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Some good news for web devel­op­ers out of Google I/O — Google­Bot is now ever­green. It pre­vi­ous­ly ran an old­er ver­sion of Chrome that didn’t sup­port new­er fea­tures like ES6. Skipped ahead 33 versions 😅

05/07/2019 11:30 pm

It final­ly happened…stuck space­bar on my 2016 Mac­Book Pro. Maybe the fail­ure rate on these things real­ly is 100% if you keep it around long enough. I even use an exter­nal key­board 99% of the time 😩

04/16/2019 12:03 pm

I’ll be giv­ing a talk on the basics of Vue.js and how you can use it spruce up the UI of your next web project at this Thursday’s Refresh meet­up. Nicholas Scheurich will speak on React. Come get your fill of all the hot JavaScript frameworks.

03/26/2019 11:25 am

IndieWe­b­Camp is tomor­row in Austin. Still time to sign up if you’re in the area: https://​2019​.indieweb​.org/​a​ustin

02/22/2019 3:10 pm

Head­ing to Austin this week­end for IndieWe­b­Camp — a gath­er­ing for indie web cre­ators to share ideas, work on cre­at­ing for their own web­sites, and build upon each other’s cre­ations. And tacos — https://​2019​.indieweb​.org

02/19/2019 4:44 pm

LCD Soundsystem’s Electric Lady Sessions and Live Studio Albums

LCD Soundsys­tem released Elec­tric Lady Ses­sions last Fri­day. The album is a live stu­dio record­ing, mean­ing, the band played the songs togeth­er the way they would at a show, the show just hap­pens to take place in a stu­dio (Jimi Hendrix’s famed Elec­tric Lady Stu­dios).

The album cap­tures the ener­gy of a live per­for­mance and the evo­lu­tion of the songs since they were first released — with­out the crum­my live mix and crowd noise that often accom­pa­nies a live record­ing. I’d like to see more bands release record­ings like this. LCD Soundsytem has done this once before with Lon­don Ses­sions in 2010, which I total­ly missed.

02/15/2019 9:55 pm

Pedro the Lion – Phoenix album cover

Nice Fri­day sur­prise — Pedro the Lion has a new album out next week and you can down­load it now from their store.

01/11/2019 10:52 am

There’s a Refresh Baton Rouge lunch today at City Pork on Jef­fer­son at 11:30. Come hang with your fel­low nerds and talk web/​shop.

01/09/2019 11:07 am

GitHub announces unlimited free private repos

Start­ing today, you can store code that needs to remain pri­vate on GitHub for free. From their announce­ment:

GitHub Free now includes unlim­it­ed pri­vate repos­i­to­ries. For the first time, devel­op­ers can use GitHub for their pri­vate projects with up to three col­lab­o­ra­tors per repos­i­to­ry for free. Many devel­op­ers want to use pri­vate repos to apply for a job, work on a side project, or try some­thing out in pri­vate before releas­ing it pub­licly. Start­ing today, those sce­nar­ios, and many more, are pos­si­ble on GitHub at no cost. Pub­lic repos­i­to­ries are still free (of course — no changes there) and include unlim­it­ed collaborators.

I start­ed mov­ing my pri­vate repos from a free plan at Bit­Buck­et to GitHub’s $7 per month devel­op­er plan last year because I pre­fer GitHub’s inter­face and expe­ri­ence — plus the con­ve­nience of hav­ing my code stored in the same place as the oth­er code I use every day.

I’ve been in con­sol­i­da­tion mode at Stu­diosaurus HQ and just fin­ished mov­ing old sites off a DreamHost account I’ve had open since 2006 and a few client sites that were on Lin­odes man­aged with Forge. Now all my sites are on Lin­odes man­aged with Server­Pi­lot.

Between the GitHub pric­ing announce­ment and host­ing con­sol­i­da­tions, I’ll be elim­i­nat­ing almost $40 of recur­ring month­ly costs.

01/07/2019 2:32 pm

Tacos while I keynote

06/04/2018 12:12 pm

Watch­ing an excel­lent first sea­son explain­er before div­ing into the sea­son two West­world premier.

04/22/2018 8:43 pm

Prince’s orig­i­nal stu­dio record­ing of Noth­ing Com­pares 2 U”. Record­ed in the sum­mer of 1984 and recent­ly released by The Prince Estate.

04/21/2018 7:20 pm

5th anniver­sary shots

04/02/2018 9:26 pm

Ales from the heart of Dix­ie @ Good Peo­ple Brew­ing Company

03/31/2018 5:50 pm

Richard Edwards (of Mar­got and the Nuclear So and So’s) start­ed a Patre­on this week where he’s reg­u­lar­ly releas­ing music to sup­port­ers. So far he’s shared demos and live per­for­mances along with sto­ries to put them in context. 🎶

01/26/2018 12:32 pm

yɒbʜƚɿiᙠ yqqɒH

01/20/2018 8:27 pm

The Shins released The Worm’s Heart today, a fol­low-up to 2017’s Heart­worms. Same songs on both, but down­tem­po tracks have been rearranged upbeat and vice ver­sa. Neat concept. 🎧

01/19/2018 5:05 pm

    Start­ed the new year with five fun and relax­ing days in Playa del Car­men cel­e­brat­ing Katie and Ryan’s wed­ding. Con­grat­u­la­tions to the newlyweds!

    01/10/2018 2:53 pm

    Pool­side in Playa del Carmen

    01/05/2018 2:42 pm

    ❄️ BTR 🛫 IAH 🛩 CUN 🛬 🏝

    01/03/2018 5:08 am

    Made our final pies of 2017 🍕

    12/31/2017 8:25 pm

    Thanks to the guys from @mof1podcast for hav­ing me on dur­ing Crop to talk about dinosaurs, piz­za­ver­saries, and sage career advice from col­lege pro­fes­sors. Check it out

    12/27/2017 11:23 am

    Migrat­ed my site to Craft 3 and its data­base to Post­gres so I can fill my posts with emoji 🎉

    In oth­er nerdy news, posts are now pub­lished to my web­site and syn­di­cat­ed to Twit­ter via Micro.blog.

    https://​stephen​bowl​ing​.com/​b​l​o​g​/​t​y​p​e​/​notes

    12/27/2017 1:47 am

    Just vot­ed. Still have ~2.5 hours to have yours count­ed for State Trea­sur­er, City Judge, and the hotel tax to sup­port Vis­it Baton Rouge.

    11/18/2017 5:26 pm

    Bob­by Bare Jr.’s cov­ers of Sis­ter Gold­en Hair :the_horns::skin-tone-2:

    Beta (Rock) — www​.youtube​.com/​watch

    Alpha (Acoustic) — www​.youtube​.com/​watch

    10/09/2017 9:29 am

    Air­Play 2 is com­ing to Sonos in 2018. Should replace my Apple TV/​Connect hack for mul­ti-room podcasts. 👍

    10/04/2017 9:39 am

    Turkey and the Wo…

    08/26/2017 12:50 pm

    Total­i­ty. Cleve­land, Tennessee.

    08/21/2017 12:42 pm

    Found our favorite New Orleans cof­fee shop in Charleston.

    06/07/2017 9:20 am

    BTR ✈️ DFW ✈️ SEA #Peer­sConf

    04/25/2017 11:24 am

    Lockheed Makes Breakthrough on Fusion Energy Project

    Com­pact nuclear fusion would pro­duce far less waste than coal-pow­ered plants since it would use deu­teri­um-tri­tium fuel, which can gen­er­ate near­ly 10 mil­lion times more ener­gy than the same amount of fos­sil fuels, the com­pa­ny said.

    10/15/2014 10:24 pm

    How To Make Oatmeal…Wrong

    McDonald’s — the place where even healthy choic­es are any­thing but. Since 1955.

    Real oat­meal con­tains no ingre­di­ents; rather, it is an ingre­di­ent. As such, it’s a promis­ing life­saver: oats are easy to grow in almost any non-extreme cli­mate and, min­i­mal­ly processed, they’re pro­found­ly nour­ish­ing, inex­pen­sive and ridicu­lous­ly easy to cook.

    [In] typ­i­cal McDonald’s fash­ion, the com­pa­ny is doing every­thing it can to turn oat­meal into yet anoth­er bad choice. […] Cream” (which con­tains sev­en ingre­di­ents, two of them actu­al dairy) is auto­mat­i­cal­ly added; brown sug­ar is osten­si­bly option­al, but it’s also added rou­tine­ly unless a cus­tomer specif­i­cal­ly requests oth­er­wise. There are also diced apples, dried cran­ber­ries and raisins, the least processed of the ingre­di­ents (even the oat­meal con­tains sev­en ingre­di­ents, includ­ing nat­ur­al flavor”).

    A more accu­rate descrip­tion than 100 per­cent nat­ur­al whole-grain oats,” plump raisins,” sweet cran­ber­ries” and crisp fresh apples” would be oats, sug­ar, sweet­ened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingre­di­ents you would nev­er keep in your kitchen.”

    02/28/2011 11:09 pm

    The details are not the details. They make the design.

    02/02/2011 12:10 am

    Mandy Brown on Ebooks, Book Writing and Blogging

    Right now, ebooks are a byprod­uct of paper books; the dis­tri­b­u­tion and pub­lish­ing process is iden­ti­cal, while the read­ing expe­ri­ence dif­fers only slight­ly. The cur­rent crop of ebooks takes advan­tage of the dig­i­tal for­mat in as much as they per­mit you to car­ry more of them around than you could before; but oth­er ele­ments of the medi­um — hyper” part of hyper­text — are notice­ably absent.

    Many devel­op­ers are stick­ing close­ly to a paper metaphor in apps used to read these books. The paper metaphor can be done away with. Books that play video and show pas­sages oth­ers are high­light­ing don’t need pages” with a fan­cy curl ani­ma­tion. Scrolling is a bet­ter method on a touch-based device, but prob­a­bly isn’t the best answer. It will be inter­est­ing to see what oth­er con­ven­tions are explored as devices and the for­mat mature.

    01/25/2011 9:03 pm

    Researchers Will Consider a New World Kilogram Standard

    In a lab­o­ra­to­ry vault out­side Paris is a small cylin­der of plat­inum – irid­i­um alloy that serves as the stan­dard for all mass mea­sure­ments world­wide. By an 1889 inter­na­tion­al accord, the mass of this met­al cylin­der defines the kilogram.

    The ref­er­ence cylinder’s mass has drift­ed slight­ly through the years — not enough to throw off your bath­room scale, but enough to both­er mea­sure­ment scientists.

    Researchers plan to dis­cuss relat­ing the kilo­gram to Planck’s con­stant.

    01/24/2011 8:41 pm

    Yes, Plants Have Protein

    Research has shown that all plants con­tain pro­tein and at least 14% of the total calo­ries of every plant are pro­tein. Broc­coli con­tains more pro­tein per calo­rie than steak and, per calo­rie, spinach is about equal to chick­en and fish. Of course, you’ll need to eat a lot more broc­coli and spinach to get the same amount of calo­ries that you do from the meat.

    So how much is a lot more?” You’d have to con­sume about 2½ lbs of spinach to get the same amount of pro­tein you get from a ¼ lb chick­en breast.

    I’m a cheat­ing veg­an or a picky pesc­etar­i­an depend­ing on the day of the week. I don’t eat meat oth­er than seafood and I’m very selec­tive about what seafood I do eat — most­ly tuna and oys­ters. I don’t con­sume dairy oth­er than the occa­sion­al ice cream and cake (and cake).1 Even so, 2½ lbs of spinach sounds daunt­ing. Luck­i­ly there are oth­er options:

    Beans (27% pro­tein), lentils (36%), chick­peas (33%), peas (30%), and kale (22%) pro­vide the great­est oppor­tu­ni­ty to acquire micronu­tri­ents pack­aged with pro­tein. Prac­ti­cal solu­tions to add more of these include adding beans/​legumes to sal­ads, stews and soups.

    01/24/2011 2:50 am