On Teddy Bears in Cars, Font Obsessions and Home Password’s Pwnd Password Kerfuffle

This post was first sent to my newsletter on September 17th, 2021. You really ought to subscribe :) via Michelle Scott on Pixabay Welcome folks, to the September work letter! :) As usual, click the headers to wander off to the orginal articles. A Bear? Where? Over There — Strapping a giant teddy bear to a car in the name of highway safety You’re adapting my what? When activated, adaptive cruise control uses forward-looking radar to maintain a specific distance to a vehicle in the lane ahead, slowing down or speeding up (to a maximum of whatever speed cruise control was set to) as necessary....

September 24, 2021 · Mario Jason Braganza

On Arpanet, Passwords and Moving Codebases

This post was first sent to my newsletter on August 20th, 2021. You really ought to subscribe Welcome to August’s work letter :) As usual, click the headings to wander off to the original articles A couple of my own posts I wrote about my thoughts on my Kindle Oasis … I got it. I used it. And decided within a day, that I was not going back to a Paperwhite, ever....

August 27, 2021 · Mario Jason Braganza

Multiline Regex Search in VS Code

This is a picture of my notes, when I import them in from the Kindle. And every time I have to corral them into some sort of structure or write a blog post, I needed to laboriously get rid of all the Kindle metadata with multiple searches (and replaces.) I mean these lines ========== Draft No. 4 (John McPhee) - Your Highlight on page 27 | location 406-407 | Added on Sunday, 15 August 2021 12:43:15 But having learnt Regex about a year ago, I have been using it on and off and have come to appreciate the power it offers....

August 16, 2021 · Mario Jason Braganza

Draft No. 4

Just finished John McPhee’s, Draft No. 4. I could pithily summarise it as … Practice a lot of things. Work at finding your thing. Practice you thing (lots! deeply! a fuckton.) Work within established rules. Bend the rules to fit your thing. Break the rules once you know your thing deeply! McPhee writes about the craft of writing. But the advice could apply broadly to any creative endeavour. This series of essays and lessons and backstory was also hugely confirming to me....

August 16, 2021 · Mario Jason Braganza

Joining Two Images Using ImageMagick

Sometimes, I want to share snippets of what I am reading with my friends. Kindles make it easy, with screenshots. The only issue being I want to share the full length of two pages, like I’d do if I was reading a book. And I need it often enough, that I felt I needed to go figure out some way to do it. It was an easy-ish hack on the mac with printing with Preview....

August 6, 2021 · Mario Jason Braganza