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Why yes, I am still experimenting with drinking vinegars. Newest orange-quince + white wine vinegar on the left, orange-ginger + sherry vinegar on the right. More on the new forum at allthebest.recipes  Permalink

Diced quince and sugar after 48 hours. Made 2 cups of quince syrup, then added 1 cup champagne vinegar. Voila! Quince shrub.  Permalink

Cultivate Tea on Main had a collaboration with Goose, making Onigiri 🍙. Went well with a kombucha flight.  Permalink

A lovely summer evening to be heading over to #bowenisland on the ferry.  Permalink

Turkish coffee made from Guatemalan beans at Ben Rahim in #Berlin  Permalink

Was following a bookmark to Backpfeife bakery and found a whole art / food / drink / hang out space by the Spree #berlin  Permalink

Brassneck Brewery @brassneckbrew is our office neighbourhood craft beer. Xenophile, a “tart fruit beer with apricots” is what we’re trying today.  Permalink

New Brighton Park, on the edge of #eastvan, next to the wheat loading port, is an amazing summer evening experience  Permalink

A towering “icy” - shaved ice & eight toppings with self serve sweetened condensed milk - and a hot sweet soup of rice wine with sesame balls. With @misobarb & @rachael_ashe & Simon.  Permalink

#Vancouver is so lucky to have this massive selection of craft beer. And! Look at all the colour & design that it’s funding as well!  Permalink

Finally getting home Internet switched from Shaw to TekSavvy. Half the price, twice the integrity.  Permalink

Spreading the gospel of espresso tonic in #vancouver at @bumpngrindcafe with James the barista. Bought some tonics at Choices, fingers crossed it becomes a menu item.  Permalink

A visit to Sawada Coffee in Chicago. @be.zelenka waves. The coffee is a “Black Camo” - matcha + espresso.  Permalink

Made it to Lamajoun, the Armenian bakery in Richmond. The “dough boat” is called a pide, house made basturma (cured beef), khinkali beef dumplings, jazzve coffee.  Permalink

New business cards! We’re on the road next week in #seattle & #chicago so needed some new ones. And yes, QR codes now that iPhone camera supports them are surprisingly useful!  Permalink

Made some schug, a hot sauce of fresh parsley & cilantro, with garlic, jalapeño, Thai red chilli, lemon juice, coriander, cardamom, salt, & canola oil.  Permalink

Lucky enough to do some test eating @shiok.ca - new cheap & cheerful Singaporean opening on Kingsway west of Victoria. Immediate top 4 #laksa in Vancouver.  Permalink

At @rachael_ashe’s studio for First Saturday. She’s showing off some of her custom papers. Studio sale! Come by until 4pm.  Permalink

For @misobarb’s birthday week, we went to the new Hanoi Old Quarter, 36th & Victoria, Northern Vietnamese style. Counterclockwise from top left: fish with dill, duck & banana stew, appetizer platter & a delicious soup.  Permalink

We went to @tworiversmeats in North Van on the weekend. Full service butcher counter plus a licensed cafe-style restaurant with many meaty eats.  Permalink

Revolver, right at 7:30am opening. The front porch of Gastown.  Permalink

Hipster coffee & tasty breakfast in #Berlin. Including a “ginger shot” that burns so good.  Permalink

Remote working shift start at the beautiful #Vancouver public library. The top floor has work stations and an awesome patio.  Permalink

Dear Berlin: I’m coming to visit next week, so I’m practicing by having lunch at @bestiewurst here in #Vancouver.  Permalink

Delicious meal at Dosanko in #EastVan. They use rice fungus (koji) to make lots of their own dishes, including this koji-cured beef belly.  Permalink

Worked out of Propaganda Coffee in Vancouver’s Chinatown today, & @be.zelenka showed off her ridiculously awesome custom Mac OS + Firefox + tiling WM + mechanical keyboard.  Permalink

Early start, prepping for my session. A pastry & coffee on the bench outside a great little bakery.  Permalink

Wandered the Paris streets. Found this chill cafe with good music. My first pain au chocolat of the trip.  Permalink

A date tart with rose jam at Moltaqa.  Permalink

You’re working from home & then realize you’ve got Montreal-style brisket to make lunch with. 😍  Permalink

Sunrise on Orcas, looking west over President Channel towards Canada.  Permalink

So many delicious baked goods at Bakery Sate. Road trip supplies!  Permalink

Stopped in for an afternoon coffee & pastry taste test at @liviasweets yesterday. Congrats on your opening week! @ LIVIA Permalink

Deep fried tofu tossed with chili-garlic, quick bok choy & broccoli stir fry with a little soy sauce.  Permalink

The infamous, original #eastvan craft brewery: Storm 🍺  Permalink

I’m pretty lucky in my #eastvan neighbourhood to have great businesses close to home.  Permalink

Shared a selection of appetizers at Moltaqa for lunch. Chicken pastilla, lamb merguez, stuffed eggplant, & white bean stew.  Permalink

Cassava cake. Last of the ingredient experiments - grated fresh cassava, coconut, & various canned milks.  Permalink

A cold but sunny walk from Jericho to Spanish Banks and back. A view over to West Van & downtown Vancouver.  Permalink

Christmas braised lotus roots. Main flavours dried sour cherries, maple syrup, and a little sriracha.  Permalink

Lotus root soaking in water with lemon & sour cherries. I have no idea if this is going to work out.  Permalink

German Rouladen just starting to braise. Thin sliced beef filled with mustard, sautéed onions, bacon, & pickles.  Permalink

I mean, I only sort of bought turkey. This is what Columbus calls a “turkey hill”. Stuffed with sausage, wrapped in bacon.  Permalink

Columbus Meat Market super packed before Christmas of course. I’m pretty happy with the duck, turkey & pork I picked up.  Permalink

My first Filipino Kamayan meal - a dinner feast eaten by hand, served on banana leaves  Permalink

A lovely Moroccan lamb tangia at Moltaqa in the winter sun. (Old ACME Cafe location)  Permalink

Coming into the dock at cloud island.  Permalink

Roast chicken. Kinda sorta spatchcocked. Parsnips & rutabagas.  Permalink

Rainy Save on Meats neon, waiting for my bus.  Permalink

Really, is there such a thing as too many computing devices? Installing Ubuntu on my old Mac Mini.  Permalink

@rachael_ashe made a delicious arugula salad, and I made the vegetarian version of Catalan chick peas with mousseline. Both are on the wiki.  Permalink

Lots of travel, back in Raincouver at Revolver. Enjoying a duet - a macchiato with the leftover shot on the side.  Permalink

Stages 2 - 4 of Pulled Pork: halfway through 6 hours of cooking, “pulled” pork, and dinner tonight.  Permalink

The absolute abundance of a California grocery store.  Permalink

Stage 1 of pulled pork. Who says you can’t cook when business traveling?  Permalink

Grabbing a moment of peace in the crowded Blue Bottle. Working on telling the story of FISSION & collaborating with great people across the Ethereum ecosystem is a lot of work, but is keeping me energized.  Permalink

Made a nice piece of halibut with za’atar & sumac & garlic, cooked in butter / olive oil / onions plus fresh lemon juice.  Permalink

A Georgian Restaurant in Prague, dishes clockwise from top right: chinkali, marinady, kababi, saslik, salad with walnut sauce. @ Bistro u Gogi Permalink

A brewery built in 1431, wild boar goulash with dumplings, and a beer taster that is bigger than I expected. @ Pivovar U Supa Permalink

Trdelnik in #Prague - rolled dough that is wrapped around a stick & grilled over charcoal, then covered in sugar. @ Old Town Square Permalink

Great first meal for me at Dosanko in old Fat Dragon location. Tsukemono, tuna tataki, & chocolate + hazelnut dessert. They are making their own koji, miso, & soy sauce. @ Dosanko Permalink

Is this my final espresso tonic of the season? A glorious sunny day in Vancouver. @ Revolver Permalink

Back home from our Portland / Eugene trip. These are the condiments from Indigo Traders: Duqqa, Harissa, & Za’atar.  Permalink

A middle eastern kitchen & home store, Indigo Traders. We sipped Turkish tea, I bought some condiments, browsed a lot of Turkish towels & other fabrics. @ Indigo Traders Permalink

Egg(s) in Purgatory - slightly spicy tomato sauce, black kale, soft cooked egg hidden under all that cheese @caffelatana  Permalink

Leftover potato dumplings that get sliced up and pan fried in a little duck fat are pretty delicious.  Permalink

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opensource

Model T IndieWeb

Continuing the discussion of how IndieWeb needs to evolve in order to see adoption.

Run your own WebMentions

I’m continuing down the road of adding Deploy to Heroku support to various apps, and using my site as a test case for IndieWeb stuff. I went down the rabbit hole today because infominer was looking at the Jekyll IndieWeb template, and I found @voxpelli’s WebMention’s server at voxpelli/webpage-webmentions. I forked it bmann/webpage-webmentions and got Deploy to Heroku working by just adding an app.json.

Outline  https://www.getoutline.com/: "Open source wiki and knowledge base for growing teams" - rich text editor that transforms markdown on the fly. Free for up to 5, paid hosting or self-hosted, uses Slack or Google for logins. Full markdown export.  Permalink

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Vancouver

The midlife crisis of the American restaurant review

Via Vancouver’s @ScoutMagazine, “An essay in the LA Review of Books on the midlife crisis of the American restaurant review” A lot of this ring true for me. Here in Vancouver’s heavily Asian-influenced dining, most restaurants understand that share plates are a thing. An appetizer-to-dessert review doesn’t make much sense for this. When traveling elsewhere — it has happened to me in Toronto (farm to table small plates) and Berlin (high end Turkish) — I’ve had servers explain sharing plates to me. It never occurred to me that this is something that needs to be experienced or taught, having grown...

#Vancouver is so lucky to have this massive selection of craft beer. And! Look at all the colour & design that it’s funding as well!  Permalink

Remote working shift start at the beautiful #Vancouver public library. The top floor has work stations and an awesome patio.  Permalink

Dear Berlin: I’m coming to visit next week, so I’m practicing by having lunch at @bestiewurst here in #Vancouver.  Permalink

Caught up with @Stv who is doing great work in his new role at TELUS in #Vancouver. He is building awesome Node / React teams tackling some really big systems across Canada.  Permalink

Was out on the water last night with my friend Mike. Here’s sunset over the RVYC Jericho docks as we were coming back in.  Permalink

Went to the Art Breakers market at Heritage Hall yesterday. Bought several prints & also collected business cards for some upcoming commissions I want to do.  Permalink

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Flickr

Photo Backup for Geeks, iOS and S3 Revisited

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about my method of archiving iPhone photos to Amazon S3. Today, I had someone ask me about what my current workflow is, since The Archivist iOS app doesn’t work any more. I use the Dropbox app to sync photos from my iPhone, and then periodically use Multcloud to copy the photos to my own Amazon S3 bucket. Multcloud is fine, but completely handing over your cloud login credentials to a service like this isn’t great. And then I don’t do anything with them, so they really are just backup at this point....

More Flickr export & photo experiments

Experimenting with various services for dealing with my Flickr export backup and moving photos around, resulting in documenting a grab bag of cloud services, protocols, articles and other research.

Flickr Exports in Jekyll

I’m exporting my photos off of Flickr ahead of their limits for free accounts. This is an initial experiment of the export files, and how to display them in Jekyll.

The Flickr Question

It’s that time of year again, when I face the same question: my Flickr Pro subscription has expired, and I need to pay so that all my photos are accessible online. But maybe I should self host? Is paying for a Flickr Pro subscription still worth it? Don’t get me wrong - I think the “Flickr deal” is still fantastic: about $2 per month for unlimited storage of all my photos. From a pure storage perspective, even Amazon S3 would cost me more than that. Flickr was one of my first loves when it came to online community. When I...

Cataloging city neighbourhood assets - Love My Hood

I’m the host at the iQmetrix offices today for the Open Data Hackathon put on by Jesse Heaslip and company. I’m also a judge at the endy of the day, so I’m mainly hacking on a few things of my own. Andrea Reimer helped pitch the city ideas at the beginning of the day, and will be a judge at the end of the day as well. One of the ideas contributed by the city was the concept of cataloging a neighbourhood's assets. That is, why do people love living in an area? Is it heritage homes, some cool retail...

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open source

Ethereum Governance

An explanation of different layers of Ethereum Governance: open source collaboration, protocol standards governance, Core Dev coordination, nodes running client software, plus extended reading and links.

Commons Based Peer Production

I was reminded today after speaking to Ted Leung that he uses the phrase “commons based peer production” rather than “open source”, because: The problem with the term open source is that everyone means something different when they use it. Some people just mean licensing. Some people think of a particular community’s set of practices. Others think that it means some kind of fuzzy democracy and mob rule. Which of course is exactly what I was trying to capture in my post from last year on Blockchain & Open Source Definitions. Researching that phrase further brought me to a bunch...

Further Thoughts on the Fair Share Clause

This started as a short reply to Erlend S. Heggen’s “The Fair Share Clause - A thought experiment for sustainable open source”, and got long enough that I really did want to capture it in its own blog post. Heggen @erlend_sh is a Community Advocate at Discourse, the open source forum software. The description of Discourse’s end of 2017 donations to open source projects they depend on is also a great read. Kyle Mitchell’s writing and his License Zero project are name checked, and I have posted about them briefly recently, but consider this another reminder that you should look...

I think I’m about to put “Full Time Open Sourcerer” on my business card. A lot more fun than Head of Operations & Community. More on this dev.to thread. (via @expede)  Permalink

Hello SPADE

I’m going back to my roots in open source and co-founding the Special Projects & Decentralized Engineering Company, or SPADE for short.

Conferences as Community Gathering

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

Blockchain & Open Source Definitions

This post was written as a response to Trent McConaghy’s post, Blockchain as a Field. He starts with this statement: “blockchain” is best used as a label for a field, just like “AI” is the label for the field of artificial intelligence. It was Lisa Cheng1, who opened my eyes to the multiple definitions of blockchain. Roughly paraphrased, here’s what Lisa used as a framework for defining blockchain: Lisa is co-founder of Vanbex; I was an advisor & early investor there. ↩

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chromebook

I’ve been using an Asus C302 Chromebook for a year now. The new Asus C434 looks great - a little bigger, much more powerful, & support for Linux apps (which is what I’m missing to complete local development).  Permalink

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photos

Photo Backup for Geeks, iOS and S3 Revisited

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about my method of archiving iPhone photos to Amazon S3. Today, I had someone ask me about what my current workflow is, since The Archivist iOS app doesn’t work any more. I use the Dropbox app to sync photos from my iPhone, and then periodically use Multcloud to copy the photos to my own Amazon S3 bucket. Multcloud is fine, but completely handing over your cloud login credentials to a service like this isn’t great. And then I don’t do anything with them, so they really are just backup at this point....

More Flickr export & photo experiments

Experimenting with various services for dealing with my Flickr export backup and moving photos around, resulting in documenting a grab bag of cloud services, protocols, articles and other research.

How to Play Instagram

Gowalla is like Lego used to be—it’s a tool without any rules.Travis Smith Inspired by Travis' post about How To Play Gowalla, I present you with my version for Instagram. What is Instagram? It’s an app for the iPhone that lets you apply effects to pictures you take and post them online. As well, it’s very easy to share those pictures on other social networks. For me, Instagram has become the most fun and engaging online community experience since I started using Flickr just as it was getting started. I think it’s no accident that both center around photos. So,...

The Flickr Question

It’s that time of year again, when I face the same question: my Flickr Pro subscription has expired, and I need to pay so that all my photos are accessible online. But maybe I should self host? Is paying for a Flickr Pro subscription still worth it? Don’t get me wrong - I think the “Flickr deal” is still fantastic: about $2 per month for unlimited storage of all my photos. From a pure storage perspective, even Amazon S3 would cost me more than that. Flickr was one of my first loves when it came to online community. When I...

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RSS

First rule of RSS Club is talk about RSS Club! Discovered via @ton_zylstra’s feed, the concept is to make unlisted posts that only get shared via RSS. NNW screenshot of the bottom of Ton feed  Permalink

Struggles of an infovore that likes to share

Since mid-September, I’ve gone through several rapid changes in how I share links, how I blog about them, and how I tweet those links. In mid September I wired up If This Then That (IFTTT.com) to Twitter favorites and Google Reader shared items. At first I thought I’d push them here, to my Posterous-powered blog, but I would then never get around to expanding them. As well, the links were “lost” in the main body of the blog post. (aside: remember mid-September? Google Reader still had social waaaay back then) I went back and pretty much immediately rejigged things to...

We DO need another RSS Hero

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem. Many others wrote articles about their usage of the Google Reader social features. From meetups to marriages, a whole world of stories were uncovered about the personal connections that people had made through Reader. I got emails and Twitter messages from a number of people in response to my own post. One of those messages lead to a meeting where many ideas were shared, and a desire to scratch our own itch. What if there was a Google Reader...

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blogging

First rule of RSS Club is talk about RSS Club! Discovered via @ton_zylstra’s feed, the concept is to make unlisted posts that only get shared via RSS. NNW screenshot of the bottom of Ton feed  Permalink

The Return. Of dangerousmeta. To blogging. And self-hosting.

“I don’t care what you use, or how you use it, but get the hell off the commercial social services and get an independent weblog.”
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Finally fixed my blog front page to show all recent posts - microblog posts, bookmarks, and IG cross posts. Reminds me that it’s been too long since a full-length blog post!  Permalink

Blot.im  https://blot.im/: "A blogging platform with no interface". Specifically, it uses your own Dropbox account to create the files that it transforms into a blog for you. For $20 / year, this is pretty awesome.  Permalink

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IPFS

More Flickr export & photo experiments

Experimenting with various services for dealing with my Flickr export backup and moving photos around, resulting in documenting a grab bag of cloud services, protocols, articles and other research.

Flickr Exports in Jekyll

I’m exporting my photos off of Flickr ahead of their limits for free accounts. This is an initial experiment of the export files, and how to display them in Jekyll.

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wiki

Outline  https://www.getoutline.com/: "Open source wiki and knowledge base for growing teams" - rich text editor that transforms markdown on the fly. Free for up to 5, paid hosting or self-hosted, uses Slack or Google for logins. Full markdown export.  Permalink

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licensing

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IndieWeb

Model T IndieWeb

Continuing the discussion of how IndieWeb needs to evolve in order to see adoption.

Run your own WebMentions

I’m continuing down the road of adding Deploy to Heroku support to various apps, and using my site as a test case for IndieWeb stuff. I went down the rabbit hole today because infominer was looking at the Jekyll IndieWeb template, and I found @voxpelli’s WebMention’s server at voxpelli/webpage-webmentions. I forked it bmann/webpage-webmentions and got Deploy to Heroku working by just adding an app.json.

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iOS

Manyverse, a distributed social network powered by the Scuttlebutt (SSB) protocol, is now available as an iOS app: “your friends' posts and all your social data live entirely in your phone”  Permalink

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mobile

Photo Backup for Geeks, iOS and S3 Revisited

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about my method of archiving iPhone photos to Amazon S3. Today, I had someone ask me about what my current workflow is, since The Archivist iOS app doesn’t work any more. I use the Dropbox app to sync photos from my iPhone, and then periodically use Multcloud to copy the photos to my own Amazon S3 bucket. Multcloud is fine, but completely handing over your cloud login credentials to a service like this isn’t great. And then I don’t do anything with them, so they really are just backup at this point....

Manyverse, a distributed social network powered by the Scuttlebutt (SSB) protocol, is now available as an iOS app: “your friends' posts and all your social data live entirely in your phone”  Permalink

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Web3

More Flickr export & photo experiments

Experimenting with various services for dealing with my Flickr export backup and moving photos around, resulting in documenting a grab bag of cloud services, protocols, articles and other research.

Flickr Exports in Jekyll

I’m exporting my photos off of Flickr ahead of their limits for free accounts. This is an initial experiment of the export files, and how to display them in Jekyll.

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Berlin

Turkish coffee made from Guatemalan beans at Ben Rahim in #Berlin  Permalink

Hipster coffee & tasty breakfast in #Berlin. Including a “ginger shot” that burns so good.  Permalink

Berlin Observations

I’ve been in Berlin for about a month now, minus a side trip to Rotterdam and a conference in Algiers. Here are some of the notes and observations I’ve made about the city that have stood out to me.

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Ethereum

Ethereum Governance

An explanation of different layers of Ethereum Governance: open source collaboration, protocol standards governance, Core Dev coordination, nodes running client software, plus extended reading and links.

3Box, social profiles on Ethereum: "We think these capabilities will make it extremely easy to build the next generation of more social apps on Ethereum, and contribute to making web3 a more safe and familiar place for our users and communities."  Permalink

Conferences as Community Gathering

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

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cooking

OK! It's 🇨🇦🦃 and I started cooking yesterday, have a turkey stock that got turned into stuffing already. Here's the stock after I came home last night:  Permalink

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open

A great thought experiment by @erlend_sh on how to evolve funding for #opensource, specifically for infrastructure where "SaaS or open core" won't work: The Fair Share Clause, sort of like Fairtrade certification for software.  Permalink

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source

A great thought experiment by @erlend_sh on how to evolve funding for #opensource, specifically for infrastructure where "SaaS or open core" won't work: The Fair Share Clause, sort of like Fairtrade certification for software.  Permalink

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tool

Outline  https://www.getoutline.com/: "Open source wiki and knowledge base for growing teams" - rich text editor that transforms markdown on the fly. Free for up to 5, paid hosting or self-hosted, uses Slack or Google for logins. Full markdown export.  Permalink

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linkblog

Harvesting knowledge

We are always learning. Whether we search for the answer to a question we have or an error we’re having in a piece of code, that practice of what to search for and sifting through the results is learning. Some of the time the answer might be obvious, we solve our current problem and move on. Other times, we have to look in 2 or three different places, synthesize the answer, and apply it. What are you doing to capture that type of learning? How do you share it with others, including your future self? The above is the outline...

Struggles of an infovore that likes to share

Since mid-September, I’ve gone through several rapid changes in how I share links, how I blog about them, and how I tweet those links. In mid September I wired up If This Then That (IFTTT.com) to Twitter favorites and Google Reader shared items. At first I thought I’d push them here, to my Posterous-powered blog, but I would then never get around to expanding them. As well, the links were “lost” in the main body of the blog post. (aside: remember mid-September? Google Reader still had social waaaay back then) I went back and pretty much immediately rejigged things to...

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tools

Calendaring & Meeting Tools

As I’m sitting here manually adding blocks of “break” time to my calendar around meetings I’ve booked, I’m getting a little frustrated. I’ve used Tungle for several years now, and it’s quite a good tool. Rather than playing the are-you-free-on-Wednesday dance (or as I like to call it, “Calendar Tetris”) with multiple people, you can quickly find time when everyone is free to meet.

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

What I’m obsessed about

Brad Feld is finding a lot of noise in the system, saying he is noticing: …lots of drama that has nothing to do with innovation, creating great companies, or doing things that matter. I expect this noise will increase for a while as it always does whenever enthusiasm for startups and entrepreneurship increases. When that happens, I’ve learned that I need to go even deeper into the things I care about. Brad Feld What I'm Obsessed About At Work So, he identifies areas that he is obsessed about, and is going to dive deeper into them. It’s pretty easy to...

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consulting

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees. Much of the material is slanted towards design services, but is generally applicable to any service provider. Early stage tech startups don’t have a large budget for brand design, and since their customers and...

You Can’t Outsource Product

One of the many tricky things about building a web startup is that you can’t outsource product. As a web startup, your web or mobile app is your company, your sole purpose for existing. Why do you think you can outsource it? When you outsource building your product, your company is missing out on most of the important things that go into building a successful company. Sure, you can hire freelancers or a consulting shop to build you something. And that’s what you’ll get: something. As long as you keep paying the bills, the typical consulting shop will write code...

Moving from selling services to selling product

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself. As a single consultant or small development shop, you work for a number of clients on different projects. You might become known as an “X” shop, where X is some particular framework or programming language, being the go-to team when the complex or large projects come up. You get to learn about...

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product

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees. Much of the material is slanted towards design services, but is generally applicable to any service provider. Early stage tech startups don’t have a large budget for brand design, and since their customers and...

You Can’t Outsource Product

One of the many tricky things about building a web startup is that you can’t outsource product. As a web startup, your web or mobile app is your company, your sole purpose for existing. Why do you think you can outsource it? When you outsource building your product, your company is missing out on most of the important things that go into building a successful company. Sure, you can hire freelancers or a consulting shop to build you something. And that’s what you’ll get: something. As long as you keep paying the bills, the typical consulting shop will write code...

Moving from selling services to selling product

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself. As a single consultant or small development shop, you work for a number of clients on different projects. You might become known as an “X” shop, where X is some particular framework or programming language, being the go-to team when the complex or large projects come up. You get to learn about...

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Ruby

Setting up OS X Mavericks with Homebrew, Cask, and rbenv

You’ve got a freshly built OS X Mavericks 10.9 system and it’s time to start loading up the usual apps you use and setup your development environment. Luckily, there are lots of great developer tools for automating this task. I learned some new tricks (e.g. Homebrew Cask) from Tadej Murovec’s post. And, my Macbook Air is now 2 years old and all the command line tools / versions have changed, so I needed to re-document this for myself. App Store Your first stop is the App Store, where you can visit the Purchases tab and re-download items you’ve bought. You’re...

The New Hack Stack

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP. Today, with $5/month shared web hosting and thousands of PHP-based scripts & applications, this success is hard to argue with. But the truth is, managing even a shared hosting account is hard, never mind an entire VPS. You need to know the OS, the web server, the language, and the database. Revision control? Especially because of PHP’s ease of deployment and editing, revision control is an advanced topic. This leads to things like “just edit it on the...

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Node.js

Setting up OS X Mavericks with Homebrew, Cask, and rbenv

You’ve got a freshly built OS X Mavericks 10.9 system and it’s time to start loading up the usual apps you use and setup your development environment. Luckily, there are lots of great developer tools for automating this task. I learned some new tricks (e.g. Homebrew Cask) from Tadej Murovec’s post. And, my Macbook Air is now 2 years old and all the command line tools / versions have changed, so I needed to re-document this for myself. App Store Your first stop is the App Store, where you can visit the Purchases tab and re-download items you’ve bought. You’re...

Node based static site generators

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon. I’m currently using Octopress to power this site as well as bmannconsulting.com (see my migration write up), but one of the things I’d like is the ability to not have to have access to my dev environment in order to publish pages. That is, right now I can create/edit Markdown files...

The New Hack Stack

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP. Today, with $5/month shared web hosting and thousands of PHP-based scripts & applications, this success is hard to argue with. But the truth is, managing even a shared hosting account is hard, never mind an entire VPS. You need to know the OS, the web server, the language, and the database. Revision control? Especially because of PHP’s ease of deployment and editing, revision control is an advanced topic. This leads to things like “just edit it on the...

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git

You can edit .git/info/exclude to ignore things locally, without editing or checking in a .gitignore file. via the git docs, and me searching for this answer multiple times :)  Permalink

The New Hack Stack

In the past, the starter stack for web programming was LAMP. The ‘P’ originally stood for Perl, and then became mainly PHP. Today, with $5/month shared web hosting and thousands of PHP-based scripts & applications, this success is hard to argue with. But the truth is, managing even a shared hosting account is hard, never mind an entire VPS. You need to know the OS, the web server, the language, and the database. Revision control? Especially because of PHP’s ease of deployment and editing, revision control is an advanced topic. This leads to things like “just edit it on the...

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Canada

German startup ecosystem challenges, Canadian similarities

Robin Dechant wrote about the Germany startup / innovation ecosystem. Lots of great reading about the specifics of the problem, from distributed cities, universities, and big company headquarters: While Germany is a powerhouse for research and technology with its scientists and engineers, it’s incredibly challenging to connect all these people and to build bridges. This, of course, sounds incredibly familiar to someone in Canada. I could probably write the same article about the Canadian market and the tension between Vancouver/Toronto/Montreal (never mind smaller cities and regions). Totally agree that each country / region has to figure out how to succeed...

Stages of early stage tech investing

How much to raise and what stage your company is at is a constant question asked by founders and investors alike. Describing the stages of tech investing is my attempt to categorize what I am seeing in the market today. For any new business, traction will trump everything, with lots of customers using the product on a daily or monthly basis being a great indicator. There are many “it depends” for these stages and dollar amounts, and they also reflect common numbers in Vancouver / Canada. For example, a business model that focuses on Enterprise sales is going to need...

Ship Your First Version (Fail Money)

If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long. Matt Mullenweg I had a great off-the-mic talk with Eric Woodward. We’re really aimed at the same thing, just that I try and encourage people in public and crush their dreams in private. Eric is right about fast follow / barrier to entry, but I think this tension of shipping quickly and iterating is still important. I remember a time when Leonard Brody suggested getting a bunch of engineers together in a room and coming out 18 months later. This was, of course, something like 5...

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Evernote

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Dropbox

Blot.im  https://blot.im/: "A blogging platform with no interface". Specifically, it uses your own Dropbox account to create the files that it transforms into a blog for you. For $20 / year, this is pretty awesome.  Permalink

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Amazon S3

Photo Backup for Geeks, iOS and S3 Revisited

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about my method of archiving iPhone photos to Amazon S3. Today, I had someone ask me about what my current workflow is, since The Archivist iOS app doesn’t work any more. I use the Dropbox app to sync photos from my iPhone, and then periodically use Multcloud to copy the photos to my own Amazon S3 bucket. Multcloud is fine, but completely handing over your cloud login credentials to a service like this isn’t great. And then I don’t do anything with them, so they really are just backup at this point....

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blockchain

Ethereum Governance

An explanation of different layers of Ethereum Governance: open source collaboration, protocol standards governance, Core Dev coordination, nodes running client software, plus extended reading and links.

Blockchain Governance 101 - Vlad Zamfir’s current thinking on the topic of blockchain governance, with a couple of different flavours possible. “if a coordination mechanism is legitimate, people will (justifiably) act like it’s a fact that people will use it”  Permalink

Blockchain & Open Source Definitions

This post was written as a response to Trent McConaghy’s post, Blockchain as a Field. He starts with this statement: “blockchain” is best used as a label for a field, just like “AI” is the label for the field of artificial intelligence. It was Lisa Cheng1, who opened my eyes to the multiple definitions of blockchain. Roughly paraphrased, here’s what Lisa used as a framework for defining blockchain: Lisa is co-founder of Vanbex; I was an advisor & early investor there. ↩

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bowenisland

A lovely summer evening to be heading over to #bowenisland on the ferry.  Permalink

Spent the weekend on Bowen and did a bunch of cooking. Wrote up directions & photos of beef shoulder stew, rhubarb cake, and a kale & roasted beet salad, all on the wiki.  Permalink

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micropub

OK! I now have 1) micropub clients talking to 2) a micropub glue server, 3) pushing to git, pushing to Netlify, which builds my Jekyll blog, producing feeds that 4) @microdotblog cross posts to Twitter, Medium, and LinkedIn. Full write up here  Permalink

MicroBlog, Jekyll, MicroPub and IndieWeb

As part of my dive back into open source, I took a look at my blog, social networks, and other tools I’m using. Well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve been tinkering with my blog for 16 years, I doubt I’ll ever stop, regardless of how I’m spending my time! Twitter all the things I’ve stopped using Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, and Instagram and doubled down on using Twitter for my “whole self”. Which in my case means posting cooking storms, long threads on travel, as well as lots and lots of tech. For this post I’m not going to get...

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Heroku

Model T IndieWeb

Continuing the discussion of how IndieWeb needs to evolve in order to see adoption.

Run your own WebMentions

I’m continuing down the road of adding Deploy to Heroku support to various apps, and using my site as a test case for IndieWeb stuff. I went down the rabbit hole today because infominer was looking at the Jekyll IndieWeb template, and I found @voxpelli’s WebMention’s server at voxpelli/webpage-webmentions. I forked it bmann/webpage-webmentions and got Deploy to Heroku working by just adding an app.json.

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Mastodon

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eastvan

New Brighton Park, on the edge of #eastvan, next to the wheat loading port, is an amazing summer evening experience  Permalink

The infamous, original #eastvan craft brewery: Storm 🍺  Permalink

I’m pretty lucky in my #eastvan neighbourhood to have great businesses close to home.  Permalink

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commandline

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cloudgaming

I got access to @GoogleStadia yesterday. My controller doesn’t arrive until next week, so I played Destiny2 on my Chromebook with mouse and keyboard. Worked well!  Permalink

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programming

You can edit .git/info/exclude to ignore things locally, without editing or checking in a .gitignore file. via the git docs, and me searching for this answer multiple times :)  Permalink

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gaming

Path of Exile is a free-to-play action RPG with unique gem-socketing-based skills, and a level tree that’s more of a spiral / mesh that lets you build any type of character.  Permalink

If you have video game time scheduled over the holidays, Grim Dawn, an action RPG successor to Titan Quest (2 classes per character!), is on sale at GoG for $7.  Permalink

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coworking

I want to vote with my dollars that the Vancouver tech community is important

Allen Pike posts about how important homes for startups are and what his experience has been like here in Vancouver. Here’s the closing sentence: Bringing startups close to one another is, dollar for dollar, more helpful to the Vancouver ecosystem than tax breaks ever could be. Allen Pike, Homes for Vancouver Startups Once again, I realize that my gut agrees with this 1000%, and it has for years.

On coworking: you cannot make a profit selling community

That last one’s important. We’re not communists, we’re not anti-capitalists and we’re not running some kind of pep club. It’s just that we’ve thought about it. You cannot make a profit selling community. via williamtozier.com I saw this via Dave Pollard on G+ and nodded my head most violently as I read through the whole thing. (I could spend a week just posting each of the paragraphs of of Tozier’s post) Tozier starts by talking about how different labels / terminology start getting corrupted in a mass market to mean different things. It has happened to coworking, and it is...

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seed accelerator

Help startups by getting sh*t done (or get out of the way)

Sadly, no matter how much you might want it, you can’t will an innovative eco-system that generates new companies into existence, you have to let one grow. As Dave ten Have said recently, entrepreneurial activity doesn’t come from central planning. So, while it seems like a lot is being done, in my opinion at least, it is mostly splashing and thrashingand not much forward momentum for the people that all of this is supposed to be helping. via rowansimpson.com I agree with virtually everything stated in this article. Some particularly good parts to expand on: Both incubators and accelerators have good definitions....

On coworking: you cannot make a profit selling community

That last one’s important. We’re not communists, we’re not anti-capitalists and we’re not running some kind of pep club. It’s just that we’ve thought about it. You cannot make a profit selling community. via williamtozier.com I saw this via Dave Pollard on G+ and nodded my head most violently as I read through the whole thing. (I could spend a week just posting each of the paragraphs of of Tozier’s post) Tozier starts by talking about how different labels / terminology start getting corrupted in a mass market to mean different things. It has happened to coworking, and it is...

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ebook

What I’m obsessed about

Brad Feld is finding a lot of noise in the system, saying he is noticing: …lots of drama that has nothing to do with innovation, creating great companies, or doing things that matter. I expect this noise will increase for a while as it always does whenever enthusiasm for startups and entrepreneurship increases. When that happens, I’ve learned that I need to go even deeper into the things I care about. Brad Feld What I'm Obsessed About At Work So, he identifies areas that he is obsessed about, and is going to dive deeper into them. It’s pretty easy to...

Turning the corner on ebook buying

I am a voracious reader. When I am in “reading mode”, I can consume 3 books a week. I’m not reading that much right now, which means I “only” read about a book a week or so. When I first got my iPhone 4 (a little less than a year ago), I experimented with all the different ebook stores. Eventually, due mainly to availability, I settled on the Amazon Kindle store as the main place where I buy ebooks. I’ve bought a handful of 99¢ books as experiments. I find reading on my iPhone convenient: the Retina-quality screen, auto-dimming when...

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RSS Hero

Struggles of an infovore that likes to share

Since mid-September, I’ve gone through several rapid changes in how I share links, how I blog about them, and how I tweet those links. In mid September I wired up If This Then That (IFTTT.com) to Twitter favorites and Google Reader shared items. At first I thought I’d push them here, to my Posterous-powered blog, but I would then never get around to expanding them. As well, the links were “lost” in the main body of the blog post. (aside: remember mid-September? Google Reader still had social waaaay back then) I went back and pretty much immediately rejigged things to...

We DO need another RSS Hero

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem. Many others wrote articles about their usage of the Google Reader social features. From meetups to marriages, a whole world of stories were uncovered about the personal connections that people had made through Reader. I got emails and Twitter messages from a number of people in response to my own post. One of those messages lead to a meeting where many ideas were shared, and a desire to scratch our own itch. What if there was a Google Reader...

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unconference

Conferences as Community Gathering

Rather than treating attendees just as an audience for lectures, conferences should be a community gathering that invites people to make it an awesome experience. Here are some thoughts on how to include community in your traditional conference format, starting with a bit of history about unconferences.

What is an unconference?

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.” I don’t doubt that the term unconference has been co-opted. But I disagree with Mitch’s take on what the one, true unconference actually is and means. Maybe we should backup at this point and actually explain the core concept of an unconference. An unconference typically starts the day by gathering all the participants in one room, and those that want to lead talks pitch their sessions....

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PolyglotConf

Moving from selling services to selling product

Moving from services work to having a successful product is probably one of the hardest things to do. Well, perhaps no harder than doing any startup from scratch, but the benefit in doing it from a services company is that you have a built-in way to bootstrap yourself. As a single consultant or small development shop, you work for a number of clients on different projects. You might become known as an “X” shop, where X is some particular framework or programming language, being the go-to team when the complex or large projects come up. You get to learn about...

What is an unconference?

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.” I don’t doubt that the term unconference has been co-opted. But I disagree with Mitch’s take on what the one, true unconference actually is and means. Maybe we should backup at this point and actually explain the core concept of an unconference. An unconference typically starts the day by gathering all the participants in one room, and those that want to lead talks pitch their sessions....

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Octopress

Node based static site generators

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon. I’m currently using Octopress to power this site as well as bmannconsulting.com (see my migration write up), but one of the things I’d like is the ability to not have to have access to my dev environment in order to publish pages. That is, right now I can create/edit Markdown files...

Octopress all the things

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here. Current thinking is that I will run three sites:

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Drupal

Drupal Past Predictions

Dries Buytaert sent an email to core contributors in August 2010 asking what we though Drupal would look like if it was 10x bigger:

Octopress all the things

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here. Current thinking is that I will run three sites:

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Brad Feld

Committed to building Vancouver’s startup community

I’ve been in an introspective mood lately. It’s 2014, 10 year since I returned to Vancouver. 10 years of working with web technology and community building. What has changed about Vancouver, and where is it heading? How long does it take to level up a startup ecosystem?

What I’m obsessed about

Brad Feld is finding a lot of noise in the system, saying he is noticing: …lots of drama that has nothing to do with innovation, creating great companies, or doing things that matter. I expect this noise will increase for a while as it always does whenever enthusiasm for startups and entrepreneurship increases. When that happens, I’ve learned that I need to go even deeper into the things I care about. Brad Feld What I'm Obsessed About At Work So, he identifies areas that he is obsessed about, and is going to dive deeper into them. It’s pretty easy to...

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Markdown

Node based static site generators

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon. I’m currently using Octopress to power this site as well as bmannconsulting.com (see my migration write up), but one of the things I’d like is the ability to not have to have access to my dev environment in order to publish pages. That is, right now I can create/edit Markdown files...

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static site generator

Static Site Generators Lightning Talk at HTML5 Vancouver Meetup

I gave a quick 10 minute lightning talk at the HTML5 Vancouver Meetup group about static site generators (SSGs). I ended up putting the presentation together using Hekyll, which is, itself, an SSG for making presentations using impress.js. impress.js is an HTML5-based clone of Prezi, the panning / zooming presentation app; I just opted for simple presentation mode. Check out the SSG Lightning Talk or view it in the iframe below (use arrow keys to advance). This presentation needs work (never mind the fact that using my new machine to do a presentation caused a bit of a fumble). I...

Node based static site generators

My first experience with node.js was following the ‘hello world’ tutorial on the front page, which I then extended to experiment with writing in Markdown and creating HTML pages on the fly. Not quite a static site generator, but a fun experiment in learning during the Mozilla Polyglot Hackathon. I’m currently using Octopress to power this site as well as bmannconsulting.com (see my migration write up), but one of the things I’d like is the ability to not have to have access to my dev environment in order to publish pages. That is, right now I can create/edit Markdown files...

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investing

Stages of early stage tech investing

How much to raise and what stage your company is at is a constant question asked by founders and investors alike. Describing the stages of tech investing is my attempt to categorize what I am seeing in the market today. For any new business, traction will trump everything, with lots of customers using the product on a daily or monthly basis being a great indicator. There are many “it depends” for these stages and dollar amounts, and they also reflect common numbers in Vancouver / Canada. For example, a business model that focuses on Enterprise sales is going to need...

Ship Your First Version (Fail Money)

If you’re not embarrassed when you ship your first version you waited too long. Matt Mullenweg I had a great off-the-mic talk with Eric Woodward. We’re really aimed at the same thing, just that I try and encourage people in public and crush their dreams in private. Eric is right about fast follow / barrier to entry, but I think this tension of shipping quickly and iterating is still important. I remember a time when Leonard Brody suggested getting a bunch of engineers together in a room and coming out 18 months later. This was, of course, something like 5...

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marketing

Best practices for tracking QR Codes

My friends at Common Craft have a book called The Art of Explanation coming out this fall, and it will include QR codes. In the book, there are multiple references to Common Craft videos, and Lee wanted to make it easy for people to go from reading a page in the book and then easily viewing the referenced video. These QR codes link to the explanation videos on their website. Since there is only one chance to get the codes right before they get printed, we talked about different ways to generate & track QR codes1. Short URLs and QR...

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equity

Taking equity in startups as a consulting firm

I’ve been asked by a number of design agencies, development shops, and other consultants how they can work with startups. Part of this is understanding what types of services startups need and what their budget is. The other part is these firms thinking of themselves as investors, and wanting to have a piece of a product company that may pay off beyond just hourly consulting fees. Much of the material is slanted towards design services, but is generally applicable to any service provider. Early stage tech startups don’t have a large budget for brand design, and since their customers and...

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CRM

CRM updates

I got asked about my personal CRM post on LinkedIn: I stumbled across your blog today, specifically a post about choosing a personal CRM from 2016. As a fellow tool junkie it was really exciting to see the different options available at the time broken down that way. It also made me curious about your current workflow. Has anything changed? I’m always changing up tools that I use or trying to get better with the ones I keep using. A lot of it is based on a deeper understanding of how I work best, and the rest of it is...

A Personal CRM

I’ve been once again looking for a personal CRM. Something that gets to do’s out of my inbox, collects data and messages on the people that I’m interacting with, and generally keeps me informed and up to date in my communications. Here’s a review of past tools and analysis of my choice.

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AWS

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ramen

Setting up the office with proper supplies - ramen, Kind bars, Ethernet cabling & a few crypto specific items ;)  Permalink

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image

Setting up the office with proper supplies - ramen, Kind bars, Ethernet cabling & a few crypto specific items ;)  Permalink

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micro.blog

OK! I now have 1) micropub clients talking to 2) a micropub glue server, 3) pushing to git, pushing to Netlify, which builds my Jekyll blog, producing feeds that 4) @microdotblog cross posts to Twitter, Medium, and LinkedIn. Full write up here  Permalink

MicroBlog, Jekyll, MicroPub and IndieWeb

As part of my dive back into open source, I took a look at my blog, social networks, and other tools I’m using. Well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve been tinkering with my blog for 16 years, I doubt I’ll ever stop, regardless of how I’m spending my time! Twitter all the things I’ve stopped using Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, and Instagram and doubled down on using Twitter for my “whole self”. Which in my case means posting cooking storms, long threads on travel, as well as lots and lots of tech. For this post I’m not going to get...

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jekyll

I just added jekyll-mentions to my blog: it links usernames that are @-mentions to a social network of your choice. I have mine set to Twitter, but already filed a feature request to support multiple.  Permalink

MicroBlog, Jekyll, MicroPub and IndieWeb

As part of my dive back into open source, I took a look at my blog, social networks, and other tools I’m using. Well, maybe that’s not quite true. I’ve been tinkering with my blog for 16 years, I doubt I’ll ever stop, regardless of how I’m spending my time! Twitter all the things I’ve stopped using Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, and Instagram and doubled down on using Twitter for my “whole self”. Which in my case means posting cooking storms, long threads on travel, as well as lots and lots of tech. For this post I’m not going to get...

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twitter

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governance

Ethereum Governance

An explanation of different layers of Ethereum Governance: open source collaboration, protocol standards governance, Core Dev coordination, nodes running client software, plus extended reading and links.

Blockchain Governance 101 - Vlad Zamfir’s current thinking on the topic of blockchain governance, with a couple of different flavours possible. “if a coordination mechanism is legitimate, people will (justifiably) act like it’s a fact that people will use it”  Permalink

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GitHub

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ActivityPub

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web3

3Box, social profiles on Ethereum: "We think these capabilities will make it extremely easy to build the next generation of more social apps on Ethereum, and contribute to making web3 a more safe and familiar place for our users and communities."  Permalink

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startup

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markdown

Outline  https://www.getoutline.com/: "Open source wiki and knowledge base for growing teams" - rich text editor that transforms markdown on the fly. Free for up to 5, paid hosting or self-hosted, uses Slack or Google for logins. Full markdown export.  Permalink

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editor

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code

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ios

Photo Backup for Geeks, iOS and S3 Revisited

I wrote a blog post back in 2017 about my method of archiving iPhone photos to Amazon S3. Today, I had someone ask me about what my current workflow is, since The Archivist iOS app doesn’t work any more. I use the Dropbox app to sync photos from my iPhone, and then periodically use Multcloud to copy the photos to my own Amazon S3 bucket. Multcloud is fine, but completely handing over your cloud login credentials to a service like this isn’t great. And then I don’t do anything with them, so they really are just backup at this point....

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github

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app

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asus

I’ve been using an Asus C302 Chromebook for a year now. The new Asus C434 looks great - a little bigger, much more powerful, & support for Linux apps (which is what I’m missing to complete local development).  Permalink

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notes

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heroku

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vancouver

Spreading the gospel of espresso tonic in #vancouver at @bumpngrindcafe with James the barista. Bought some tonics at Choices, fingers crossed it becomes a menu item.  Permalink

Went on adventures in Richmond industrial parks today, and found delicious food including Lamajoun, an Armenian bakery. Wrote it up on the wiki — includes surprise chocolatier discovery!  Permalink

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iOS,

This MONOLISK game is pretty interesting. You build levels and other people play them, while you level up different characters with equipment - mage, warrior, etc. Here’s the link for following me.  Permalink

iPad Tools

I’ve been using an iPad Pro 11” as my daily machine for about 2 months now. Here are some of the tools I’ve been finding useful. After using a Chromebook for a year, the thing that made me want to do this is Keynote. My cofounder Brooke and I have been working on one pagers and presentations, and nothing else is better than Keynote. I mean, I know this. In my career, I’ve been an expert at both PowerPoint and Keynote, but really Keynote is just a pleasure to use. I’m productive, quick, and end up with better presentations. I...

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mobile,

This MONOLISK game is pretty interesting. You build levels and other people play them, while you level up different characters with equipment - mage, warrior, etc. Here’s the link for following me.  Permalink

iPad Tools

I’ve been using an iPad Pro 11” as my daily machine for about 2 months now. Here are some of the tools I’ve been finding useful. After using a Chromebook for a year, the thing that made me want to do this is Keynote. My cofounder Brooke and I have been working on one pagers and presentations, and nothing else is better than Keynote. I mean, I know this. In my career, I’ve been an expert at both PowerPoint and Keynote, but really Keynote is just a pleasure to use. I’m productive, quick, and end up with better presentations. I...

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berlin

Was following a bookmark to Backpfeife bakery and found a whole art / food / drink / hang out space by the Spree #berlin  Permalink

People in Berlin talked about using clauses in the German constitution to expropriate privately owned apartments  Permalink

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Chromebook

I got access to @GoogleStadia yesterday. My controller doesn’t arrive until next week, so I played Destiny2 on my Chromebook with mouse and keyboard. Worked well!  Permalink

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Ubuntu

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RPG

This MONOLISK game is pretty interesting. You build levels and other people play them, while you level up different characters with equipment - mage, warrior, etc. Here’s the link for following me.  Permalink

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discourse

I should probably write an actual blog post about how I’ve been enjoying using Discourse forums. Great OEmbed support and auto transclusion / linking between posts.  Permalink

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reading

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scifi

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DWeb

Manyverse, a distributed social network powered by the Scuttlebutt (SSB) protocol, is now available as an iOS app: “your friends' posts and all your social data live entirely in your phone”  Permalink

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encryption

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pwa

"I’m defining in 2020 a PWA as a design pattern to develop app experiences using web technologies with different APIs", Progressive Web Apps in 2020 by @firt. Photopea and Tweetdeck are 2 desktop PWAs I have installed on both MacOS and ChromeOS.  Permalink

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app stores

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous this number is. Just ‘premium’ mobile data income (I am excluding messaging) is bigger than ALL internet content...

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Tomi Ahonen

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous this number is. Just ‘premium’ mobile data income (I am excluding messaging) is bigger than ALL internet content...

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telecom

Tomi Ahonen: app stores are tiny compared to global telecom revenue

In 2009, Portio Research counted the global value of ‘non messaging’ premium content (music, gaming, news, etc) downloaded or consumed on phones and sold to them worldwide, to be worth 85 Billion dollars. Yes, 250 times bigger opportunity for any content owner like say a Disney or TimeWarner or Turner etc to make money today, on ALL phones, not those few iPhones that are in pockets of some 4% of Americans and less than half of one percent of the rest of the world. Understand how enormous this number is. Just ‘premium’ mobile data income (I am excluding messaging) is bigger than ALL internet content...

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Olympics

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CBC

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Twitter

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Google Reader

We DO need another RSS Hero

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem. Many others wrote articles about their usage of the Google Reader social features. From meetups to marriages, a whole world of stories were uncovered about the personal connections that people had made through Reader. I got emails and Twitter messages from a number of people in response to my own post. One of those messages lead to a meeting where many ideas were shared, and a desire to scratch our own itch. What if there was a Google Reader...

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Kalv Sandhu

We DO need another RSS Hero

I wrote a couple of weeks ago asking whether Google’s changes to Google Reader were going to destroy an entire ecosystem. Many others wrote articles about their usage of the Google Reader social features. From meetups to marriages, a whole world of stories were uncovered about the personal connections that people had made through Reader. I got emails and Twitter messages from a number of people in response to my own post. One of those messages lead to a meeting where many ideas were shared, and a desire to scratch our own itch. What if there was a Google Reader...

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Tumblr

Struggles of an infovore that likes to share

Since mid-September, I’ve gone through several rapid changes in how I share links, how I blog about them, and how I tweet those links. In mid September I wired up If This Then That (IFTTT.com) to Twitter favorites and Google Reader shared items. At first I thought I’d push them here, to my Posterous-powered blog, but I would then never get around to expanding them. As well, the links were “lost” in the main body of the blog post. (aside: remember mid-September? Google Reader still had social waaaay back then) I went back and pretty much immediately rejigged things to...

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CMS

Focus on the extras on your site, rather than what platform it runs on

This may be obvious to many nerds, but another huge advantage of running your own site, and choosing your own CMS carefully is how you can optimize for readability and page load performance. via zerodistraction.com Any platform you choose really only needs to support two things: Using your own domain name Ability to export I’m not too concerned about hosted platforms - fact is, they make it exponentially easier and faster for many more people to be publishing. (aside: you’re talking about choosing your own CMS and you’re using URLs that end in .html?) The concept of readability is interesting:...

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incubator

Help startups by getting sh*t done (or get out of the way)

Sadly, no matter how much you might want it, you can’t will an innovative eco-system that generates new companies into existence, you have to let one grow. As Dave ten Have said recently, entrepreneurial activity doesn’t come from central planning. So, while it seems like a lot is being done, in my opinion at least, it is mostly splashing and thrashingand not much forward momentum for the people that all of this is supposed to be helping. via rowansimpson.com I agree with virtually everything stated in this article. Some particularly good parts to expand on: Both incubators and accelerators have good definitions....

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open space

What is an unconference?

Mitch Joel laments the ‘Death of the Unconference’, saying “This past month, I’ve seen a handful of events that are billing themselves as unconferences when, in reality, they’re just very shabby and cheap events.” I don’t doubt that the term unconference has been co-opted. But I disagree with Mitch’s take on what the one, true unconference actually is and means. Maybe we should backup at this point and actually explain the core concept of an unconference. An unconference typically starts the day by gathering all the participants in one room, and those that want to lead talks pitch their sessions....

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hackathon

Cataloging city neighbourhood assets - Love My Hood

I’m the host at the iQmetrix offices today for the Open Data Hackathon put on by Jesse Heaslip and company. I’m also a judge at the endy of the day, so I’m mainly hacking on a few things of my own. Andrea Reimer helped pitch the city ideas at the beginning of the day, and will be a judge at the end of the day as well. One of the ideas contributed by the city was the concept of cataloging a neighbourhood's assets. That is, why do people love living in an area? Is it heritage homes, some cool retail...

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Posterous

Octopress all the things

I need to migrate my old blog posts off Posterous. I need to migrate my Drupal off Drupal. All will likely end up here. Current thinking is that I will run three sites:

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Brent Holliday

Vancouver tech needs to wake up

Brent Holliday writes about what is needed for BC’s technology industry to succeed, which is itself a follow on to Jevon’s StartupNorth post on Canada’s next 5 years. I have some further thoughts on the five areas that Brent discusses:

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Pixel Crafters

Vancouver tech needs to wake up

Brent Holliday writes about what is needed for BC’s technology industry to succeed, which is itself a follow on to Jevon’s StartupNorth post on Canada’s next 5 years. I have some further thoughts on the five areas that Brent discusses:

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collaboration

What I’m obsessed about

Brad Feld is finding a lot of noise in the system, saying he is noticing: …lots of drama that has nothing to do with innovation, creating great companies, or doing things that matter. I expect this noise will increase for a while as it always does whenever enthusiasm for startups and entrepreneurship increases. When that happens, I’ve learned that I need to go even deeper into the things I care about. Brad Feld What I'm Obsessed About At Work So, he identifies areas that he is obsessed about, and is going to dive deeper into them. It’s pretty easy to...

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UserVoice

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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support

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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Intercom

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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Get Satisfaction

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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Tender

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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Desk.com

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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Assistly

What Support / Feedback Service Should You Use For Your Small Company

Let me start by saying that it feels like we’re actually in a golden age of great online support & feedback tools. I’m sure there are more than the ones that I’m listing here. Also, at different times, I’ve recommended each of these tools for a specific purpose - many of them have broad feature sets. With that in mind, I recently did a mini-analysis of 5 different services that provide support & feedback functionality. I was analyzing from the perspective of a small company that is just starting out, for a mainly B2C product, with desired features covering both...

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The Network Hub

I want to vote with my dollars that the Vancouver tech community is important

Allen Pike posts about how important homes for startups are and what his experience has been like here in Vancouver. Here’s the closing sentence: Bringing startups close to one another is, dollar for dollar, more helpful to the Vancouver ecosystem than tax breaks ever could be. Allen Pike, Homes for Vancouver Startups Once again, I realize that my gut agrees with this 1000%, and it has for years.

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The Hive

I want to vote with my dollars that the Vancouver tech community is important

Allen Pike posts about how important homes for startups are and what his experience has been like here in Vancouver. Here’s the closing sentence: Bringing startups close to one another is, dollar for dollar, more helpful to the Vancouver ecosystem than tax breaks ever could be. Allen Pike, Homes for Vancouver Startups Once again, I realize that my gut agrees with this 1000%, and it has for years.

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