Software Developer, Durham NC
I’m David, Development Director at Viget. Just getting started with a new Hugo site. More to come.
Dispatch #1 (March 2023) (2023-03-02)
With the warm winter we’ve been having in NC, I’ve gotten to take Nev to and from daycare on the e-bike a whole bunch, which has been just fantastic. I’m wary of becoming too much of an evangelist, but it really does feel like they can replace cars for a lot of folks, and they’re fun as hell.
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AI summaries and AI healthcare (links & notes) (2023-03-20)
What depresses me, is that the people most enthusiastically hyping AI don’t get that their “optimistic” vision of the future is worse than a future where these systems either don’t work or remain imperfect.
This Page is Designed to Last: A Manifesto for Preserving Content on the Web (2023-03-19)
So my proposal is seven unconventional guidelines in how we handle websites designed to be informative, to make them easy to maintain and preserve. The guiding intention is that the maintainer will try to keep the website up for at least 10 years, maybe even 20 or 30 years. These are not controversial views necessarily, but are aspirations that are not mainstream—a manifesto for a long-lasting website.
We are living in a golden age of electric cargo bikes (2023-03-19)
Our cup runneth over with affordable and high-powered options thanks to recent launches from Rad Power Bikes, Aventon, and Lectric, as well as legacy manufacturers like Trek and Specialized. But why now? And where are we heading? Somewhere good, I hope.
Don't sleep on Ruby & Rails with Justin Searls (The Changelog #521) (2023-03-08)
Welcome to 2023 — we’re kicking off the year talking to Justin Searls about the state of web development and why he just might write a “You Might Not Need React” post. He’s been so productive using Turbo and Stimulus (and tailwind) in Rails 7 that we had to talk about the state of Rails development today and a bunch of...
Self hosting in 2023 - Grifel (2023-02-24)
The point is the hosting part of hosting a static page. And this page is hosted on my Raspberry Pi 4b at my house. Still doing great in terms of speed, costing close to nothing, and having endless possibilities for extending for free. In this blog post I’ll share with you how easy it was to set up. And how great of a dev experience I think it provides.
Packing Party: Unpack a Simpler Life - The Minimalists (2023-02-22)
But the stuff didn’t fill the void. It widened it. And because I didn’t know what was important, I continued to fill the void with stuff, going further into debt, working hard to buy things that weren’t making me happy. This went on for years—a terrible cycle. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Most Phone Use is a Tragic Loss of Life (2023-02-22)
Even though I get caught up like that all the time, the nihilism of that particular twenty minutes really got to me. It was such a nothing thing to do. I said aloud what I was thinking: “That… was a total loss.”
Julia Cameron Wants You to Do Your Morning Pages - The New York Times (2023-02-13)
With “The Artist’s Way,” Julia Cameron invented the way people renovate the creative soul.
Journaling as a Tool for Action (2023-02-06)
How to keep a contemplative, yet action-oriented journal.
How to Stop Ruminating (2023-02-05)
Stuck in a mental loop of worries and problems that seem to have no end? Here’s what you can do.