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  1. Comment on Got any new electronics? Tell me about them! in ~talk

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    FWIW, macro tubes can get you a long way with whatever glass you currently have and they're MUCH cheaper. These are the ones that I use on my 5100 and my 750: Zeikos ZE-CVAFN Auto Focus Macro...

    FWIW, macro tubes can get you a long way with whatever glass you currently have and they're MUCH cheaper.

    These are the ones that I use on my 5100 and my 750:
    Zeikos ZE-CVAFN Auto Focus Macro Extension Tubes for Nikon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003IVZVDO

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  2. Comment on 7 absolute truths I unlearned as junior developer in ~comp

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    In the past year, I've set up Python Black on my own machine to automatically format code on save. It's amazing how it relieves you of the cognitive burden of getting the formatting right. You...

    In the past year, I've set up Python Black on my own machine to automatically format code on save. It's amazing how it relieves you of the cognitive burden of getting the formatting right. You just have to get it close enough and bam, it's formatted for you. I'm not a huge fan of Go, but gofmt definitely brought an awesome idea to the table and it got enough mindshare that auto-formatting isn't "weird" anymore, at least in my experience.

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  3. Comment on What are you reading these days? #21 in ~books

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    Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari I'm reading this off and on while working my way through other books. It's definitely a bit heavier than I expected but very interesting. I've heard that it's not the...

    Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

    I'm reading this off and on while working my way through other books. It's definitely a bit heavier than I expected but very interesting. I've heard that it's not the most accurate book in terms of history, but it's close enough for my taste. I'm only a little way into it but so far, so good.

    Every Tool's a Hammer - Adam Savage

    Finished the dead-tree version and am now listening to the audiobook (read by Adam). As a lifelong maker (software engineer by trade, most hobbies include building things, etc) that didn't think he was a maker, it's been an interesting exploration of my own journey to making things as well as a lot of interesting tools, tips etc. It's also given me a nice kick in the ass to get my workshop/makerspace put together. Taking a short break from doing that at the moment actually before I run to the hardware store for melamine and pegboard.

    Carbon 2185 Official Playtest - Robert Marriner-Dodds (Dragon Turtle Games)

    Backed the kickstarter for this tabletop RPG and I'm really digging the setting and the ruleset (based on D&D 5e/open game license). It's definitely a playtest/alpha product at the moment, but I had a great session the other weekend playing with my gaming group and everyone at the table, including myself, was hungry for more! For anyone that's played in the cyberpunk genra, there's generally 2 options, Cyberpunk 2020 and Shadowrun. Cyberpunk 2020 is much too dark for my taste and Shadowrun's rules are... complex. Carbon 2185 so far seems to have hit a good balance between the two. Darkness is more dependent on the gaming group rather than the setting and the rules are only slightly different than D&D 5e which, IMO, makes them much easier to grasp.

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  4. Comment on Programming Sucks in ~tech

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    His book, and then I thought I was a fish is a fascinating account of his own descent into mental illness and his journey back out. Interesting, entertaining, etc. Would highly recommend!

    His book, and then I thought I was a fish is a fascinating account of his own descent into mental illness and his journey back out. Interesting, entertaining, etc. Would highly recommend!

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  5. Comment on Online markdown editors that are capable of handling loads of text in ~tech

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    I bounce between markdown editors/note solutions on the regular. A couple options you may not have run into: https://gingkoapp.com/ web app, tree-style markdown notes. I'm nowhere near your scale...

    I bounce between markdown editors/note solutions on the regular. A couple options you may not have run into:

    • https://gingkoapp.com/ web app, tree-style markdown notes. I'm nowhere near your scale in terms of word count but so far it's worked well for everything from D&D campaign notes to ETL pipeline notes for work.
    • https://workflowy.com/ web/desktop/iOS/Android app, tree-style notes, markdown support isn't great. This is much more of a checklist style app but you're able to put long form notes on each checklist item.

    Agreeing with some of the other commenters, I'm currently using Dropbox for sync in combination with offline editors, both VSCode and nvAlt (notational velocity) on desktop, and iA Writer on Android.

    Unfortunately I haven't found my "Goldilocks" markdown note taker yet but nvUltra has caught my attention even though it's not been released yet to my knowledge.

    Looking forward to seeing what others are using!

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