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  1. Comment on Personal Software Development Checklists in ~comp

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    @joplin mentioned a related concern about our tools maybe being a problem. When I say we add acceptance criteria, those aren't required fields on the ticket. We just have a freeform description...

    @joplin mentioned a related concern about our tools maybe being a problem.

    When I say we add acceptance criteria, those aren't required fields on the ticket. We just have a freeform description field as the body of the ticket. Ultimately we want each ticket to have AC so a tester knows what to test for and a product person can agree on what the results should be, but we're not dogmatic about AC. The idea is just that we want to think through and get some consensus on what the ticket should do to be considered done, before or soon after we start.

    Ironically, @joplin was concerned of the exact opposite, which maybe speaks to my ignorance of the variability in ticket tool usage. They were concerned a ticket shouldn't be creatable if it doesn't have AC. I tend to agree with your take, though, that quick ticket stubs help us not forget things.

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  2. Comment on Personal Software Development Checklists in ~comp

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    I decided to post my software development checklists on my website for posterity and to be able to share them with others, and I wondered if the ~comp community has opinions about checklists for...

    I decided to post my software development checklists on my website for posterity and to be able to share them with others, and I wondered if the ~comp community has opinions about checklists for managing your personal workflow.

    For those not wanting/willing to read my linked post, I basically say there that I have built up checklists over time for both implementing and reviewing features at work. I've found they help me stay on task and have often served as guardrails or autopilot to help me produce quality work in various situations.

    If you use checklists for your software development, what are they like? If you don't, why not? Any feedback on improving my own checklists is welcomed as well, since I think these are fairly broadly applicable to different software development roles in different organizations.

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  3. Comment on This simple crib cost $28,885 to make—because it was made with zero fossil fuels in ~enviro

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    Linseed oil is a viable choice. It's beautiful, has been used on fine furniture for hundreds of years, and can be made by cold pressing flax seed in a rather simple but laborious process. Linseed...

    What kinds of paints and oils are carbon-free? I really don't know.

    Linseed oil is a viable choice. It's beautiful, has been used on fine furniture for hundreds of years, and can be made by cold pressing flax seed in a rather simple but laborious process. Linseed oil can also be the base for oil paints made by simply mixing the oil with natural pigments (charcoal, ocher, etc.).

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  4. Comment on Knives Out - Discussion thread in ~movies

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    I would watch this again for sure. There are so many details that i'm sure i would get a lot out of it on a second viewing, and the cinematography was beautiful. It is very quotable. Blanc's...

    I would watch this again for sure. There are so many details that i'm sure i would get a lot out of it on a second viewing, and the cinematography was beautiful.

    It is very quotable. Blanc's bagging on the Nazi kid has been running through my head since I left the theater.

    The plot is great, but my only complaints about the movie would be about the plot. On a second viewing, maybe that would change. At times it felt pretty ridiculous, but these kinds of mysteries rely on toeing the line of withholding information and the detective making hard to believe deductions, so there's always something to complain about, and this wasn't different in that regard. I love the cozy mystery genre, so I'm very cool with that, though I know it can never be done in a way that suits everyone.

    (Spoilers) My only qualm with the plot right now. Maybe it was just late and I have a hard time following these kinds of flippity-flops, but the mini-mystery in the middle of where the toxicology report came from and ended up, and the murder that happened in the middle of that, all felt convoluted. I also stopped caring a bit when Fran got involved, mostly because I did not feel attached to her character at all and couldn't help thinking "Wait, she's involved? Who was that again?"

    Probably my favorite Christie-esque aspect was, of course, Blanc. In particular I loved that he has a heart and ethics above the law, like Poirot (I'm thinking of the ending of Orient Express here).

    Overall, I definitely felt like I was watching an Agatha Christie novel come to life in our moment (though with better politics), and that's what mattered to me most.

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  5. Comment on Proposal and interest survey for Timasomo: Tildes' Make Something Month in ~creative.timasomo

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    I'm in. I would probably finish some project I've left undone for a while: finishing up my woodworking studio so it can be used to make more new creative stuff. It's currently basically a spidery...

    I'm in. I would probably finish some project I've left undone for a while: finishing up my woodworking studio so it can be used to make more new creative stuff. It's currently basically a spidery dungeon, so the work would be cleaning, painting, and finishing building my custom workbench, and installing my furnace so I can make stuff over the cold winter.

    Hopefully this fits in somehow? I don't really feel that I need to write a novel or work on more code, and making a workshop scratches my creative bone.

    6 votes
  6. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    It is very satisfying. It's a good time to be quiet, careful, and use your body and mind together to produce something useful.

    It is very satisfying. It's a good time to be quiet, careful, and use your body and mind together to produce something useful.

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  7. Comment on What creative projects have you been working on? in ~creative

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    Using traditional (non-electric/hand tool) woodworking techniques to make a massive 8 foot long, 3.5 inch thick pine workbench top since my last one was a thin hand-me-down that broke. Somewhat...

    Using traditional (non-electric/hand tool) woodworking techniques to make a massive 8 foot long, 3.5 inch thick pine workbench top since my last one was a thin hand-me-down that broke. Somewhat ironically I'm using lumber from the big box store, so that's not very traditional, but this quantity of nicer lumber starts to cost far too many dollars from better lumber yards. This winter I'll be using the bench to make more garden boxes for once the weather warms back up.

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  8. Comment on When do you feel the most alive? in ~talk

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    Early in the morning, in the garden, turning earthy, fecal, decaying composting material or slowly searching the tomato plants for fat, green tobacco worms to feed to the chickens, I feel the...

    Early in the morning, in the garden, turning earthy, fecal, decaying composting material or slowly searching the tomato plants for fat, green tobacco worms to feed to the chickens, I feel the overwhelming truth that you can't have life without death, and I'm in standing the middle of living and dying, the dead nourishing the living, and I'm just one of the trillions of living. Knowing that I'm both a member and a host of this community makes me feel really alive.

    This is a pretty new lifestyle for me, living out in the country and doing these things, but I think it's where my family is going to keep living. Being in nature is something I now know I crave, so being able to walk outside and experience it has been great for my well being.

    2 votes