July 2023

Remember when I said last month was a weird month? This one has been, by all measures, even stranger. I’ve been expending a lot of effort on initiatives that I can’t talk about yet, but surely by the end of this next month, I’ll have something to show for it.

This month, I presented at the JS Club, talking about programmatic image manipulation using JavaScript. I think it went great! It was a great time, and we had a lot of fun hanging out before and after the meetup.

I have also spent a not-insignificant time updating my talk on features on the JS standards track in order to present at RVA.JS on August 1st. I’m really looking forward to it! But it also means that I’m publishing this article pretty early so I can get up obnoxiously early to catch my train tomorrow.

I spent a little time on two separate writing projects — I’m not sure if something is going to come of either, but it was nice to write again.



I read a lot this month. It really feels like I spent most of my free time this month reading… which is a nice feeling to have!

In fiction:

  • I re-read Iain M. Banks’ Inversions. Still a fantastic novel, which keeps you pondering the unsaid frame narrative well after you’ve finished the book.
  • I sped through Elliot Allagash in less than a day. I didn’t like the novel, but the pacing kept me engaged until the end.
  • I’m about halfway through Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, and I’ve found it spectacular so far. More to come when I finish it!

For non-fiction:

  • I read Built to Sell by John Warrillow. I found it a little cheesy, but certainly worth the time I spent reading it.
  • I also read Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss. Though I take issue with some of the message of the book, I have already found it an immensely useful read.


This month, failbetter published:


This month:

  • I typed 517,076 keys and clicked 80,856 times.
  • I listened to 794 songs.