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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!

My kid (11) is having braces installed and it turns out that neither of the dental plans I have for her will cover a single cent of the $7,000 cost.

Iโ€™m sick and tired of our shitty health care โ€œsystemโ€ here in the USA. I want to live in a society whose members take care of each other.

The new season of Extraordinary is hilarious so far. I have giggled twice and guffawed 1ยฝ times in just the first episode.

This is useful:

โ€œThe industry paroxysm around AI feels like itโ€™s all new, and exciting, and a little threatening, but I think that when you really dig into it, youโ€™ll see that itโ€™s an acceleration and intensification of things that we have already had, just faster and louder. It feels like a revolution because itโ€™s widely available, not because itโ€™s all that novel. It may change the world, but lots of things change the world, and the impact of the changes is determined by society, not the technology.โ€

from โ€œHow long has this been going on?โ€ by Heidi Waterhouse

heidiwaterhouse.com/how-long-h

I saw three Kia EV9s on the road today so far! Great stuff.

"Information Management: A Proposal" by Tim Berners-Lee, 12 March 1989 โ€” www.w3.org/blog/2024/from-a-hu

Emoji ipulse_app After over 20 years of monitoring your Mac, iPulse has come to iOS! Keep an eye on your iPhone or iPad's CPU, memory usage, true storage size and more. iPulse for iOS uses Picture in Picture mode so it can stay out of your way while you pinpoint potential problems. ๐ŸŽฏ

iPulse is a one-time purchase that runs on both your iPhone and iPad. Head over to the App Store to grab the tool no developer or power user should be without.

apps.apple.com/us/app/ipulse-m

Society when experts tell them scientifically proven decades-long research shows that we destroy the climate: ๐Ÿคท

Society when a bunch of douche bros tell them they invented an intelligent toaster they don't understand but hey it will sure take over the world: "We will immediately install it everywhere, starting with schools and bombs; and it will write news"

Periodic reminder to get help and help others for your and their mental health. I have severe treatment-resistant depression and Iโ€™m at my regular Ketamine appointment.

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Can you believe we can just write nested CSS now?

I feel very strongly about calling Elon Musk's social media platform "X" because I want to remind people that Twitter is gone -- it's dead. And we know who killed it. We need to acknowledge the power that one edgelord billionaire has over our public sphere, and remind ourselves that we cannot reclaim that space. We can't make it "ours" again by calling it Twitter. I'd rather build up new spaces online than chase after the memory of one that is lost.

This morning while getting dressed my kid put on a Monty Python sketch. In 2024! Sheโ€™s 11!

You have to wonder about people who look at processes that functionally exclude people with dependents, any parents who are likely to be older, or people with any life sort of life circumstances that might prevent dropping whatever they're doing to do an arbitrary amount of arbitrary work and somehow conclude that this is an unfortunate but avoidable byproduct of the process, and not the process doing _exactly_ what the organizations turning that crank intend.

www.wired.com/story/why-tech-j

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I ordered the new RadWagon 5 electric cargo bike!

A few years ago I had the RadWagon 4 for ~1ยฝ years but I ultimately sold it as I wasnโ€™t satisfied with it. It was good but (for me) not great.

The new one seems like a massive upgrade and a great value, and it seems to have addressed all my dissatisfactions with the prior version:

* mechanical brakes โ†’ hydraulic brakes
* top speed 20 mph โ†’ 28 mph
* cadence sensor โ†’ torque sensor
* solid fork โ†’ suspension fork
* incompatible with frame locks โ†’ frame lock now available

Plus:

* brake light and turn signals
* battery: 672 watt-hours โ†’ 720 watt-hours
* UL-2849 & UL-2271certified battery & electrical components
* IPX6 water resistance
* thru axle
* max payload: 350 lb โ†’ 375 lb
* claimed lower center of gravity
* total length: 200cm โ†’ 192cm
* standover height: 60cm โ†’ 53.3cm
* USB-A port โ†’ USB-C port
* tires rare 22" size โ†’ common 20" size
* unlock via NFC tag

Downgrades that I can see:

* weight sans battery: 69 lbs โ†’ 75.6 lbs ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
* (the battery is heavier too but itโ€™s a higher capacity so thatโ€™s OK)
* handlebars adjustable for height โ†’ fixed-height

They say it should arrive mid-April so hopefully Iโ€™ll be shuttling my kid around town this spring+summer via bike again!

Full details: www.radpowerbikes.com/collecti

Hereโ€™s a referral link for $50 off if you might want to order one too: rwrd.io/astoe72?e

Iโ€™m software developer with 25+ years of experience and I just spent 45 minutes chasing a - that should be a _. Donโ€™t ever let anyone tell you these types of errors are not normal. โœŒ๏ธ

Rivian R3X

Usernames...for everyone!!!

Usernames are now out of beta and available for anyone using the latest version of the Signal app--โ‰ฅ7.0.

๐ŸŽโค๏ธ

Apple backs down on killing web apps! ๐ŸŽ‰

But the fight goes on!โœŠ

Read More: open-web-advocacy.org/blog/app

New book day!

Thanks bookshop.org !

Model collapse has entered the generated chat.

www.404media.co/chatgpt-starte

Having a minor panic attack because Iโ€™m not sure how many syllables are in the word โ€œsquareโ€ โ€” reality is unraveling. Square square square.

My novel is on sale as an ebook across all platforms for $1.99 in the U.S. this week!!! Check it out here: us.macmillan.com/books/9781250

I just got a washer/dryer installed my apartment, after 5+ months of using a shared machine in the basement. I am gonna do a shit-ton of laundry this week!

At this point Iโ€™ve heard a few different podcast interviews with financial therapists, but this is the best one yet. Not surprising โ€” Depresh Mode is one of the best audio shows โ€” *trailer voice* โ€” In The World.

overcast.fm/+rUCjUHZww

I finally started the Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I accidentally started with the second book, Children of Memory, but it didnโ€™t matter. The book worked well on its own. Really good too!