JS Party – Episode #291

A view to a transitions API

with Jerod, Amal, Nick & Chris

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Jerod & the gang discuss the news (Astro 3.0, Vercel + Astro, Python in Excel) then play eight crazy rounds of HeadLIES! Headline or headLIE? You decide…



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1 00:00 It's party time, y'all 00:39
2 00:39 Sponsor: Convex 02:21
3 03:15 Hello, hello 00:47
4 04:02 Things in the news 00:18
5 04:20 Astro 3.0 09:05
6 13:25 Astro + Vercel 07:11
7 20:36 What happened with Gatsby? 02:01
8 22:37 Python in Excel 06:45
9 29:21 Sponsor: Caisy 02:55
10 32:27 Time for HeadLIES! 02:41
11 35:08 Round 1: FCC on ISPs 01:51
12 36:59 Round 2: Meta on Fediverse 03:40
13 40:39 Round 3: SF on crime 01:02
14 41:41 Round 4: X on legal bills 03:00
15 44:41 Round 5: Crockford on TS 02:26
16 47:07 Round 6: Swifties on amnesia 02:10
17 49:16 Round 7: NSA on dignity 03:04
18 52:20 Round 8: Microsoft on ELA 02:44
19 55:04 And the winner is... 00:50
20 55:54 Unsolicited feedback 02:57
21 58:51 Chris gets the final word 00:31
22 59:31 Next up on the pod 01:05
23 1:00:37 (JavaScwipt Party) 00:55


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Hello, hello. It’s your internet friends… I’m Jerod, and I am joined today by Nick Nisi. What’s up, Nick?

Hoy-hoy! How’s it going?

It’s going great. We also have Amal here with us today. What’s up, Amal?

Hey, hey. Happy to be here.

And a phoenix rising from the ashes, it’s b0neskull’s grand return to the pod. Welcome back, Chris.

Yay! Hi, everybody. I’m glad to have me here, yes.

Are you excited to be here today? [laughs]

I’m glad to have me here.

We are also glad to have you here. Glad to have all of us here today for a fun segments episode. It’s been a minute since we’ve been able to just hang out, talk, play games and be ridiculous… And so that’s what we’re gonna do today. We’re gonna start off with things in the news, most of which are about Astro. So Astro making news this week… And on two fronts - the more exciting one, and then the more insider one. We’ll start with the excitement, because that’s our keyword, isn’t it, Nick? Astro 3.0 dropped… What date was this? August 30th. Yesterday, as we record, a week ago as you listen… And it’s the first major web framework to support the View Transitions API. This seems a pretty cool deal. View Transitions… What do y’all think?

What is that?

Alright, Chris wants to know… Amal, go.

So it’s an API that basically allows you to add hooks so that when your page loads or when you’re changing your page, you can gracefully exit out. When you’re using a mobile native mobile application, you know that ease when you’re swiping… Think of Tinder, ladies and gentlemen; swipe right, swipe left… You know, that ease, that grace in and out… So you can basically hook into that event, so that you can insert this graceful animation.

For a long time, developers were kind of monkey-patching this kind of experience into their applications, and the good folks at –


W3C, yeah; it’s not WATWG. I mean, I guess there is probably some WATWG collaboration, if I had to guess, but they have now put this into the browser. So it’s called View Transitions API; we’ll put the MDN link in the show notes. It’s only available right now on Chromium browsers. Safari and Firefox don’t have this yet. It’s still an experimental API… But very exciting to see it go through the standards process and hopefully get adopted across the board.

Yeah. And the cool thing about it is that it really – I think that what’s happening with it is that it snapshots the current view, and then lets you manipulate that while it changes to a new view, so that you can have some kind of star wipe, or whatever you want. I don’t know if you can do a star wipe, but I want to do a star wipe.

I don’t even know what a star wipe is, but I want one.

Well, yeah, I think for a long time you couldn’t do this on server-rendered apps, if you’re loading your pages from the server… But now, because this is built into the browser, you can, and Astro is able to leverage that. So this works for single-page apps, as well as multi-page apps, which is very exciting.

Yes. This was one of the common reasons why you would require a single page app, was to have this kind of transition between views that you can manipulate to look cool, and seamless, and fast, and smooth, and all these things… Star wipes, and whatnot.

Tinder swipes…

No longer needed. No longer needed.

I’ll just have to explain that.

Yeah, please do, because I don’t even know what it is still. I just saying it.

I mean, it flashes to a star, or zooms into a star, which is the new view, but it has a star outline… The reference, as with every reference that I have, is an old Simpsons one, where Homer and Lisa are making a dating video for Ned Flanders, and Homer just keeps asking Lisa to add star wipes…


Okay, from here we star wipe to a glamour shot of Flanders paying his bills. Then we star wipe to Flanders brushing his –

Dad, there other wipes besides star wipes…

Why eat hamburger when you can have steak?

I’m taking my name off this thing…

So NickNisi.org is gonna be just covered in star wipes here soon… The nice thing about an API like this is they just – it’s just additive. If your browser doesn’t support view transitions, well, then you just do the traditional switch the page UI.

One might even call that a progressive app.

It’s a progressive enhancement, yeah. So if you don’t have it, it doesn’t matter. As a developer, you can put this in your websites today, and as people’s browsers upgrade, they will get the star wipe. Chrome supports it, Edge, Opera, Chrome for Android, and Arc browser, which is not listed on the CanIuse.com website.

[08:04] And Samsung internet browser, too. So if you have a lot of customers in Germany… I think it’s almost 70% of Germans use Samsung internet browser, so you’ll have some happy customers.

So that’s what View Transitions API is. Chris, are you for or against? What do you think?

I don’t have an opinion, but that sounds cool, or sorry that happened.

[laughs] Okay. He’s gonna stay on the fence. Well, the thing that we’re talking about today is not necessarily the API’s existence, it’s Astro 3.0 has now built-in use of this API, right into it. So as browsers add support, if you’re using Astro and you’re upgraded - I don’t know if you have to re-codegen with Astro, or if you just upgrade and use… Then you just magically get this out of the box, and I’m sure there’s nice ergonomics and all that, so that you can have it. Of course, everybody can use it by hand if they want to, right? It’s a podcast, folks. Head nods do not go over super-well.

Oh, yeah. Sorry. Yeah.

Nick and Amal nodding furiously. What else in Astro 3.0? 30% faster, something like this. Anybody else check out the blog post? 30% to 75% faster rendering performance.

Yeah, that’s huge. It seems they started a refactoring effort in 2.1, and they continued that into the 3.0 release. It’s very cool to see that.

So is this a framework you all use?

I do.

What do you use it for?


Oh, it’s .com? Sorry.

Very, very popular.

I said .org. You’ve got a redirect set up?

Not yet. I have nisi.org.

Oh, that’s right. nick@nisi.org. Gosh… Go ahead, Amal.

No, I have a really embarrassing, ancient, old website, that’s 10 years old, and I’m rebuilding my personal website with Astro… And yeah, I was gonna go the purist route, I was going to, just for the s**ts and giggles just use no framework for this… But now I feel so compelled to do this in Astro. I’m so picky about what I – like, I have very limited free time, and so I can’t play around with every single new technology, and so I’m very picky about what I will invest time in… And Astro has met the bar and then some, so… Very excited.

Yeah. I switched to it in Astro 2, and the reason I did was I liked some of the things that it was doing, but I got baited and switched on it a little bit, because I was “Oh, I’m a React developer, I building components that… I can just use React.” Because that’s the big appeal of this, you could use React, Vue, Svelte components, and intermingle them all together… And then I started rebuilding my site in it, and I was “Oh, wait, this doesn’t need to be a React component. It could just be an Astro component.” And then all of a sudden, everything is an Astro component, and I have no React in there… Which is awesome. But yeah, it’s a really cool –

It’s just you baited and switched yourself on that one, Nick… [laughs] He’s “I’m gonna switch these to Astro and get angry about it.” That does sound cool. I’m not using it… Well, I have plans for new websites, and one of my favorite things in life is to not start those things, but to just sit around and wait. And every time a new framework upgrades, be “Oh, this is the one I’m going to use.” So right now, I’m totally going to use Astro 3.0 when I start this new static website… But by the time I actually start it, it could be a completely different framework. Who knows…?

Astro 10.0… The SSR enhancements are also very exciting. I thought this was really cool, because it kind of also touches performance improvements as well… So they’ve added support for per-route code splitting, which for multi-page app is huge, and very exciting. So you’re getting to kind of dynamically send stuff up, and kind of improve your performance as a result of that… That’s huge. Less bytes over the wire, all good stuff. And then they have edge middleware, so you can now bundle your middleware for deployment on the edge, which I think is interesting… I’d love to – I don’t know if you all have examples of when or why people would be doing that kind of stuff. I personally don’t, so I’m eager to hear any thoughts that you have on that.

[12:16] And lastly, they have support for host customization, which I thought was also very, very exciting, because you basically – it’s similar to kind of the per-route code splitting. You’re able to kind of send a dynamic or bundle up based on if you’re using an AWS… Like, depending on where you’re rendering and what you’re rendering platform is, and as well as your compute engine. It’s very, very cool.

I think the benefit of edge middleware would be dynamically generating content that is as close to your user as possible. So on the edge, and just much faster speeds when doing that. Another tidbit that is totally not useful in any way, but I thought was kind of cool - and shout out to chantastic for pointing it out on Twitter, and me seeing that, I guess… They changed the default port for the Astro dev server to 4321, which is a countdown to lift off, to continue the theme…

That is huge. That’s the biggest innovation since the 1234 count up, which was also innovative, but nowhere near as exciting. Speaking of nowhere near as exciting, there was also some backend kind of business announcements coming out of Astro and Vercel, just a few days prior to the 3.0. launch. This is an official hosting partner. So Vercel now is going to be supporting Astro development to the tune of $5,000 each month towards the ongoing maintenance and development. And in turn, Astro will be, I guess, just saying use Vercel with us? Or I don’t know exactly what Astro is going to be doing on their side of this deal… But they’ve named Vercel as an official hosting partner. Chris - hot takes on this partnership between an open source project and a hosting provider.

Look, I don’t know if anybody heard about Gatsby. Have we heard about Gatsby? They got bought by Netlify, right?

Tell us…

And apparently they’ve laid everybody off and shut down the project. So I’m looking at this and I’m like “What’s preventing that from happening with this thing?” Is Netlify gonna go buy it and shut it down? Is Cloudflare gonna do the same thing?

Well, it’s a partnership, not ownership in this case…

No, it doesn’t have anything to do with that. That’s great that they’re getting money from Vercel. Maybe that is going to pay people who don’t work at this Astro company for their contributions to Astro, and I think that’s great. I’m glad that those people are getting paid, because otherwise they’d be exploited. So what’s to stop another Gatsby from happening here? It confounds me why people go and they want to pick up these frameworks like this, which is - I don’t know if this is a VC-funded company or not, but you need to be a lot more careful about these technology choices.

It’s one thing to buy a SaaS service or something, but it’s another thing to build your whole website and your whole product based on a framework that was built by a VC-backed Silicon Valley company. That’s scary to me… But I don’t know, that’s my hot take. You wanted a hot take, there it is.

Hey, man, I appreciate it. That’s why I went to you for the hot take, because I had a feeling that your stance would be in that particular corner. Amal, what do you think?

[15:56] I mean, I think it’s very strategic on the part of Astro and Vercel. I mean, React is not the fastest game in town anymore, and I think Vercel really prides itself on being best in class of everything… And so it’s kind of silly for them to be not supporting what I think is a best in class developer framework at this point. And so it’s kind of a – in that sense, it’s somebody who’s a 10 is marrying somebody who’s also a 10… It’s like two hot people. I’ve called Vercel the hottie in town a long time ago, I don’t remember, at some point, some show… I was talking to Rich Harris. And when Rich Harris – when the Svelte and Vercel partnership became a thing, I was like “Yeah, that’s what it felt like.”

And so I think it’s strategic on both of their parts. I think it’s gonna be a symbiotic thing. I think Vercel has reach and distribution, and Astro is a good product. So with reach and distribution it’s hopefully a good thing. It seems like it’s more a business partnership from a marketing sense and advertising sense, but there’s also the financial aspect is that I think Vercel is going to contribute $5,000 a month towards Astro development, which is great. So that’s the financial aspect to that relationship.

Yeah. We talk a lot about open source funding… We talked about Deno’s experiment with Deno KV a few weeks ago… There’s this, there’s what happened to Gatsby… All of these open source projects, they need funding, and this seems like one of the better ways to do that, because as far as I understand - yeah, it’s just a partnership, and not an ownership type thing. It makes me feel better as a user of Astro that it’s probably still going – I don’t host my stuff on Vercel, and everything that Vercel kind of worries me that it’s gonna be easier… It’s just gonna be easier; not that you can’t host it elsewhere, but the happy path is always going to be Vercel, and this makes me feel like the happy path will be generally the internet, hopefully.

In my experience, and in recent history, these relationships have been fickle and short-lived. I mean, we celebrated when Zach Leatherman was able to go full time on Eleventy because of Netlify; that relationship has ended and he has now moved on. The project remains its own standalone project, which is great… But if we look at the kind of stuff that was being added to Eleventy during that time period, a lot of what I’ve read from Zach is that his work going forward is going to be kind of slimming down and reducing Eleventy’s footprint or feature print, because there was stuff going in that was – you know, it made sense. It was like Netlify integrations and stuff. And so that was short-lived… Chris, you mentioned the Gatsby 1. If I was Fred and the Astro team, right now I’d be like “Awesome. We’ve got more money to work with every month.” I wouldn’t plan on that money being there every month for ongoing, beyond I guess even whatever the terms of this partnership is. Because once you start relying upon that, and maybe you go out and hire some people using that money, and then that money disappears, and now what do we do? So it’s a nice shot in the arm from their perspective, but not one that I would count on if I was in that position. So…

I mean, in all fairness, I think you’re just describing the volatility and the shifting nature of the web, and companies building for the web, and teams supporting that experience. So yeah, even within a stable company, you can’t reliably say you know what you’re going to be doing in six months. So…

It’s $5,000 a month. It’s just $5,000 a month. Think about that; that pays for the blog post, that announces it. So I don’t know, it’s not like they can go –

You’re saying that’s an insignificant amount?

Yeah, they can’t go hire anybody with that, right?

You can hire somebody with five grand a month, couldn’t you?

[19:58] Maybe not something full-time in the US, I don’t think. But…

No. Well, the earth is flat, so I mean, surely there’s talent all around the world. And you could do a part-time hire. I mean, I don’t think $5,000 a month as an open source project is something to balk at, myself.

I would agree.

It’s also not something to rely upon. So… Interesting. I think the key for us as just open source users and community members of the web is we should select tools that we think will continue to exist and improve over time. And so when we see something like this, you wonder – like, Gatsby… Is Gatsby just done then? Or what happened to – I don’t know the whole story on Gatsby today. Is the project’s just over with? Was it picked up by community members? Does anybody know?

There was a release last week, and the last commit was four hours ago by renovate.

So it’s still moving forward in some capacity.

Was the last release just renovate commits? [laughter]

Does renovate do releases? Yeah…

I was gonna just say, that sounds like an automated release process.

I don’t know, I have heard through Twitter that everybody got laid off who was working on that project. So who’s working on the project? I don’t think there’s been any official communication about it.

That makes me so sad.

Yeah, that is sad… Well, I do wonder, because everybody laid off that was working on that project - did everybody come to that project because of that job? Or were there people that were working on it anyways, or on the side, or as a typical open source project? And did they continue to be like “Well, I’m gonna keep working on this”? Or who does the IP – I don’t know, the situation, so maybe we’re just talking out of ignorance here, but… Does the IP belong to Netlify now?

I don’t know about the licensing situation in Gatsby… But assuming there’s a CLA, then yeah, probably they own the IP. Netlify would. But if there isn’t, then…

Yeah. Well, I think in that case it’s safe to say what Amal said at the beginning, that a partnership structured as this one seems to be is a much more stable ground for an open source project than an ownership stake.

For sure, yeah. And for what it’s worth, I just wanted to say, I’ve heard really great things about Gatsby’s internal culture. They were also one of the first companies to start paying people to interview; they’d give you a take-home project and then they’d cut you a check for it. I don’t know, I’ve heard just tons of really great things, so it makes me sad that folks were laid off. I hope everybody’s landed somewhere good, and just thank you for elevating culture in tech.

Well, speaking of landing somewhere good, it turns out that Python has landed in Excel. Amal, you wanted to talk about this, and we are here to talk about it.

This is tremendously exciting. Think about how much it sucks to write little macros and calculations in Excel. But also, Excel is just amazing, and honestly, we could replace the entire world with Excel sheets, I think; screw databases, screw web development. Let’s just choose Excel. [laughs] But yeah, I mean, so now you can basically use Python right within Excel. So you can just highlight a cell, and then convert it into – like, calculate Python, and you can format dates, you can run little logarithms… It’s just fantastic. So Excel and Python kind of becoming a thing that can be used together, I think that’s like – I don’t know, I think backend developers, they should be worried. Just saying… [laughs] If I could just use Excel and didn’t have to build the backend - I don’t know. It’s tempting.

[23:46] Well, Excel is a backend, in many cases. I guess maybe not Excel proper, but Google’s version of Excel sheets. Anything that’s Airtable… I mean, you can actually go a really long way without foreign keys, and linked relational databases, and stuff. A lot of times all you need is a single table with some columns and rows, and an API in order to put stuff in and get stuff out. Excel itself - are we talking about an online hosted version of Excel? Are we talking about the one that runs on business people’s desktops around the world. Because when I think about that, I think the software shops in general will be threatened more than merely backend devs. Because if you can build your entire system right inside the Excel on your desktop, in Python, then you know, who needs custom software, right? Or I guess that is custom software, it’s just a different kind of custom software…

That’s how I feel… I think this is actually much more monumental than people are realizing, but…

Yeah, I’m looking at it and it’s definitely cool. I think I am excited to see what kind of insane hacks people build with this. I’m sure it’ll help a lot of people do their job, and I don’t care about that. I want to see just insane hacks built into Excel with Python. And then how long till they add JavaScript is what I want to know.

Oh, yeah. Well, I mean, why would you need JavaScript though? …in the sense of you just need a scripting language to perform tasks. So why – oh, JavaScript because more people know JavaScript than Python? D’oh. My God, I’m so – I cannot believe I just asked and answer that question…

Wow… You almost got kicked off the pod for that.

I’m just like, I cannot believe I said that. Can we just – can we delete this from the show? Can we cut this? Yes, we’re gonna cut this. Editor, please, cut, cut, cut.

Please leave it in…

Because I love – listen, I love…

Why would people want JavaScript? She just said it.

No… I love Python. I think that’s what it is, guys. I hate to say this, but honestly, the zen of Python is so real. It’s so real. Especially with the pollution of TypeScript. JavaScript has become less of a zen programming experience.

Yes. Preach it. Preach.

You know what I’m saying? So the zen of Python is real. It’s real.

TypeScript pollution. See, Nick? We were just waiting… Nick was gonna say, “When are they gonna put TypeScript into Excel?” You know that is his next line; he’s just been over there, waiting for a chance to say it.

I’m just appalled over here. My mouth is just open…

Listen, when I was first learning TypeScript, a developer that I worked with – I was just complaining about something, and I was like “WTF?!” And he was like “Listen, TypeScript leaves nothing to the imagination.” And I have forever kind of thought about it that way. Like, it really leaves nothing to the imagination. And I feel like with Python, I feel like I can go anywhere, do anything. And guess what? There’s one way to do everything too.

“My code is so ambiguous! It’s fun!”

No, it’s not even that it’s ambiguous. It’s just – and the programming, the language itself is beautiful, because there’s one way to do… Like, there’s only one way to do X. Unlike Perl, or other languages, where there’s 17 ways to do something… Python is simple in that sense. So there’s very little cognitive overhead when you’re writing Python. I really appreciate –

Unless I want to mix tabs and spaces…

Yeah… See, we can’t take Nick’s opinion of programming languages seriously, because he’s been getting into Lua…

Oh, my God.

And Lua is one indexed arrays. And so can anybody take it seriously? It’s not even zero indexed.

And Lua would be a reasonable thing to stuff in Excel, too.

Lua. Yeah, that’s why I brought it up. I was kind of thinking it’d be a good one.

They could change it to A-indexed arrays…

Ooh… Or they can change it to Z-indexed. Back to the web… Z indexing, right?

Anyways… So this Python in Excel is only available in preview right now, and I believe once it’s fully rolled out - yeah, I think it’ll be available on all… Like, Excel on your desktop, Excel in the browser… I don’t see it being – especially the built-in functions. You know, if you’re using a built-in function from Python…

Isn’t Python one of the languages that OpenAI knows better than most? Is there a correlation there? My tinfoil hat’s on now. This is how AGI becomes a thing… [laughs]

[28:01] Oh, okay.

Because once it gets into our spreadsheets - man, it’s over.

Up into our spreadsheets? Well, game over, man. Game over. That could be a good point.

Is it not in our spreadsheets already? Can you not use something to make–

Oh, I’m pretty sure it is.

I’m telling you, I’ve never worked at a company – I’ve worked for unicorns, multi, whatever, fortune, whatever, top public companies… In startups… I’ve never worked at a company where really important information was not stored in Excel, and analyzed in Excel. So just putting it out there.

I mean, I’m not important, but I haven’t had Excel or Microsoft Office installed on my machine in 11 years.

Man… Well, you’re a developer, so it’s understandable.

Yeah, I mean, numbers then, right?

Well, I mean, yeah. But I don’t use it.

I have a very important numbers document open right now, which is gonna run our business here… It’s gonna hold the scores… Of Headlies!

Now, we don’t have a jingle for Headlies, because I wrote one once, and I performed it, and Kball laughed so hard at me, and not with me, that I [unintelligible 00:32:33.01] it to dev null.

I want to see it. Can you do it?

No, you do not!

Seriously? Why not? I won’t laugh. I’ll mute myself if I laugh, how about that?

I won’t perform it live, but maybe I’ll insert it right here.


Uh-huh! I’ve found ya, ya stinkin’ bug!

No, I decided not to.

Okay. [laughs]

Let’s just play this game. So this Headlies game is Chris’s favorite game that we play. It’s the only one that he likes, and so we’re playing it again, in his honor. This is a game of BS detection. This is fake news recognition. What does this have to do with JavaScript and the web, you might ask? Well, it’s fun. And web development is also fun. And so that’s a correlation that we’re going to build… [unintelligible 00:33:18.02]

I have in front of me a handful of headlines gathered from around the web, as well as the first paragraph of each news story. Some of these headlines are 100% true, others have been fabricated by yours truly. It is your job, should you choose to accept it, to identify what’s the headline and what’s the headlie. [laughs] I can’t even say that with a straight face… It’s so good, it’s so classic. And we will score points for you, see who is the best. I’m running out of words here… So this is how it’s gonna work. I’m gonna say the headline, the three of you will have a chance to identify true or false, then I will read the first paragraph of the story, and you’ll have a chance to flip-flop your answer to their side. The person who identifies the most correctly wins. If the headline is true, you’ll hear this sound. [win alert] And if the headline is false, you’ll hear the sound. [fail alert] Any questions?

I don’t remember if we get more points for guessing before the paragraph.

We’ve simplified the rules, because it’s been pretty complicated in the past…

Why don’t you just give us the hint all the time? Like, there’s no consequence for knowing the hint.

I’m gonna give you the hint all the time, but you’re gonna have to guess at first; you’re gonna guess, then I’m going to give you the paragraph, and then you’re getting a chance to flip-flop. Same points no matter what. It’s just more information.

Okay, whatever, Jerod.

I really wish I didn’t skip breakfast. I feel just mentally underpowered for this…

Perhaps we should have discussed this in-depth before the show, when I told you guys the rules and asked you if you had any questions.

I just think these are still complicated. [laughs] Okay…

Here we go. The very first headline is “The FCC agrees with ISPs complaining that listing every fee is too hard.”

Okay, Chris says false. Nick?


Man, this better be false. If not, I’m going to be writing a letter to my congressperson. I really hope that’s false.

Alright, we have three falses. We will now read the first paragraph of the story. “The FCC accepted ISPs request to eliminate an upcoming requirement that they list all their monthly fees, saying “Every consumer needs transparent information.”


Would anybody like to flip flop?

Yeah, no, I still think false. Yeah. I mean, I’m guessing this is going to be true, because it’s so obvious… You know what - I’m going to flip-flop, for the game; not because I actually believe it. Somebody has to be the control point. Okay, I’m gonna –

[36:00] For the love of the game.

Yes, I’m gonna go with true.

So you think this is a true headline.

I mean, this is late-stage capitalism after all, so… You know, it could be true.

I want to believe that it’s false, so I’m gonna stay with false.

And Chris was just resoundingly on the false side. So b0neskull says false, Nick says false, Amal says true. Is it true or false? Checks his notes… [fail alert] That is a headlie. It’s the exact opposite of what actually happened. The FCC rejected the ISP’s complaints that listing every fee is too hard. They said “No, you go ahead and list every fee, you ISPs.”

Yes. Really, that should be an insult…

So good job Nick, good job, Chris. Yeah, we will award each of you one point, and Amal has zero.

Yeah. It’s okay, though. For the love of the game it’s fine.

For the love game, yeah. For the love of not winning the game… Alright, we’re gonna now move to round two. “Leaked Meta documents reveal intent to “Consume the Fediverse with Threads federation.”

Fediverse, or Metaverse?

The Fediverse.

What is the Fediverse?


Oh, okay. Okay, okay. Oh, Threads, this – oh, my God. Oh, my God. I was just, I was thinking about –

[laughs] We’re just sitting here, watching Amal slowly understanding what’s going on…

Yeah, I was thinking about threads – I immediately thought about concurrency, and all that stuff, and I was like “Wait, what?” And I was like “Wait, decentralization, or–”

Threads with a capital T.

Yeah, my brain was totally off.

So do you know that Threads is going to allegedly federate with other activity pub providers at some point?

Oh, I believe that, yeah. I’m gonna say yeah, that’s a true headline.

Chris, what do you think?

I guess I’ll go with true until I hear the paragraph.

Okay. And Nick?

I’m also going to go with true.

Alright, we have three trues. The first paragraph of the story: “TechCrunch has acquired emails between Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, and Threads project lead, Adam Mosseri, that detail a plan to overwhelm the federated social network with users, content and “a global search index.” Any flip-floppers?

Yeah, I’ll go false.

Chris has flip-flopped. The first flip-flop. Actually, Amal flip-flopped last round…

I don’t know, I’m now just thinking, I don’t know if they’d go for that. And it kind of goes against everything that Mastodon stands for…

You don’t know who would go for it.

I guess Adam.

Right. Adam, the head of the Threads project.

Okay. Meaning that you don’t think they’re going to federate, or you don’t think they have this intent to overwhelm?

That they don’t have the intent to overwhelm and federate… I don’t know; you know what - I’m going to stick with my original answer. True.

Okay. Alright. So we have true with Amal, Chris says it’s false now… He was once on the true train. Now he’s false. Nick - stickin’ our flippin’?

Okay, so I don’t know anything about this. I know that they intend to, and I think that they should, but I feel like there’s a problem with the paragraph, the paragraph that you said is a lie. Specifically, is Adam Mosseri the head of Threads, or is he the head of Instagram? Or is there a different – that’s where I’m at right now. Are you trying to get us on a technicality?

I will tell you that I do know that Adam Mosseri is the head of Threads. He might also be the head of Instagram, I don’t know their org structure at all.

Got it. Okay, then I’m gonna stay with the true.

Alright. So Nick thinks this is true, Amal thinks this is true, and Chris thought it was true, but then he skipped it to false. Is this a headline or a headlie? Let’s hear that sound… [fail alert] Oh, man, I made it up. I made the whole thing up.

Seriously? Oh, man…

Completely false.

I was kinda – yeah. I thought so, but I was just too lazy to change my vote, to be honest.

[40:09] But I did look up the head of Threads; it is Adam Mosseri. Because I wanted it to sound like it was true, and so I gotcha. So Chris scores, because he flipped-flopped to false. Correct, Chris? Yes. And then the other two stayed true. So you both miss. So after two rounds, we have Chris in the lead with two correct answers, Nick has identified one, Amal is 0 for 2.

Chris is like the master BS detector.

He is, man. He’s on top of it. That’s why he likes this game.

Yeah, it makes sense.

Headline number three. “Crime is so bad near San Francisco Federal Building employees are told to work from home, official said.”

True, true, true.

A lot of confidence there… Nick’ a true, Amal’s a true… Chris, what would you say?

Oh, yeah, it was Chris and I that voted, I think.

Oh, I’m sorry. Nick, what are you thinking?

I’ll also say true.

The paragraph is “Officials at the US Department of Health and Human Services advised hundreds of employees in San Francisco to work remotely for the foreseeable future, due to public safety concerns outside the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building on 7th Street.”


Everybody feel good about their answers, or want to flip-flop?

No, I think that’s very true. It was very scary being in SF… Yeah, early spring this year. It was very scary being there. So yeah.

Alright, let’s find out. Is that a headline or a headlie? [win alert] That is true. So all three of you successfully identified that as true. Good job. You all get a point for round three. Round four. “Elon Musk says X will fund legal bills if users are treated unfairly by their bosses.”

Oh, wow. That’s a – I mean, that’s such an Elon Musk thing to do… I mean, it’s so ridiculous.

He’s the wildcard. You never know, would he say it or not?

Yeah, because he’s like “Free speech!” “But what if I get in trouble for being an asshole on the internet?” “Oh, well, don’t worry, we’ll cover your legal bills.”


Yeah, I’m gonna say true. True.

I’m also gonna say true, but I think that while he said that, it’s completely false.

Oh, yeah. He doesn’t actually mean it. He’s not gonna follow through. Yeah.

Yeah, true depending on if you made something up in the paragraph… So let’s hear it.


You know what I wanna know? I wanna know if a tweet can be legally binding. That’s what I want to know. [laughs]

Not if you have opinions are your own in your bio.

Oh. That’s – touché, Nick. Touché.

Oh, good point. What if you say “Opinions are my employer’s.” Will that get you in trouble? [laughter] “My employer made me say it.” Okay, here’s the paragraph. “On Sunday, Mr. Musk told users that financial assistance from his platform would have “no limits.” He asked users to “let us know” if they had experienced unfair treatment for posting or liking something.”

It’s true.

Chris? It’s true? Nick?

Wait, can you say the title again?

“Elon Musk says X will fund legal bills if users treated unfairly by bosses.”

Okay, I’ll keep it as true.

Yeah, definitely true. I mean, it’s so ridiculous, it has to be true. It’s how I feel.

So ridiculous it has to be true… But is it actually true? Did he actually say that, or did I make it up whole cloth? [win alert] It is true. He said that a couple of weeks ago.

I asked you to repeat the title because I was curious if you said Twitter or X, and you were trying to get us on that.

Oh, I wouldn’t be so malicious. You know I fully support x.com.

Is this where we start playing DMX? [43:41]

That’s what I was saying – if you listened to our show a couple of weeks back, I was saying DMX is rolling in his grave right now, because he’s getting all of his cool songs again steamrolled.

[43:57] [laughs] I never realized that what DMX was doing on so many songs was barking…

What did you think he was doing? Coughing something up?

I had no idea that was a bark. [laughter]

He was just trying to DM us, on X.

Anyways, I’m sorry…

Oh, that’d be a cool new feature of X, if that was the DM sound anytime someone DM-ed you on X… It barks at you…

There should be like ringtones for DMs… You know, where that’s a feature.

Yeah… Okay, headline number five so far…

Oh, man, there’s more?

We’ve got eight of these. Let’s keep rolling. It’s three to four to two. Chris in the lead. Number five. “Douglas Crockford calls JavaScript a smelly language, says it’s time for TypeScript.”

He might think that about JavaScript, but he never would recommend TypeScript…

I mean, I’m gonna say something that is really mean, but… Sorry, who is – is Douglas Crockard still relevant? [laughter]


Whatever his name is… Yeah, the JavaScript: The Good Parts… I used to think it was just some book that I couldn’t understand. But no, it turns out literally almost everyone finds those marble diagrams confusing and hard to understand, you know? So I have some built-up resentment there for just making me feel…

What about JSON? Do you like JSON?

[laughs] Okay, let’s get to the paragraph.

I want comments, and I don’t want trailing commas – or I want trailing commas.

Here’s the paragraph: “In an interview with Honeypot, JSON inventor Douglas Crockford calls for developers around the world to stop using JavaScript and start using its natural replacement, TypeScript.”

Well, you should do that. It is false. [laughter]


Okay… Amal.

Yeah, I think it’s false.

We’ve gotta get your official answer. Three falses. You guys just don’t believe in the power of TypeScript…

No, I just don’t think Douglas Crockford –

I do.

…would say that.

You don’t understand the power of the dark side… Yeah, you’re right, he would never say that. He did say the first part. He would never say the second part. I just added that myself to make Nick mad…

Oh, God…

…or happy…

So were we wrong, or right?

No, you were all correct, that the answer is false.

But it’s partially true…

It’s partially true, but not the whole truth.

What was his sentence though? JavaScript is smelly, and then what?

He did call JavaScript smelly. He says “It’s time for us to move on.” He didn’t name a language to move on to.

Maybe it’s time for him to move on. It’s like, really… You know what - maybe Python needs a good parts book…

That would be a good quote to come out of this episode. “Amal Hussein called Douglas Crockford a smelly person. Says it’s time to move on.”

I didn’t say that. You said that, but I did say that it is partially true.

Okay. Let’s move on to round six. Everybody is now scoring every round… So the scores remain the same. Someone’s gonna have to trick Chris in order for you guys to catch up. Number six: “Taylor Swift Fans complain of post-concert amnesia. Taylor Swift Fans complain of post-concert amnesia.”

You know what, I say true. Leave it to the swifties to say some crazy s**t like that. My guess is they got really excited, and that excitement created some kind of a high in their body, and they were just paralyzed in the concert, and then they just didn’t… Yeah, I think that’s–

They forgot what happened?’

They just forgot what – yeah. The excitement overcame them.

Okay, so you’re going true. Nick, you’re head-nodding. What do you think?

I’m gonna go false. And I’m curious what this has to do with JS Party, but Taylor Swift, TS, TypeScript… Yeah, I got it. Okay.

[47:53] [laughs] I already told you, these headlines are fun, and web development is also fun. So they’re very related. Chris, we’ve got them on either side of the fence on this one…

Yeah. Let’s say true.

Alright. So we have true from Chris, true from Amal, false from Nick… The first paragraph is “Some Taylor Swift fans are experiencing symptoms of post-concert amnesia, as they cannot remember several moments from her Eras tour shows that they attended.”

Anybody’s changing their answer, or do we want to lock them in?

I’m staying with true.

I’m gonna google post-concert amnesia to see the official diagnosis here…

No googling…

A WebMD page… “Did you go to a Taylor Swift concert? Are you between the ages of 11 and 14?”, you know…

Alright, everyone’s sticking with theirs… So we’ve got Chris and Amal are on true, and Nick’s on false. Alright. Is that a true headline, or a fake news? [win alert] That one’s true. So Nick falls behind.

Yeah, I’m sad that you fell behind, Nick. Just copy Chris from now on.

After six rounds, Amal has four, Nick has four, and Chris has six. So a commanding lead, with only two rounds to go. You have to make up both of these points here in order to catch him. Number seven, “The NSA orders employees to spy on the world with dignity and respect.” [laughter] “Number seven, the NSA orders employees to spy on the world with dignity and respect.” Let’s go to Chris. Your thoughts.

I’m gonna go with false.

Okay. Nick?


False. Amal?

I’m gonna say true until I hear the paragraph, because I feel like that line that you’ve just said - it’s primed for clickbait. It seems like a clickbait title, where it’s true, but it seems out of context.

Jerod couldn’t say it without chuckling.

Well, true or false, it’s funny either way. So let’s hear the first paragraph. “The National Security Agency, the shadowy hub for the United States’ electronic and cyberspying has instructed its employees that foreign targets of its intelligence gathering, “should be treated with dignity and respect”, according to a new policy directive.”

Yeah, as I said, I think it’s taken out of context. I’m gonna say true.

Amal goes with true.

I’m going to distinguish myself and say false. For the game.

For the game. [laughs] And Chris - previously he said false, and he is, what? Sticking or flippin’?

He flip-flopped. He’s going true.

Oh…! I think Chris is just copying me.

He just knows that as long as he ties you guys from here on out, he wins no matter what. So he’s playing the game…

But yeah, I can’t, because Nick – if you to pick the same one, then whatever. But you didn’t.

Right. True. But they didn’t. They’re on either side. So okay… Is this true, or is this false? [win alert] That one’s true.

Yeah, I knew it. I knew it…!

Well, thanks for playing everybody.

And I don’t believe it was taken out of context. I think that’s exactly what they said.

Well, no, but they omitted a part of the sentence. They basically skipped to the end.

“Should be treated with dignity and respect”?

That sounds like a register headline. Is that from the register?

It’s from the intercept. Alright, so Chris gets it, Amal gets it, and Nick falls into last. So…

You should be very grateful, guys, because I just stopped myself from saying something that would have probably gotten this podcast rated R, or something.

Well, thank you. We appreciate it.

I was gonna make up this really funny register headline about Elon Musk, but I’m not gonna do it, because it’s inappropriate.

And really, I should know better.

[52:00] We’ll leave that as a –

Plus Plus. Get your Plus Plus. [laughter]

Save it for a Plus Plus bonus.

Okay, fine.

In private. Only amongst us friends. Okay, we’ll keep that for Plus Plus people. If you want to hear Amal’s dirty Elon Musk fake headline that’s going to be rated R, sign up for Changelog Plus Plus. Okay, last one, last round. This is an anonymous listener… Oh, shoot, I can’t say that. [laugh] I can’t say a listener came up with this. We’re gonna skip that one, because I just gave out the answer.

Ohh…!! Anonymous listener? But why does it matter if our listeners…

All listeners are anonymous.

A listener could be giving you false information…


But, I mean, maybe not…

Okay, this was submitted by an anonymous listener, “Citing Red Hat’s open source restrictions, Microsoft commits to join open ELA with Open SUSE and Oracle.”

I don’t know what any of that means.

What is an ELA? Electronic Licensing Agreements?

Open ELA is the –

Enterprise Linux Association…

Oh, okay. Okay. I was like Electronic Licensing Agreement. Okay… I don’t know about this one. I’ll say true.

We have a false, a true…


And a false. Here’s the paragraph: “Microsoft announced Wednesday that they will be joining the open Enterprise Linux Association along with Open SUSE and Oracle. A representative from Microsoft refered to their open source initiatives around .NET and Azure as “a market leader in technology that helps enterprises thrive.” Microsoft has committed to not standing in the way of innovation or security.” Anybody convinced in the other direction plausible?

Plausible… But I’m not gonna change it. I still think it’s false.

He’s gonna stick with it. Amal?

Sorry, I was just…

What’s your stance?

Yeah, I’d say false. Oh, no, wait, true. True. I said true already. I think it’s true.

I’m just asking what your stance is right now. Okay, false, true… And then Nick?

What did I say before? False?

“What did I say before?” [laughs] I don’t remember. That’s why I’m asking you again.

I thought I was the only one on “vacation”.

I’m going on vacation next week, so I’m there. [laughs]

Okay. So Chris says false, Amal says true. What are you gonna say, Nick?

I’m gonna say false.

False or true? [false] That headline was made up by an anonymous listener. That’s why I thought I ruined it by saying that, because I thought for sure you guys would think they made it up.

Yeah, I mean, it does make sense. Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation was revolutionary a few years ago, so I can’t see them then further cozying up with bigwigs like Red Hat, so… I don’t know.

It’s in opposition to Red Hat.

Correct. Yes.

Which – yeah, that’s why I thought it might be plausible, because…

I do think it’s plausible.

Right. Microsoft doesn’t have any love for IBM.

Right, right, right.

Alright, well, you guys managed to escape, and that is to say Chris managed to escape as the victor. Nick, with that correct final answer, scoots his way back into second place, and Amal ends up then at the bottom of the barrel…

I’m the loser, baby… And I don’t remember the rest of the lyrics.

Well, that’s good, because it gets quite more morbid from there… And thus ends America’s favorite JS Party podcast game – I’m sorry, Chris’s favorite JS Party podcast game show.

Yeah, I love playing head lice.

Head lice. [laughs] You’re good at it, man. I think – did you got them all right? Did you get a single one wrong?

You’re eight for eight.

So here’s the thing - and this is going to be some constructive criticism, some feedback. This is a gift from me to you.

Oh. Not interested.

[56:05] The ones that are false should be completely made up. Because you take part of the headlines and you change it. But if we’ve seen those, it’s going to be easy to know which one is which. And so apparently, I read way too much tech news, and so I see that. Now, if you had made up stuff completely out of the blue, I would have no idea.

Well, I did.

But you didn’t. Because you took existing headlines and just kind of changed them to make them false.

“The leaked meta documents reveal intent to consume the Fediverse”, that’s completely made up. I just completely made that up, out of whole cloth.

But the one that I did change was the Douglas Crockford one, where it says TypeScript at the end. So I changed that one.

And the FCC one you changed as well. But I’m just saying that those are easier.

Oh, the FCC one - I changed the FCC one, yes.

You got the Taylor Swift one right, Chris. Where do you get your Taylor Swift news?

I have an 11-year-old daughter… [laughter]


Did you hear about that? Did you hear about that amnesia thing? Or did you just know? Because I knew it was true based on just how swifties are.

I feel like I was on a – I don’t know, some sort of article, and then you scroll to the bottom, and then you see the “more junk that we want you to click on”, I think I might have seen it in there. Yes.

Yeah, you saw the native advertising? I think that’s what it’s called.

Native advertising, yeah.

Well, there was another Taylor Swift one that I thought about covering, where it was that in Seattle the number of people at the tour actually caused a mini earthquake. Did you see that one?

Oh, my God… I did hear about that. I did hear about that. The foot-stomping in the stadium caused some some reaction.

Yes, the foot-stomping caused an earthquake.

That’s so wild. I didn’t even know humans could do that. That’s crazy.

If we put our heads together, and we put our feet together, we can move the Earth. We can make the world change.

I saw Beyonce live a few weeks ago, and that’s how I felt after leaving that concert. I was like “Wow, when humans are collectively organized and put their energy towards something, this is the greatness that they can create.” I left that show very inspired about what humans can do once we’re focused, and we all get along, you know? So yeah.

Well, Chris, your feedback is well taken. I think that, to respond, it is much more difficult to come up with them out of the blue than it is to take something that’s partially ridiculous and change it to be false. So that’s why I have a mixture…

Yeah. That Meta one was hard, because I didn’t – it was just like I had no frame of… You know, I just had to guess.

It’s good feedback. If I’m gonna stump you in the future, I’m gonna have to work a lot harder. That’s what you’re saying. And I’m willing to put the work in. So we will come back for another round of headlies soon… But you do get the final word. That’s what you’ve won today. You can say the last thing on the podcast before we say goodbye. So here we are, Chris, here’s your moment… You won headlies, you’re the champ… One thing to say to the JS Party audience before we call it a show.

I don’t want to say anything…

Alright, that is JS Party for this week. I’m Jerod, with Nick and Amal, and Chris who doesn’t want to say anything, so of course we’re going to honor that request… We’ll talk to you on the next one.

Douglas Crockford calls JavaSkwipt – JavaScript…

[laughs] Hey, JavaSkwipt. Oh, JavaSkwipt… I love me some JavaSkwipt…

Do you ask if we wabbits know JavaSkwipt?

Yes, you silly wabbits! [laughter]

Elmer Fudd says “JavaSkwipt’s smelly.” [laughter] Okay, we’re gonna break the show.

Brownies for breakfast, or what?! [laughter]

No comment, I’m on vacation. No comment… No comment.


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