A coworker recently gave a talk on Enchanted Objects, a framework for designing objects that blend into an environment while also providing useful information through electrical components or a connection to the internet. Most devices we think of connecting to the internet use screens, but Enchanted Objects tend to be more grounded in familiar objects.
I was super inspired by the talk to build a thing that might fit this framework and this is what I came up with— the Peach Advocate.
I wrote about how Jimmy and I integrated Etsy sale alerts into our Discord server so that all of our friends could give some 🥳 reacts when our friend makes an Etsy sale. Just part of a series of apps built for a highly specific purpose to spark some joy :)Read
Let's say you are trying to put together a special birthday for someone, but it's hard because the world is in the middle of a pandemic so you can't gather all of your friends to celebrate a birthday. You can't even pass around a birthday card and have everyone sign it without mailing it to a bunch of places! Here's a wacky solution I came up with back in May and I thought I'd write about it since I do like wacky things.Read
I was invited to be on the Software Engineering Daily podcast recently, and the episode went live today! I talk about the infrastructure we set up with our talk radio ingest (similar to the talk I gave at Data Council a year ago) and also the pipeline we set up to ingest local conversation data through Cortico's Local Voices Network. Take a listen!Listen
I gave a talk at the Boston Python Meetup back in October on using Python to write git hooks. My example was using a git hook to automatically add the titles of the books you are currently reading to your git commits. Why on earth would you want to do this? Well I wanted to do it because I use git to version control my writing, and often times I read my writing and wonder what I was reading at the time that made me write in that way. So it was a git hook that probably only I would use, but it was fun to learn, and even more fun to give a talk about. I'm a big fan of the Boston Python Meetup!Read