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Marty Have you taken amtrak from BWI to NYC? any thoughts? I'm looking to travel up there next week and have never used them. I'm planning on grabbing a train out at like 11:36am on thursday and getting back the next day in the evening. Any thoughts about different class seat sizes or how early to arrive? My plan is...

Amtrak is the best! Just get the cheapest thing. Pro-tip: sit in the cafe car for a lovely table space to work.

πŸ“ Checked in at Oak CafΓ© Bar, Swords, .
πŸ›¬ DUB β˜•οΈ
πŸ“ Checked in at Gate B26, Jamaica, NY.

HWC Baltimore 2018-10-16 Wrap-Up

Baltimore's second Homebrew Website Club of October met at the Digital Harbor Foundation Tech Center on October 16th.

Here are some notes from the "broadcast" portion of the meetup: β€” Worked today on a post recapping our last HWC meeting, focusing on ideas to get more people involved. For work at DHF, still learning lots of NextJS and ExpressJS. Getting back into writing content! β€” Been a while! Last week in Minnesota for some networking. Met some cool people and talked to some companies, including Socrata, which was part of Open Baltimore. Also got back into bullet journaling after being away for a while. Working on legal and client-finding stuff for his freelance work. β€” Also been awhile since he's been to an HWC! Moved all his sites to HTTPS. His podcast ( is now on iTunes, so he added that link to the site. Also tried to track down an official Overcast button but hasn't found it yet. Recently in San Jose for API World. Very little talk about building APIs and more about pitching specific products/services. Did learn a bit about microservices and case-studies of moving to them. Did some general maintenance on his WP site, and has been working on his own plugin for podcasting on WP. β€” Been heavily porting his site from Jekyll to Hugo. Has had some fun porting things that he did as Ruby plugins for Jekyll into crazy Go template logic, like generating permashortlinks in NewBase60. Also had some fun setting up a new CSS Grid display for photos in posts with lots of them (example which apparently only works in Firefox). Also, after some struggling with his image proxy setup (because Hugo templating doesn't support HMAC signatures) is trying out Cloudinary's free tier for his image-resizing needs.

Other discussion:

  • Podcasting on WordPress is... a pain. Apple Podcasts refused to accept their feed due to http vs https issues and that was hard to track down.
  • Ferrite for audio editing on the iPad. Alec edits his podcasts there now. Some hiccups with the noise-cancelling and auto-levelling features being too-aggressive.
  • Recording setups. Blue's new Yeti Nano looks cool.
  • FF and Chrome starting to support the new dialog element. Maybe cool, maybe terrible?

Thanks to everyone who came out! We look forward to seeing you at our next meetup on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:30pm!

Photo for tonight’s HWC Baltimore

Thanks to our guest Alexa Sciuto for lookin’ in your eyes without shakin’ in this week’s We Have to Ask Podcast!

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One of the most talked about covers in the history of the world is this week's topic. Marty and Jonathan bring in local expert of Weezer to talk about their cover of Toto's "Africa." They will take some time to do the things they never have.

Two amazing GHOST PARTY πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰ shows this weekend! As usual we celebrated the spooky atmosphere of October with a time travel trip back to an 80s high-school homecoming and a whole show about sports.

Thanks to everyone who came out to watch (and get pulled into a dance party). Thanks to Lighting Dragon Design for the Saturday night laze and haze magic. Thanks to all of our amazing performers and support ghosts, who put so much faith in us. And the most special of thanks to Kim Le and Julia Hall who are the best co-ghost and ghost wranglers possible.

Acolytes! Keep your calendars clear! Beatrice and Derek will call another meeting soon! πŸ‘»πŸŽ‰

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I was tired of never having the right audio adapter, so I bought ALL OF THEM!

Now you have n*m problems! πŸ˜‚