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  • Week of December 12

    I had my Mastodon username in my Twitter bio before the rule changes went up. I wonder how long it will be before I get suspended? 🤷‍♂️ Edit: The rule change link now goes to a 404. Constant rule changes are a great indication of a healthy platform. It was very cool to see art […]

  • Some AI use cases

    I had a good conversation with Russell Hunter, one of my coworkers at Automattic. He mentioned some uses of AI like ChatGPT that I hadn’t considered: That got me thinking a bit more afterward as well: In general, I think people focusing on how “dull” or “mediocre” the ChatGPT writing is misses the point. The […]

  • Week of December 5

    Charlie in his “that” phase. He points to things constantly throughout the day asks what they are by saying “that?”. Sometimes it takes a tired daddy a few seconds to remember what a kettle is called first thing in the morning. We got invited to a play date with some kids who were a year […]

  • Week of November 28

    Charlie has been completely attached to stuffed animals this week. He carries one with him at all times, including when we are at the grocery store and when he is sleeping. He refused to let an Elmo from daycare go on Friday, so Elmo is hanging out at our house this weekend. We went and […]

  • Week of November 21

    This was a week of rest, recovery, and hanging out. Of course, it was Thanksgiving, but I also took Tuesday off to compensate for working last Saturday. I made some bread, renewed my passport online, and caught up on some much-needed household admin work. For Thanksgiving, it was only the three of us this year, […]

  • Week of November 14

    Charlie has been showing more interest in stuffed animals recently and has been very affectionate toward them, giving them hugs and snuggling them. This week he started carrying around a stuffed sloth almost as large as he is. Some times when he gets home from daycare, Sloth is the first thing he picks up. Charlie […]

  • Week of November 7

    Charlie is getting better at making some animal sounds like “ruff ruff” and “moo.” It is adorable. We went to a friend’s house last weekend and Charlie discovered the magnets on their fridge and loved playing with them. We have some art magnets, but they are difficult for his little fingers to pull off the […]

  • WordPress 6.1 Sponsored Contributor Stats

    A month ago I wrote a post about stats for WP Core releases and received some good feedback on it. Some folks also pointed out that Jb Audras writes better general stats posts for releases than what I put together, and I agree! One thing that I found was missing from all other sources was stats on sponsored contributors, […]

  • Week of October 31

    The theme this week is connection. My first Automattic meetup, a rotating monthly donut toddler playdate, dinner with new neighbors, and family time.

  • Week of October 24

    Charlie sounded out some new words this week: Amanda put a stool by the front window so Charlie could climb up on it and look out. It has been a huge hit and he stands on it multiple times a day. We had one of Charlie’s daycare friends and his parents over on Saturday and […]

  • Week of October 17

    We spent the past week in the Lake Placid/High Peaks region of the Adirondacks. Unfortunately Charlie was sick most of the time which put a damper on things, but we made the best of what little time (and sleep) we had. Lots of reading and snuggling Charlie (I read a bunch of essays from The […]

  • Week of October 10

    Charlie Charlie is getting really close to one nap territory now. When he has two naps it is very difficult to get him down at night, but he falls asleep pretty quickly at night when he only has one nap. I guess the trick is to get the timing of that one nap right so […]

  • How to determine if a site uses Cloudflare cache with curl

    Why would you want to know if a site is using Cloudflare cache? If you are debugging or responding to an incident, it is easy to forget that Cloudflare might be caching a site and it will hamper your efforts. Since most hosts cache, you’ll be dealing with a host/CDN cache, Cloudflare cache, and local […]

  • Week of October 3

    Tough week. Charlie got a stomach bug on Tuesday and was up all night vomiting, so we kept him home Wednesday and Amanda missed a work trip. By Thursday morning Charlie was fine, but Amanda and I came down with what we assume is the same bug and were vomiting all afternoon and early evening. […]

  • Week of September 26

    It is chilly outside, Charlie is showing more of his own personality and interests every day, and lots happening in my corner of the WordPress world this week. Table of contents: Charlie Home & Garden Tomatillos were doing well at the beginning of the week, but the cold weather pretty much killed the plants, so […]

  • Week of September 19

    My thirty-third weekly post! A good week at work, some autumnal fare, a sick baby, planning ahead,and some WordPress data exploration. Charlie Charlie surprised us this week! We played a children’s song playlist on Spotify and he started doing hand motions to some of the songs. We had no idea they were doing that at […]

  • Some WordPress Core Contributor stats

    Data exploration around WordPress core contributors and the companies they work for.

  • Week of September 12

    Charlie Charlie has been very sweet this week. Some things that come to mind from this week: Food & Drink A couple things worth sharing from this week in cooking: Sean Nelson reminded me it was Negroni Week this week, so I made a Kingston Negroni, which essentially swaps the gin out for Smith & […]

  • Week of September 5

    When we pick him up from daycare, Charlie has been signaling to be picked up, then he hugs us and gives us a kiss on the cheek. It is so sweet 🥰 Charlie is Mr. Independent right now. Except when he crawls or walks underneath something and gets stuck, then he appreciates Mom and Dad […]

  • If a Visitor is There to See: WP-Cron and the Clock of the Long Now

    What do WP-Cron and the 10,000 Year Clock of the Long Now have in common? They both only tell time if someone is there to see them. Huh? Most clocks have a power source to keep their faces updated. But in a clock buried deep in a mountain, why waste energy updating the clock face […]