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My name is Mark thought most people call me JR (J.R. not “junior”). I am a believer and follower of Christ. My passion is and I’ve been at it professionally for over 14 years. Though I mostly develop for the web I enjoy working with the including the hardware and architecture of it.

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My favorite thing about the fediverse is that I can choose if and when to engage in things that are nuanced. Twitter isn’t like that. Facebook isn’t like that. YouTube isn’t like that.

I’m still in the same boat though. I agree and disagree with a lot but am unwilling to engage at this point. There is a basis to my reality that I didn’t create but I subscribe to. I know others don’t and that’s ok. But I don’t see how one can reason with a basis of changing or unknown principals.

This past Monday I decided to tackle a repair on my car that I’ve been procrastinating on. Over the winter a rodent was living under the hood of my 2008 Honda Civic. It bit some wires on the main wire harness and wouldn’t start. To purchase a new wire harness would cost $500 and to have a mechanic do the work would have been more for labor as well as the cost to tow.

I spent half a day and $10 for replacement wire. Soldered the connections back and it started right back up!

Upgraded my Apple Watch Series 3 (42mm) to a Series 7 (41mm) this past week and I'm pretty satisfied. It is much faster and because of the larger screen it feels bigger even though it has a 1mm smaller enclosure. The always-on display is great too.

I purchased the cellular model this time around and I love how smart it is with having cellular radio turned-off when in proximity to my phone and turns on when I leave my phone behind.

I honestly wish I could just have the watch without the phone.

Slowly building up dashboards for my as well as expanding the services I'm running.

I was artifically held up by wanting to do everything through first and instead paired it down to automating the common and security bits. I can automate services later, there are just too many I've been meaning to spin up to try before adopting.

My favorite programming trick.

> With the early `return` pattern, you check for the opposite of the thing you want, and `return` early to end the function when that’s the case.

> This reduces nested `if` statements, and makes your code a bit easier to read.


I love technology but I don't understand the VR craze in terms of a virtual world being the future of how we interact. VR is awesome for the experience it provides and is fascinating how it can so simply transport you to entirely new worlds.

VR is overrated in my opinion. AR was and continues to be underrated. So many people laughed at those using Google Glass but are now strapping a screen to their faces and flailing around in an empty room.

That's not a world I want to build.

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