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  1. Heroku discontinues free plans

    In order to focus our resources on delivering mission-critical capabilities for customers, we will be phasing out our free plan for Heroku Dynos, free plan for Heroku Postgres, and free plan for Heroku Data for Redis®, as well as deleting inactive accounts.

    End of an era. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t had free spaces to experiment and learn web development when I couldn’t afford even the cheapest hosting. And I mean that literally—I got my job at Vox, which allowed me to stay in the United States, because I had my personal website and portfolio, including that old Star Wars in HTML & CSS demo, on a free Heroku account. It makes me sad to see one such space going away.

    I’m not sure where I’ll move my Heroku projects (both paid and free), but I’m currently looking at Render and Fly.io as alternatives.

  2. FORM releases a workout builder

    I’ve enjoyed using my FORM goggles for swim training, but one of the challenges has been finding workouts similar to the ones prescribed by my training plan (although FORM’s huge workout library has made that easier). Having a workout builder in the FORM app is a bit of a game changer, can’t wait to try it.

  3. Useful praise

    A regular practice of praising your colleagues builds goodwill and trust, helps to dispel imposter syndrome, and supports a team that can capably reflect on what it does well as well as where it goes wrong. Because being great is more than a matter of improving your weaknesses—it’s also about building on your strengths.

  4. The quiet glory of aging into athleticism

    How is it, at age 41, that I feel like my body can do more — and that I can take more joy in it — than ever before? I’m not faster, but I’m more resilient. I’m not doing as many overall miles, but I feel stronger. I love it more, and more feels possible. Sure, my knees are slightly more creaky, and I have to be keenly attentive to stretching and Theragunning and hydrating in a way I never was before. But exercise just generally no longer feels punitive or disciplinary. Instead, I feel something far more akin to curiosity. If part of me feels weak or tweaky, what’s struggling in other parts of my body and needs strengthening? And if I’m attentive to my body, if I’m legitimately kind to it, can it do more than I thought it could?

    This quote really resonates with me. I followed a similar path to the one the author describes: The pandemic hit, I got really into Peloton at the end of 2020, then one thing led to another and now I’m training for a full Ironman triathlon next year. I found something similar along the way, that I’m stronger than I thought I was, and capable of harder things than I thought possible; in fact, I don’t know what I’m capable of, so I’m trying to find out.

    That feeling extends beyond training, into the rest of my life, which is both powerful and liberating, but it’s also made me consider how other aspects of training, such as “active recovery” and “rest”, apply to, say, my work life. I can’t train at 100% intensity 100% of the time and expect to perform well, so why should I treat work that way?

  5. A four-day week at five days’ pay

    While there is no data for the official U.S. trial yet, Schor did have some results from three months of the February 1st trial. Workers, she said, are experiencing “less burnout, less stress, better physical health, better mental health, people sleeping more, people having higher life satisfaction.”

    (Via Mandy Brown)

  6. The Apple Store Time Machine

    Four different Apple Stores throughout the years, perfectly recreated in Unity, down to the smallest details. It faithfully replicates the sensation of wandering around an Apple Store, trying it figure out how the hell to check out.

  7. Telemetry Overlay

    I recently bought a GoPro and I’ve been trying to figure out how to make those cool cycling videos where the data from the bike computer is overlaid on top. I tried using Garmin VIRB after seeing it recommended on various cycling forums, but I found it incredibly frustrating to use. Then I found this Telemetry Overlay app, which is steeply priced at $150, but makes it a snap to overlay data from a FIT file on a GoPro video, with tons of customization options. Highly recommended despite the price; here’s a test video I put together with it in just a few minutes.