Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.23.20

We’ve got a war on our hands, people.

The springtime gophers that have taken up residence in our back yard have been going off this year. When I woke up this morning, I found at least four new mounds of varying sizes scattered about.

Last year, a heavy blanket of Uncle Ian’s all over our yard took care of them. But I checked the garage a few days ago, and found that I maybe have enough to funnel into each one of their mounds before flattening them back out.

That’ll keep them away for a minute, but I’m definitely going to need to order more repellent. Maybe a sonic spike or two. πŸ€”

Heaven forbid I have to go full Caddyshack on their lil asses…

Porcupine Racetrack 2020

Members of 90s comedy troupe The State reunite (virtually) to do a cover of their classic Porcupine Racetrack sketch.

I’ve already watched the cover and the original at least five times each. It is very much my happy place. I hope that maybe it’s yours too.

FAQ: Composting

McSweeney’s comes through with a composting FAQ that goes off the rails very quickly.

6 Feet Back or 6 Feet Under

My buddy Derek made a new tee that’s perfect for anyone who’s courageous enough to wander outside rn.


An open source fork of TiddlyWiki with features similar to the (eventually premium) SaaS offering Roam.

I’ve been keeping my outboard brain in nvALT for ages, but before that I used Instiki. I kind of miss having a personal wiki, so maybe I’ll import some content over and try living with it… (via)

Alright… I need to get a little exercise in before I start working on dinner. Only ~13 minutes worth, according to my watch.

Cheeseburgers tonight! Pretty nice


Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.21.20

Hrm. Today’s edition ended up being a bit rona heavy. Sorry about that. 😬 It wasn’t intentional, honest. I just went where the currents took me.

If I could’ve posted about the ginormous bumblebee that’s been going HAM on the flowers outside of my office window since this morning, I totally would have β€” but I couldn’t find any links about it.

C’est la vie.

Rich Americans Activate New Zealand Pandemic Escape Plans

This lede… 😳

As coronavirus infections tore across the U.S. in early March, a Silicon Valley executive called the survival shelter manufacturer Rising S Co. He wanted to know how to open the secret door to his multimillion-dollar bunker 11 feet underground in New Zealand.

The tech chief had never used the bunker and couldn’t remember how to unlock it.


  1. This asshole clearly needs to read Cory Doctorow‘s Masque of the Red Death.
  2. I already know the answer to this, but what sort of prepper doesn’t even bother to familiarize themselves with the shit that’s supposed to keep them alive?


Amoeba Music Needs Help To Survive

One of my all-time favorite record stores is running a GoFundMe to help keep the lights on in these times:

All three of our stores have been closed since mid-March and must remain closed indefinitely. With no way to generate income, our savings are running out, with bills and rent coming due, and with a primary commitment to our staff, who we are trying to keep as healthy and financially sound as possible.

They’re still shipping out online orders too, so consider picking up some music or merch if GoFundMe isn’t your bag.

Webcomic Name Face Masks

Everybody’s selling face masks now. But I only know of one person selling face masks with the punchline from Webcomic Name on them…

Stripe Is Silently Recording Your Movements on Its Customers’ Websites

They claim to be doing this in the name of fraud detection β€” which is a very necessary thing in the eCommerce world β€” but I’m still lowkey cranky about this. (via)

How to Fix Virtual Cameras in Zoom 4.6.9+ for macOS

People use virtual cameras for a lot more than Zoombombing, so I’m glad that someone has figured out how to work around the restriction Zoom put in place with version 4.6.9 of their software on macOS. (via)

What Self-Isolation Has Taught Us About Cooking

As someone who has never cooked at home as much as he has in the past couple months, this article from the Serious Eats team shows that even the pros are learning new things and having their fair share of problems.

All I know is that β€” as someone who is exhausted by endless dishes and overwhelmed by meal planning β€” I really needed to read it. Maybe you do too.

Leave Philly Alone

I would like variations on this fantastic t-shirt for every municipality, please and thank you. (thx)

Okay, y’all… Enough sitting at my desk.

Since the weather here will be in the eighties the rest of the week β€” and continuing to rise 😩 β€” it’s high time to get out of the house and enjoy the rest of this partly cloudy 73Β° F day.


Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, 04.09.20

Feelin’ fine.

Well, not really. Honestly, I’m starting to get really tired of being stuck inside all the time. Guess I’m not suited for long distance space travel, huh?

Oh well. The mission to Mars will have to go on without me, I guess…

Anyway, how about a few links?

Punk Haircuts

I have a few friends who, knowing they’re not going to see their barbers for a few months, have gone full Ripley during quarantine. That’s a pretty bold move if you ask me.

Sure, slapping a number two on the Wahl clippers rusting out under your guest bathroom sink is a classic punk haircut β€” don’t think I haven’t considered it β€” but there’s also the chance that you’ll look like a giant-sized Bobby Hill. 😬

But hey, it’s not like you have any place to be rn, right?

Rollerblade Office Chair Wheels

After seeing Matt Haughey mention how much of an upgrade these were for his home office chair, I bought a set for my Sayl.

I’d had the wheels swapped out in under three minutes, and my chair rolls along the rug that’s under my desk so much smoother now.

Highly recommended upgrade, y’all!

Pocket Developer

A D20 full of developer cliches β€” like “Works for me”, and “Try it now” β€” ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. (via)

The 501 Developer Manifesto

We are software developers who take pride in our work but choose not to be wholly defined by it.

As someone who has spent the last few years trying to get the whole work/life balance thing right, I am really fucking feeling this.


Looking to waste some time? Sure, we all are.

Here’s an open-source re-implementation of RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 that runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows.

You’ll need to get your hands on the object files from a copy of RCT2, but that’s not too hard to to do. πŸ˜‰

How to Look Good on Camera

Now this is the sort of journalism I pay The New York Times $14 a month for… 🀣

Maureen Dowd talked with fashion designer and filmmaker Tom Ford about how to look your best on all of the video calls you’re no doubt getting pulled into.

I’ve been working from home for ~8 years, so I went feral and stopped caring ages ago β€” but maybe you’ll find it useful, dear reader.

A Flock of 30 Zines

My pal Austin Kleon β€” author of the extremely inspiring Keep Going β€” has been spending his “indoor kid” time making zines, and I am deeply into his aesthetic.

He’s got links to all of them in the post. And, if you’re feeling inspired, he’s provided instructions on how you can make your own out of a single sheet of paper.

US Out of California

Since I’m talking about stuff my friends have made β€” and since Gavin Newsom went on MSNBC and declared California a “nation-state” β€” I might as well give Mike Monteiro‘s classic Cotton Bureau design a shout out. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Well, I’ve gotta go figure out what to do about a very full swimming pool β€” so if you’ll excuse me, I’ll just see myself out.