October 2023


This month, I was promoted to Head of Engineering, US at work. I’m excited about all the things I’m going to learn and everything this team is going to accomplish.

I had a great time at LibertyJS; there were a lot of great talks, and I made some new friends, as well as catching up with some folks I hadn’t seen in a while. I had honestly forgotten how fun conferences are! I’m also at the makebetter.email email interoperability summit this week, which will extend a few more days into November — this has already been valuable in a few ways, and I’m looking forward to the next steps that come out of this.

So clearly all of that has been taking up most of my energy this month!

I do have one code thing to share: I wrote a script to sync Mastodon notifications to Slack and put it on Github.  You can find it here: https://github.com/tjwds/mastodon-to-slack


Also another short playlist!


I finished seven films this month:

  • The Big Short ★★★★★
  • Prospect ★★½☆☆
  • The Martian (rewatch) ★★★★★
  • Style Wars ★★★★☆
  • Death on the Nile ★★★☆☆
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug ★★☆☆☆
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ★★½☆☆

I also made a new Letterboxd list: Movies I feel asleep in the middle of but kept waking up and catching a scene or two so I don’t really feel like I watched it but I don’t really want to re-watch it either. I earned one entry on this list this month: Sonic the Hedgehog.

I love Letterboxd. You should follow me there!


This month, I finished Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb. It was a lot of exposition, but I got pretty wrapped up in the story, and immediately picked up the next book in the series.


This month, failbetter published:


This month,

  • I typed 705,294 keys and clicked 87,482 times.
  • I listened to 709 songs.