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Co-founder of Elgg and Known; former investor at Matter;
CTO at The 19th.

benwerd

benwerd

benwerd

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Cheering for anyone's death is ghoulish.

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Tired: sleep when the baby sleeps

Wired: bingewatch all of Abbott Elementary and eat ice cream like a boss

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Elon's texts are interesting, but I have to assume the real cliques in tech aren't conducting conversations over text messages. I'm far, far away from being in the cool crowd so I have no idea, but I'd imagine there are private Slack groups or similar?

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Did Bruce Willis give his informed consent to be deepfaked or is someone taking advantage of his aphasia?

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You can take the boy out of Oxford, but you can’t take the commas out of the boy.

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New thing: peoples' personal assistants wanting to connect on their behalf on LinkedIn. It's obviously some kind of networking or sales service, but what? And how can I block it?

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Fun to see how quickly new AI demos are springing up. As new ways to input prompts and datasets make their way onto the market they'll get more interesting. But I really like watching hackers have fun building simple stuff that breaks new ground.

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Got the new iPhone. 25% more purple. 50% more blobby upstairsy. 33% more “actually I don’t want to see my tasks all the time, please turn off your screen”. Otherwise practically identical as far as I can see.

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Bad reflux baby has bad reflux. Poor little thing.

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A reminder that "woke" just means "awake to and aware of oppression and injustice". It's not something that makes anyone weaker. It's how we all get stronger.

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What’s the best wryly realistic writing about parenting a baby? I’ve got all the perfect advice and the influencer accounts, but who’s making jokes about projectile poo and embracing their imperfection?

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Really bad night. I feel like I’m failing him with every cry. I’m so sorry, little one.

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I think NPS is a really great measure. Of how willing you are to disrupt your users’ experience in favor of gathering a vanity metric.

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Baby is already pretty sure he needs to seize the means of milk production, which I see as a generally positive sign.

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Who's doing great work building technology (as in, doing the technical architecture and engineering) in non-profit news?

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Shana Tova to everyone who celebrates!

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Tonight I needed to use something called a Windi on my baby, and I might need a whole therapy session just for that.

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I’ve 100% become one of those people who just talks about his baby and assumes you’re as interested as he is. Suspect this will get worse, not better, over time.

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A sure sign of a truly toxic culture is badmouthing people behind their backs. When that level of infighting starts, I don't know that it's possible to save a community - particularly if it doesn't see the importance of building something more supportive.

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Came within moments of accidentally pouring the baby a cup of coffee into his bottle this morning, so as you can see, we all had a great night.

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Wanted: ProductHunt for indie tinkerers and developers outside of a startup context. (I love ProductHunt; I just also want something else.) Does that exist? Could it?

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To be honest, when people said that parenting was the hardest thing they’d ever done, I thought they meant emotionally or spiritually.

In unrelated news, will I pass out randomly during the day today? Let’s find out

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TV show pitch: a gritty Golden Girls reboot set 200 years in the future.

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I put him back to sleep in his bassinet whispering that I’d always be there for him, which is a lie. He’d better outlive me.

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I don't think it's a partisan comment to say that we're still veering towards fascism. The transfer of migrants to Martha's Vineyard - with falsified records so they can't be traced, no less - has me very worried. Where does this escalate to?

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