September 24, 2020

A relatively boring day today, mostly made up of work on our Ruby Weekly and Node Weekly newsletters. The Node space is rather quiet lately and it has the sense of being a technology whose excitement has plateaued, though I don’t see it going away any time soon.

Once I was up and ready I rode my scooter to the local shop to grab a caffeinated drink and spent most of the day working.

I’m becoming concerned with our email service provider (Sendgrid) and overall deliverability issues we’re having, so I’ve begun to investigate the possibility of running two ESPS in tandem, both Sendgrid and Amazon Web Services’ SES system. This is easier said than done, however, as both systems work differently and require separate integrations to work. This work will take me a little while yet but an initial test worked out OK.

I wrote the diary for yesterday at the dinner table as it appears I have already begun to fall behind!

I finally finished reading the Prison Doctor book I’ve had sat around for months. It’s an OK read; quite matter of fact without any real overarching themes to chew on. A doctor tells her story of retiring as a GP only to be lured into the world of being a prison doctor at a variety of places including Wormwood Scrubs. If you have any interest in what that might be like, it’s worth a read, but it’s reasonably depressing as it highlights the sorts of problems prisoners face and how it’s just a never ending problem.

Started Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop and only made it a chapter in before I had to go to sleep. I’m a bit out of practice at reading novels, and particularly ones with language as flowery as this. I did encounter a cute bit of 1930’s slang, however, with “foregonners” which is their time’s equivalent of saying things like totes emosh, I guess.

Had sausages and chips for tea.

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