• Cole

    Cole

    8 months ago
    Story.ai (prev Asyncy, prev Storyscript) is now dissolved. This all had to happen rather suddenly as we’ve been self-funding for a while now and needed to decide whether it really made sense to continue into February. Based on our milestone goals plus external factors causing uncertainty and stress we have resigned to dissolving. 🙋 If anyone could help me find a next role, I would be so thankful! I found Storyscript through FoC, and I know there are many people from great companies participating in these conversations with me.If you’re interested in either of our other two engineers, I’ll be very happy to make introductions. I’m particularly interested in teams who value design-and-engineering collaboration and are developing with TypeScript or Rust. I’m attaching a hybrid resumé with highlights of things more FoC-related, and a super high-level topic landscape of all that we worked on. Some interesting team skills include (but are not limited to): • ECS / Game-development patterns (were applied to an IDE/document editing experience) • Rust and TypeScript (codebase is 50/50) • MVVM UI patterns • ProseMirror • Type systems & integrations SDK design Thank you everyone ❤️
    Cole
    Zach Potter
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  • bmitc

    bmitc

    7 months ago
    Hello everyone. I was just wondering if anyone else has been struggling with things. I have some ideas and experiments that I want to accomplish and play with in a sort of visual programming proving ground, but I've been slowed by the existing tools and their fantastic limitations and heartaches. I searched and searched last year, and decided to go all-in on Racket's GUI Toolkit. I ended up eventually bailing because it quickly became where I simply need to use the
    pasteboard
    editor and do basically everything from scratch. It became like wading through mud, so I said, fine, I'll just build my own GUI toolkit in another language, which I am currently working on. Things have gone slow due to a new job and move this year (though luckily in the same area). But now I'm slowpoking my way. I hope I am at the bottom of the rabbit hole. I simply don't possess enough technical knowledge to dig any lower than I am right now (GLFW + Skia). This is just a lament, so thanks for reading. 🙇‍♂️ I just wonder how others deal with this dilemma of trying to build something new with such a disheartening landscape of poor tools.
    bmitc
    Tom Larkworthy
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    Ivan Reese

    7 months ago
    [Moved from #thinking-together, original message by @Ian Rumac] Hey everyone, I assume some people might be here that could answer my question - I’m looking for a cheap EEG/BCI device to work with, mostly need to measure attention/focus and anxiety/calmness. Anyone has any recommendations?
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  • Matthew Linkous

    Matthew Linkous

    7 months ago
    How many people are working with mono repos vs many repos? And if you are doing mono, what languages are you working in?1️⃣ for monorepo for many repos
    Matthew Linkous
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  • Mariano Guerra

    Mariano Guerra

    7 months ago
    any firestore user here? would like to know more about how it works and how it's used
    Mariano Guerra
    Yousef El-Dardiry
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    Ivan Reese

    6 months ago
    [Moved from #introduce-yourself, original post by @Oleksandr Kryvonos] hi, i am sure everyone here heard about ongoing war started by Russia, if you wish to help to Ukraine please consider sharing information or donation https://twitter.com/Ukraine/status/1497294840110977024?t=FKRnweaj764aXbYuu-ZYJw&s=19
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    Duncan Cragg
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  • Orion Reed

    Orion Reed

    6 months ago
    This is a very specific question, but I’m looking for people in this space (tools for thought, personal computing, PL, etc, etc) who write on Substack. I’ve been doing more writing recently and want to start thinking in public a bit, which is scary to me. I’d love to know who/what else is on the platform so I can get a feel for the space.
    Orion Reed
    Tom Larkworthy
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  • Pawel Ceranka

    Pawel Ceranka

    6 months ago
    🏄‍♂️ Hiring Now!  [remote]Nette: Research OS for the Web · https://www.nette.io/ · tools for thought · future of work · human computer interaction · etc. Hello 👋 I’m Paweł—building Nette has been my dream for a very long time—now coming to fruition!I want you to build it with me...  ️ Back-End Software Engineer: https://jobs.braveclojure.com/company/nette/listing/back-end-developer/pUuuun02xg2P_rSevfRMX Front-End Software Engineer: https://jobs.braveclojure.com/company/nette/listing/front-end-developer/l5uXbSnU2GCgYmjL9CWT2
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    Duncan Cragg
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    Ivan Reese

    6 months ago
    Hi fellow FoC community folks! You probably know me from.. well.. being the moderator here, doing the podcast, maybe from Twitter. I'm going to put on a different scarf today. I'm looking to hire someone. I work for a little company based in western Canada that builds interactive multimedia tools & simulations. You can imagine emoji sparkles interposed between those 1990s buzzwords if you like. The team is 7 artists, 3 subject matter experts, 1 programmer (hi), and a few other folks for admin and such. My job is to build tools for the artists, who make multimedia for the subject matter experts, who use it to teach people around the world about mind-blowingly complex machines. We're tiny compared to the audience we serve (from high-school students up to terrifying multinationals), but we've got an unbelievable reputation in our corner of the world for being like 20 years ahead of the competition. It's a weird company. I love it. You might know I've been working on a project called Hest. It's an attempt to take some of the work we do on visualizing complex systems, and apply it to node-wire visual programming. Well, I'm looking for someone to come help me work on a complementary project — building a new drawing tool for the artists on my team. They currently do their drawings in Adobe Animate (because we used to use Flash, because the 2000s were a beautiful time for multimedia and we're not even close to recapturing that culturally or technologically). They export their drawings as SVG files, and then bring them to life using some JS animation/simulation frameworks I wrote for them. There's a problem: "export their drawings as SVG files". An SVG is a great container for a vector image. It's an awful container, especially when generated by a general-purpose drawing app like Adobe Animate, for rich semantic information about what the artist means for their drawing to represent, especially when the drawing is a very specific kind of technical illustration. So here's the plan: We'd like to design and prototype a new drawing tool. Something like OmniGraffle, but much simpler. There'd be some sort of library of common symbols, which you could drag and drop onto a canvas, and then wire together with a few different kinds of path drawing tools. Finally, the program could (perhaps) export a much richer SVG with a bunch of metadata that preserves various aspects of the intent behind the drawing. (I say "perhaps" because there's a lot of different approaches that could be taken, and making that decision would be part of the R&D process). Once this drawing tool exists, the goal is to push it in the direction of being a tool for programming said drawings. We already have a simulation toolkit that works with SVG graphics that the artists know well, but there's so much more we could do by giving them live / visual programming that happens right in same tool as their drawing canvas, not some detached build->run->debug process with a text editor like they have today. And whereas the goal with Hest was to start with the programming experience and build "down" toward a usable tool for dynamic drawings, the goal for this new project is to start with a usable drawing tool and build "up" toward making those drawings dynamic. This is already a wall of text, but I'll share one more bit of detail that should be a helpful filtering function for folks who might be interested in this project. This is planned to be a 3 month contract position where you'll do some initial R&D work and build as much of a prototype as you can — a way to get the ball rolling, and then hand it off to me (or possibly yourself if we extend/renew the contract). The pay is also competitive for Canada, where we're based, but not what you might be used to if you're from a hotspot in the US — $2000/week USD. If you have questions about this, please crack open a thread here and ask them. Ask anything, I'm very interested in being transparent about all details of this. Finally, here's a page on our website where you can get a quick summary of who we are, watch a video of simulations we've made, and read a slightly less wall-of-text description of the position at the bottom (it's the 3rd job listed, the one about an interactive drawing tool). The position is open now, I'm setting up calls ASAP, so if you're interested by all means let me know! ❤️
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    j
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  • Cole

    Cole

    6 months ago
    “ELT” ecosystem question: I’m feeling pretty impressed by the Singer Tap spec’s simplicity for data extraction and resumability, does anyone have opinions on whether it’s a good spec to base on for “ELT”-ish tools? (removed from #thinking-together)
    Cole
    Kartik Agaram
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