Avi Flax

New post on the Funding Circle Engineering Blog: Highlights from Strange Loop 2018 by me and my co-worker @kidpollo.

Spoiler alert: @strangeloop_stl is still the best software development conference I’ve ever attended!

Photos: Simon Peyton-Jones’ inspiring keynote.

The new Carfection review of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS is stunningly beautiful. Catchpole’s contemplative patter pairs perfectly with the images, the pace of the cuts, etc. The whole Carfection crew just keeps consistently leveling up their game; their films are a real pleasure.

If you or anyone you know has been meaning to learn how to use @apachekafka with Ruby, check out Learn You Some Kafka, a set of atomic, bite-sized, highly-focused hands-on exercises that teach how to work with Kafka.

Building our Sukkah!

Test shot with our Canon M100 and its 55–200mm kit zoom. Not bad!

I’m going to try to resume tracking the films I watch, and want to watch, in my Letterboxd profile.

My Life as a Zucchini is a beautiful, beautiful film.

I am functioning within normal parameters.

New home screen wallpaper

Extra ginger

That moment.

On Thursday a friend gave me a spare ticket to see Gary Clark Jr. last night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. I’d never heard of him, but what the hell‽ Turned out to be a fantastic blues rock show. I’ve been listening to his 2014 live album & it’s great!

Spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, and ginger. Yum!

Walking around Manhattan on a rainy night, listening to Björk: quite atmospheric.

If anyone (shorter than me) wants to get started auto racing this lightly modified 1999 Mazda Miata Sport in Georgia looks like a great first race car that you could also probably daily drive.

Yesterday a friend gave me a spare ticket to see Gary Clark Jr. last night at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. I’d never heard of him, but what the hell‽ Turned out to be a fantastic blues rock show. Now I’m listening to his 2014 live album & it’s great!

Spinach, kale, broccoli, cucumber, avocado, and ginger. Yum!

Holy shit, was “Beautiful One” the original title of the Smashing Pumpkins song “Ugly”‽

Walking around Manhattan on a rainy night, listening to Björk: quite atmospheric.

Pretty sure my prior post, with my tip about links being crucial when writing for the Web — which included zero links — would qualify me for the Smug Hypocritical Clueless Pedant Hall of Fame if I hadn’t been inducted decades ago.

Writing for the Web with Links and Focus

I love writing for the World Wide Web, and good writing for the Web is rich with hyperlinks. So when I write for that medium I’m always on the lookout for a term or idea that’d make a good link.

But!

I need to stay focused on my words. I can’t risk looking for a good URL in the moment.

So I insert (LINK) just after the term or concept, and add it later during editing.

This has been working very well for me lately.

#tip #flow

If I lived on a spaceship or space station that required one hour of maintenance every day to significantly reduce the risk of my premature death I would perform that maintenance every single day without fail.

So maybe I should take the same approach to maintaining my body.

I made a thing! The FC4 Framework is a methodology and a tool for authoring, publishing, and maintaining software architecture diagrams. It builds on the phenomenal work of Simon Brown.

Here’s its story: engineering.fundingcircle.com/blog/2018…

I really ❤️ what @lynnetye is doing with @keyvaluesio. It’s super smart to connect potential employers and employees via (hopefully) shared values. Almost everything else flows from values; this makes way more sense than searching via other factors that are likely (weak) proxies!

I just noticed that Apple is renaming iBooks to just Books. I like it. I hope they’ll drop the i prefix from all their products. Like Apple Watch and Apple TV, they’d have Apple Phone, Apple Pad, Apple Mac.

The Mac line would make sense:

Mac Mac Pro Mac Mini MacBook MacBook Pro