My thoughts as, lately, I've been pondering my experiences as a developer across a wide-range of sectors in the community.

Privacy is not a science, it is a human right

My response to a dangerous turd of an article by Bart van der Sloot (co-founder of Amsterdam Privacy Week – sponsored by Palantir and Google – and docent teaching “Privacy and Big Data” at Tilburg University)

Mr. Sloot attempts to reframe privacy as a “science” and shame those who work to protect it for having a “pro-privacy agenda” & not being “neutral”. He also calls for “new rules” to disallow such biased behaviour.

Last year at this point I was just branching out from having everything Apple. Today I'm not sure if my Chromebook or my System76 machine is my favorite computer. It's amazing what is out there when you branch out a bit

Friend: Are you OK? You haven't posted on Instagram in ages
Me: I quit FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
Friend: Why'd you quit the internet?
Me: Actually I've *rejoined* the Internet.

Next time someone asked me why did I leave the internet, I'm gonna say I'm still very much on the Internet. When are *you* coming back?

Some days you're on top of the world and, some days, the world is on top of you. For me, today is definitely the latter.

I can see why normal people just throw their hands up in the air about data privacy. I've put so much effort into this stuff, but instead of feeling like a super-cool guy in a spy movie, I feel more like a guy with a half-working phone and no decent emoji input

I'm learning a lot as I branch into GoLang for my work. Here are the 3 biggest lessons I've learned so far as I migrate from PHP.

If you want to signal when an article or custom post type is less than two weeks old, this PHP function can help.

occasionally, clicking through yet another half-arsed GDPR-mandated cookie management screen, i find myself thinking "the GDPR has buggered up the web"

then i catch myself.

no, it hasn't. the way companies have opted to respond to the GDPR is what's buggered up the web. they could have been nice and unobtrusive about it, but no, they decided that *every user in the EU* should suffer their protests at not being able to stow thousands of fragments of random shite on a whim all over their vict- sorry, users' computers.

Spent some time updating my own site to a Genesis theme this morning. I'm not a theme Dev or a designer so it is time to leave that part to the pros so I can focus on writing and other code. I think it turned out pretty well. What do you think?

Anyone I know planning to get a Pixel? I've got a discount code for $100 off ($150 off the XL). Let me know and I'll hook you up.

WordPress 4.9.9 and 5.0.1 are both out with security updates this morning. Time to update but be careful if you're not already on 5.0 as it's way too easy to upgrade to the newest rather than 4.9.9.

Giving YouTube Music a shot over Google Play Music. Frankly, not importing my old music library will be a benefit as I just have too much crap in Play Music. Let's see if the interface is better with the new product (I actually like the play music interface but I'm willing to give the new one a shot).

I've finally deleted my FB account but I still can't seem to pull away from Twitter much, even for this. Oh well.

if you don't have at least 80% test coverage on your code, your code is not done. - @calevans

"I'm proof that men with crazy hair can still get married." talking about WordPress growing up as he did

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