yeah I'm going to a festival concert this weekend that's why i picked up these really cool.... COVID test kits. WHAT UP. earth is a weird place in 2022.

boring co/musk snark 

latimes.com/california/story/2

“MoRe tRaDiTiOnAl pRoCeSs fOr tHe eNvIrOnMeNtAl cLeArAnCe”

what a quote. (tunnels typically require quite a bit of environmental review -- AND RIGHTLY SO -- and somehow the boring co thought they were just going to "internet company" their way through it. lol, tech bros) meanwhile sound transit in seattle just keeps cranking out tunnels at cost, safely, pretty well on time given tunnel track records... like I dunno, maybe someone should talk to them?

I've been doing research on the state of the art when it comes to accessible "likert scale" based HTML forms - can someone explain to me why no one uses traditional form inputs in HTML anymore? There is some seriously bonkers stuff going on in the HTML/JS/CSS I'm seeing in the wild. Is it really just to have full visual thematic control over how forms are styled? If so, that's just ... well, I think the kids say "extra."

Been busy relocating my life from family sabbatical mode to regular family mode back in Los Angeles. BUT, next week I get to take a breather and see Alison Wonderland. Squeee.

Seattle’s cultural tendency towards activism (minimum wage and worker rights are issues you can reliably campaign on) may also be factoring in but the Times only choose to cover that issue as a pejorative. Something something competition in local news.

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My youngest is very into crochet and helped me come up with a pattern to replicate the new “LO-LA” droid from the Obi Wan Kenobi TV show.

ranting about American car-centric culture 

Really love the mindset of pedestrian shaming that is so prominent in America. Here's a completely unrelated transit article in a local community paper where the only comment is a nasty one from someone who I guess does not believe that pedestrians have the right-of-away.

software development 

I've entered some kind of hellscape where I'm laying out complicated visualizations using latex and tikz. save me.

Feeling pretty good right now about my decision to delete my 15 year old Twitter account last December. Still have the same feelings about the western tech world in general: it is terrible.

Work wise I'm transitioning into a CTO role for a small company that I've been a consultant with since 2004~ They are doing good & honest work with "boring" technology (my favorite kind!)

Most recently we were in New York City and saw five Broadway shows in three days thanks to some successful rush, lottery, and "tkts booth" tickets. It was a blast!

Oh and my family and I have been on sabbatical for a bit. We bicycled the West Coast of the United States which you can relive through photos here: instagram.com/mederosabbatical

Deleted my Twitter back in December of 2021 and took a long break from toot-like social media but I'm going to revive at least this account for short thought time. Hope all my friends here are managing the pandemic alright.

@d what did you think of Builder Book (noticed it on your pinboard)?

I asked Sam if he wanted to come get a babyccino and he said “grab me one,” so I guess being a teenager starts at almost 3 these days, cool, cool, that’s cool.

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