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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Would anybody here like to practice improv?

I've recently learned about discord and realized that the group voice chat is the perfect place to do some improv comedy online. I was really surprised it's not a thing yet, so I've made a server:

discord.gg/XHwFXQs

Come join us! You don't have to be good at this, English doesn't need to be your first language, socially awkward people are welcome! (I am one)

If you'd like to chat and make up some funny scenes - come have fun with us!

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Just discovered an awesome website - voiceroulette.io, allows you to talk to random strangers on the internet.

For me, as an introvert, it's absolutely amazing, no-pressure anonymous opportunity to have a fun conversation.

It has launched only recently, so there isn't a lot of people there yet, but I really hope it takes off. Come chat with us!

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Every Coding Interview Ever

youtube.com/watch?v=wZR6QFE2m6

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Incredibly fascinating interview about education process at Elon Musk's private school. Damn I envy those kids.

youtube.com/watch?v=DpHhSoYFnp

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Never shout at your HDD

youtube.com/watch?v=tDacjrSCeq

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot PeerTube: A ‘Censorship’ Resistent YouTube Alternative
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot Blender is testing PeerTube after YouTube blocks their videos worldwide
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot Hacker News Highlights: April and May 2018
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@cwebber

Jesuschrist that expanded my mind. And also gave me a panic attack.

Also this:
youtube.com/watch?v=i4iQfJftmO

Worlds within worlds!

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Human body is 70% of water so we’re basically cucumbers with anxiety.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

I've made a few cool upgrades to Writing Streak during the past several days. Really happy about how it's coming together!

- Bright theme.
- Export rich text or markdown, filter the documents you want to export using search.
- Writing Prompts.
- Hotkeys help.
- Simple writing mode (write using only the 1000 most common words).
- Countless minor tweaks, improvements and bug fixes.

If you haven't tried Writing Streak yet - come check it out:

writingstreak.io

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Just added a few stunning artworks to my little collection on ArtStation. Fuck, some people are talented.

artstation.com/rayalez/collect

Also, recently discovered an incredible artist, who also records timelapse videos of his drawings with absolutely hilarious commentary:

youtube.com/channel/UC0afN6pfG

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Sorry everyone who hasn't yet received an email about the free Writing Streak account. Since it took off on HN a few days ago (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1), I'm getting hundreds of emails(crazy cool stuff!).

I promise I'll get back to you =)

(If you've messaged me more than 4 days ago and haven't received a reply yet - you can message me again just in case)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Just discovered fnd.io - allows you to browse ios appstore in your browser, conveniently displaying all the app screenshots. Absolute goldmine for researching app ideas and possible designs.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@Priyaji Awesome! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to your feedback =)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@elsa Thank you, that's awesome! =)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@Cysteine

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

I should've made this more clear - before you login, everything is saved in your browser, after you login everything is saved on server.

As you write, your writing is autosaved(there's a save indicator in the bottom left corner).

You can click on days in the timeline to see what you wrote that day. You can export everything you wrote from the main menu.

I will work on better help and intro to make these things are more clear.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@SuperLeo You mean completely native, not just wrapped in electron? To be honest - unlikely. To accomplish that I would either have to learn a completely new skillset or hire a developer. This app would have to get REALLY successful before I can afford that.

But electron version and mobile PWA that works offline seem very doable, I'd love to make them. They'd share 90% of the code, so it wouldn't be a big problem.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@atenorio This is an interesting idea, one more person has suggested it too, so I will be thinking about this. I don't quite see how it would work, but I'll try to figure it out.

For now, you should check out slate.js, it is an extremely flexible and powerful editor, and writing streak is built on top of it. It might be more useful for extending your own project.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@JigmeDatse

Thanks! I'll definitely need to improve the login process.

Thanks for letting me know about the embed code, I'll fix it. It's definitely more of a prototype for now, I want to make it work better and be a lot more customizable so it'd fit well with any website's design.

Making it pluggable is an interesting idea, I'm not sure how it'd work, but I'll think about it.

Meanwhile, check out slate.js, that's the editor I've built writing streak around, and it's brilliant.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@Ninjatrappeur

Thanks =) I love Mastodon so I've used most of it's colors.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@SuperLeo
a) It was built with node and react. If people will find this app useful and it takes off, I will build a desktop version with electron.

b) Wow that's a really nice offer! I haven't set up the donations, because in the future the app will have a premium subscription(everyone who signs up during beta will have it for free), so it'd feel wrong to ask for donations.

If you'd like to support this project you can share it with your friends, and let me know how I could make it better =)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@Cybertrash Well, the app saves everything you write so that you could click on any day in the past and see what you wrote that day, like a note taking or a journaling app would.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@starbreaker Thanks for letting me know it's important to you, I'll try to bump it up on my todo list =)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@starbreaker Not at the moment. I've started putting it together but it's not done yet. Once I'll figure it out it will =)

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@jessmahler Thank you so much for your feedback!

I'll try to make the writing box stand out.

Data can be exported from main menu. Currently as a text file, but I'm planning to add different formats and features(like exporting only some of the days)

I'm not sure what you mean about the calendar bar, it's supposed to automatically focus on today by default. Did that not work for you or do you mean something else?

You're definitely right about the intro page, I'll try to make onboarding easier

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@ThatTupperKid Thanks! Before you login, data is saved in your browser. Once you click sign up, the data from your browser is uploaded to the server (and deleted from the browser).

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Hey everyone! I've just published a beta of my new app for writers -

writingstreak.io

It's a simple tool meant to help writers to develop a daily writing habit, achieve their writing goals, and track their progress.

If you're interested in this sort of thing - it'd be really awesome if you could check it out and let me know what you think. I'm looking for any feedback, first impressions, your thoughts on what could be better.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@lx It runs every 30 minutes and publishes posts after they have reached 100+ points.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Hands down, the most insightful article I've read this whole year:

waitbutwhy.com/2015/11/the-coo

A guy who has spent several months working with Elon Musk and writing about him, explains how to learn "Original Thinking" - the process Elon Musk is using to come up with his ideas. Highly recommend it!

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Absolutely fascinating talk at MIT AGI class, on how the brain creates emotions:

youtube.com/watch?v=qwsft6tmvB

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @lumen - Is this experiment double-blinded?

- Of course! As always, we have blinded both of our scientists after it failed.

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

There's a trending Hacker News thread where people share their favorite accounts to follow. Come share yours!

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

Mine are:

@Chrishallbeck (webcomics artist)

@lumen (writes jokes)

@Gargron (creator of mastodon)

@cwebber
(author of ActivityPub)

@Valentin_NC

@HerraBRE

@markhughes

@chrisBorg

@surma

@nolan

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot Facebook Really Is Spying on You, Just Not Through Your Phone's Mic
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot Amazon admits Alexa is laughing at people and is working on a fix
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @HackerNewsBot How I Helped Potty-Train My Kid Using Twilio and an AWS IoT Button
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

Here's another #wip
one day i'll be faster at painting Q_____Q

mastodon.art/media/veqrCMuhHJp

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

RT @WritingPrompts Due to the evolution of bacteria with respect to our immune system, traveling forward in time could kill you and traveling back in time could kill everyone else

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Ray Alez ✅ rayalez@mastodon.social

@Ambraven@witches.town Hi! Sorry, I wish it would be, but the comics are taken from comics-related subreddits, and most of the links there are direct to images, they don't give credit to the author, so I can't do it automatically either.

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