February 2024


This was a bit of an odd month. I feel like I started a lot of things — books, projects, and other big life things — but I didn’t finish anything. Which is a little frustrating, but that’s how it’s going to go sometimes.

Like seemingly everyone else, I’ve been playing a bit of Balatro. It’s fun, and certainly addicting, but I am mildly frustrated by it.

In other news, M and I went to Pietramala for Valentine’s Day dinner — it was amazing. If you’re ever in Philly, you should make sure you don’t miss it.


Here’s a random bunch of photos I took this month!

Philadelphia sunset
A squinting cat
A white shutter door that someone has written "bummer" on
A snowy view of Philadelphia


I published five posts over on the leadership blog this month:


This month, I wrote a large chunk of an app to serve as an event RSVP management tool… and then, last-minute, I decided to go full ActivityPub and FOSS and stand up a Mobilizon instance instead. It’s up now! I have mixed feelings about Mobilizon, but I think it has a lot of potential. More to come about this hopefully soon.

I also updated my Mastodon server. I only mention this because I was a few versions behind, and my VPS also needed an OS upgrade, so this turned into a frenetic, multi-hour affair.


This month at JS Club was a presentation from my friend Cody Lewis: “Better JavaScript Code for ‘Free’ with ESLint!” It was a good time; Cody’s talk was great, and I got to meet some new folks. 🙂

I spent some time this month working on my next talk. I’m giving a talk with Josh Goldberg in March — my portion is on authentication in Next.js apps. Come on down!


This month, I watched 10 (!) films:

  • Taken — ★★½☆☆
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire — (rewatch) ★★★½☆
  • The Goldfinch — ★★★★☆
  • The Gray Man — ★★★½☆
  • Deadpool — ★★☆☆☆
  • Happy Gilmore — ★★★☆☆
  • Red Notice — ★★★☆☆
  • Complicity — ★★★½☆
  • Poor Things — ★½☆☆☆
  • Pom Poko — ★★½☆☆

That’s a lot of movies! Unfortunately, no new favorites, but I enjoyed almost all of them.

Have I mentioned that I love Letterboxd? You can follow me there.


This month, I read all of Megatokyo — the first six print volumes, and then catching up to the present on the website. I started reading Megatokyo in either 2004 or 2005, so it was a massive nostalgia trip to re-engage with it. There are certainly parts of the series that do not hold up — to the point where I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone — but I still find it fascinating as a tool to practice archeology of both the internet and my of life.

Other than that: I made progress on a bunch of books, but didn’t finish any of them! I got pretty far into In the Plex by Steven Levy, but ultimately decided to put it down.


This month, failbetter published:


This month:

  • I typed 638,000 keys and clicked 86,095 times.
  • I listened to 1,281 songs.