fuck capitalism, go home.
  • 2023-04-27 / It’s New Josh Ritter Album bedtime. Hell yeah.
  • 2023-04-23 / Continuing my weekend of exploring my own web stuff, I’m digging into my logs for the first time in a while, and finding GoAccess to be a really nice, lightweight, and useful tool.
  • 2023-04-22 / This afternoon’s tinkering with some Hugo config has sent me down a rabbit hole, I tell you what. I’m wandering through the SQL tables of my old Textpattern site (first post, Jan 2002!) and scrolling deep in my long-unused Day One journals. I started with thinking about picking up Day One again for a focused photo journal, and now I’m hit with this almost crushing weight of seeing so many memories collected together.
  • 2023-04-22 / I’ve learned just enough about go conditionals and comparisons within Hugo templates to revise my lil blog’s “now” page list of “posts on this day” to “posts on and around this day.” Solid.
  • 2023-04-22 / Check out this low-poly cactus I found in Tucson! (At Tohono Chul Park)
  • 2022-04-26 / I’m sure it poses some benefits for systematic parsing (and I’m certainly much more comfortable working in R and markdown, for what it’s worth) but Jupyter’s reliance on json for its file format seems like a big disadvantage for readability and portability.
  • 2020-04-27 / Shadows on the front door
  • 2020-04-27 / Stayed off Twitter all day yesterday and it was good for my mental health. Might do it again today.
  • 2020-04-26 / Coffee on the patio, the view from where I sit.
  • 2020-04-25 / Looks like it’s that time again, Sprinkler Repair Season.
  • 2019-04-28 / I was out walking this morning and spied a big bolt. @kitt I thought of your circles when I edited this up!
  • 2019-04-27 / Adulting pretty aggressively today: Cleaning the garage, taking can after can of ancient paint to the city’s drop-off day (yay!), descaling the coffee machine, fixing a bike tire, and making yogurt in the Instant Pot.
  • 2019-04-27 / My new jam: Fuji X-T30. So far I’m really enjoying it. While I love my X100S and the X-T30 doesn’t feel quite as good, it still handles nicely, and its autofocus and low light performance are so great. It’s really fun to have a new, dedicated picture-taker to carry, again.
  • 2019-04-26 / It’s New Josh Ritter Album Week!
  • 2019-04-25 / 📚 The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Often gory adventure in a mysterious fantasy world that reminded me of the Dishonored setting. CW for violent treatment of women in particular that makes me reluctant to recommend, even though I enjoyed the intricate heist-like plots.
  • 2019-04-24 / Friends, I know my wife loves me in part because she doesn’t like fishy things yet she bought me these fancy tins of calamari and sardines anyway. Tonight she went on a Business Dinner and I went on a date with spaghetti with pomodoro e calamari. I’m in my pasta happy place.
  • 2019-04-24 / Currently: wagging my finger at web sites that embed podcast players such that Huffduffer can’t find the audio file.
  • 2018-04-28 / Saturday breakfast! Out on the town early with the kiddo: Splatoon for him and journaling and the hash bowl for me to start our day. The coffee shop is playing Talking Heads and Velvet Underground this morning. 👍.
  • 2018-04-27 / Just spattered fish sauce all over my Moleskine, how’s your morning?
  • 2018-04-26 / Attn coffee friends: I have made myself another coffee.
  • 2018-04-25 / Take that, April.
  • 2018-04-24 / Morning on my street is good.
  • 2018-04-23 / Today’s puppy mood: alert but relaxed.
  • 2015-04-25 / Keeping the Web
  • 2013-04-28 / Another user for Slogger on a server
  • 2013-04-27 / [Jim Ray on Twitter Music](
  • 2013-04-27 / Using


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Python + R in Quarto

Hugo: render hooks and partial for displaying images

Keyboard Week!

Destiny 2 Power leveling tool in R

My 2020 in Songs

Alan Plays Destiny - Season 11

Enabling Minecraft fn-key combinations on a Ducky One 2 Mini

Too Many Words About Two Keyboards

Adding Todoist items with an Alfred workflow

Alan plays Destiny - 2020 Edition

2018 Items: An accounting of things in no particular order

Rediscovrng Flickr

Alan Plays Destiny: My Season 3 Summary

Further adventures in IndieWeb

How I Play Zelda vs How My Kid Plays Zelda

Uses This is a huge 'Life Stack' repository, and there's data, too!

Dear Destiny - a play log

Hoping Machine

Re-tuning up my indieweb and the urge to make stuff online again


That time I lived in a hotel for two months

Using the Ecobee API

Deployed = true?

My First Hugo

AirPods are Cool

Still Alive

Kinda Gone

January: a month of tiny challenges

TIL 31: Puppies

#TIL 30: Dog People

#TIL 29: Analysis

#TIL 28: Jury Duty

#TIL 27: My Job

#TIL 26: Routines and Goodbyes

#TIL 25: Learning and Doing

#TIL 24: Gluten Free Pizza

#TIL 23: 1000 Yard Stare

#TIL 23: Dating

#TIL 22: Allergies Suck

#TIL 21: Progress & Cooperation

#TIL 19: Life's sometimes a journey

#TIL 20: Copied

#TIL 18: Are you a vacationer or just a traveler?

#TIL 17: Music

#TIL 16 TIL is Hard

#TIL 15: Bitcoin Fail

#TIL 14: Gymnastics

#TIL 13: Learning at work

#TIL 12: Bowie

#TIL 11: New Tool

#TIL 10: Miles of Cables

#TIL 09: Goodbyes

#TIL 07: Snow Days

#TIL 08: Imagination

#TIL 07: Snow Days

#TIL 06: Shrinkage

#TIL 05: Allies

#TIL 04: Bedtime

#TIL 03: Star Wars Smile

#TIL 01: Thirty-two Thousand Feet Elevation

#TIL 02: Forza Teaches Numbers

New Year's Eve 2015

My Weekend Rabbit Hole: I Made an App

Dark Skies Star Party

Slow, Small Data

Restarting the iCloud Photos Sync

Plerd, a Dropbox-hooked static blog builder

How Invisible, Inc. Gets It Right

Apple Music, so Far

At Rock Paper Shotgun: The 50 Best PC RPGs


A couple more Apple Music notes

This is a post without a title.

What to wear for the apocalypse

Can't Talk Now, Playing Splatoon

Invisible, Inc., and Roguelikes

Snow in May

Wunderlist API + Alfred = Cool

Jess Zimmerman stole a pen from Douglas Adams' grave

Being a Man in Tech

Keeping the Web

Three Moves Ahead on 4X Games

Browser Tab Roundup

Newsletter Serendipity

Tuning up my Backups

Find Me at Huffduffer

Springtime Biking


This Week's Reads from my Instapaper Queue

Wintertime, Briefly

Mailbox Methodology

Huffduffer and

How I learned to stop screwing around with a task manager and get work done

Good Analysts are Doing it By Hand


2014 Stuff

What's Your Thing?

Making a Play Plan

Gaming Blogging, or Writing About Gaming

Another Webmentions Implementation

Indieweb Conversation

Why I Don't Have a Personal Site ▹

Abandoned in Place



Syncing iPhoto Photostream with Lightroom


Upgrades: iOS 8 and iPhone 6

SteamWorld Dig

What I Found in my Photos

Amethyst, a tiling window manager for OS X

Me and My Synology

Fixing Syncing

Tuning up my Little Piece of the Indieweb in 1994

Posts I Did Not Write After All

Payne to Andreesen


You Are Carrying

Nethack Meditation

At Multiball: Player Two Start

Choosing Words

What I Want From WWDC; And, Entirely Uninformed Speculation About Beats

Editorial 1.1 and Me

[Adactio: Journal—Selfish publishing ▹](

[What's New in Editorial 1.1 ▹](

Early Summer

[The beautiful blueprints for Fujifilm's camera of the future ▹](

On Free Speech

Tracking quality of life with Reporter

The Gig Economy

What's new

That Bites - a food allergy documentary

TextDrive Shutdown Countdown

Wintertime Photowalking

Adventures on the Isle of Skye --- An impromptu trip of a lifetime. ▹

[John Foreman on Machine Learning, Privacy, and Humanity ▹](

Quantified Selfies

Because It's There

Roll your own Mac

Being a Better Reader

Text Editors Data Update

Getting Better or Getting More

The Year in (my) Photos

Wintertime Cooking: Homemade Pho

Brushfires & the Death of the Blog

Hobby Blogging is Dead Unless it Isn't

Happy New Year

The Year's Bloggy Roundup and Administrivia


[Avoiding Spam with Email Aliasing](

[Where's iTunes Extras for AppleTV?](

Knee Deep in Nostalgia

[Love Actually celebrates a Christmas for the rest of us](])

snow delay

Computing at Home and Computing at Work

More photography: Using the Fuji X100S and VSCO

[Everpix was great. This is how it died.](])

[Drive Nacho Drive](

It's autumn!

[Buca Boot: Flexible, Secure Storage for the Urban Biker](

[Launch Center Pro 2.0 Review](

[My First 100 Days With Google Glass](])

[XOXO Talk Notes](

Not Catching Up

Friday-ish link roundup

[The end of kindness: weev and the cult of the angry young man](

More administrivia: Editorial and Koken

Route 66 Days

[Seahorse on Line One](])

[Loving Pencils](

A few photos

[70Decibels - Generational - 049 - Journaling with Paul Mayne](

[Some Stuff from Amazon that Wasn't Crap](

[On leaving academic life – Rethinking Markets](

[Editorial Workflow — Insert browser URL as link](

Storing things is easy

[Editorial for iOS](

[Pop Culture Happy Hour](

VSCO + Fujifilm X100S

[Exiftool | Diving Into x-Pro1 and X100 Metadata](

Telling stories

On Vacation

DPReview Fuji X100S review

Reading, running and riding

Eye-fi and more

[Koken - Creative website publishing](

Making pictures

Always be Catching Up

Text editors in The Setup

[Previously, on Arrested Development](

New Fitbit Dashboard

Integrating Runkeeper with Day One via Slogger

[“What do you think about the name we've been using? It's called Pinterest.”](

[Calexico covers Highway to the Danger Zone](,70706/)

[Generational: Blogging Platforms with Bob VanderClay](

Another user for Slogger on a server

[Jim Ray on Twitter Music](


Hour-long meetings have a lot of filler

Thinking about a new camera

Improving my mousetrap

From the Pinboard Files

Dwarf Fortress

Notch fitness visualizations


Computing memories

Posthaven open for business

Winter, no, spring

Excel is Complex, Untestable and Everywhere



Alfred 2 workflows - managing a to-do list

Paths and maps

Pinboard co-prosperity winners announced

Getting out my Headphones

Winter day routines

Site Notes


Not Resolutions



This week's notes

Rdio, Access & Ownership


e-book Ambivalence

James Gowans on Using What You've Got


I built a toy

Visiting the Kitchen

Doing it Right on Kickstarter

Upgrade Paths

Taking Inventory

Clearing the Desk


RSS how does it work

On Owning my Material


So this will be interesting