Don't Overthink Your PKM

Overview It’s important for all knowledge workers to have a Personal Knowledge Management System (PKM). That doesn’t mean you need a fancy tool, or a complex process. Sometimes, the “stupid simple” solution is the best one. To that end, I wanted to talk through my wife’s system. It’s an important example because her choice to specifically not use any of the fancy purpose built tools has resulted in a better solution for her needs.

Other People's Personal Knowledge Management Isn't For You

Table of Contents Knowledge Management As A Survival Trait It’s not you, it’s me. Surviving The Torrent Of Information Falling Behind Ignore the things you don’t need Less is more Observe, Try, Steal, Refine, Repeat What Now? “Personal Knowledge Management” (PKM) feels like a lot of “bullshit” to many people. In this, I will speak to the idea that PKM isn’t bullshit. It’s just that other people’s ways of managing knowledge, just aren’t designed for your brain.

Mastodon Ownership

Overview A group calling itself “Mask Group” has purchased three of the largest mastodon instances. Mastodon users, especially people on those servers, should be very concerned. Why? There are some things you need to consider about mastodon to understand why this is very concerning. Large Mastodon instances are expensive to run. Mastodon is not a good platform for large advertisers for a number of reasons. This means that by buying a large mastodon instance you are signing up for a very large ongoing cost in a system whose current state is adverse to profit generation for the owners.

Rewriting Hey

Table of Contents Overview In the Beginning Final Totals Writing in Chicken Scheme Delusions of Sharability Crystal Lang Final Totals Writing in Crystal Fast-Forward… And then Raku Final Totals Writing in Raku Reflecting on the rewrites If you liked that… P.S. What about the email app with the same name? Overview “Hey!” started as an Interruption Tracker, and now supports Time Tracking too. It has been through 3 iterations: Chicken Scheme, Crystal, and now Raku.

How To Receive Twilio Messages In MongoDB Atlas Functions

Overview There's plenty of documentation about how to send an SMS via Twilio, but very little about how to receive one. Receiving one in a MongoDB Atlas Function involves an extra complication. By the end of this post you'll know how to receive a text in Twilio, and have it successfully interact with your MongoDB Atlas Function. I'll also cover a couple nice-to-have's in Twilio that you'll probably want to set up anyway.

I used AI to generate products & write copy for my store

Table of Contents Quick Summary It started as a joke… The work Begins… Generating images Prepping images RedBubble The site Know Thyself That Sweet Marketing Copy Final Thoughts Will I share my code? What’s my favorite? So Many Images Quick Summary I used Midjourney to generate art that I threw on t-shirts, coasters, and almost everything else RedBubble offers. Then I used OpenAI to generate copy for it, and combined that with a handful of custom scripts to generate a product site called Bed Bath & The Beyond.

Twitter Employees Should Take the Severance

Musk has given the remaining employees an ultimatum: come back to the office, sign up for 'hardcore' work, or take 3 months severance and get out. Acknowledging that there are some people who can't really say "no" because of visa issues, or other complicated home situations…. Aside from them, who would say "Yes! Sign me up for 'hardcore' working hours… for a boss who regularly fires people who politely correct his lies about your work, in a place where morale is going to be "in the shitter" for a very long time in a place where incredibly important sections of the staff have been fired in a place where you can't trust the boss's claims from day to day where 40hrs probably won't be enough.

A Rebuttal to Scaling Mastodon is Impossible

Armin Ronacher wrote that Scaling Mastodon is Impossible I'd like to offer a rebuttal. As someone who's been doing professional web development since 1995, with most of that time being spent in Rails jobs, or doing Rails work on the sidelines, I think i have a pretty good perspective on the situation. For those who don't know, Mastodon is written in Ruby on Rails. Decentralization promotes an utopian view of the world that I belief fails to address actual real problems in practice.

A Journey With Midjourney

Exploring an Idea With Midjourney I haven’t seen anyone talk about what it’s like to try and work with Midjourney, or any of the other Image AIs. No-one has shown just how much work it takes to get from an idea, to the beautiful output we keep seeing. This post will take you through the journey, from a spark of colorful and strong Native American imagery, depressed cyborgs, to visions of Muslim women, in a dry and trying future.

Private Comments & Your Security

Summary While leaving "private comments" on a repo can be incredibly useful, it can get you into trouble if the wrong person sees them and disagrees with what they see. This post goes into the problems, consequences, and things that tools that provide this functionality need to do to protect their users from accidental harm. Some Context A while ago I wrote a tool called "Private Comments", which allows you to leave "private comments" on a codebase that aren't actually in the codebase.