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Father Forgets

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Jan. 20, 2020

Today is my youngest child’s tenth birthday and every year I have a reminder set to reread Father Forgets by W. Livingston Larned. Since I’ve been doing this I’ve been convicted every year about how I let little things upset and annoy me and it always gives me a reset to refocus. Here is the poem …


A Good Walk Spoiled

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Jan. 18, 2020

It’s been just over a year since I broke my hand and I was finally able to play golf for the first time yesterday. The weather was chilly and I played terribly, but just being outside away from the computer was great. There is something about being out in nature that gives me clarity on problems …


Write a Thank You Letter

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Jan. 3, 2020

Just before the holidays, I received an opensource donation from the nice folks at Algolia. They sent the money via Paypal and also included their office address. As a way of saying thank you, I wrote them a quick thank you letter, went to the post office and bought a global stamp (they are in Par…


Stop Slack from messing with your Markdown

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Dec. 3, 2019

A few weeks ago Slack made a change to the app and added a new WYSIWYG toolbar. This alone didn’t bother me, but they also started doing weird things with markdown style code blocks using the three ticks. Thankfully they just announced you can turn this feature off. Just hit “Preferences -> Adv…



Thoughts on the Impeachment

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Nov. 21, 2019

I’ve been watching the impeachment testimony every day and I’m thankful the Republicans pushed this to be a public hearing. I love watching it and I find the chess match between the two sides in this exhilarating. So far I’ve stayed away from talking-head commentary and only watched the proceedings …