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Avi Flax ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ ืื‘ื™ ืคืœืงืก

@avi@flaximus.net

Feminist, futurist, father. XL biomachine, he/him. Modern Hebrew. Zionist. Aphantasiac. Black Lives Matter. Trans rights are human rights. Bicycling enthusiast. Space enthusiast. Earth enthusiast. Coffee. Speculative fiction! Technology! History! What the hell is this list, evenโ€ฝ

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Hey everyone!

My current gig might be wrapping up soon, so itโ€™s time for me to figure out whatโ€™s next.

If you or someone you know could use some help with software tools or systems โ€” architecture, implementation, deployment, operations, data pipelines, CD, DX, etc โ€”ย maybe get in touch? Iโ€™ve been doing this a while and Iโ€™m pretty flexible.

Iโ€™m open to short-term or long-term, part-time or full-time. Iโ€™m US-based (NYC area) and a US citizen.

General CV: aviflax.com/resume/

Energy-specific CV: aviflax.com/resume/energy/

Thanks in advance!

TIL Robin Sloan has a new novel coming out this summer!

bookshop.org/p/books/wizard-s-

Hmm I wonder what my set of frequently-used emoji says about how/what I communicateโ€ฆ

๐Ÿคฆ the habit some folks have of always creating chat channels as private ๐Ÿคฆ

This is excellent.

Job Description: "fast-paced environment"

Otherwise known as: "we canโ€™t project manage"

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Why is the biggest TV ratings star in sports getting paid about the same as an office manager in a moderately successful company?

When I started making websites, โ€œa designer who codesโ€ wasnโ€™t a big deal. After all, the only place to procure the obscure people who made websites was Craigslist. Finding โ€œa designer who codesโ€ seemed like the least odd thing youโ€™d find.

The web was so new youโ€™d always have the strangest concoction of disciplines amongst those who worked on it โ€” an english major doing product, an actor writing API code, or a poet who moving pixels. I encountered all these and it wasnโ€™t strange, it was _cool_

Hey everyone!

My current gig might be wrapping up soon, so itโ€™s time for me to figure out whatโ€™s next.

If you or someone you know could use some help with software tools or systems โ€” architecture, implementation, deployment, operations, data pipelines, CD, DX, etc โ€”ย maybe get in touch? Iโ€™ve been doing this a while and Iโ€™m pretty flexible.

Iโ€™m open to short-term or long-term, part-time or full-time. Iโ€™m US-based (NYC area) and a US citizen.

General CV: aviflax.com/resume/

Energy-specific CV: aviflax.com/resume/energy/

Thanks in advance!

Fascinating video essay about a groundbreaking comics writer in Argentina in the mid 20th century. Hector German Oesterheld. Creator of Mort Cinder and the Eternaut.

youtu.be/gidIRzuOjDc

Amazon just sent me a โ€œyour review is liveโ€ email for a review I submitted EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO.

All those rock star engineers, doing their rock star thing. ๐Ÿค˜

WTF is going on with coffee tasting notes

โ€”Dad can we go to the Eclipse?
โ€”No, we have Eclipse at home

At home:

On the most recent episode of the Batteries Included podcast (about electric vehicles) one of the hosts, Martyn Lee (also the host of the excellent EV News Daily) described a recent article about a survey showing that Tesla has a plummeting โ€œconsideration scoreโ€ with potential customers, which is related to its CEO.

They Martyn asked listeners to comment on whether this matters to them.

My response:

WRT Tesla and Musk: I currently own 2 Teslas and Iโ€™ve owned a total of 4. Unless things change, these will be my last. Theyโ€™re great products but I canโ€™t support a company headed by someone so toxic who is stoking conflict and animosity. I used to be proud to drive my Teslas around but no longer.

I would love to see Tesla find a new CEO, sooner rather than later. (And not a figurehead as in X.) Until then Iโ€™m done with Tesla.

Fantastic, phenomenal, cogent, inspiring podcast interview:

Why Climate Change Isnโ€™t the End of the World with Dr. Hannah Ritchie

(Deputy Editor and Lead Researcher at Our World in Data)

headgum.com/factually-with-ada

low-traffic neighborhoods (limiting car access to allow more bicycles & pedestrians) yield health benefits estimated at 100x cost to build www.theguardian.com/uk-news/20

via @cassidoo

computering, OpenAPI

"In 2022, cars killed 7,508 pedestrians, the equivalent of 18 fully-loaded Boeing 747s crashing with zero survivors. That means a pedestrian died roughly every 70 minutes, with no breaks in the tide of fatalities for weekends or holidays."

www.motor1.com/features/713936

Terrorism, violence, journalism

I was delighted recently to see this fantastic video essay about Wendy and Richard Pini, the creators of my all-time favorite comic book series, ElfQuest.

I knew in the abstract that they must have worked very hard to get the series out into the world, initially by self-publishing, but I wasnโ€™t aware of all the trials and setbacks they faced and the intense dedication they had to their story and their art which helped them persevere โ€” nor the massive impact they had on the comics industry along the way.

I came away with a renewed appreciation for the Piniโ€™s and their work.

Itโ€™s also impressively well-made for such a young channel. Goes in depth and is well paced. Great editing.

youtu.be/w-Pygh3A4bY

Cool cargo e-bike at a local commuter rail station!

Looks like a Yuba Spicy Curry. I think they make a gravel-ready version of this too.

Proposal: We measure how good we are at being citizens of Earth by how we deal with our "rubbish". Do we consider it a valuable resource to be reused (mature approach, based on understanding planetary cycles), or do we just push it off to Away (childish denial). Current score: Could Do Better...

Itโ€™s wild to imagine going back in time say 30 years and telling my 16-year-old self that I was just sitting in a cafรฉ and literally every person in there was using a portable computer.

No hamentschen at Costco

I was driving somewhere just now and on a whim stopped by an EVGo station for a quick charge. I didnโ€™t really need it but I thought Iโ€™d do a spot check on the reliability of their network. Iโ€™d been to this station once before and it hadnโ€™t been a smooth experience.

This time I found Iโ€™d parked at a stall with a dead screen, so I plugged in the next stall over, since that screen was on. Iโ€™ve set up EVGoโ€™s proprietary โ€œautochargeโ€ feature so it should have just started charging. But of course it didnโ€™t. So with a sigh I opened up their app.

At first the app couldnโ€™t find the station. That was fun. Eventually it did, and I saw this: ยพ of the stalls are offline, and the 1 working stall is in use.

These 3 stalls appear to have been offline for multiple days. EVGo has totally dropped the ball here.