Owning your desires This Ask Polly column by Heather Havrilesky Everything I Do Fails, So I Don’t Even Try is awesome. I believe a lot of this, generally do okay with it, but reading this makes it clear when I’ve fallen short.
The thing no one tells you is that hunger itself is divine. Wanting things is good for you. It’s only the shame around wanting that creates trouble.
A reasonable argument for blending organic and conventional farming Christie Wilcox wrote, in 2011, that organic farming is not better than conventional. I think it makes a reasonable case, and one that I’ve been on board with for some time.
The issue that I have and one reason I prefer organics and non-GMO: many conventional foods have preservatives or other artificial ingredients that may not be so great over the long term, and many GMOs have been modified so they can use Roundup.
TickTick todo list I’ve tried many task managers over the years. I spent a fair bit of time on OmniFocus along the way. For a while now, I have been settled on Things. TickTick looks interesting, though. The calendar views and other niceties (pomodoro timer) seem like good additions. That said, Things is just so smooth that I’m actually not itching to try a different task manager right now.
Nextdns: like a pihole in the cloud We’ve got a pihole set up at home, and it protects us from trackers and such when we browse by blocking DNS queries to known problematic hosts. It only does that while we’re at home, though (which, granted, has been a lot this year!).
NextDNS provides a similar sort of service in the cloud, with the same sort of rationale. They’ll give you 300,000 DNS queries per month for free, which doesn’t appear to be much.
Backlinks 2020-12-03 Elder.js is a Svelte static site generator and web framework. Be interesting to compare this with SvelteKit, once SvelteKit is more available/done.
WMR: everything you need for a fast Preact site The newly announced WMR project is 2MB with no other dependencies and gives you development time to bundling goodies all in one set of commands.
sqlite as a document database David Leadbeater wrote about how recent versions of sqlite can generate columns based on data in JSON. This shows some of the really cool blending of JSON data and SQL that’s possible today.
Dinner foods Bread machine pizza dough We’ve made this recipe several times and it comes out really well Tomato-Garlic Spanish Rice I’ve made this recipe once. I really enjoyed the flavor, but I had a hard time getting the rice to be fully cooked. Instant Pot veggie biryani I made it with tofu and it was very good! Breakfast foods This fluffy pancake recipe is really tasty.
Personal Data Warehouses Simon Willison, creator of Datasette, gave a talk about Personal Data Warehouses providing detailed steps for pulling together whatever data you want and scraping it into a datasette. Also worthwhile to look at the Dogsheep project, which includes tools for pulling data from many places.
Lev Walkin on quality engineering documentation Lev Walkin was overwhelmed with likes for his tweet thread about making quality engineering documentation. He stopped at 28 items.
Backlinks 2020-11-14 Remarkably, I haven’t started a Development Process page. This is remarkable, because I’ve spent quite a bit of time on process stuff at work. I am a big fan of Avery Penwarr’s Epic Treatise on Scheduling, Bug Tracking, and Triage because of lot of it resonates with my own experience.