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I'm Nat, or icco. I've been building software since the early 2000s. I love building cli and web tools, and spend a lot of time . I try to do everything in the open, so all of my personal code in FOSS, and most of my thoughts are public on subdomains of

When I'm not writing code, I like hiking, fly fishing, reading, writing, and listening to and making music.

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In 2019, pipenv made no releases. Changeset helped them get back on track in 2020, and they stayed on track in 2021. Their first 2022 release just came out. How I did it, in ~15 hours of work:

I also spoke about it at openSUSE:

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I'm putting together a book of fiction short stories based on location, technology, nature and art. It'll be available for free at, but if you want a physical copy, you can back the project at

This work is inspired by all of the amazing things folks have posted on Merveilles over the past two years. I know I'm not the most active user, but you all inspire me constantly.

I learned about the amazing proquints (an easy to pronounce UUID) a few years ago, but today took the time to write out a simplified version of the algorithm:

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are there any 'dumbphone' (feature phone) users here on the fediverse? which phone do you use and why? whats your preferred phone? how'd you make the switch?

Gave a talk at work yesterday to inspire folks about the project we're working on to the whole company. Never done a hype talk like that before, but it seems it was well received! Yay!

But! I did finally write some common Go libraries for me to use, as I saw some consistent problems:

I also migrated all of my Go apps from Logrus to Zap, which has provided much better logs.

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The real pain though was I also moved from a hand rolled k8s cluster to using Google's new Autopilot GKE k8s cluster, and I ran into so many undocumented hard edges. Part of this caused me to have to rewrite my entire CD pipeline... which still isn't quite done.

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I rewrote over the weekend. Moved from ruby I wrote in 2011 to Go, and updated the d3 to v6 from v3.

Better viz and a little faster now which is nice.

Whelp, my wife and I just spent most of March sick with covid. Finally recovering.

One symptom that surprised me was the confusion. The complete inability to think clearly was super weird.

I love slat flip and dot flip displays. is a fun look into a dot flip display

Took Friday and Monday off. Normally I'd take these days off for my birthday and go to a museum or something. Instead I'm trying to get my second book out the door.

... Taking time off of work to do work is something I always feel weird about.

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Learning that people suffering from the storm and blackout in Texas were using the guide in our book Recipes for Disaster to build a rocketstove with which to heat food and water, we've put the directions online here in their entirety:

Please circulate.

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"The guru is not exposed as a liar or a lech, a joker or a thief, but “only” a child laughing in the sun. The seeker’s mistake did not lay in identifying something special in this person, but in believing — hoping — that this specialness had something to do with knowing the truth. Instead, the numinous boils down to an ordinary state of radiant and childlike joy."

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Revel in the marvels of the universe. We are a collective of forward-thinking individuals who strive to better ourselves and our surroundings through constant creation. We express ourselves through music, art, games, and writing. We also put great value in play. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.