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Chris Arcand


Senior engineer at Software for Good; formerly Red Hat. Co-organizer of RubyMN, maintainer of octobox.io, and occasional speaker. A Minnesotan who spends too much money on keyboards, ice hockey, and backpacking gear.

Minneapolis, MN


  1. Focusing on what's important: Managing GitHub notifications with Octobox

    I wrote something for devproductivity.io about how I use Octobox to focus my attention on what's important while still keeping an eye across many different projects. [READ MORE]


  2. An Atypical 'Performance' Talk

    A mixture of a talk on programming and a live classical music recital. I talk about parallelisms between music performance and programming - such as complexity, imposter syndrome, and true concentration - with unaccompanied clarinet performances throughout. Video (Keep Ruby Weird 2017 | Austin, Texas) Slides [READ MORE]


  3. Balance

    Having something that grounds you and doesn't involve staring at a liquid crystal display whatsoever is vital to feeling balanced in day-to-day life. [READ MORE]


  4. Retiring Dug; Hello Octobox!

    I'm retiring my gem for Github notifications, preferring to contribute to Octobox instead. [READ MORE]


  5. Deletion Driven Development: Code to delete code!

    A talk about building a static analysis tool to find deletable Ruby code. Video (RubyKaigi 2016 | Kyoto, Japan) Slides (RubyKaigi edition) Slides (North American edition) [READ MORE]


  6. The Search For <Class:0x00000027b59290>

    A mostly-ranty little story about finding a phantom call messing up all the pretty green dots in our test output. [READ MORE]