If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Hanging books at tashas in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa

The speed at which many schools have closed, and kids and educators have had to switch to distance learning platforms have caused quite a bit of frustration, especially for parents overwhelmed with the sudden influx of messages. Here’s a funny (and true) rant from an Israeli mother who found herself overwhelmed by the flood of…… Continue reading If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, distance learning just might

Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

Bar of soap. Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

You already know that we should wash our hands (frequently) for at least 20 seconds, but do you know why soap is so effective against the coronavirus? Here’s a great explanation from Vox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LKVUarhtvE On a related note, it’s also worth watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSQztKXR6k0 A quote from the video that stands out for me…… Continue reading Why soap is the nemesis of the coronavirus

Brave browser seems to protect our privacy the most

I’ve been curious about the Brave browser for a little while now, and I’ve switched to Brave for any Chromium-based browser stuff I do (testing, browsing on sites that don’t support Firefox, and so on). I found this Ars Technica post interesting. They summarise a study into browsers and privacy, and found that Brave probably…… Continue reading Brave browser seems to protect our privacy the most

Tips for remote work newbies

Working remotely in style. Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

One of the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic is that more people find themselves needing to work remotely after having worked in a more conventional office environment for most of their careers. Shifting to remote work can be a little disconcerting. Fortunately there are substantial resources to help you work productively, remotely. Automattic is a…… Continue reading Tips for remote work newbies

Spotify recommendations are spot on today

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I’ve been listening to one of my Spotify Daily Mixes that comprises instrumental movie and TV soundtracks. It has been giving me some excellent choices, many of which I haven’t heard before. I’m really impressed! Here are a couple tracks that have become new favourites: https://open.spotify.com/track/1aM6Bm4bLFZx7uWNx5Oxg7?si=oD_ecXwmTfa79Gi2u9A2-w https://open.spotify.com/track/0EwWAoDJBOBrFZO8ZHo6dL?si=OM3sitXGTcKNmzYMoYK4lA https://open.spotify.com/track/7cUpC3CSexWIzyatJfhM4G?si=MJhQeRYgTZWFY8gvw7FbtA If only my YouTube recommendations for videos…… Continue reading Spotify recommendations are spot on today

How to send a Webmention in comments?

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I’ve had Webmentions enabled on this site for some time now. Sending a Webmention is pretty straightforward thanks to plugins like Webmention for WordPress and Semantic-Linkbacks. The question is how to send Webmentions in comments when someone replies to one of my posts? I reached out to Chris Aldrich on Twitter, and he pointed… Continue… Continue reading How to send a Webmention in comments?

Exploring the Brave browser

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A few of my colleagues have been raving about the relatively new, Chromium-based Brave browser lately, so I decided to try it out. I initially didn’t pay much attention because I’m pretty happy using Firefox as my primary browser. That said, I like a browser that blocks tracker crud on the Web, so I thought…… Continue reading Exploring the Brave browser

The missing piece in my Python scripts

The city's new center boulevard is coming along nicely. It was recently left open for pedestrians, so I took my camera for a morning walk/

My quest to automate parts of my workflows usually involves writing Python scripts to streamline some of my tasks as a Happiness Engineer. One output has confused me for far longer than it should have, and I was shown the light today (in the form of a pretty simple solution). My dilemma Many of my…… Continue reading The missing piece in my Python scripts