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The Best of The Week

First off, I wanted to give an update to the previously discussed plan. We've made some demonstrable backend progress, and I wanted to outline what the near term goals are, and how we're going to get there. I'm going to keep this at a technical high level, but I'm happy to dig into the details over at Github or on msg here.

There are a few parallel efforts that I am chipping away at that are happening all at once as I keep on digging. We can put these into several big buckets:

  • Get code out of the database - There's a bunch of reasons why we want to get code of the database. Security, performance, source control, and site stability are all good ones. Another more subtle one is that it allows me to make big changes all at once. I tend to push out huge swaths of code from my development environment and often it is invisible to the userbase. In fact, I've made hundreds of changes around here

There’s a different kind of “nip to the air” in the desert during the early morning hours and there’s a different kind of heat when the clock hits four in the afternoon.

I continue to be amazed by people from all walks of life. During my meanderings through town I’ve had the pleasure to run into the same woman on several occasions as she does the same. We started chatting and traded a few stories and she said she likes to try to get in at least three miles a day so she feels like she’…

Science fiction novella, written by Nnedi Okorafor in 2015. The tale is set in the future and stars a teenager named Binti, a member of the (somewhat fictionalized) Himba people of Southern Africa. The Himba traditionally cover their skin and hair with otjize, a mixture of butterfat, ochre pigments, and aromatic plants, as a combination of sunscreen, insect repellent, and cleansing agent. Binti's people consider otjize an almost religious sacrament, preferring to wear it at all times. The…