A drawing of the head of a red dragon wearing a blue baseball cap.
This dragon is wearing a human-sized cap.

What if dragons wore caps? Before we can explore this important question, we need to dive into some background, so bear with me.

Background

There was only one time I ever won a championship and it was in a browser-based war strategy game in the early 2000s.

I played my first season on a random team (you get assigned to a team and your scores add up but they don’t have to interact with you at all, and this team did not), spent way too much time on it, like I tend to do, got pretty decent, and started hanging out…


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I’ve always hated the song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls because it was on the radio all the time in college and every single line is the same melody. The “chorus” is literally just singing the same melody but louder. But did you know it also has words? Here’s what they mean.

And I’d give up forever to touch you
’Cause I know that you feel me somehow

He’s talking about an iPhone on display in the Apple Store. He is blown away by how responsive the touch interface is.

You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be
And…


My dog Frobolome died a few weeks ago at age 11, and it’s been rough.

He was named after one of the best typos I’ve ever seen. A teenager on a forum I was on posted his sandwich recipe on a “favorite sandwich” thread, which included several ingredients he had clearly only heard spoken and never seen in writing, including “cobasa” sausage and “two slices of frobolome cheese.” “mmmMMMmm” he concluded, after listing all the ingredients.

It seemed like a good name for a corgi puppy.


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Twitter is a tough place for an oversensitive coward such as myself and it has broken many of my kind. How have I avoided self destruction so far? Mostly luck, but I also realized I have unintentionally developed a set of unspoken rules for myself that prevent some of the most common spirals. Are they for you? I don’t know, I’m not your boss.

Here they are.

1. You don’t need to get in the last word

You really don’t. For people who say “Oh, I know that, when someone’s wasting my time I just say ‘bye troll’”… buddy, “bye troll” is a last word. You don’t need it.

2. Mute is your friend

Obviously…


Electron and Firebase can be a great combination that allows a developer to quickly build a desktop app for multiple platforms (using Electron) and connect it to realtime cloud data and authentication using Firebase. Electron has been used to develop popular apps such as Slack, Skype, and Visual Studio Code, and deliver them simultaneously to users on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. Firebase’s JavaScript SDK is a natural fit to connect these apps to the cloud.

Due to some unique aspects of Electron’s environment, however, there are a few recurring snags that developers often run into when integrating Firebase.

While the…


Sometimes a woman will share about some unpleasant or horrific incident of harassment. The responses are often terrible. Of course there’s the usual crotchwads that say outright cruel or dismissive things, but there’s also well-meaning or apparently well-meaning folks that are exhausting for different reasons.

1. The Liam Neeson In Taken

There is always some weirdo who basically goes on a “particular set of skills” monologue about what they would have done to this guy. …


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Modern designers and developers are obsessed with “delighting” users and reducing “friction,” coddling the online population until we all eventually devolve into nothing more than soft bags of jelly clicking buttons.

Do you long to reject this shameless pandering and inflict the unceasing torment of reality on your doughy, pampered users? It is time to show them what real pain points are. It is time to make them sorry they ever visited your site. Wailing and gnashing their teeth, they will curse your URL with their last breath as they descend into unending night. That’s the spirit!

The philosophy behind…


As a long-time user of React who was using it way before you were, I am definitely not a late bandwagon-jumper who is trying really hard to retcon the past 3 years to make it look like I was in on it from the beginning.

As part of my completely altruistic attempt to help the community and not at all in order to establish myself as a thought leader and burnish my reputation, I decided to write something about how great React is. But you know what, there is already a lot of stuff out there about the positive aspects…


Back when I was in college I mentioned liking this one song on the radio which turned out to be “Run-Around” by Blues Traveler, and my boyfriend at the time said, “If you like that, you’ll like this other song by Sister Hazel because it’s exactly the same song” and I heard it and I was like, “WHAT.”

I don’t know if anybody copied anybody, they both came out in 1994. But to this day when I hear it one of them in a Target or whatever, I get lost in a fugue state trying to figure out which one…


Most of my time I don’t spend on work or exercise or child care is spent playing mobile games, which actually overlaps a lot with child care. Here’s what I’ve been playing lately and what I think about it and how good it is for playing with a baby on your lap.

Hades Star

This is one of those games where you move shipments around from planet to planet and make money. It’s pretty slow-paced which is fine by me because as a gamer, so am I. There’s some fighting in it against NPCs and also against other players if you want…

Christina Holland

I’m not sure what kind of stuff I’m supposed to put on this website

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