I was a latecomer discovering Hybrid, starting around 2014. We had spent a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina and were driving back home through some backroads. I was listening to “Morning Sci-fi”, perhaps for the first time.

It was late in the afternoon and we came across a field that opened to this amazing sky. I had to pull off and take some pictures.

I didn’t notice the similarity until much later. Hybrid remains one of my favorite bands.

Anyone tried Mela? A delight to use and has me considering a switch from my current recipe/grocery app. Also not the first time I’ve wished we had a file format/standard for recipes, that these types of apps could use for import/export. Somehow a single developer can build beautiful and fuctional native apps for macOS/iOS and yet a well funded team like AgileBits needs to resort to non-native toolkits.

For almost as long as I’ve been in computing I’ve used Emacs. At first almost stock with a few customization, then shifting into Prelude, pulling Magit and org-mode into daily usage. Over time, work duties forced me into more and more Vim usage, due to frequent remote editing. I ended up bouncing between Emacs and Vim all the time, learning to love Vim’s model style and way of editing, but missing the power and kitchen sink of Emacs. This drove me to look for a compromise and landed me on Spacemacs, where I have been happily editing for a long time. But… times change and new tools come along, like VSCode.

I had dabbled in VSCode over the years and it never seemed like a good fit for me. Even with a good Vim mode it required too much mousing and lacked tooling I relied on. Then I discovered VSpaceCode and a little later VSCode added remote editing support. Finally, edamagit appeared. These take VSCode to something very close to how I used Spacemacs. Continuing to dabble with this setup, things improved, more of Spacemacs was implemented, until last week, a milestone for me, I spent a whole day in VSCode, happily editing, almost unaware I wasn’t using Spacemacs.


When I was a kid, one of my favorite escapes from the small southern town I lived in was, “Echoes” on public radio. This show introduced me to so many artists and genres of music I probably would have otherwise never heard. The show has been going for 30+ years and still airs daily. Recently, I discovered that the show has a long running podcast that’s mostly the interviews from the radio show. It’s been a great addition to my podcast subscriptions.