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Jan 29 9 tweets 2 min read
It took me a while to figure it out, but the reason I adore @b0rk’s content is that she excels at approaching explaining things in a way I can only aspire to. A thread…
Her latest is a great example of what I’m talking about. Go read it, then come back.…
Think of basically every other ipv6 advocacy piece you've ever read. They all round to "here's why it's good and you should use it," usually with a helping of "you ignorant jackass" sprinkled throughout.
The *first sentence* of what Julia says is "I’ve been having a hard time understanding IPv6. "

Instead of "I am smart so you should listen to me" it's instead "I don't know a thing, so I'm going to explore it."
I frequently tell guests on the "Screaming in the Cloud" podcast that I host that I've modified the "Hero's Journey" narrative device into something I call "The Moron's Journey," and I'm the moron.
That lets me ask the obvious question that "everyone knows the answer to." Except when I ask that question, an awful lot of other people are taking notes about the answer as well.
If you read only the first paragraph of everything @b0rk has ever written, you'll possibly come away with the impression that she doesn't know anything about technology.
Read a bit more and you'll soon realize my point: she's not only one of the preeminent technologists of our field, but also one of the best educators across any discipline.

And all because she doesn't make the reader feel dumb for not already knowing something.
This is *not* some folksy "aw shucks" approach where someone very smart pretends to be otherwise. That's transparent and never works.

It's instead an earnest acknowledgement that everyone has something to learn, followed by an enthusiastic exploration of a topic.

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Jan 29
If you had given me 200 guesses about which company just pulled a “hey fuckstick, we’re turning on a chargeable service for your account because fuck you” I would not have guessed @awscloud.

Clearly times are changing and so must my impressions and opinions about the company.
Yeah, it's not going to impact a bunch of folks financially, but this is the first time I can *ever* recall that "configure something in AWS, leave on a trip for a decade, and come back to a higher monthly bill" has been true for any customer.

Read 11 tweets
Jan 28
Sure are a lot of JavaScript fans on Twitter. I think there'd be more Python shitposts except we're all busy trying to solve dependency problems.
I want to do a python project on my Mac. Okay, install asdf so I don't destroy my system python install, select the version.
Make sure my shell is configured to use it properly.

Time to pip install the stuff I need to globally.

Now time to create that project. Use a virtualenv to contain dependencies. Install all that global stuff all over again...
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Jan 27
It’s back again: it’s Forte time
Please let me review your work in rhyme
Roses are red since they’re a flower
Watch as “verse” becomes my superpower.
Today is #fortefeedback day!
Some might think your pace is glacial
Because you work in geospatial
Your tweets are good and you’ll go far
You know *exactly* where you are.
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Jan 27
The four tiers of @awscloud infrastructure management are:
1. Using the console
2. Using CloudFormation or Terraform
3. Using the CDK (to which I'm starting to warm)
4. Using the console and lying about it.

Let's talk about the fourth stage: ClickOps.
I want to be excruciatingly clear here: this is for once not a shitpost. I have a longer form article available:
To say "I got some feedback in my email inbox" is understating it significantly. It generally distills down to two schools of thought:

a) "Oh my god I thought it was just me, this suddenly makes sense."
b) Gatekeeping jackassery.

I write for group A.
Read 11 tweets
Jan 27
In Plato's Republic he gives us the allegory of the cave. In it, people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them.

In this thread, I will explain why this is a superior way to deliver a presentation than via @awscloud Chime.
So you want to give a presentation. Great! First, your camera is likely a widescreen resolution.

Scram, kid. We're standard resolution which just arbitrarily chops off the sides of your display.
Want to record the video from your camera as well?

Get bent, hoser. Chime doesn't support that AT ALL.
Read 5 tweets
Jan 26
In no particular order, I’ve had a lot. Threading time.
Establish boundaries early or you never will.
Your employer employs you; they don’t own you.
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