Cloud Computing without Containers
CloudFlare's new V8/Isolate based pseudo-serverless setup, claiming it is a paradigm change. tl;dr many V8-based runtimes within one process to avoid memory and context switch overhead as well as limit request spinup time.
javascript  webdev  distsys 
11 days ago
Stewardship Made Practical · stuarthalloway/presentations Wiki
Good to great (if clearly missing speaker notes) slides about OSS stewardship, specifically aimed at a high ranking Clojurian but applicable to anything.
maintainership  slides 
24 days ago
Cat Exercise Wheel by One Fast Cat
Neat looking cat exercise wheel for $200, goon-approved. "Took my cat a couple weeks to get used to it / trained to use it".
cat 
29 days ago
Lost Souls MUD - a free text-based medieval fantasy online RPG
Pretty sure this is the one I played with my old friend Alec, way back in the day.
muds 
4 weeks ago
The Wheel of Time: Hugo Refresher | Tor.com
Looks like pretty thorough recaps of the entire series for when you want to skip a book or remember where you left off (if, for example, you decided to take a break partway because otherwise hoo boy).
wot  fantasy 
5 weeks ago
So you've decided to pick up the Wheel of Time... : WoT
Semi useful refresher of the series' structure re: how the books relate to each other, where the slump usually happens, etc.
wot  fantasy 
5 weeks ago
How Lisp Became God's Own Programming Language
Decent essay on Lisp, recap of its history, and why it's got the rep it does, with 3-4 "theories".
essays  lisp  programming 
5 weeks ago
untappd and attacking (@jokulhops) • Instagram photos and videos
Real neat Instagram acct matching beer labels to Magic cards.
art  mtg  beer  alcohol  photos 
7 weeks ago
Computer Equipment – Kids On Computers
Donate used laptops & peripherals here? Not desktops tho sadly.
hardware  donations  education 
7 weeks ago
Magic the Gathering Deck Builder Application
Machine vision driven import of MTG cards! Sadly, it's usually lagging behind latest sets by a number of months or even years. But great for older stuff? iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.
mtg  games 
8 weeks ago
duo-labs/cloudmapper: CloudMapper helps you analyze your Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments.
Neat CLI->web tool (runs locally, generates web-viewable HTML/JS) for visualizing AWS account assets, how they interconnect, what's publicly accessible, etc etc. Uses a dynamic display lib (intended for molecular networks!) which seems cool.

See also https://duo.com/blog/introducing-cloudmapper-an-aws-visualization-tool
security  aws  visualization 
10 weeks ago
Hit the road @jack send toot | MetaFilter
Recent MeFi thread on Mastodon; some comments have useful up to date info about what's different with the protocol/software now vs the last big migration.
mastodon  twitter  social 
12 weeks ago
Why can't a CNAME record be used at the apex (aka root) of a domain? - Server Fault
Actually useful StackOverflow (ServerFault) thread about DNS apex domains and CNAME records
dns  reference  networking  webdev  sysadmin  http 
august 2018
Every Noise at Once
Algorithmically generated music map along "mechanical/electronic <-> organic" and "denser/atmospheric <-> spikier/bouncier" axes. Kinda neat! But obviously not super curated or visually interesting (aside from the implied scatterplot itself).
music 
august 2018
Zero Fucks Given Coins – Zero Fucks Coin
Amusingly rude coins allowing you to literally give somebody 0 fucks, a flying fuck, a shit, a rat's ass, etc.
money  coins  humor 
august 2018
DoesTheDogDie.com - Anxiety Prevention for Movies, TV, Book and Video Games
Amazing site that answers questions about movies, tv, books etc.

E.g. it knows that the dog dies in School-Live!
film  reference  triggerwarnings  psychology  health 
august 2018
jwilm/alacritty: A cross-platform, GPU-accelerated terminal emulator
Blazingly fast terminal emulation app.

Sadly it doesn't work super well on my system; bit of a pain to get running and configure, many key mappings don't work well (presumably fixable via config), and most importantly for me, it wasn't really any faster than Terminal.app.

Seems like main benefit is for truly crazy-speedy log files, which isn't usually a thing for me, there's usually enough network and/or processing delays that the terminal draw is not the bottleneck.
cli  terminals  unix 
july 2018
Git commit message styleguide
Emoji focused. Kinda neat idea actually.
git  github  maintainership 
july 2018
Unsplash
Nice looking free-licensed photo archive site. The photo quality is overall really good too and seems well organized at a glance.
photos 
may 2018
Announcing glom: Restructured Data for Python — Sedimental
Neat little library for handling nested data which both solves the "but what if some keys are missing, etc" issue as well as providing (relatively...) intuitive ways of injecting operators/rollups/etc (similar to jq; and it also has a CLI like jq).
python  data  programming 
may 2018
How 2 M.T.A. Decisions Pushed the Subway Into Crisis - The New York Times
Neat NYT-interactive article about the MTA's ongoing service problems.
trains  subway  nyc  urbanism  transit  visualization 
may 2018
erikbern/git-of-theseus: Analyze how a Git repo grows over time
Super neat Git repo analysis tool to get info about code stability over time (e.g. are you constantly throwing out old code to make way for new or not?)

Happens to be implemented in Python data science tools.
git  github 
may 2018
Notes on structured concurrency, or: Go statement considered harmful — njs blog
Well written essay/article on the new Trio concurrency library and its 'nursery' primitive (tl;dr it uses 'with' blocks to explicitly encapsulate background tasks).
python  concurrency  threading  async  programming 
april 2018
Let's talk about packages
Thorough and clearly stated overview of modern Python packaging considerations, including setup.py/cfg or pyproject.toml, requirements files, pipenv, mirrors, etc.
python  packaging  maintainership 
april 2018
Danger: Getting Set Up
Danger is a (Ruby-based but DSL-heavy) CI bot along the lines of many others re: pointing out too-large diffs, incorrect style, lack of doc updates, etc. Point of it is to be a small core + many configurable plugins. Unsure how compares to other non-Ruby similar bots.
maintainership  tools  ruby  github 
april 2018
Not a bootcamp - Recurse Center
Some friends have gone through this recently and it sounds like a potentially very cool way to take a semi-break between jobs or as a way to learn + reset before returning to the same job. NYC based.
programming  education  learning 
april 2018
EPIC :: DSCOVR
Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera
space  science  astronomy 
april 2018
Helioviewer.org - Solar and heliospheric image visualization tool
Real cool viewer of solar imaging data. Can zoom in and everything!
astronomy  space  science 
april 2018
DSN Now
Amazing little dashboard showing realtime space radio signal information, e.g. I was able to see that the Madrid NASA station has a specific radio dish talking to the MRO right now, at a given Hz, etc, how much data was coming down, etc.
space  networking 
april 2018
vmware/tern: Open Source compliance for containers
(Python) CLI project that introspects Dockerfiles to see what packages they install & where those come from, aimed at becoming a compliance reporting tool.
docker  containers  packaging  security 
march 2018
Subway Knowledge Base
From 'Signal Problems', a super in depth weekly newsletter on the state of the NYC subway.
nyc  subway  trains  transit  urbanism 
march 2018
GoogleCloudPlatform/skaffold: Easy and Repeatable Kubernetes Development
CLI tool from GCP (but not GCP specific) for building Kubernetes applications in a "works locally but can also be run in CI" sense
kubernetes  containers  building  tools  cli 
march 2018
Flatcar Linux | Linux for containers
Light fork of CoreOS' Container Linux created so that the creators could provide commercial support.
docker  linux  virtualization  os 
march 2018
Matias Mini Quiet Pro Keyboard for PC
Really interesting compact keyboard that (mostly) doesn't sacrifice the layout of the arrow keys or the page up/down keys, while still being slimmer than even a tenkeyless.

But, beware: sticky keys apparently chronic: https://twitter.com/thatcks/status/971555156298002435
keyboards  peripherals  hardware 
march 2018
github/git-sizer: Compute various size metrics for a Git repository, flagging those that might cause problems
Written-by-Github tool to analyze a Git repo for unusual size metrics (eg too many types of git objects, too many commits, poorly-compressing or -decompressing blobs, etc)
git  maintainership 
march 2018
dockerfiles/www-router at master · andrewgodwin/dockerfiles
Andrew's small "run a bunch of docker containers as sub-VPSen, then route appropriately" solution.
docker  networking  sysadmin 
february 2018
Where is Starman? Track Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster's Current Location.
Great little site with live stats about the Roadster plus a bunch of other charts & suchlike.
space  spacex 
february 2018
Introduction to modern network load balancing and proxying
Other search keywords that aren't tag-worthy: nginx envoy istio
networking  sysadmin 
february 2018
Super Hood - from Sporty's Pilot Shop
Blinders! Great for the open plan office or long flights!
travel  offices 
february 2018
Fortressa - Your Safe, Secure & Open Internet Fortress
Make-your-own VPN service/product that avoids the issues with stuff like Cloak/EncryptMe (re: cotenancy, trust, ability to be detected as likely VPN traffic, etc). Gives some of the money to EFF, DjangoGirls etc 👍
security  networking  apps  mac 
january 2018
Fun with Multi-stage Dockerfiles – Koki – Medium
Kinda nice I guess, but only seems useful for the "build containers from your dev workstation" usecase (esp re: security benefits) – if you're building things via CI like you should be, doesn't help quite as much. Still seems very useful tho.
docker  sysadmin  deploy  security 
january 2018
lirantal/dockly: Docker console UI and Dashboard for quick managing and inspecting of Containers and Images
Cute curses-based Docker management tool - richer than the stock CLI but still a terminal and not GUI app. Downsides (for me): requires npm.
cli  docker 
january 2018
gittup.org: [Wicked cool tagline.]
Interesting niche Linux distro that's entirely git-based, kind of a step beyond the source-oriented distros? comes with some sort of potentially high-powered DAG resolver that's "faster than Make".
git  linux  os 
january 2018
My Hero, Luke Skywalker — Zac Bertschy
"I never thought I’d find myself saying 'I want to be like Luke Skywalker when I grow up' in my 30s, but they somehow made a Star Wars movie that pulled those feelings out of me again." 👍
tlj  starwars 
january 2018
Star Wars: The Last Jedi: the backlash explained - Vox
I need to read more Vox. In-depth analysis of the backlash to the film & a LOT of considering the various reasons for it; very much not just "it's because of toxic men gettin mad" (though that is of course one element.)
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Will Be Too Inclusive for Some People. Good. | WIRED
Examination of the film's reception (plus some about the film itself), about what it says on the tin :D
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
“This is Not Going to Go the Way You Think”: The Last Jedi Is Subversive AF, and I Am Here for It | Bitter Gertrude
Great dissection about the film's themes (including comparing to those of the earlier trilogies) with solid writing & arguments.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
(1) Movie: Star Wars: The Last Jedi | FanFare
It's MetaFilter, so probably some good-to-great insights mixed with some really irritating fannish jumping to conclusions.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
Reddit thread about the Toxic Masculinity article
Some great discussion (on Reddit! I know! Guess r/MensLib is one of the few non-toxic subreddits...) about the film overall, of course with some focus on toxic masculinity, but pretty general and good analysis.
tlj  starwars 
december 2017
Is The Last Jedi the most feminist Star Wars film? | Villainesse
Good sendup of the feminism inherent in TLJ's plotting, characterizations and even specific dialogue bits. Well written.
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
Toxic Masculinity Is the True Villain of Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Den of Geek
Points out the themes of toxic masculinity in TLJ, including noting differences in how the various other characters handle the failures of the men around them (spoiler: the light side teaches & takes on emotional labor, the dark side simply cajoles and punishes.)
starwars  tlj 
december 2017
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