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Ben Firshman @bfirsh San Francisco

Building a new thing. Previously: @docker, @guardian, @govuk

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Joined Twitter 4/24/08


@jorilallo @NotionHQ I really just want a faster Notion with fewer features. @RoamResearch is super fast but too ne… https://t.co/zoILd6zFJv @jorilallo @NotionHQ Yes and it drives me nuts. Though it has always been really slow for me, so I'm not sure if it… https://t.co/RoEkxYnG2u
8/5
2020
@cindywu @sunrise https://t.co/yhx0rHbIpa ! It's really good! Maybe @raphaelschaad can get you an invite. :)
7/30
2020
@rakyll I find myself doing this often because it is one fewer thing to name. If the package just contains one thin… https://t.co/M0LsirXwbi
7/24
2020
*Squid, not Sphinx...It worked great for about an hour then the whole network mysteriously stopped working for the rest of the day. I le… https://t.co/7rxGfyzBiQRouting the whole school's network through one shitty Pentium machine wouldn't work though, so I figured out a way… https://t.co/9XtbXGUMWpIt was implemented as a Debian live CD you put in any school computer. It would boot up, then Ettercap would MITMed… https://t.co/5yuHo7FX2FThese were the days when nothing had SSL, so you could just rewrite traffic!On my last day, as a prank, I rewrote the whole internet on the school computers. Google's logo became "Leavers '08… https://t.co/zrqUZanEDF
7/22
2020
@lalamaguire This teaching garden in SF is the best https://t.co/RVUAsaVeMu "Intro to Veggie Gardening" is probabl… https://t.co/EN2b2Gehh2
7/2
2020
@mulegirl @hondanhon Yeah. GROBID only kinda works because most academic papers look kinda the same. As soon as it… https://t.co/3I4SZW5d0l @hondanhon @mulegirl We use GROBID on arXiv Vanity to turn the citations into links, though. That's one of its many tricks. @hondanhon @mulegirl As an experiment, we converted that XML into some HTML, and it kind of works:… https://t.co/n9b3U92obC @hondanhon @mulegirl There are a few people working on it though. The best open source effort is GROBID:… https://t.co/q7Sm4t1dsI @hondanhon @mulegirl arXiv Vanity works so well because arXiv publish LaTeX source. Unfortunately converting plain… https://t.co/lwT57Pma79
6/24
2020
Dataflow is not the correct answer. It has so much setup and boilerplate. S3 Batch Operations is also not the corr… https://t.co/ryHol9Bq4CI have a bucket full of files and I want to run a function against each one of those files (e.g. to resize them). W… https://t.co/Wz5kLVYLdV
6/16
2020
@slightlylate I'm tempted to wire 240v outlets to my kitchen so I can use a British kettle. Not too hard with split… https://t.co/Vasmx47VPf
5/14
2020
@maksim_s @withprimer 🙌 congrats!
5/12
2020
@jongold Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni is a, er, classic.
4/28
2020
@rektide @benward Topical https://t.co/Skp6PCokzd @rektide @benward This is the stuff you want: https://t.co/m5DAEjtNKA It is *absurdly* strong and peels off without leaving residue.
4/23
2020
The web framework for perfectionists dealing with exponential growth.Django is still my go-to for getting apps up and running as quickly as possible. If, like me, you happen to be spi… https://t.co/fF07L3aD5o @simonw @jbaruch I think that is the default though. It is my account and I didn't touch that. Weird. Maybe they changed the default?? @simonw @jbaruch Again, not defending Zoom. It's awful. It is so unclear whether something is private or pseudo-pub… https://t.co/DetYoxoF79 @simonw @jbaruch I clicked "host a meeting" and I haven't changed any of the defaults. Paid team account. @simonw @jbaruch This is what I see when I'm in a Zoom call. https://t.co/6vsjmjFYEz @simonw @jbaruch I think the problem is the "personal meeting URL" has no password by default. Which, is pretty stu… https://t.co/UcdtZuzN3B @simonw @jbaruch Not defending Zoom here because it's an awfully designed piece of software... but I think the cont… https://t.co/AWb2EbBPgV @simonw @jbaruch Zoom seems to do this for me. All meetings default to passworded, and the invitation URL has ?pwd=... appended.
4/1
2020
@whoisdanw have you tried https://t.co/TEQPSVmizB ? It's really good for route planning.
3/28
2020
@jongold engineering -> product. Learned a lot, fucked up a lot. It was great.
3/27
2020
@cpuguy83 @justincormack @Docker I miss tiny gordon!! https://t.co/U4asIs35Uy @cpuguy83 @justincormack @Docker https://t.co/qNMtxTs5aI
3/19
2020
@jacobian https://t.co/R29zrgtTKA
3/17
2020
@SamCoatesSky source https://t.co/pCyGrdFzdY
3/16
2020
@borja_burgos no no no no no https://t.co/o6Y9JTeSBv @borja_burgos I looked up some of ours and... OH GOD https://t.co/VpbtPyIKNS
3/11
2020
We signed a beautiful office on Market near Noe Valley - come co-work with us! Desks & conf room available ($600/mo… https://t.co/5dYnMKNyzf
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3/1
2020
@andreasklinger There are also lots of specialist organizations in each field that produce meta-studies. E.g. Cochr… https://t.co/pL0ZLG74wW @andreasklinger Grab bag of related things: https://t.co/8fmIecgjtU https://t.co/w6p1sV2ozZ https://t.co/qVXMLYQLthhttps://t.co/qUNKwJxaRk @andreasklinger No, but something I was considering working on! Best solution is curated Google Docs by well-infor… https://t.co/kn83DL5WUP
2/29
2020
Your periodic reminder https://t.co/JP0p2jujgp
2/26
2020
@celinehalioua <3 @rauchg @schickling Ooh -- I forgot I wrote some design principles: https://t.co/O2xp6cFIzj A lot of Docker and Django influence in there.
2/23
2020
There are some things I would change too. I would probably now build it on top of Next.js (hi @rauchg!) and Prisma… https://t.co/o7Ipovv3Lo- No HOCs or anything like that. I like how Django feels like I'm doing very boring procedural programming, not cle… https://t.co/BIIvmia8cBThe interesting contrarian things in Miles: - ORMs! I like them! They fit with how my brain works, and how I build… https://t.co/HprNG6qekCThere seem to be lots of other similar things appearing which is why I want to throw out my ideas.… https://t.co/S0IUyscoWkIt's just a sketch. It's notably missing auth, actually storing data, server-side processing, etc. None of that stu… https://t.co/oCq0ukuL3KLast year I started building the JS framework I wanted to exist. Something that gave me the buzz of productivity th… https://t.co/BUjLz8K5rg
2/20
2020
@jongold Dating a really good cook. Lessons. Good cook books. (Internet recipes are awful. I can send you a list if… https://t.co/ExQbbMSqHg
1/14
2020
@simonw docker-compose.yml now has volumes and networks and stuff, but was originally just a config for the container @simonw 👍 The Compose file was designed to be a way to commit the arguments for `docker run` to source control. An… https://t.co/i7H1cE4tf9
1/13
2019
@dcurtis You might enjoy this: https://t.co/BBW1TSZYwx @dcurtis Also arbitrary limits on the speed of things, quantization of light, etcetc
12/12
2019
@andreasklinger @patio11 Doing legal stuff is so bewildering to most people too. Standard paperwork with human-readable tl;drs. @andreasklinger @patio11 So much this. There are so many unknown unknowns when running a small business, particular… https://t.co/IssRFhbmU0
12/3
2019
@simonw Haven't used it yet but I've heard good things about https://t.co/1mKKEzemEx. It's pretty much Heroku with persistent disks.
10/9
2019
@VickySteeves @ashleyrjester @arxiv We are working with arxiv to integrate it though :) https://t.co/zVXDyOkOw7
10/2
2019
@hyper_linda It won't stop you from getting ill tho, sorry @hyper_linda I always thought it was hogwash but apparently there is some evidence that vitamin C reduces the durat… https://t.co/EDieD2aRJS
9/5
2019
@solomonstre It's a fringe approach, but the evidence seems to add up. The purpose of most carbon offsetting is jus… https://t.co/sBPg2hnD4L @solomonstre ... in addition to changing behaviour to reduce emissions, of course @solomonstre Works out as <$1 to offset a transatlantic flight, versus ~$15 for planting trees and similar. So, I j… https://t.co/MBE4zYZQ1p @solomonstre From my research a couple of years ago, the most cost-effective way of reducing emissions is preventin… https://t.co/qwUabPj1XY
9/4
2019
Don't get me wrong, I think blockchains are an interesting technology, but they're only useful for a very specific… https://t.co/wuXRSDQoDBThe value is not in the blockchain – it is in the community and the concept that people can rally around.To me, the interesting bit is the community of tooling and side-stepping of regulation, that lets people experiment… https://t.co/8wUjCR3MsBThe idea that cryptocurrencies are decentralised is nonsense. They merely shift the centralisation from governments… https://t.co/VwU0ADS0k4
9/3
2019
@robertwiblin @robinhanson Similarly, PDFs work terribly with screen readers. There are lots of surprising benefits… https://t.co/GbzbDeBpJv @robertwiblin @robinhanson Most of the traffic to https://t.co/71jw8vCohW is from China/Japan because they want to… https://t.co/0f6H9hHECt
9/2
2019
We've integrated the CC65 toolchain which compiles C blazingly fast, and use @bfirsh's JSNES emulator to run code… https://t.co/EKPsbKn8FW
Retweeted by Ben Firshman @andreasklinger @holman @timneutkens Oh wow we should talk. There is no framework for building small database-backe… https://t.co/5sDRXpwKNn
8/15
2019
@simonw I sat down and listened to my whole half hour collage last time I did this. It’s surprisingly compelling, f… https://t.co/FUqk8qD1We @simonw This might help? It’s also just a really lovely thing anyway. https://t.co/DOy0n9jQdo
8/2
2019
@Sirupsen *50 year @Sirupsen Source: https://t.co/fdhvgQrYvx (assumes 1 nuclear plant ~= 5TWh/yr) @Sirupsen Chernobyl death estimates range from 4000 to 16000. Seems plausible, especially considering climate change risk. @Sirupsen My back of the napkin calculations: say the TV show caused one more coal plant to exist instead of a nucl… https://t.co/vlODfxnFsh @Sirupsen Yep. I wonder if the TV show will cause more future deaths than Chernobyl itself.
7/30
2019
Tired of PDFs? You can now read the full text of Quantum papers in your browser on arXiv Vanity. Example:… https://t.co/NpJCL4tMpL
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7/26
2019
@devonzuegel Oh also all the tasty Italian foods are from the surrounding area (Parmesan, Balsamic vinegar, Parma h… https://t.co/1qM7bJQCBV @devonzuegel That’s all I found but if this stuff exists I’m pretty sure there’s more good stuff I didn’t find. @devonzuegel 3) The remains of a plane that was shot down by a missile off the coast of Italy. To this day nobody h… https://t.co/eq5a25BQkV @devonzuegel 2) Museum of Industrial Heritage is about the history of local industry and economy, and has LOADS of… https://t.co/GCUZiunm40 @devonzuegel As well as lots of wax models of dead people, I also remember some beautiful woodblocks that were used… https://t.co/OXOcJsLhcG @devonzuegel 1. The first systematic human dissections were done in Bologna, and I think a lot of our understanding… https://t.co/ugRJPAb108 @devonzuegel Oh gosh Bologna. It’s good for all the normal reasons people go: the history, the architecture, the ar… https://t.co/dQ2N3GJpqG
7/22
2019
@hunter_owens @allafarce https://t.co/b2IuiGqHA8 is the best I found
7/3
2019
@jongold Come hang out at the embassy! We have fancy home free lunch.
5/7
2019
@jonty But nobody is that prepared. Time machine lures you into a false sense of security. @jonty Thankfully I had a second time machine drive and an Arq backup. I am now keeping a third time machine drive. @jonty A couple of weeks ago my laptop got stolen and I restored from time machine. It wouldn't read even though a… https://t.co/dJcnY4uB7E
4/28
2019
@unpaywall I think it bears repeating. The web was invented 30 years ago to share academic writing. WHY ARE ALL CITATIONS NOT HYPERLINKS? @unpaywall I am giddy with excitement about this one. One of the reasons I originally built arXiv Vanity was becaus… https://t.co/btDtDwYOjFThis is built with grobid, biblio-glutton, @unpaywall. I think I will write up in more detail how it works because… https://t.co/ohx1gSCxDf
4/26
2019

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