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Yesterday’s Small is Beautiful video is now up on our site with transcript, captions and links to all the cool sites we mentioned!

Thanks to fun guests, @heydon and @gabek, and to the lovely folks who stayed for the studio afterparty 😉

small-tech.org/videos/small-is

cc @aral

Got my goals for my work day accomplished before lunch… which leaves me feeling like I almost certainly broke something in the process. My tests pass but my coverage isn't great. And PHP's type system doesn't do me any favors for addressing this sorta anxiety.

I was also brought to tears (literally, I sniffled in the locker room) by the moving banner that the British Library have put up in the foyer.

At this point, I’m pretty sure that the tech industry uses “engagement” as a euphemism for “addiction.”

Rage Trading Card Game 

Anyone out there interested in a lot of undetermined size (weighs in around 8 pounds) of (based on the ) cards for $100?

Based on the weight of MtG cards that'd be in the neighborhood of 1500 to 2000. There's a foil Joseph Herlech in the collection but the rest remains to be cataloged before getting eBay'd. Friends of friends can save him the work of doing all that and get themselves a discount in the process.

Complaining about work 

I'm not sure I could design a worse developer experience than this API I'm wrestling with today.

Documentation is a 250 page PDF. SOAP. They've inner platform'd a query language into the XML for requests. This ain't GraphQL. Names for things in the query language don't line up with the names for the same things in the rest of the API. Columns aren't referenced by names, they use attribute IDs. There are 3 different flavors of attributes, hence 3 flavors of attribute IDs.

Stolen from that birb site. I offer you this awesome bit of web art, based on prior desktop calendar app art from back in the day. Credit to original artist (Mark Ferrari) in the footer. Ported to a web app by Joseph Huckaby.

effectgames.com/demos/worlds/

My wife won her first game against our son last night.

My son's been playing Magic for a while, although he just recently started building his own decks. My wife had a couple of toxic interactions with the community back in the 90s and noped out. But she's giving it another go.

My son hates playing against blue decks.

My wife wanted a blue deck. Flyers, card draw, bounce, and counter spells. All the stuff that spikes our son's blood pressure.

It's frustratingly fun family bonding time!

I'm in denial about it being late August already. But at least the cooler temps and overcast skies lately have made for better sleep quality. And better sleep improves damn near every aspect of my life.

"Most websites are about delivering content. HTML is amazing for this and you DON'T NEED JAVASCRIPT."

I would like to marry this post. 👰

#progressiveenhancement #inclusivedesign

dev.to/quii/the-web-i-want-43o

Oh hey, found @briecs. Maybe that's a gaming focused instance now? Hi Brie!

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There used to be an instance that was focused on and but it looks like it's gone kaput? Is there a better way to track down my table top gaming friends than hash tags?

MONDAY used ALARM BEFORE SUNRISE. It's super effective!

No code written today. But I wrote up some thoughts on shifting data needs and how to balance them with UX and emailed it along to some stakeholders for feedback. Most likely I'll have to sketch up a proof of concept before I get much feedback. But I try to open the door for the conversation early.

Today I:
1. Set up a new (to me) project in my local dev environment.
2. Committed and deployed code to roll out a user request on that new (to me) project.
3. Committed and deployed code to hotfix a bug I introduced in 2.
4. Removed several thousand lines of dead code from two other not so new to me projects.
5. Remembered to catalog the day's accomplishments _somewhere_ with a little visibility. I keep telling myself I'll set up a blog or static site generator. Someday. But not today.

Thanks to Sean Kelley, who I haven't found over here yet, I know about this instance with a focus on table top role playing games, especially of the Old School Revival flavor. Neat!

mastodon.weaponvsac.space/abou

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:00pm: Sun Prairie Common Council is voting on whether to make an ordinance preventing the discrimination of transgender individuals in housing and employment. As a person who has been fired for being non-binary by a company in Sun Prairie, this is important to me. Speaking with my alderperson, it looks like it will pass, but if local folks in the Madison could show up and show support, it would be greatly appreciated.

Having some neck and shoulder pain. Researching yoga poses. Struck by how similar poor textual descriptions of a yoga pose with a single static image is to poorly written technical documentation. I'm sure it makes perfect sense to readers who already understand the thing being described.

Hallways usability testing is great. But it can be important to get input from outside our various bubbles.

There are people who are gonna see Rifftrax Live do Samurai Cop at the Belcourt in Nashville tonight then go home and watch the new MST3K on Netflix. I'm not one of them. But I'm happy such people exist.

mastodon meta 

I wrote a small patch for Mastodon that got accepted yesterday. It lets you set up an email domain whitelist for your instance. For example, if your school wants to set up an instance just for students, they can do it by limiting signups to addresses at `whatever.edu`.

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