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I’m in the middle of Nowhere, Mississippi, at a cabin by a lake, and have ultra-high-speed fiber internet ten times faster than I can get in Midtown Atlanta.

Two of my favorite podcasters have been lamenting Twitter this week, saying, “Every time I go there, it’s like eating food I know will make me sick. But that’s where my audience is, so ...” And I’m all: “What does that say about you and your audience?”

Still some of the best advice for programmers:

Don't be clever. Be obvious.

“I feel like a tourist in the gift shop of happiness.” — Mug Palmer

About having multiple accounts on multiple instances of Mastodon: is this a standard practice? A good idea? A bad idea? Is it really even necessary?

Reading Notes: Stupid, Arbitrary Goal
Confession time: I bought Arbitrary, Stupid Goal because I thought it was a book on productivity. There it was on Kottke. There it was on Amazon. There it was in my Kindle app. 

I can be forgiven for this given that the book opens with the story of the Wolfawitz family, “who wanted to go on vacation b

A little study in shades of grey, taken one icy night in New Albany, Mississippi.

Interesting self-publishing fact: with zero promotion, no advertising, no publisher involvement, and nothing more than an listing, my niche-appeal self-published books earned $345.00 this year. That amount seems pretty stable, year over year, since the books were posted in 2014.

You can now add yourself to our public directory! This is great for helping people from other instances discover who's all here, and who to follow.

To add yourself, go to Edit Profile and enable "List this account on the directory"

How central is the iPad Pro to my work? Walked 7 minutes to work in 20-degree weather yesterday, then realized I forgot my iPad. Walked back home, retrieved it, and walked back. So, yeah, I kinda gotta have it.

Dietary / Food Description 

Just made glorious fried egg sandwiches with Canadian bacon and a smidgen of mozz — for four Weight Watchers points.

The Toxic Treat That Beggars Eat (2)
This is the second installment of a series of posts on pizza, and, the truth is, I haven't a clue what I'm doing yet. This could become anything from a long-form essay to a non-fiction book about my personal obsession with hot, spicy pies. The inaugural post, if you're curious, is here.

I ate my first pizza in 1969. No one really knows, though, who assemb

Does anyone really think a spam email that starts with “Dear Sir/Madam” has any chance — I mean any chance *at all* — of being effective?

Pie Life (Part One)
I first encountered pizza in 1969. I was four.

That archetypal pie came from Pasquale’s Pizza Restaurant in the Lenlock Shopping Center in Anniston, Alabama. You’ve never been there, but you know the place. A dining room with wide, black booths around the perimeter and wrought-iron tables and chairs in the middle. Red and white checked vinyl tablecloths. Bulbous glass shakers of pepper fl

Folks — sorry, a problematic setting on a plug-in fed some publication notifications to Mastodon. It was completely unintended, and I’ve corrected it now.

So, anyone here on I've missed workshopping my writing, but local groups are often geared toward encouraging fledgling writers. CritiqueCircle may have the same issue. Curious if you've found an online community for serious/professionals to review and respond to each other's work.

@baldur I've found myself equally tempted for the same reasons.

Just a reminder: when a website forces you to disable your adblocker when you try to see its content, leaving the page and looking for another one with more respect for its users is always the best approach.

"Just giving you a hard time" says a guy on Twitter. Why, because you think giving people a hard time is fun? It's not. Maybe just don't say anything.

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