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Portraits / eye contact 

Alright y'all, time to pick a new headshot for when I speak at tech conferences.

Which of these should I use?

Got some professional headshots made.

Reviewing them has convinced me that I cross my arms in an atypical manner. Now I'm Google Image Searching "crossed arms."

Way to go, brain. Thanks for noticing. Definitely don't have better things to do.

Suggestive groceries 

Seriously, how do British people keep a straight face when shopping?

Dad Hacks: Baby monitor too blindingly bright at night? Create a filter with brake light repair tape!

Bonus points for using electrical tape to make a hinge for the filter.

Still haven't figured out how to fit duct tape and/or WD-40 into this plan...

Allrecipes wants to show me desktop notifications .... for some reason? In case a recipe is recalled? There's a revolutionary new way to combine eggs flour sugar and cream I'm not already familiar with?

Websites: do less. Much, much less.

I'm confused:

1. Hot dogs do not / should not come in cans.
2. The American Style can is the same size, but has fewer dogs and costs twice as much as the normal can.

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Upgraded my laptop to 29 last night. Took the better part of an hour unattended, but went smoothly.

Still, starting to feel itchy given the / acquisition. Spent a few hours over the past two days re-reading docs.

NixOS seems like the only thing different enough from the status quo to be worth the effort of switching, but I'm not sure if I'd see real benefits or if I'm just looking for some kind of procrastination that feels productive...

OH: "Remember making cinnamon rolls with Mom? Sprinkle raisins in, roll them up, cut them in half and put Velveeta in them... Mom had a real sweet with savory thing going on." ☹️

We are looking for a recent graduate to join our developer advocacy team based in London (UK). See details here: We actively seek a diverse pool of applicants, including those from historically marginalized groups. Come join us!

I've been doing Dev Rel for a bout two years now, I am not going to stop any time soon but I cannot deny the effect it's had on my physical and mental health.

It's struggle balancing doing what I love with my long term health.


Baby hates mashed potatoes.

Baby has been happily gnawing on a lemon slice for twenty minutes.


It took seven months of paperwork, but our kiddo now has three passports (thanks, Belfast!) and Global Entry.

In his Global Entry photo, he's asleep in his pram, sucking on a dummy. It's valid until he's nearly 6 years old. 😂

Step 1: Move to UK.
Step 2: Eat raw cake batter.
Step 3: Don't worry about getting sick, because it's totally fine to do that over here.

Since some people are talking about the “death of the URL” … again … it felt like the right time to re-post something I wrote 2 years ag on the topic including a link to research that seems to indicate people DO know what URLs are.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how my social media use has changed in ten years. Time was I’d talk about feeling blue, what I was working on, stuff that was bugging me, water-cooler stuff. Now it’s more guarded/performative: pithy one-liners, media reviews, and social commentary.

My wife: "This gas station has a better view than anywhere we will ever live."

Today I learned that stores HTML5 Cache API content in a directory named "morgue" -- because that's where the bodies are.

Good thing the Pope is in Ireland, I need all the help I can get as I try to drive this manual transmission for the first time...

(If you see a black Ford Focus stalling its way through Dublin, say hello!)

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