Hello friends, it’s been a while :)
Newsletter meta: I’m now writing you from Revue, which, being Twitter-integrated and free, won out over ConvertKit’s automation features and buggy editor (sorry Lesley!).
Covid Travel: I’ve been in a dark place the last couple weeks. I was forced to quarantine in Mexico due to the ongoing Europe travel ban. Don’t get me wrong, Mexico is cheap and beautiful and lively but this was no vacation. I was without cash, clean clothes, or a place to live when I landed in CDMX, and unrelated coincidental issues wrecked me physically, professionally, and psychologically. When it rains, it pours. Overall, my expensive mistake capped off September 2021 being one of my worst months in years and I am looking forward to leave it behind. If you’re considering international travel right now: it’s fine, and safe, just be aware of regulations and budget in more time for unexpected delays. The emergent standard seems to be that a negative Covid test (~US$30, 15 min antigen) is required 3 days before you depart, whether from Asia, Europe, or Latin America. Mask on, of course.
for a Sunday afternoon drop. It’s unintentionally led to a decent backlog of guests who want similar long form tech chats, and I’m looking forward to releasing the next episode with Miško Hevery (now CTO at Builder.io and formerly creator of Angular) as soon as I edit it. I feel like success would be being the “Lex Fridman of developer tools”.