Support Engineering Wants You!

You A Boston area geek well versed in the arts of Triage and Web Development. Wielder of code machete in defense of users. Happy to kill the fast bugs and throw the big ones over the wall to eng. Willing to help buffer other engineers from a stream of interruptions and client requests. Creative thinker who’ll find ways to improve visibility, and increase customer smiles. Willing to code up reports, onboard clients, and find ways to make doing so faster.

Setting the Atomic Clock

This morning’s shower brought me an interesting series of thoughts that I thought you might appreciate, and it all started with the simple question of “How do you set The Atomic Clock?” My first thought was that at some point you have to find some other clock and precisely sync up with it. Then again, they may have said “fuck it” and just had Bob press a button when some other clock flipped over, but then I wondered “How do we know what time it is in the first place?

Some useful Vim plugins

There are two things that make using vim awesome… no there are about 200,000 but most of them involve adding a few lines to your .vimrc to enable them, or installing a plugin. My .vimrc is just over 300 lines after all these years of use and customization. But, rather than go into all that, I figured some of the vim geeks out there might appreciate a pointer to some of the plugins I use.

Mage Knight Co-Op Rules

We love the game Mage Knight, but the co-op rules are widely regarded as crap. The following rules have been collected primarily from Board Game Geek, an tweaked ever so slightly here, and there, in an effort to make the game cooperative and yet, still balanced. This document covers: Assistive Spellcasting Sharing of fame and loot Trading of cards, crystals, and units Modifications for Interactive cards Modifications for Interactive skill tokens

Rebasing A Pull Request on GitHub

It’s generally good practice to rebase commits on a topic branch into a single commit before merging. It results in a much cleaner commit history, and makes rollbacks easier. The Question However, the question was raised: what happens if you… fix a bug (commit 1) create a Pull Request get feedback via the Pull Request fix the bug fix (commit 2) rebase those two commits together (new tree-ish) push that back to GitHub (requires push -f ) The answer is based on understanding that a GitHub pull request has two forms of commenting: * comments on the pull request itself * comments on the commits that the pull request encapsulates.

Git: pushing and pulling from multiple repos

Lets assume you’ve already cloned a remote repo and have been working with it. Now, someone has set up a second repo out there for the same codebase, and you’d like to interact with both. *Please note: The following is based on the assumption that you have write privileges to the second repo, but don’t worry, you do essentially the same thing if you don’t and I’ll cover the differences at the end.

[Review] The Sketchnote Handbook (Video Edition)

Who should read this? Anyone who’s seen The Sketchnote Army and wished they could do that. Anyone who’s sick of useless meeting notes they never remember, and never go back to read. Anyone who wants a way to provide information to people in a way that people will actually enjoy consuming, and not just skim through. The best laid plans… My initial intent was to create this review in Sketchnote form, but Sketchnoting is, in no small part, the art of filtering essential ideas from a stream of words, and presenting them in a semi-visual fashion in order to help convey and emphasize the important points.

Why you should wear a bow tie

In many situations, the standard tie has become de rigueur, and so commonplace that it is generally only noticeable in its absence. This is not something that can be said of the bow tie. Imagine you’re going to a job interview. If you wear a tie no-one will take note of it (unless you’re a lady). It’s simply what you do. A bow tie on the other hand, says a number of things about you, and makes you more memorable.

Life: An Instructional Flow Chart

An instructional flow chart to help live a better life. (click to embiggen) I’m thinking I need to artify this and make it into a t-shirt. Drop me an e-mail if you’d be interested in one.

Office Memo

Dear Sir or Madam: You may not be aware but liquids are capable of flowing through holes. If you place a container of liquid in such a manner that its opening is below the level of the liquid, the liquid will flow through that opening. Please take a moment to consider the implications of this, and discuss them with your coworkers, as some of them are apparently unaware of this fun fact.