Four short things – January 18, 2019

Aaron has a better name for it, so I’m stealing that and replacing the poorly named “Scratch pad thoughts“. This will help enforce short posts!

How to make sure your recycling gets recycled

FiveThirtyEight has a good piece on making sure your recycling gets recycled that includes a handful of actionable steps you can take to make a difference. I made the adjustment to more sustainable beer purchasing last year after our local recycling stopped processing glass and I’m looking forward to implementing a few more changes.

It does seem like there’s an opportunity to work at the local level to help communicate some of the specifics to the community. So many things are different from place to place with how recycling is handled. First steps—reduce, reuse!

Posture tracking wish list

I tweaked something under a shoulder blade last week and have been dealing with the annoyance ever since. The subtle burning in my neck and shoulders has made it even easier to tell this week when my posture is bad.

This made me wonder if I could get a posture tracking app that used my webcam to spy on me and send a notification when I started slouching for too long or craning my neck in a weird way.

Posture Monitor seems like the most relevant, though it requires Windows and a 3D camera, so that’s a no go. I found another app from 2013 that seems to be right, but then I realized there’s no way I’m trusting a random, non-open source app with my webcam all day! 😂

It’d be fun to run across something though. I’m sure there’s a random GitHub repo out there that somebody has working but never publicized it.

Stopping the firehouse

I finally unsubscribed from the WordPress core trac firehose and am instead relying on component / focus / ticket specific notifications.

I definitely should have done this earlier—it’s probably been a good 3 years since I was reliably reading most things that went by. Now I just mark several hundred as read every few weeks. Already I’ve paid more attention to a few relevant tickets that would have skipped my radar before and I feel more in tune with what’s going on.

A leprechaun riding a T-rex barfing a rainbow into a brew kettle

A wall of art at Tailgate Brewery in Nashville, TN.

When we were at TailGate Brewery in Nashville during WordCamp US last year, I noticed this painting of a leprechaun (and a bull/devil) riding a t-rex barfing a rainbow into a brew kettle on the wall and took a picture because it made me laugh.

I started trying to find it or the artist the other day when I ran into this photo again, but all I could find is this 8-bit work on Behance by Cody King that is also a t-shirt.

Still hunting for the origin story.

2 thoughts on “Four short things – January 18, 2019

  1. Actually doing recycling right is a lot of effort. I care about recycling, but there’s definitely a limit of how much I care on a day to day basis.

    1. Totally! There’s definitely a limit where things just don’t make sense. I think picking one specific thing at a time and focusing on how to work it into a or replace it with something else will make sense for me. I’m really lazy about ripping tape off of cardboard and tossing non-broken down boxes into the bin because it’s so large. The biggest feasible impact is likely still in reducing the purchasing of packaging in the first place.

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