Avi Flax

Spotted in PDX. Inspired by @elinarachel?

Just gave a fun little talk at the #writethedocs PDX 2019 unconference: Storytelling with Git.

I’d love some suggestions of other events or contexts that might be a good place for this talk!

BTW #writethedocs PDX 2019 is fantastic!

Anyone know of a way to use @github’s “team discussions” feature to host fully public discussions in a public repo? So far my impression is it that it’s oriented around internal discussions within an org. I’d love to use @discourse but my project isn’t big enough 😞 — yet! 😅

New/recent albums I’ve been enjoying:

💿 Young Enough by Charly Bliss 💿 Morbid Stuff by PUP 💿 Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend 💿 This Land by Gary Clark Jr. 💿 There Will Be No Intermission by Amanda Palmer 💿 Tides of a Teardrop by Mandolin Orange

What about you?

Just bought tix to see Charly Bliss and CHVRCHES at Radio City Music Hall in July!

This article by @linclark is a wonderful exemplar of lucid, accessible, compelling technical writing:

Standardizing WASI: A system interface to run WebAssembly outside the web

/via @solomonstre


I’m not even mad!

I just got a replacement debit card from my bank; apparently they’re proactively upgrading everyone in my area to contactless cards for use with public transit. Cool, but in addition to the contactless feature and the chip, my new card also has old school raised numbers! 🧐😂😭😎

Would everyone please just stop force-pushing squashed changes to GitHub Pull Requests that are under review! 🤦‍♂️

High-tech Purim!

Have a Super Purim! חג פורים שמח!

Purim card showing my daughter wearing a Wonder Woman costume, smiling, with her arms in the air triumphantly. Caption along the bottom says “Have a Super Purim! ❤️ the Flaxes!”

I’ve been making software professionally for over 20 years, and I’m still baffled by how many of my peers dislike written communication.

We have dozens of information systems at our fingertips, but sure, let’s make decisions verbally and neglect to write down their rationales.

How many plug-in cars do you see in this shot? London has been making great progress!

#plugincar #plugincars #electriccar #electriccars




Enjoying some rays

Classic Alfas in White Plains!

I hadn’t realized that The Atlantic had succumbed so completely to the clickbait headline disorder that’s running rampant in the online “news” community. 😞

Screenshot of a “More Stories” sidebar showing a list of clickbait headlines, from an article page on theatlantic.com.

Whelp, my talk proposals to @WriteTheDocs Portland and OSCON have been rejected. 😞 Won’t stop me from going back to Write the Docs though — I was there last year for the first time and it was excellent. Tickets purchased! See you in May, Portland!

I just listened through the new album Tides of a Teardrop by Mandolin Orange and it’s beautiful.

UK friends! I’ll be speaking at the 7 March London Clojurians meetup at Funding Circle! My talk Growing a Clojure CLI Tool will be a case study in building and growing a usable CLI tool (one that runs tolerably on the JVM 😅). I hope to see you there!

I finished Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel Red Moon last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it! As seems to be usual for his works, it’s a great mix of characters, ideas, and plot that combine into a compelling and thought-provoking experience. Similarly to his excellent New York 2140 it manages to remain entertaining while conveying his vibrant geopolitical ideas.

Cover image of Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel “Red Moon”