But! I did finally write some common Go libraries for me to use, as I saw some consistent problems: github.com/icco/gutil

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 code.natwelch.com 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. hackaday.io/project/18541-dot- 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.

@glyph this message originally angered me because of its wording. A possibly nicer way to say this would have been to remind folks of the instance rules, specifically around wiki.xxiivv.com/site/discourse as listed in merveilles.town/about/more

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@birdstare oooh, that sounds tasty. Mapo Tofu Taco Salad?

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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.

@flaneur hi! nice to meet you as well.

Yup! I wrote realworldsre.com even :D

My current title doesn't involve SRE, but I'm still deep in that world.

@flaneur On 1. right now we're going to use Github. We're talking about other platforms, Patreon & OpenCollective for example, but right now we're keeping it simple.

2. I don't know anything about fedstoa. Where can I read to learn more?

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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."


I realize I've been tooting for a while on Merveilles and never wrote an intro. so sorry for the delay... of 12 months or so?

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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 natwelch.com.

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

My work (timebyping.com) is looking to start donating small amounts of money to open source projects that sanctify or save time.

As a common theme of merv is journaling and time tracking, I'd love to hear suggestions from you all.

@aadil oh wow, we're almost at 500! I had no idea. merveilles.town/about/more

I wonder what the monthly active count is. @somnius do you have access to extra data like that?

@tehn I really enjoyed this, thanks for sharing.

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.