Rob Fahrni

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Saturday Morning Coffee

Cold EspressoWelp, I’m really gonna need that coffee this morning. Kolby, our puppers, decided 4:30 would be a great time to get up. I was able to ask him to lay down, which means I get another hour, and just like clockwork he woke me up and 5:30. 😀

I’ve done a little poking around my Mastodon timeline this morning and started going through Pocket to see what I was sharing this morning.

First cup down, couple more to go, let’s get started. ☕️

Louie Mantia

All the designers there have a very different taste and style from each other, but they all work together so well. If anything, I felt a little intimidated being the youngest, feeling I might muck it all up. But everyone here was determined to not let me fail. I don’t think I knew what the best job could feel like before I had it.

This is a great piece on Louis time at The Iconfactory.

Louie went on to work for Apple and did the icons for iTunes among other things. After that he started Pacific Helm in San Francisco before landing in Portland to create Parakeet. He’s an amazing designer and if you’re an app creator you may want to hire him to do some beautiful icons for you.

Ars Technica

The New York Times has a report about which divisions are being hit the hardest, and a big one is Google’s future OS development group, Fuchsia.

I check in on Fuschia from time to time and I’d love to see it land on a computing device like Android or Pixel. Perhaps something a bit more powerful, like a web server?


This futuristic dream-like scenario is being sold to us as a real scientific possibility, with billionaires planning to move humanity to Mars in the near future.

It would be so much better to invest all that time and resources to saving this planet. After that, please, pursue your conquest of Mars.

Daring Fireball

It’s worse than that, though, because if you were delivered a newspaper with random stories scissored out, you’d know that there were missing stories.

As expected Twitter is beginning to decay. And it has become a bit of a ghost town in my timeline, I do check on occasion, but refuse to post.

The Verge

Asked whether his recent tweets — spreading tawdry conspiracy theories about the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, embracing COVID misinformation, mocking trans people, making groan-inducing, jokes, and exposing himself as a right-wing troll — has harmed Tesla’s brand image, Musk responded with characteristic mocking defiance.

Musk is deluded to the point that he only cares about his popularity at the expense of Tesla.

The board should let him go and get someone who can run the company.


At this point in the pandemic, almost everyone in the U.S. has had COVID-19—whether they know it or not. But something more alarming is happening: A growing number of people are getting reinfected with SARS-CoV-2.

I’ve been wondering for a while if I’m just that out of shape or if COVID did some damage to my lungs. Most likely I’m out of shape but I feel really bad for all the poor souls with long COVID.

Barn Finds

In the pantheon of old Fords, the ’32 coupe and various Model As are always favorites with hot-rodders and collectors.

I’m not what I’d call a car guy but I do run across a car on Barn Finds or Jalopnik I’d love to have. My Dad has a ‘37 Chevy Coup he restored from a rust bucket. I need to find some pictures. It’s a beautiful car.


Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.

The Smithsonian is absolutely amazing. I think they need an iOS and Android App for sharing. 😃

Mike McBride

The cost-saving effects of layoffs are almost non-existent. So why? It’s one thing to be losing money and need to cut costs. It’s another to be a pretty profitable organization with layoffs that don’t wind up cutting costs.

Microsoft, Google, and Amazon have laid off around 50,000 folks recently. The tech sector continues to take hit after hit after hit.

I know WillowTree is in great shape but this kind of movement in the industry can spread. Here’s hoping we’ve seen the last of it for a while.

David Masover via LinkedIn

I’m the Google SRE who made sure to hand off the pager in the minutes after I got laid off on 2023-01-20. If you’ve worked at Google (or maybe even if you haven’t), you may have heard some version of this story. Here’s what actually happened:

This fella is dedicated. After being laid off he felt the need to track down someone to hand his job off to.

I admire the dedication but Google didn’t feel dedicated enough to you to let you keep your job. Keep that in mind. We’re all expendable to corporations.

Tiny Apple Core