# micah mcfarland

## Nuclear Outage Calendar

An old project of mine just got a rewrite to a service-oriented architecture, and it’s improved by a lot.

Announcing: the new Nuclear Outage calendar.

The API was created with Grape and runs on Heroku. The frontend linked above is an Angular app.

Bonus feature: Put it on your iPhone home screen.

## Stupid features

Stupid features of my car that turned out to be great:

• heated steering wheel
• it goes into “park” automatically when you turn off the car
• proximity sensors instead of a rear-facing camera

Stupid features of my car that really are stupid:

• an “iPod” mode which only ever worked with iPods that have a Dock Connector
• Bluetooth anything
• a “distribution” setting for the heated seats, so you can direct the heat more to the back, or more to the bottom
• Crankshaft position sensor A, apparently

## Some podcast suggestions

This is a rebound of posts I read recently by Samantha Bielefeld and Seth Clifford on “alternate” podcasts— in this case meaning things not on 5by5 or Relay, or not “tech podcasts” in general. I didn’t see these elsewhere, so here are my suggestions for the mix:

• The Brilliant Idiots: Listened initially for the Gunplay episode, stayed because Charlamagne is such a good interviewer.
• Point: Only 3 episodes so far and it’s definitely finding its’ legs, but majorly worthwhile if you like a culture/lifestyle show.
• Bodega Boys: Podcast by the incomparable @desusnice and @THEKIDMERO. One of those podcasts that I just can’t listen to at work because someone would hear me laughing. If you hear nothing else on this list, play Bodega Boys just for Mero’s Ben Carson impression.

There is a ruby gem purpose-made for this called twitter_ebooks. It works well, but their documentation leaves a lot to be desired. I used this post as a starter guide, but it doesn’t cover 100% of what you’d want to do.
Specifically, if you configure the twitter_ebooks gem and Direct Messages aren’t working, make sure you’ve run an ebooks auth from the command line. Do this even if you have already obtained your app’s credentials from Twitter by copy/pasting.