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I'm Brian Hicks, a programmer and author from St. Louis, MO. You've found my site!

latest post: Kratky in the basement

Hello hello! Today is April Cools, which is like April Fools but for posting stuff outside what you normally write about instead of unfunny jokes. Hope you enjoy!

I want to eat more salads, but:

  1. Viral and bacterial outbreaks come up pretty regularly in the US food system. I don't feel super paranoid about produce where you can wash or avoid eating the skin, but I feel worse in cases where usually you eat the whole plant.
  2. Large-scale farming techniques sometimes seem pretty dubious, even in products labeled as organic.
  3. Because of how our food system is set up, produce is regularly transported hundreds of miles before being consumed.

Luckily for me, doing hydroponic gardening at home in my basement is a way around this:

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currently: tinyping

Tinyping is a tool to help people (myself included) to make sure they're using their time in accordance with their values.

It does this by random sampling: every so often, it will ask you what you're working on. Once it has enough pings, you can use statistics to build up an accurate picture of how you're using your time!

Tinyping is currently under development and hasn't been released yet; there's a placeholder page at

This project started out as the last thing-a-month, and was inspired by TagTime.

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latest micropost: Kubernetes whoops

Welp, I accidentally deleted my Kubernetes cluster. I was messing around with Hetzner Cloud and Nomad trying to figure out if they'd be a good fit for what I'm doing and ran a terraform delete thinking it would just affect my Hetzner machines. Turns out there's a good reason that the delete subcommand is disabled by default in Terraform Cloud.

It took me a bit to come back, but this blog and all my sites are now running on Nomad. I'm pretty happy with it. May switch back eventually (it's easy because everything is static and containerized) but not immediately.

As a result, no progress on tinyping these past couple of weeks. 😅

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