February 20, 2017Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Resolved (again): to just write a blog post when I start tweeting or Slack-ing more than a sentence of commentary on some other post.

Where Do I File This?

Information architecture is hard.

February 19, 2017Filed under blog#writingMarkdown source

On Blogging

A few thoughts on Medium, micro.blog, and the open web.

January 04, 2017Filed under Tech#open web#writingMarkdown source
January 01, 2017Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Setting up MailChimp so people (like my wife!) can track with my blog without having to set up an RSS reader. MailChimp is impressive.

2016 in Review, Part 6 of 6

Plans for 2017!

January 01, 2017Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source

2016 in Review, Part 5 of 6

Getting things done in 2016 and beyond.

December 31, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source

2016 in Review, Part 4 of 6

Writing software for Olo and for open source.

December 30, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source

2016 in Review, Part 3 of 6

Podcasting: Winning Slowly, New Rustacean, and more!

December 29, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source

2016 in Review, Part 2 of 6

So. many. words. I had no idea how many words.

December 28, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source
December 27, 2016Filed under micro#lightning-rs#writingMarkdown source

All those words are a huge part of my incentive to build a CMS-of-sorts that actually does do what I need. #lx

December 27, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

I just ran the numbers for my end-of-year blog post, and it turns out I wrote over 200,000 words this year.

That’s a lot.

2016 in Review, Part 1 of 6

Running headfirst into a wall of pneumonia.

December 27, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source

2016 in Review, Introduction

Or: a ridiculous year summarized!

December 27, 2016Filed under Blog#2016-in-review#family#fitness#podcasting#productivity#software development#writingMarkdown source
December 10, 2016Filed under micro#coffee#music#sebts#writingMarkdown source

Drinking Guatemala Tactic Santa Sofia by Blue Bottle alongside some eggnog, with the Doctor Who Series 7 soundtrack playing in the background, as I finish up some work on an independent study at SEBTS. Mmmmmm.

October 08, 2016Filed under micro#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

And, on evaluating that table… I need to pull about half of it out: too much code.

October 08, 2016Filed under micro#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

This morning I… carefully built a 3⨉16 table comparing Rust and Swift syntax. Exciting, right? 🤓

October 06, 2016Filed under micro#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

Wrote ~500 words and nailed down a chapter’s structure this morning. Good start to the day!

October 02, 2016Filed under micro#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

Playing Harmy’s Unspecialized Star Wars for my girls while I write some more this morning. 💕

October 01, 2016Filed under micro#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

Atom + the GitHub theme + Zen package = a pretty good technical writing environment.

September 10, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

My writing setup as I’m working on my new Rust and Swift project (click/tap the image to see the full screenshot):

August 09, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

I originally posted this as a tweetstorm, but I’m treating this as the canonical and adding a tweet to the end of that “topic” linking back here. Indie web forever.


  • AsciiDoc: a typical programmer-first, not writer-first, tool. Just try to find text formatting on the site. It’s §10 in the user guide. §10!
  • The “user guide” is an implementor’s guide, not a user’s guide. :sigh:

  • Gladly, asciidoctor.org makes it easier: “What is AsciiDoc” and “Writer’s Guide” and “Syntax Reference” are all on the front page.

  • But if you’ve ever wondered why Markdown caught on and AsciiDoc didn’t… well, there are many reasons, but this highlights the most basic: Markdown prioritizes the needs of the writer, not the implementor. Plain and simple as that.
August 04, 2016Filed under micro#programming languages#rust#rust-and-swift#swift#writingMarkdown source

I signed a contract today for a neat little writing project broadly related to my ongoing Rust and Swift series. Probably means a bit of a hiatus on the series itself, but there’s a lot of fun ahead. More on that as it develops.

July 24, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Either Medium actually thinks this, or they’re willing to sell their product with it but don’t think it. Either way, it’s nonsense. “Moving thinking forward”? Really?

The hero image from medium.com on July 24, 2016
The hero image from medium.com on July 24, 2016
July 21, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Well, I might have stayed up too late tonight writing what has ended up being a 1700-word post on Tolkien and typology for Mere Orthodoxy. But it was fun!

July 19, 2016Filed under micro#hermeneutics#writingMarkdown source

I may have spent over an hour this morning writing about allegorical interpretation and The Lord of the Rings instead of finishing the book I was reading for an independent study. But I’ll blame that on the book, because its authors just got Tolkien very, very wrong. 😜

May 18, 2016Filed under micro#programming languages#rust#swift#writingMarkdown source

Finally at a spot where I have both the time and the mental energy to pick back up my Rust and Swift series. Initializers, I’m coming for you.

May 17, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

I wrote just under 30,000 words this semester. Not too shabby. Glad to have wrapped up another one!

May 17, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

In a few hours, Lord willing, I’ll have written a few thousand more words for an essay final and finished this semester.

May 16, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Finished writing enough words. Going to take a two hour break to go hack on a potential solution to a problem that has been vexing us at work for months and which I think I know how to solve. Then come back, edit, and submit this thing!

May 16, 2016Filed under micro#music#writingMarkdown source

500 words and some editing and 75 minutes to go. Put on some Ellie Goulding. Head down. Let’s do this.

May 16, 2016Filed under micro#coffee#music#writingMarkdown source

750 words written today. My brain feels like mush. Time to listen to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And maybe also drink some more coffee.

May 15, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Also, I’m betting I’m not the only one who finds it frustrating that every single tool I use gives me a different word count for the same content.

May 15, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

~5600 words down. ~1800 to go. Yes, I underestimated yesterday by about 1500 words. Whoops.

May 14, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

~3500 words down, ~2500 to go. Steady on!

April 23, 2016Filed under micro#podcasting#writingMarkdown source

I’m drafting the next episode of New Rustacean on a 3-year-old retina iPad Mini and I love it. An iPad Pro looks awfully appealing.

April 20, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Finished putting together a 200-word outline for a 25-page paper for my Philosophy of Science and Religion class. Perhaps surprisingly, I don’t normally work with outlines like this, but at larger scales, I think it’s necessary.

April 05, 2016Filed under micro#m. div.#sebts#sermons#writingMarkdown source

One of the things that’s weird about writing sermons for a class is the requirement to turn in a summary of my preparation. Why, you ask? Because it tends to look like this…

April 01, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

Whoa: Ulysses exposes its iCloud documents quite elegantly to Spotlight (or Alfred or your launcher of choice). Quite impressed.

Ulysses, Byword, and “Just Right”

My own killer Markdown app is still unwritten.

March 26, 2016Filed under tech#design#software development#writingMarkdown source
March 12, 2016Filed under micro#writingMarkdown source

It is both nice and odd to have no analytics for my website. On the one hand, it is liberating: if no one reads, I’m none the wiser. On the other hand, it’s strange: there are posts I know are getting read a fair bit… but how much I have no idea.

Academic Markdown and Citations

A workflow with Pandoc, BibTEX, and the editor of your choice.

July 26, 2015 (updated July 26, 2015)Filed under tech#workflow#writingMarkdown source

Faithfulness

Different seasons, different responsibilities.

June 18, 2015Filed under blog#family#writingMarkdown source