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Ben Firshman @bfirsh San Francisco

Building tools for researchers. Previously: @docker, @guardian, @govuk

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Joined Twitter 4/24/08


@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/ohx1gSCxDfarXiv Vanity now attempts to turn citations into links. It does its best to find the preprint on arXiv and link to… https://t.co/e2yvDJxFy1 @JamesCrowley @richardprice100 End of May! I'll DM you. Also - already know a few folks at https://t.co/BmMA9akFnP,… https://t.co/syAnUcpEWZ
4/26
2019
@markhurrell There are also WAY fewer errors than there used to be, mostly thanks to @dginev and Bruce from the LaTeXML project. @markhurrell We don't do a good job of images yet. It's really hard to size them correctly. Work in progress. @markhurrell Maths has space to breathe. https://t.co/X0ke9ktkys @markhurrell A lot of work has been done to make the most of big screens. Just look at the tables in this paper. Th… https://t.co/Lovif0bE1p @markhurrell I think my favourite bit is the marginalia footnotes. https://t.co/nRLR6blLnf https://t.co/EdJHVM1SdOWe've made a few updates to arXiv Vanity recently, most notable is a new design, based on some ideas from… https://t.co/ElXdVXzCnWSimilarly, if you just generally want to nerd out about academic tooling, I'm very down for that too. I'm in SF for… https://t.co/sH6LUACv9VIf you're a researcher, I would really like to talk to you. I want to understand how you work, what tooling you use… https://t.co/MzmmcRmrSO @anuraggoel congrats!
4/25
2019
@jongold Yes! I tried it out and didn't get too excited but I can't remember why. Maybe I should try it out again...
4/24
2019
@edwardhorsford I have got my keyboard replaced twice and both times it took over a week. If you need a laptop, a t… https://t.co/yGONwCCtJ3
4/11
2019
@sonia_turcotte https://t.co/ZBTR7zl8q4
4/3
2019
@mrchrisadams @jna_sh @hypothes_is I really like https://t.co/u6yLDXkkQS for doing useful things with my annotations
3/28
2019
@jorilallo But that's just because there weren't any Apple Stores in Kyrgyzstan. I'd recommend taking it to an Apple Store at that point. 😂 @jorilallo This actually worked for me a few times: https://t.co/qbRx7VF7gY When that didn't work, I managed to fi… https://t.co/WIB65Cfyda
3/5
2019
Totally unrelated: DM me if you have opinions about JavaScript frameworks, building web apps, etc. I would like to talk to you.Perhaps this is a reason developer tools remain so hard to use. Once you put in the hard work to understand a hard… https://t.co/GrfVwOewfaThere is always pushback from the priesthood, because it’s a critique of their identity: a clever person who can ge… https://t.co/BX3RzDg6JJFor each hard technology that has a loyal priesthood, there is an opportunity to design something better that the o… https://t.co/o8nG8s5ani @eriktorenberg I find it funny when people get excited by brain<->brain interface technology. It already exists and… https://t.co/yixqfIxAGX
3/3
2019
@craigkerstiens No but I wouldn't put it past me. ;)If you have a Heroku app this might save your butt one day: https://t.co/k2T9rQnNcG
2/26
2019
@chrisbranch @ChrisSinjo @aanand @j0ffrey @Aanand where are your YAML memoirs @chrisbranch @ChrisSinjo @Aanand @j0ffrey oh god somebody found it again
2/16
2019
@aanand @whoisdanw https://t.co/OdIwQx376D
2/15
2019
@Foone @aanand @j0ffrey @dnephin oh no it must have been one of us that wrote this
2/11
2019
@richardjpope @clancynewyork Thanks! Would be interesting to hear your thoughts. @richardjpope @clancynewyork What exactly is your use-case? Do you just need a bibliography manager, or is for more… https://t.co/5fTSSir00A
2/5
2019
@worrydream Hypothesis: there are lots of technologists who want to do high impact work but don't know how. Perhaps… https://t.co/xswmJTp5ftThis @worrydream essay has been a big influence on my career direction, and is part of the reason I am building too… https://t.co/tbckWweeKk
1/30
2019
Are you a mid-career designer or engineer struggling with burnout & work-related depression? Let me buy you tea and… https://t.co/VxNywkNfKD
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1/28
2019
@jonty @emfcamp @planetlabs aaand without the map labels https://t.co/EjmuLA0Gku @jonty @emfcamp @planetlabs have an actual image! Aug 31st, 10:41 UTC. Only 3m resolution though. https://t.co/kdsH3FFh0h
1/27
2019
Your periodic reminder that cycling for an hour extends your life by about an hour. https://t.co/XC3rrg8WoQ I lik… https://t.co/NNvlgXZJDN
1/18
2019
@jongold @meteorjs I don't think it exists and I would like it to exist. Closest thing I found for a project recent… https://t.co/prSKXO6q6y
1/17
2019
@robinberjon @brembs @skdh Have you used any of those tools? Which ones actually work / are useful? @robinberjon @brembs @skdh Not impossible though. I’ve heard of some interesting approaches using ML to try and gue… https://t.co/fHcBx7hHph
1/12
2018
@andrewgodwin @aanand We don’t have to talk about containers @andrewgodwin @aanand I also just got back! I can’t help but can we hang out please
12/19
2018
Wow. Apple support suggested I could use an @iFixit kit to fix my MacBook battery. Not sure whether this is policy… https://t.co/U0W6kMNAFd
12/6
2018
@jtth @craigmod @bpmarkowitz It’s an app you run manually on your Mac, so it presumably reads from the local highli… https://t.co/e8QQGv3Fxk
12/5
2018
@tef @whoisdanw @jonty My wake up call was getting minor tinnitus from standing next to drummers in cupboard-sized rehearsal rooms :( @whoisdanw @infovore @jonty Yeah they work surprisingly well for conversation, perhaps because ears are better at p… https://t.co/E9BNvcsbFe @whoisdanw @jonty ACS are expensive but they last for ages and it seems worth it for working ears. Mine have lasted… https://t.co/4JxJ8Ca6O0 @jonty Eventually he prised them out of my ear and the ear plugs work great. You probably don’t have weird ears like mine. @jonty “THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE BUT I AM GOING TO CALL HEAD OFFICE TO ASK WHAT TO DO” he shouted @jonty I have ACS Pro for gigs and Sleepsound for sleeping and love them. The only downside is the fitting didn’t w… https://t.co/T2FrtI4LlM @jonty That is an excellent idea. I shall keep a few in my bag alongside my custom ones. What decent disposables do you recommend?
12/3
2018
@simonw Enterprise marketing people don’t know how to edit github though so there are still remnants of what-the-da… https://t.co/5iM1imUaL8 @simonw Unfortunately https://t.co/c0ph86f8yM has now gone through a few rewrites since I left. I challenge you now… https://t.co/ZQsoR21FTg @simonw I think one of the most important things I did at Docker was be the voice of the developer in these sorts o… https://t.co/jU3KUjXzKm @simonw A lot of it is a cultural problem. You need people in marketing and product roles who understand developers. @simonw The mistake is that developers often have the power to buy stuff, or at least influence buying decisions, a… https://t.co/Hclf6PGeRn @simonw Enterprise marketing is all about the “whys” not the “whats”. And, unfortunately, that is what works with p… https://t.co/ffkLZFJi0i
12/1
2018
@markhurrell Aahh yeah I meant the default behaviour
10/10
2018

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