A Developer’s Second Brain on Plaintext | by Junji Zhi | Gusto Engineering | Apr, 2022 | Medium:

As a developer, I have to juggle the information among different levels of products, systems, processes, and people.
Each obligation, even if it seems small, requires my brain to retain some information, in order to make quality decisions about what’s next.
When I switch contexts, my brain is not willing to let go of all the information. It seems that my subconsciousness figures out that I would need it later, and if I let go, I may lose it forever, so it decides to hang on to it.

Orgdown – the Interesting Feedback Phase so Far:

The reddit posting was a different thing altogether. The feedback was bad to very bad with only a few positive bits here or there. There was no discussion on the idea at all, just the topic on the choice of the name. When I got heated and wrote that I’d probably prefer to take the project offline, somebody wrote:

This is why we can’t have nice things. The FOSS community tends towards toxic at times, and that can drown out anyone trying to add new things…

The Way of Emacs

September 22, 2021

The Way of Emacs:

In my desire to use org-mode, I got sucked into the abyss and have come out a believer.

I was an emacs user before I found org-mode, but it has become my go-to means of quickly managing thoughts, notes, numbers or anything else across all my devices on way or another, and in plain-text that can be reused across myriad other tools with minimal friction.

My dream is finding a way to use org-mode in any text-field in macOS, iOS, and iPadOS so I can leverage the power with all the other secret sauce the Apple ecosystem adds.

Alex Schroeder: 2021-07-01 How to make conversation:

Anyway. All of this to say that we need to imagine positive outcomes for the things we say. It’s a bit like chess. There’s a thing somebody said. There’s the thought we’re holding in our mind. We’re ready to give that reply. Now, quick: imagine how the other person is going to react. Is this going to turn into an interesting conversation? If not, I’m already bored. Talk to somebody else. At the very least, ask a question. If you’re going to produce insults, or implied insults, or trying to score points on technicalities, I’m not interested. Learn about interacting with people, first.

Emacs: smarter search and replace:

While I rarely need to apply additional logic when replacing matches, it’s nice to know we have options available in our Emacs toolbox. This prompted me to check out replace-regexp’s documentation (via M-x describe-function or my favorite M-x helpful-callable). There’s lots in there. Go check its docs out. You may be pleasantly surprised by all the featured packed under this humble function.