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April, 2018

 

Success! My old MacBook Pro has sold πŸ˜€ Once an updated iPad Pro is announced, its mine! Any guesses on when that’ll happen? History indicates sometime in June or July.

 

In other news, I’m doing a cook on @JonsHotMeat at some point after midnight tonight. Pork shoulder for Easter! πŸ£πŸ–

 
 
 

There are zero net carbs in communion bread and wine. Little known fact.

 
 

Other than the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, my favorite part of Easter is late night deviled eggs stolen from the fridge.

 
 

Off again to San Francisco for customer meetings and the AWS SF Summit. As always, ping me if you want to meet for a drink πŸ₯ƒ

 
 

Checked into Delta Sky Club Terminal 3

Hey, look, it’s the worst SkyClub at any major airport in the world!

 
 
 

Thanks to W Insider Sara at The W San Francisco ❀️

Thanks to W Insider Sara at The W San Francisco ❀️
Thanks to W Insider Sara at The W San Francisco ❀️

What a nice welcome to the hotel!Β We had a fun email exchange before my arrival, and she surprised me with some treats in my room.Β 

 
 

Thanks, @Werner for calling out that security has been an afterthought in our industry. Security is a design principle, not an activity.

 
 

Interested in running Python WSGI apps on @awscloud Lambda? I was too, so I dived in and made it happen. Check it out on @Reliam's blog – https://www.reliam.com/blog/going-serverless-with-python-wsgi-apps/

 
 

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.

Watched on cleverbook

 

Checked into Mozilla San Francisco

Homebrew Website Club!

 
 

Wow, that's super scuzzy!

 
 
 
 

The writing has long been on the wall: Twitter is going to destroy its third-party ecosystem. Why? To focus on controlling the entire experience for their proprietary platform. If you haven’t considered the , now is the time. With services like Micro.blog available, it’s now easier than ever to participate in the open social web.

 
 
 

I wanted to leave Facebook, so I did. I don't really want to leave Twitter, but I'm not sure they want me anymore. Without @Tweetbot, I will not enjoy using Twitter anymore. So, why stay?

 

Such a useful post by Chris Aldrich on the !

https://twitter.com/ChrisAldrich/status/982342546750783488

 
 
 

That’s my rep! πŸ™ŒπŸ»

https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/982410071584866304

 
 
 
 
 

My struggle with anxiety and depression has been intensifying of late. I know I’ll be just fine, but I do hate the feeling of failure it causes me to feel as a parent. Stupid brain chemistry.

 
 
 
 

I have really been enjoying using Together for my reader lately. Especially since iOS 11.3 improved PWA support!

 

Well, @davewiner (and @brentsimmons), you should try out Together - https://github.com/cleverdevil/together - We're building a modern reader experience on top of feeds. See the demo video - https://cleverdevil.io/s/997O3Z778A.mp4

https://twitter.com/davewiner/status/983104661602426881

 
 
 

Checked into Simmzy's

Work lunch.

 

Watched Cars 3

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Watched on Front Room

 

The last 24 hours of news has been nothing short of bonkers. Jiminy.

 
 
 

The odds of our current government properly holding Facebook accountable is near zero. But you know who has the power to take them down? You!

 

TIL @Delta has a policy that you can't switch seats w/ your partner if you've been upgraded. When I travel w/ my wife I like to let her take the seat for a part of the flight. Invariably, the kids want us to switch back later. Silly policy.

 
 

I now travel with a mechanical keyboard, making me the worst person. I totally blame @slashclee.

 

Been thinking a lot lately about my website's data storage. Currently, its in MySQL on RDS, but its a bit of a mismatch. In the future, I'd prefer to just be storing JSON documents that are easily indexed and searched.

 

I've considered using DynamoDB, but its designed for massive scale, and requires a fair amount of tweaking and fiddling. Overkill. I could just store everything in S3, and build indexes manually, but that seems inefficient.

 

I'm coming around to sticking with RDS, but maybe switching to PostgreSQL with its native JSON functionality. Still, I wish there was a simple JSON document database for AWS, which was backed by S3 storage, available as a service.

 

Interestingly, the "Object Tagging" features added to S3 in 2017 make it very close to what I am looking for as a simple JSON DB. That said, afaict you can't yet query for objects in a bucket that have a certain key/value tag. /cc @awscloud

 
 

Checked into Technology Square

Lunch with Mark and Justin.

 
 

LaCour family cookout in Atlanta

LaCour family cookout in Atlanta
LaCour family cookout in Atlanta
LaCour family cookout in Atlanta
LaCour family cookout in Atlanta
LaCour family cookout in Atlanta

Fun visitΒ with family at my sister's lovely home in Decatur. Hot dogs, hamburgers, s'mores, and cousins!

 
 

I’ve suddenly realized that the β€œKIDZ BOP” series, which covers popular music with singing kids, is pretty much whitewashing modern hip hop for white children.

 
 

War is always a tragedy. Always. Regardless of who is in power, it should require congressional authorization. That said, at least our actions were taken in concert with our allies in France and Britain.

 

I would much rather be a nation that welcomes refugees, and focuses on taking care of all people here, than a war hungry interventionist power. War is expensive and harmful. Money better spent on healthcare, education, and programs to aid refugees.

 
 
 
 
 
 

I've started a short-form podcast (a "microcast") at http://cleverca.st. Its hosted on Micro.blog and I've really enjoyed working on it so far. I've already made improvements from episode 1 to 2, especially with sound quality. Check it out!

 
 

Thanks for the kind words, Chris! I hope you’re enjoying the microcast so far.

 

@colinwalker I've truly enjoyed my "On this Day" feature! I have my website automatically push the content to my reader application on a daily basis. Such a fun reminder of my memories.

 
 

@jsnell great post! I have loved getting back into mech keyboards. I use a TADA68 at work, with beautiful MiTo Canvas keycaps – https://cleverdevil.io/2018/this-keyboard-is-finally-just-how-i-want-it – and I have a stock NightFox for home/travel – https://kono.store/products/nightfox-mechanical-keyboard

 

What should my next episode of clevercast be about? – http://cleverca.st

 

Sous vide salmon, marinated in Korean Gochujang and coconut aminos. Seared in a hot pan with coconut oil and toasted sesame oil. Tasty!

 
 
 

I'm starting to realize that most of the time, I don't want a NoSQL service, I want an on-demand, consumption-based relational database service. @awscloud Aurora Serverless may just fit the bill. Too bad its still in preview!

 

That thought also drives home what "serverless" is *really* all about: directly aligning cost with application and system performance, not some arbitrary unit of compute that is persistently running and begging for your attention.

 
 
 
 
 

Checked into Hennessey's Tavern

Hennessey's Tavern

Dinner date with my daughter!

 

I’ve been working hard on getting healthy this year, physically and mentally. I’ve lost over ten pounds, already, through diet. I’m trying new medicine for my anxiety/depression. I’m taking a fast from alcohol for the next 30 days. πŸ’ͺ🏻

 

Also, to others who struggle with anxiety and depression: it’s OKAY to be open about it. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Millions of us struggle with you! β€οΈπŸ§ πŸ”¬

 

Say it with me again: Google isn’t, and perhaps never will be, a Product company. Also: end-to-end encryption is a requirement for messaging these days! What are they thinking?

https://om.co/2018/04/20/allo-goodbye/

 
 

Westworld is back tomorrow! πŸ€ πŸ€–

 
 

The tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji's world - pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they'll play as characters from the game.

Watched on Projector Fire TV Stick

 

I've really been enjoying Baí beverages lately. Great for Keto practitioners, with only 1 net carb per serving. My favorite flavor so far is "Andes Coconut Lime." So delicious. Highly recommended. 🏝

 

My kids are watching an episode of The Magic School Bus that talks about internet routing and DNS. It’s actually pretty on point! 🀩🚌

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Replied to a post on werd.io :

@werd.io well said. After finally deleting my Facebook account, I find myself syndicating less and less to Twitter as well, especially with Micro.blog available as another platform to discover and follow other indie bloggers.

 
 

Checked into Terranea Resort

Remote work today at my happy place.

 

Checked into Nelson's

Nelson's

Lunchy lunch

 
 

I never thought I’d utter the phrase β€œdon’t put the light saber in your butt,” but here we are.

 
 
 

Hello friends! I am hiring for a really amazing job at @Reliam, reporting directly into me. This is a very unique role for technologists who are looking to take the next step in their careers. Check out the job description – https://hire.withgoogle.com/public/jobs/reliamcom/view/P_AAAAAADAAADGi98gwXqK01

 
 

@idallas.com That's a hell of a shot!