Quote from Laurie Penny

Posted on Sun 05 June 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with cryptocurrency, quote • 1 min read

Draw me your map of utopia and I’ll tell you your tragic flaw.

— Laurie Penny, Ship of Fools

This is the opening line from Laurie Penny’s piece on a cryptocurrency-centered cruise. The whole piece is worth a read.


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John Darnielle on Aging

Posted on Sun 24 April 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with aging, john darnielle, quote • 1 min read

I’m over fifty. Being over fifty is miraculous. You get just a broader view on your previous iterations of yourself, and they all look like miserable failures. But I’m told that the next errand is to have pity on them. I don’t know about that. People think …


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Web3 Grifts

Posted on Sat 02 April 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with crypto, grift, nft, tech, web3 • 2 min read

If you haven’t been following the ongoing saga of incredible grift in the so-called web3 space, I highly recommend checking out the work being done by Molly White, whose site Web3 is going just great is a shocking timeline of the various scams and hacks occurring constantly within the …


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Weeknotes for 2022-04-01

Posted on Fri 01 April 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with comics, movies, python, rust, tv, weeknotes • 2 min read

This week has been both incredibly busy, but also frustrating vague on things I can share. It doesn’t help that I’ve had a cold kicking my ass for the last few days.1 The fact that spring is here, kicking my seasonal allergies into overdrive isn’t great …


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Weeknotes for 2022-03-25

Posted on Fri 25 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with cookiecutter, explorers wanted, personal, python, rust, weeknotes • 1 min read

This week in the world of Daniel:

  • Released two new versions of django-quotes. Those are focused around making the app more flexible for lots of users, and some developer help with typing annotations.
  • Released a new cookiecutter template for my preferred setup for Django packages. This will make starting up …

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TIL - Importing annotations from future for concise Python typing

Posted on Fri 18 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with python, til • 1 min read

Python 3.10 introduced several improvements for type hints, including a much more concise Union operator. This means that instead of using:

def square(number: Union[int, float]) -> Union[int, float]:
    return number ** 2

You can instead write this:

def square(number: int | float) -> int | float:
    return number ** 2

The …


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Weeknotes for 2022-03-18

Posted on Fri 18 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with asdf, explorers wanted, fish, games, movies, ohmyzsh, pelican, personal, pyenv, python, tv, weeknotes, zsh • 2 min read

This week in the world of Daniel:


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Actual Play Podcast Playbook: Guests

Posted on Tue 15 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with explorers wanted, howto, podcast, podcast production • 7 min read

Here’s the scenario: you’ve got an actual play TTRPG podcast, and you want to invite a guest onto your show for a special appearance. This is a great idea! It’s delightful to collaborate with other creators, and you can learn so much simply by working with new …


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Weeknotes for 2022-03-11

Posted on Fri 11 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with personal, weeknotes • 1 min read

This week in DanielVision:

  • I ran a game of Monster Care Squad for my daughter and wrote down my thoughts.
  • Sent a number of additional job applications out the door. And hey, if your company is doing cool things and looking for seasoned product executive, let me know.
  • In Explorers …


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Running Monster Care Squad

Posted on Mon 07 March 2022 in Dispatches • Tagged with gm tips, reviews, rpgs, ttrpg • 9 min read

I wrote recently about receiving my backer copy of Monster Care Squad, which is a Ghibli-inspired RPG about the people caring for the magical monsters that once protected their communities from a terrible illness. I was thinking of my daughter when I backed the Kickstarter campaign, and as expected, she …


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