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How To Meeting

What follows is something I wrote up for my coworkers recently, and decided it was worth sharing more publicly. Almost half of my coworkers are remote, so we live and breath in Slack and BlueJeans. This has a lot of great benefits, but introduces some non-obvious challenges. The advice I offer below is useful for both full-time remotes as well as people in the office who communicate with those remotes.

Sat, 02 Feb 2019 00:00:00 +0000

Hugo Data Files

I started using Hugo to generate this site in mid-2017. While I've only added ten new posts in the year and a half since, I have also been keeping local copies of all of my Twitter interactions. My original implementation had every single Tweet as its own file. This resulted in over ten thousand files, which in turn resulted in increasingly slow processing times for Hugo every time I added a new post or Tweet.

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:59:10 +0000

London 2018 - Day Six

Thursday we had big plans: tickets for both the Tower Bridge and the Monument, and moving out of the AirBnB into a hotel room. The original purpose of the trip was Angela's invitation to speak at MozFest, and they put us up in a hotel room. We decided to go early to do our site seeing, and thus stayed in an AirBnB. So Thursday morning we packed up all our stuff , checked into the hotel, and then hit the road for our continuing adventures.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:11:39 +0000

London 2018 - Day Seven

Friday we set out to see Trafalgar Square and the center of London. It was considerably colder than it had been the rest of our trip, so we hustled past the houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey toward our destination. Josie had wanted to examine the lion statues at Nelson's Column, but the square was blocked off in preparation for an event that weekend. A little disappointed, and feeling quite chilled from the wind, we elected to pop into the National Gallery.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:11:36 +0000

London 2018 - Day Five

We had no specific plans for Wednesday, so we took our time getting ready in the morning, then walked through the city farm across the street. Josie loved looking at the animals, and took dozens of photos of them. Angela and I were both amused by Josie's fascination with regular farm animals that can be found just as easily at home. Angela wanted to check out Banglatown, a section of London with a heavy concentration of Bengali residents and shops.

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 09:11:29 +0000

London 2018 - Day Four

I woke at 8 again, after a long uninterrupted slumber. Josie and Angela both woke around 9:30. We took our time getting ready, then headed to the bus stop. We rode to London Bridge, looked at The Shard, and then checked the times on the train to Hever. We had about an hour to wait, so we walked along The Queen’s Way along the Thames. We admired the Tower Bridge from there, then headed back to the train station.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:10:06 +0000

London 2018 - Day Three

I woke up around 8, and read my book until Angela and Josie woke up around 10:30. We all got ready to go, and headed out for a day in downtown London. We walked to Spitalfields market, and looked at the various wares there. It was a nice mix of crafts, handmade goods, and clothes. One very friendly artist was excited to talk to us about the shirts he was selling (and they were quite clever).

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 05:10:38 +0000

London 2018 - Day Two

Angela and I both woke up around 11 PM local time, but also both fell back asleep fairy quickly. I woke up at 5, and read my book for a bit, then fell asleep until 9:30. Josie woke up around 10:30. Angela rose and fell several times. The day before took its toll on her, and she has a headache today. She took her medicine, and it helped, but this isn’t her usual headache so the meds only did so much.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 04:10:17 +0000

London 2018 - Day One

Travel day! Flight out of Columbus was delayed almost an hour. Yet we landed in Newark just a few minutes late. Made it to our London flight before boarding had started, so all was well. Flight was bumpy, and I couldn’t sleep. Josie and Angela took melatonin, and the former slept most of the flight while the latter only dozed. Josie woke up midway crying and shivering: and was mostly just disoriented and nervous.

Wed, 24 Oct 2018 04:10:04 +0000

Microsub and the new reader evolution

I was an avid Google Reader user. When it shut down, I started hosting my own RSS reader: first tt-rss, and later miniflux. I very much liked being able to subscribe to sites and read them at my leisure. I also appreciated not having my reading habits tracked or quantified. I had maybe two dozen feeds, loosely categorized. Some were tech, some were friends, and some were simply entertaining. Some time back, I ended up shutting down my Miniflux instance.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 17:07:41 +0000

Silos, IndieWeb, and Me

I’ve had skippy.net since January, 1999. I’ve written almost 700 posts in that time. When I started writing stuff here, there was no Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or LiveJournal. I’ve been creating, hosting, and distributing my own content since the very beginning. I’ve gone from writing HTML by hand, to using WordPress, to now writing Markdown by hand and using Hugo to generate HTML. I used to permit comments on posts. My website has seen a lot of change over the years, all of which was motivated and implemented by me.

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:03:00 +0000

OSCON 2017

This week I attended the O’Reilly Open Source Conference 2017. This was my third OSCON, and probably the most interesting yet. OSCON 2002 was my very first tech conference. I didn’t know what to expect, nor how to get the most out of the event. To be completely candid, the main reason I went was to see the keynote presentations. I was most interested in the Weta Workshop presentation, but the opportunity to see RMS and Lawrence Lessig were big daws, too.

Wed, 10 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000


It may not be obvious to anyone, but I’ve switched to using Hugo to build this site. I stopped hosting comments many years ago. I switched to no-CSS HTML a little over a year ago. Having a dynamically generated website stored in a database finally seemed overkill to me. So I’ve switched to serving static HTML files to you, dear reader. Just like I did when I first put skippy.net online.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 09:15:06 -0400

Caddy, Docker, PHP, and WordPress

I recently had a need to fix up a few WordPress sites. Each was running on its own copy of the WordPress source code despite relatively similar configurations. This bugged me, so I elected to look into the newer functionality of WordPress mutli-site. I also took this as an opportunity to explore a few new tricks for serving content and running the latest-and-greatest version of PHP. The first new addition to my toolbox was Caddy.

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000


I recently bought a new Google Nexus phone, and switched my cellular service to Google Project Fi. This service does not work with Google For Domains accounts, so I had to set it up with my ancient and neglected plain ol’ GMail account. This presented an interesting opportunity, and some interesting challenges. This was a blank phone, devoid of apps or content I’d accumulated over the years as an Android user.

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Note Taking

In college, I was a pretty good note taker. I found that my study sessions were generally just quick reviews of the notes I’d taken. I’d largely committed the information to memory by the act of listening to the prof and then writing the information down. I had a pretty good memory, too, so I’d always viewed note taking as something helpful, but not entirely necessary, for learning. As I’ve progressed in my professional career, the number and variety of things I need to remember has grown tremendously.

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000


I have two laptops, two servers, a phone, and a tablet. I have a variety of content and media spread across all of these devices. Some of the data can only live in one place. I can’t put my employer’s files on my personal devices, and I elect not to put some personal data onto my employer’s laptop. But some data, like my todo list or my collection of notes, I do want to have available on whichever device I might have at hand.

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000


There are lots of services that allow you to share files with other people, but they all have various costs associated with them. Sometimes the costs are financial. Sometimes it’s simply the time and energy required to execute an upload. Many of these services are commercial in nature (if even just through advertising revenue), and so their interfaces reflect that nature. Recently, someone wanted to share a simple photo with me.

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000


Several years ago I was looking for an easy-to-use todo list manager. There are tons of apps and websites that tackle todo lists. All of these suck in various ways. Websites are only useful if you’re online. Not all websites work great on mobile devices. Desktop apps don’t always have mobile client counterparts. Apps use proprietary file formats, making it hard to switch from one solution to another over time. Many apps stuff in a bunch of functionality I’ll never use or actively don’t want.

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Alice Cooper

The second concert I ever attended was Alice Cooper, on the Raise Your Fist and Yell tour. I was thirteen years old. I wasn’t at that time a fan of Alice Cooper, but I was familiar enough with the theatrics of his work to know that I wanted to see him when the show came to town. I convinced my parents to take my friend Devin and me. I remember being nervous around all of the large, black-clad fans milling around before the show.

Sat, 07 May 2016 00:00:00 +0000

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