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Trying WordPress again

Things I’ve learned from 12 years of WFH

I’ve read a lot of articles in the past week about folks kind of discovering working from home and telecommuting for the first time as a serious thing. I’m finding myself eye-rolling at some troubles folks are having – but then I remember I’ve been doing this for over 12 years. I’ve all but forgotten […]


Here’s a spoopy little story I wrote. It came to me when I accidentally wrecked my favorite fountain pen by dropping it on the tip and bending the nib. I also got real purple with the prose. 🤷‍♂️

A river, not an inbox

Feed readers work best for me when they’re rivers, not inboxes.

Done with Google’s Feed

For the past year or so, I’ve been using Google’s Discover feed from my phone’s home screen for part of my daily news habit. It’s been mostly okay and often relevant. But, little paper cuts have finally hit my annoyance threshold.

I ❤️ Glitch

Lately, when I start tinkering with a side project, I reach for Glitch.


Here’s a spoopy little story I wrote. The gist of it comes from a dream. There’s blood, murder, an unhealthy relationship, and a bit of existential angst.

Generating a Firefox static theme from a web page

Folks would like to export their themes from Firefox Color as standalone theme add-ons. These can be submitted to AMO and allow for further advanced tinkering not supported by the theme editor in Color. Up until today, I was thinking that we’d need to do this with server-side code like an AWS Lambda function. But, with more due diligence, I realized all the pieces exist to make this happen completely in the browser.

Insultron2000 is here to serve!

It was a rainy, chilly day this past Sunday. I had been meaning to work on Picodon. But I was feeling low enthusiasm for that project. So, I spun my Wheel of Side Projects. It landed on “ActivityPub insult bot”–a similar theme but it felt like something I could actually get working in a day. So, Insultron2000 was born!

Embracing stasis to get unstuck

By letting things I’ve made go static, I can shed encumbrances to try new things. And I want to try new things to see if I can remove limiters on my writing.

When Yak Shaving is The Point

I’ve been working on some side projects lately. I feel good about that. But, I usually don’t finish them. I feel bad about that. I always feel bad about that. But, maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself.