Ahhh, yes, the first thunderstorm of the new year. Spring is spranging. I love spring so much. But I hate thunderstorms. I'm here with Wally & Molly. Wally is indifferent. Molly is terrified.
I grew up in Kansas, and I'm with Molly.

Squishing against her, her against me, we manage.
I try not to freak out, cuz I'm taking care of her. She tries not to freak out, cuz she's taking care of me.

We both freak out, tho, really.
Some persons think it's all so beautiful. I think they were rich, with thick walls and two stories to their houses.
Try telling someone about the sky turning green yellow. They don't believe you.

Try telling someone about your house could not possibly protect you. They don't believe you.

Try telling someone you've seen three funnels, one in the sky, two on the ground. They don't believe you.
I'm with Molly.

We love spring. We are so cold. It is so gradually not cold. It is so brown and gray. It is so gradually green and ripe.

We love spring.

We hate thunderstorms.
We cover ourselves with a big blanket, on the bed or under it, or maybe in the closet, or the least windowed room, the bathroom.

We huddle.

She shakes.

I don't, cuz I'm a manly man, and manly men don't shake.
Manly men don't shake.

Good thing I have Molly to take care of.
Thunderstorm over. Molly is a real good dog. And so am I.
We're real good dogs.

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The ultimate making app for a shipping multi-service system is actually a one-machine monolith with a UI. If your team is experiencing the most common pains from working in a large SOA environment, the productivity payback will be enormous.
It's important for me to take a second to remind you that there's much more to this world than geekery. Please keep working for change all around you, including, especially, outside the monitor.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay angry, stay kind.

Black Lives Matter.
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My rice'n'garlic advice, "take many more much smaller steps," can be said another way: reject any proposed path that requires a step size larger than the limit you've set for that particular domain of activity.
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Stay strong, stay safe, stay angry, stay kind.

Black Lives Matter.
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1) That's too much rice.
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q: how many ways are there to partition a 5x5 tile square into 5 pieces, each containing 5 orthogonally contiguous tiles?
(Asking for a self who is considering a brute-force algorithm.)
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Once armed with the idea of a shipping app and a making app, a whole range of possibilities open up. Among the most powerful: give your making app a UI just for making.
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Black Lives Matter.
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NB: It doesn't mean "accept everyone". It means, if you accept my geek chops, or you accept my sex appeal, or you accept my brilliant theorizing, you gotta accept my (considerable) doofusness.
You can't take my good days and not accept my bad ones. And if you can't handle my awful, why are you prepared to cash in on my valuable?
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In a data-rich environment, we can use the Builder concept to make DSL's for our Making application. This often makes testing the hard business core of our code both faster and easier.
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Black Lives Matter.
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