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Wed 21 Oct 2020

Forcing Functions in Software Development

Here’s an unavoidable fact: the software project you’re working on has some flaws that no one knows about. Not you, your users, nor anyone in your team. These could be anything from faulty assumptions in the UI to leaky abstractions in the architecture or an error-prone release process.

Given enough time, these flaws will be discovered. But time is money. The sooner you discover them, the cheaper they are to fix. So how do you find out about them sooner?

Source: Forcing Functions in Software Development, an article by Matthew Clarke.

Facebook Container Extension for Firefox

Facebook can track almost all your web activity and tie it to your Facebook identity. If that’s too much for you, the Facebook Container extension isolates your identity into a separate container tab, making it harder for Facebook to track you on the web outside of Facebook.

Source: Facebook Container for Firefox.

Fear and Loathing in YAML

We kinda went down a rabbit hole the other day when I suggested folks check out yq, “The aim of the project is to be the jq or sed of yaml files.” First, there’s nothing wrong with this project. I like it, I find the tool useful, and that’s that. But the great debate started over our lord and savior, YAML. Yeah, I know, XML vs. JSON vs. YAML vs. TOML vs. the next thing is a tired and old debate.

Source: Fear and Loathing in YAML, an article by Chris Short.


Asciidoctor is a fast, open source text processor and publishing toolchain for converting AsciiDoc content to HTML5, DocBook, PDF, and other formats. Asciidoctor is written in Ruby and runs on all major operating systems. The Asciidoctor project is hosted on GitHub.

Source: Asciidoctor.

Aphonopelma seemanni close up

In the evening the female Aphonopelma seemanni I keep was out of its burrow. I could remove the lid of her enclosure without disturbing the large spider and took a few close up photos with my dated iPhone 5.

Close up of a female Aphonopelma seemanni
Close up of a female Aphonopelma seemanni.

Because she closes off her burrow now and then and refuses food I expect her to molt soon. That would be the second time in my care, the first time was the 28th of June, 2020.