Fantasy Baseball 2024

After a few years' layoff, I’m playing fantasy baseball again in 2024. Not only is this league quite a bit different from the one I used to play, the online resources for player research have changed over the past few years. This post collects some things that seem useful to me.
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Upgrading an Alpine Linux Installation After Waiting Way Too Long

I’m blogging today’s yak shaving exercise because I found web searches challenging for some of this. And hopefully writing them down here will both help improve those searches and help me remember. Also, I am determined to blog more in 2024.
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dj-notebook: the REPL I’ve Always Wanted for Django

This year, I’ve really started to like jupyter notebooks. I first tried them out several years ago, but they’ve only just started to click for me. They haven’t changed; the difference is how I think about them. When I initially tried them, they felt like writing untestable code in a browser, where you could get yourself into an unknowable state very easily as you navigated between cells. While they certainly can be that, it was an incomplete impression, at best.

One thing changed my mind this year: I learned about the --notebook option for django-extensions shell_plus management command. shell_plus is a command that gives you a REPL with all your django models and many of the framework’s utility classes imported and ready to go. The --notebook option has shell_plus import that all into a jupyter notebook that you can access from your browser. Or that you can save and access from your IDE’s notebook support. It’s like absolute magic when it works, but lately you have to hold your jaw just right and explicitly specify a few dependencies' versions in order to make it work. It was 15 minutes of internet searching every time I felt like I was going to spend enough time in my REPL to want it. I recently learned about dj-notebook, which fixes that and adds a few useful features on top of it.

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Hypermedia Systems - Using Django - More htmx patterns

I’m working through Hypermedia Sytstems using django and htmx in public. This post starts applying the patterns from Chapter 6: More Htmx Patterns.
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Hypermedia Systems - Using Django - Adding htmx (pt 2)

I’m working through Hypermedia Sytstems using django and htmx in public. This post continues to work through Chapter 5: HTMX Patterns.
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Hypermedia Systems - Using Django - Adding htmx (pt 1)

I’m working through Hypermedia Sytstems using django and htmx in public. This post picks up with Chapter 5: HTMX Patterns.
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Hypermedia Systems - Using Django - Contacts.app Web 1.0 edition

I’m working through Hypermedia Sytstems using django and htmx in public. This post covers building out the Web 1.0 edition of the book’s contacts app.
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Hypermedia Systems - Using Django (introduction)

I’m reading and enjoying Gross et al’s Hypermedia Sytstems. This post is the start of my plan to work through the exercises in public using Django and HTMX.
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Flipper Zero Notes

Stuff I don’t want to forget about working with Flipper Zero from Mac/Linux
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PSA: Docker Will Edit Host-Based Firewall Rules For You

Over the past week or so, I’ve been trying out using Docker to deploy a Django site on a VPS. My preferred setup for that is to have Caddy running on the host, not in any container, as a reverse proxy. (It’s a single, static binary; I don’t see any joy in wrapping that in a container.) In the past when I’ve hosted similar things, I just ran gunicorn in a python virtualenv on the host as well, and bound it to the loopback. The current thing I’m building is a little bit more painful to run that way on my VPS, so I thought I’d finally cave and give Docker a try in “production.” While there was quite a bit to like about it, there was also an unpleasant surprise.
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