Christian podcasts

One of the most fun and unexpected parts of hopping on the Jesus train has been finding podcasts. Here are my favorites: Unbelievable? This is the most serious podcast I listen to. The host, Justin, brings people with different perspectives together, often a Christian and an atheist, but not exclusively, and has them debate about a topic. It is British, so it is very civilized. I often find myself agreeing with the non-believer in the episode, but it’s all very kind. Read more...

2017 in Books

I had a goal this year of reading 52 books, which was overly ambitious – I only read 31. I’m glad I made the plan, though, because it made me keep a list, which I’ve never done before.

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Build a Slack bot using Glitch

I have spent some time recently building bots for Slack using Glitch, and it is one of the most fun experiences I have had writing code. If you haven’t used Glitch before, it’s an online code editor for Node.js that automatically saves and restarts your application on edit and hooks it up to a domain. Using this, you can iterate on your application quickly. When developing a bot for Slack, you can pop back and forth between Glitch and Slack and see changes in real time. Read more...

Word to color

I had to write some code today to convert words into colors, which was a lot of fun. I liked it so such I had to put a working example online.

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A favorite development tool: direnv

direnv has been the most useful tool in my software development repository in the last two years. It’s a simple tool: it loads and unloads environment variables when you move into or out of a directory. It’s fast, extensible, and never screws up, which makes it a rarity.

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