I’m tempted to post something extremely provocative (but not so provocative that Jean would have to protect the M.b. community guidelines) to test webmentions on the blog.

September 10, 2022 micro

Markdown Language Server In VS Code

A singer with big glasses once said Saturday nights are alright for fighting.” I tend to think they are better for reading and writing blog posts in an IDE, though. If you’ve never tried writing a blog post in an interactive development environment like Visual Studio Code, tonight might be the time to check it out. They’ve just added support for a Markdown Language Server, which Matt Bierner details in this post.

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September 10, 2022 Tech

🎵 Pat’s Trick

Last week, Frosted Echoes featured a Breeders cover as the Friday Night Video and this week, we’re following closely behind with a song by the band Helium. Pat’s Trick” is the opening track off the debut record by the band. It has the buzziness of Cannonball” and that mid-nineties Big Muff grunginess. Indie rockers during this period had no problems mimicking the catchy chorus technique of their major label cousins and this track showcases that dynamic.

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September 9, 2022 friday night video noise

Obsidian has a new default theme called Dragonglass.” The theme has only been released in the insider builds, so I haven’t had a chance to play with it. It looks appealing, though. I like the idea of tabs, which have been adopted in many other apps (at least on MacOS). I also appreciate having a theme that looks OS native and doesn’t require community plugins (which bring security concerns with them) to achieve that look.

September 7, 2022 tech

Amor Fati

DHH from 37Signals, who is not a believer, writes about nihilism and God’s will. Nietzsche promoted the idea of Amor Fati (love your fate). Heinemeier Hanson relishes the idea of intellectual surrender that comes from faith. He brings in Kierkegaard’s leap of faith concept.

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September 7, 2022 faith

Institutions Absorb Anxiety

I’m not sure what to think of this piece from Mere Orthodoxy on panic over the direction of Western civilization and its implications for Christians. For one thing, it sides mostly with Rod Dreher, someone with whom I am not usually in agreement. Dreher tends toward the Chicken Little end of the Christian spectrum, and his hand wringing often seems counterproductive. Things can surely get more difficult for Christians as societal mores shift, but the sky will not fall as long as God’s creation stands, and we are part of that creation. Perhaps, despite the references used, the piece brings up important points about the protective effect of institutions for our emotional well-being.

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September 5, 2022 faith

Skateboard Hooligans

I was reading my friend Adam’s newsletter, Tendrils, and I came upon some quick thoughts about the movie mid90s in a collection of mini-reviews of A24 movies. While Adam enjoyed the movie because it brought back some skateboarding nostalgia, I hated it for much the same reason. It seems like every recent movie or documentary dealing with skateboarding, from mid90s to Minding the Gap, makes it seem like skateboarders are a bunch of lawless teenage punks who have trouble with school or work. I was big into skateboarding in the early 90s, and I didn’t find the stereotype to be true. Some of my friends from that era became software development managers, architects, and worked at major record labels. I would rather not make it sound like a career is the only measurement of success, but these guys clearly didn’t meet the stereotype you see of skateboarders in the media.

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September 3, 2022 skateboarding

Typing As Music

In a piece for the New Yorker, David Owen writes about the world of mechanical keyboard enthusiasts in the context of his own history and love of keyboards.

Typing is rhythmic, complicated, and soothing, and, when I’m doing it well, my conscious brain doesn’t seem to be involved. It’s as close as I’ll ever come to playing a musical instrument—a nontrivial attraction. My love of typing probably contributed to my decision to become a writer.

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September 3, 2022

🎵 Cannonball

If you look back at the music I’ve shared on this blog, you wouldn’t doubt my devotion to nostalgic 80s retro-inspired sounds. Bring on the sports cars, sunglasses, synthesizers, and neon signs. Lately, though, I’ve been wishing for a 90s resurgence. Let’s have some flannel and baby doll dresses. In that spirit, I wanted to share this dead-on, straight cover of Cannonball” by the Breeders performed by Courtney Barnett. Barnett has been on my radar for a while, but now I have a reason to check out her stuff. She and her band nail this track. It’s hard to believe that it is just the three of them because the sound feels so full.

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September 2, 2022 Friday Night Video Noise

Where It Comes From

Jack Baty writes about the MoFi scandal from an unusual perspective. Instead of gloating about the customers being ripped off because they couldn’t tell the difference in sound coming from an analog or digital source — he argues that origins are still meaningful.

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August 28, 2022

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