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Burn After Reading - Issue #9

Burn After Reading - Issue #9
By Kristian Glass • Issue #9 • View online
It’s been a while, and what a while it has been. I hope you’re all well!
So, as ever, a bunch of things I’ve read and enjoyed - both non-tech and tech. Events, parenting, note-taking, potatoes, USB-C, and more!

Australian researchers appear to have found a cause for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) writes Rosemary Scott - a brain defect. This is particularly poignant as up until this point parents were told they could prevent SIDS by taking assorted precautions - and when the tragic deaths occurred, they were left feeling like they could or should have done more. While we don’t yet have a cure - or even a test - this seems a huge step forward.
There’s a whole bunch of articles from / about non-autistic parents raising an autistic child - a lot of them somewhat problematic. However Jaime A. Heidel’s “What Is It Like for An Autistic Parent to Raise a Non-Autistic Child?” is a well-written, thoughtful, and fascinating view from the alternative perspective.
I have a terrible memory so note-taking is really important for me. My notes have levelled up significantly since I started using a lightweight Bullet Journal-esque system but they still have plenty of room for improvement. Baldur Bjarnason’s “The different kinds of notes” is an interesting dive into various styles and techniques, with a bunch of interesting references and pointers.
Finally, though dieting/weight-loss can be problematic, and I’m not especially looking to do so myself, Slime Mold Time Mold describes an all-potato diet that looks fascinating, and is running a trial to assess effectiveness…!
I’m a big Heroku fan - and of PaaS in general - I’m deeply frustrated with people reinventing the wheel when it comes to their service infrastructure. Xe Iaso (Christine Dodrill)‘s the Reclaimer of Heroku’s Magic looks fascinating as a “next generation” offering. Your startup probably doesn’t need Kubernetes.
USB-C is full of dubious joys. Between Benson Leung’s work on auditing USB-C cables for standards compliance, the “delight” that comes from having computers in the cable plugs (thanks whitequark!), and the fact there are eight types of USB-C cable with no obvious way to distinguish them, a part of me longs for the days when cables were just long bits of metal wrapped in plastic. But if you’re looking for a USB-C hub, learn from Dennis Schubert’s “USB-C hubs and my slow descent into madness” and save yourself before it’s too late.
I am tired of crypto hype, and had been looking for good yet neutral content. Stephen Diehl, Rufus Pollock et al.’s “Making Sense Of Crypto And Web3” is an excellent resource - taking a dispassionate look and providing concise, clear, yet thorough explanations - e.g. Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs).
Standards and conventions are great, especially when someone else has gone to the work of producing and documenting them so I can just adopt them. Conventional Comments is a neat standard for review/feedback comments (e.g. for GitHub PRs) - see also Conventional Commits for commit messages.
Finally, there’s Semantic Versioning, there’s Calendar Versioning, now enjoy Setaceous Versioning!
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Cheers, Kristian
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