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Feb 18 10 tweets 3 min read
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There are over 40,000 plants inside the Amazon Spheres, three quarters of which can run containers in some form or another.
The first plant in the Amazon Spheres was an Australian Tree Fern from the UW Botany greenhouse.

At any company but Amazon it would have been named "the OW Botany Greenhouse Tree Fern" instead, but their names are always peculiar.
There's a banana stand nearby where they give away free bananas to anyone who wants one. Get into the Spheres and you can upgrade to the world's most exotic salad bar.
I kid, I kid! To prevent people from grazing instead of working, Amazon has stocked the Spheres with 3 plants that are poisonous, and 2 more that are carnivorous. You don't want to stray from the pathway!
The climate indoors is, and I am not making this up, designed to emulate a cloud forest. Even @awscloud isn't immune to the siren song of a good pun.

No, not @forrestbrazeal; that's a Cloud Forrest.
While the main feature is obviously the botany, there are occasionally interesting animals within the Spheres. Like a @Quinnypig!
They apparently grow something inside the Spheres that relaxes inhibitions, because the Amazon Namers just cut the hell *LOOSE* in there. Here's a sign leading to one of the cafes:
It's the kind of thing that only works once because your knees will not survive for a second attempt, but quite literally dropping in on someone's 1:1 meeting from 20 feet up is unquestionably the best example of "Bias For Action" that the company has ever or will ever see.
It's a nice escape if you get the opportunity. It lets you forget about the computers for a while and just bask in the natural beauty of plants and--oh dammit AWS!

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Feb 16
In today's episode of "ways Amazon is attempting to scam customers," the default option for a book purchase I was attempting to make is apparently to instead rent it. Caught it in time to cancel the order.

This is increasingly a company whose best days are behind it.
I miss the days when the bookstore part of Amazon was focused on adding value to the customer instead of literal rent-seeking.

"Triple check that you're buying what you THINK you're buying" was never something I had to concern myself with.
Note that the buyout price that they emailed me was significantly more than the price to purchase outright.

As a customer, how do you imagine I feel looking at this? Do you believe this earns trust? Do you think I'm likely to spend MORE with Amazon now?
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Feb 15
With zero commentary on the technology itself, in this thread I’m going to bring web3 culture to @awscloud concepts.
Every API call you make becomes a chargeable transaction.
Every time you mention a few key terms you'll get @AWSSupport lookalikes replying instantly with sketchy Google Doc forms claiming to be the support portal and demanding your credentials. Twitter will do nothing about this.
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Feb 10
I've been told that since enough has changed in how I do podcasts / video work, I should do another thread about my A/V setup (equipment and software) here at home.

Let's start with the audio path.
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It plugs into the Cloudlifter mounted to the underside of the desk. Exciting. No buttons, so out of sight, out of mind. Image
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Feb 9
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Ooh, I can retitle it. Yes, this is real, not me having fun with the browser developer tools. Image
I use this account as my AWS credit dump; I'd prefer the opportunity to tell these things to ignore credits and tell me what it'd be costing me in actual dollars if we disregard the company scrip. Image
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Feb 8
Let's build something new: a screenshot repo with a custom domain. Datastore is S3, DNS is CloudFlare. Eeny meeny miney Pulumi. @PulumiCorp, you're up.
They have a handy "S3 static site" tutorial option. It's in JavaScript, with a link to the Python code. Nice!

The first command errors. Less than nice.

(It wants `pulumi new` first).
They offer sample code on GitHub. This is why I have @cassido's keyboard handy.
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Feb 8
One of the joys of being a publicly traded company is that Amazon gets to (read as: must) file a bunch of annual reporting information, in the form of a 10-K filing. In this thread I'll read through it and summarize the interesting @awscloud bits.
Amazon thinks about its business in three segments: North America, International, and AWS.

The Alexa org presumably yearns to break free into its own business unit.
I've talked in depth previously about Amazon's post-employment non-compete agreements. They're scoped to all of Amazon.

Here's what they view that as covering:
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