Ben Johnson

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2019-07-05: It’s 2019. Why can’t I buy washer fluid at the pump?

2019-06-29: If you ever want to see in example of Radical Candour go to a playground. Well, maybe that’s just …

2019-06-28: Introducing the Ben Mari Three Dimensional Folding Method™. Step 1: pick up shirt, Step 2: roll into …

2019-06-11: Well, someone is definitely going to need to build Prettier for SwiftUI…

2019-06-08: SwiftUI is a fantastic implementation of ideas from React. The mark of success is that the feedback …

2019-05-27: It’s 4am and the kid isn’t sleeping. When we ask why, he says that what he really wants is to shave …

2019-05-25: Trying to explain to my kid why Jello doesn’t start with a G really makes it obvious how dumb …

2019-05-20: Popcorn is totally an acceptable side dish right? If chips is definitionally a side dish, it must …

2019-05-16: Me: “I missed you so much!” Three-year-old: “I missed these candies.”

2019-04-25: YouTube Family: Like YouTube Premium but the ads are replaced with messages from your parents.

2019-04-16: Who needs a weighted blanket when you have a cat?

2019-04-07: A few hours into our trip to America and we’ve discovered that Kraft Mac and Cheese™ is incredibly …

2019-04-02: Brexit is basically a troubled monolith-to-microservices transition.

2019-03-24: Why eat normal Bananas like a peasant when you can have Limited Edition Captain Marvel Bananas™.

2019-03-05: Why my mother decided to get my child an electronic toy megaphone is beyond me. “I just don’t think …

2019-02-26: My child has discovered that he can filibuster his way out of going to school.

2019-02-17: My son is trying to convince me that there’s a universal rule that we should always have chocolate …

2018-12-15: Pups Take Mayor Humdinger to The Hague #pawpatrolseason20

2018-12-15: Pups Save Taco Tuesday #pawpatrolseason20

2018-12-15: Really surprised the Rails default is still Coffeescript.

2018-12-09: Disappointed that the new ScanSnap 64-bit software doesn’t support my S1300. It is a 7 year old …

2018-12-08: Thirteen years since it was released and Why’s Poignant Guide is still the best programming book …

2018-12-02: “Look Daddy! It comes apart!” Holds up now broken thing.

2018-11-28: Dark Reader is so much more impressive than I would have thought.

2018-10-24: I’m convinced my child believes that Siri and Alexa are in cahoots to control the weather.

2018-10-17: “Some things are really obvious, but most issues are pretty complicated, and to be self righteous …

2018-10-09: Process for giving a pill to my cat: 1) place pill on counter, 2) sterilize hands, 3) split pill …

2018-10-07: “Before her husband vanished on a trip to China, he had sent her a phone message with an emoticon of …

2018-09-30: We need a escape room for toddlers. They should have to build a key with LEGO to open the lock to …

2018-09-18: Just a regular breakfast-time conversation with my three-year-old about the downsides of capitalism …

2018-09-09: When using my bank’s website, nothing makes me feel more secure than when I see …

2018-08-25: I’m sorry sir, but our engineers have been in the lab nights and weekends for the last month. We’ve …

2018-08-23: Climate change is basically poorly managed tech debt.

2018-08-19: Today a grocery store employee demoed to me the amazing new automated checkout lane that will …

2018-08-18: Today a grocery store employee demoed to me the amazing new automated checkout lane that will …

2018-08-17: I don’t agree with Trump about much, but quarterly reporting is insidious. Semi-annual would make …

2018-08-06: The Coffee Compass: Amazing guide to help dial into better coffee.

2018-07-17: Me: “Do you know what they’re building?” Two-year-old: “THEY’RE BUILDING A CONE!”

2018-07-17: Me: “Are there any cars coming?” Two-year-old: “No.” Me: “Did you look?” Two-year-old: “No.”

2018-07-16: The older I get the more dedicated I feel to starting from evidence and facts. Honest evidence …

2018-07-04: I’m really feeling the Beaverton’s coverage of parenting.

2018-06-24: Me: “No, eat some dinner and then you can have chocolate.” Eats a solitary grain of rice. Two-year …

2018-06-16: If you dress one way for long enough, at some point you’re fashionable.

2018-06-13: I really wish JavaScript had a range operator. 😢

2018-06-06: Week 3 of our Bird Feeder Journey. The birds have flocked to such a degree that there has been a …

2018-05-26: I would pay good money to watch The Parenting Olympics™. Sample events: Diaper Relay, Solo Bedtime …

2018-05-14: The Crocs slogan is “Come as you are.” They might as well have made it: “Fuck it, let yourself go.”

2018-05-13: There is much room for improvement in bagel slicer technology. I don’t want a giant guillotine …

2018-05-10: An excellent overview of ways to weigh and balance technical debt: A Taxonomy of Tech Debt

2018-05-01: With every passing day it seems like there might be a sequel to Inception about getting Kim Jong-un …

2018-04-30: My kid is the Donald Trump of 💩. He’s actively pooping: “I’m not pooping! I don’t have to poop! …

2018-04-28: Submitting an app to the Play Store Console and iTunes Connect at the same time is such a great …

2018-04-23: TV Show Pitch: A boy’s stuffed animals (named Bunny and Teddy) escape during the day and join …

2018-04-21: That’s my secret, Cap. I’m always tired.

2018-04-15: Hey! In our family we say “octopi”. Not this silly “octopusses”. 🐙

2018-04-14: Just last weekend I was thinking it was time to start planting for the spring and now there is …

2018-04-13: I’m suprised that Apple hadn’t added a system-wide dark mode to iOS yet. They have the ability to …

2018-04-10: Someone needs to write a good single-purpose tool for safely doing git squashes. Maybe Tower will …

2018-04-09: Kind of amazed that no network has done a successful procedural show about the CDC (à la Outbreak).

2018-04-09: So far this week I’ve got two security notices that my username and passwords have been …

2018-04-08: Alexa Routines make me feel like I’m telling the computer on Star Trek to do a thing. They even …

2018-04-04: Subscription Publishing As much as we’re all going to need to watch our subscription counts, I’m looking forward to the …

2018-04-04: This might not be a popular opinion, but I think the Reddit design team did an excellent job on the …

2018-04-02: I wonder if the Apple plans to make own Mac processors leak is purposeful. If the Mac OS/iOS bridge …

2018-03-25: Just a regular reminder that StillTasty exists and is amazing. Wanna know how long that thing will …

2018-03-22: Paw Patrol is fundamentally libertarian. An incompetent mayor of a town seemingly without any social …

2018-03-05: I wish Bear had a menu bar item to rapidly switch between themes. Night is a time for a night theme.

2018-02-26: Really looking forward to OmniFocus 3. It’ll avoid the current hacks required to manage a sortable …

2018-02-25: It’s 10° out. That’s basically summer right? We’re taking out the Blendtec and …

2018-02-24: I hope that one day, Netflix manages to convince Ricky Jay to do a special.

2018-02-21: This dialog is terrible for security. I’m reasonably sure it’s from iCloud because it occasionally …

2018-02-14: CSS Grid Garden: A game for learning CSS grid.

2018-02-05: All this VC money pouring into Silicon Valley is supporting the greatest minds in the world as they …

2018-02-04: This update addresses an issue that could cause Messages conversations to temporarily be listed out …

2018-01-31: Unread is a fantastic RSS reader for iOS. It’s changed ownership, but the fundamental magic of …

2018-01-29: For more Thomas the Tank Engine insanity, this New Yorker article is a great introduction.

2018-01-29: In this episode of Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas wants to carry some tourist passengers, but they …

2018-01-27: I find nothing more frustrating than a SaaS product that makes you dig to find pricing (or even …

2018-01-26: I’m definitely looking forward to these OmniFocus changes. Especially being able to sort …

2018-01-25: All elected officials should have to undergo a mandatory course and certification on statistics and …

2018-01-24: 📚 Does anyone have any recommendations for a Goodreads alternative? I miss Readernaut.

2018-01-23: At this point I think Children’s Advil should probably come in a placebo formulation. Though, …

2018-01-23: It really seems like installing a small security update for High Sierra should not take 20 minutes. …

2018-01-22: My Micro Monday suggestion is @stewartstarbuck. I make this audible squee noise whenever I see …

2018-01-21: Rockin’ the ‘stache.

2018-01-20: Took the boy to the Toronto Boat Show today. After sitting in the speedboats, it was all he was …

2018-01-20: Having a kid is being blessed every day with a hotel wake up service where you can’t control when …

2018-01-19: I started tracking my sleep with AutoSleep and discovered I’m only sleeping four and a half hours a …

2018-01-17: When there’s no tests or documentation and the system requirements aren’t clear, …

2018-01-16: YouTube: What the vegan creator of Peaceful Cuisine eats in a day. This is very different from my …

2018-01-16: I’d love to know the background of why Chip and Pin is so fantastically difficult to implement in …

2018-01-15: It’s pretty easy for “providing a valuable product for users” to turn into “designing addictive …

2018-01-14: Canada could really use a pay-per-minute dry sauna startup right about now. Pay $20 to remember what …

2018-01-13: I love this collection from 512Pixels of OS X wallpapers from every release upscaled to 5K so they …

2018-01-12: How do all these kids shows only have a single female character. And, of course, they’re entirely …

2018-01-10: 🎙 Sometimes it’s nice to listen to a relaxing podcast. I’m really enjoying The Incomparable’s Low …

2018-01-09: Excited to see that micro.blog is a supporter of Emoji Driven Development. Screw the blockchain, I’m …

2018-01-09: Having a dream about my inability to sleep.

2018-01-07: Ramp Up and Interruptions RescueTime suggests that peak programmer hours are on average between 2pm and 6pm. This aligns with …

2018-01-07: Yesterday, we used the Instant Pot to make eggs for breakfast, hot dogs for the kiddo for lunch, and …

2018-01-06: Given that it was Google that discovered Meltdown and Spectre, and hardware vendors were notified on …

2018-01-05: I just noticed that the sleep sack I’ve been putting my kid in for a year has a giant warning label …

2018-01-04: I really like this Manager’s FAQ by Henry Ward. It is overly simplistic in some places, but it’s a …

2018-01-03: It’s fascinating that Amazon has such a inconsistent visual style. They obviously have a legion of …

2018-01-02: I’m really enjoying only being able to edit CSS on hosted micro.blog sites. Eventually …

2018-01-01: The magic of the Instant Pot isn’t that it’s faster. It’s that all the recipes are hands off once …

2018-01-01: No, I don’t think you understand Daddy. I requested ice cream for breakfast. If ice cream is …

2017-12-31: Still waiting for Jerry O’Connell’s big comeback.

2017-12-29: It’s really important to read the privacy policies of these new email clients. Many of their …

2017-12-28: Dokku is a great solution to hosting a bunch of low-traffic internal or hobby sites. It’s …

2017-12-27: Never mind that Yarn is faster, leveraging the power of emoji makes it feel faster. 🏎💨

2017-12-26: I really don’t like it when someone casually says that something is a “solved problem”. It conflates …

2017-12-25: Sorry kids, Santa has a strict “no presents until the first coffee has been consumed” policy.

2017-12-24: Perfect holiday snowfall.

2017-12-23: Framework Feel and Mark Gurman’s Combined iOS/Mac User Experience There’s been a bunch of discussion about Mark Gurman’s article on Apple working on a single user …

2017-12-23: Pillow firmness and material should be an option at most hotels. It makes a huge difference to the …

2017-12-22: The way my 2017 CR-V is handing driver assist in winter conditions is making me much more …

2017-12-21: BundlePhobia is an incredibly good site for finding the cost of adding an npm package to a frontend. …

2017-12-19: For all their talk about Lean, it’s pretty clear that the service people at this Honda do not …

2017-12-18: Nothing makes me feel older than the speed at which my kid bounces back from a flu. He goes from …

2017-12-16: I appreciate the horror of the Trump Administration banning words. But if we’re going to cross that …

2017-12-15: Micro.blog has suddenly become a dangerous place for spoilers given the lack of mute filters. Feels …

2017-12-14: It seems to me like limiting net neutrality rules is going to backfire on the telcos as tech …

2017-12-13: The Harry’s Face Wash is surprisingly amazing. Exfoliating, not horrific for the environment, feels …

2017-12-12: Opening the emoji panel made Airpods stop working, so everything with software is totally fine. …

2017-12-11: As a proud Canadian, I firmly believe that winter tires should be tax deductible.

2017-12-09: We’ve had an Echo for three days and my two-year-old already talks to her like she’s part of the …

2017-12-09: Scaling Slack’s Job Queue: Excellent write-up on migrating a gigantic job queue to new …

2017-12-08: One of the best things about React is that good React comes from designing high quality data …

2017-12-06: Adventures in parenting: can I put encyclopedic knowledge of Paw Patrol on my resume?

2017-12-06: I’m not normally against hybrid apps (all things in moderation) but the Amazon Alexa app is not a …

2017-11-29: Apple software quality at work.

2017-11-29: Pill pockets are a miracle of modern science.

2017-11-26: I’m increasingly impressed at Facebook’s initial move of defining GraphQL as a spec and not a …

2017-11-26: I really wish the good calendar apps for iOS supported Google Calendar room booking.

2017-11-19: Also helps that I’ve basically stopped buying furniture from anyone other than IKEA. With a …

2017-11-19: The IKEA VR app is mind blowing. First example of generally useful VR I’ve seen.