Roberto Mateu

Do not disturb the Robertos.

Family and friends in Venezuela without power for close to 50 hours. Most hospitals without backup generators and airports closed. It’s a nightmare of our own making, but please know (and share) that the dictatorship lies when it says the situation is under control.

I was also surprised by Shawn Blanc’s switch to an unhipster drip machine. But have to agree with this post. I probably can’t tell the taste difference either, but the ritual is what makes it fun.

Visited my favorite Costa Rican coffee toaster today. Hacienda Real peaberry has been the daily bean on the AeroPress since I tried it and was curious of their operation. It’s literally a micro toaster (3 room house). They ship to the US/Canada if anyone wants to try.

Coffee toasting

Everyone’s a critic, but I think the never released Pebble Time 2 still looks better than the new Versa Lite.

Watching The Umbrella Academy yesterday and a David Gray song came up. The flashbacks to his White Ladder album actually gave me pause. Must never forget/understimate the power of music.

Can’t wait to add The Wandering Earth to my Netflix list.

I always develop an interest in projectile physics and spatial awareness when the kids get the stomach flu.

Since December I’ve been working very hard on measuring developer output, software CapEx, and organization level indicators. All with as little overheard to devs that doesn’t improve PMO flows. This comment on HN is an amazingly distilled version of many of my learnings.

Domain names are like battery packs, make it cheap enough and I can always self-justify one. Luckily rmateu.dev or 5typos.dev doesn’t sound that interesting.

Ordering coffee at 130 degrees in Starbucks is the hipster idiom that I’m least ashamed to say out lout. Thank you André Hess for all the hipster-millennial wisdom.

I have welcomed emojis into my heart and keyboard. I held out long enough ;) but we lost the war, and it’s time to accept it. Long live the 🤓.

I’m back on my quarterly install of Google’s Gboard keyboard.

Ran across Jacoby Young’s Less, More, and None life priority list again. His whole site is such an information dense fun ride. Lots of stuff to copy.

In 2003 I visited my first Apple Store, in Cambridge, MA. I was beyond excited. Little did I know that 4 years later I’d buy the first iPhone on the same store.

A few seconds before this photo, Bettina grabbed my face, turned it on the side, and planted a big kiss on my cheek. This is what happiness filled with a melted heart looks like.

Yesterday we celebrated Ana’s birthday. My better half has given me two better wholes – each as beautiful and intense as their mom. Which makes the amount of love and effort she gives all of us quite literally infinite. We love you.

This week Robie decided we had to wear (clean) masks for the bedtime story… and last night Bettina joined our book club.

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Dave Winer:

If it doesn’t have a feed it isn’t a podcast.

I subscribe to Marco Arment’s theorem:

On a long enough timescale, Dave Winer is usually proven right.

Tracking Expenses (Part 1)

For 2019 we’re trying to have better controls of our expenses at home. After trying a few Apps, we settled on Next on the iPhone. It does an amazing job at expense input, and a adequate one at reporting.

After 1 month even Ana is enjoying the habit – or at least tolerating it. But the next step is some sort of conciliation, where we hopefully give it better name, and have some alcohol while doing it.

Just getting started, but Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke has me glued to the first chapter. A few more insights like the difference before decision & result – and it may be my favorite non fiction of the year.

Mario Kart for iPhone delay could also be related to the rumored game subscription service Apple is working on.

From an IT perspective ChromeOS devices are a dream come true. But going as far as offering Pixelbooks as MacBook alternatives for designers feels pretty aggressive. If they do become a solid dev machine with Linux stuff, then Win/macOS are going to feel the hurt.

What a week. Amazing how interests trumped ideology on my dislike towards those that are helping Venezuela.

At the same time awed over the will of people to not give up, and the bravery of leaders that don’t let them. I dare not dream, but will never criticize those who do.

After 11 years of use (10 of them paid), I’m taking a break from Dropbox. It’s still the best cloud drive software, but not sure anymore if worth the expense alongside iCloud. We shall see.