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๐Ÿ‘‹ Hello! These are my notes. The source for this site is available in the bcarranza/notes project on This is (the latest iteration of) my digital garden at work. These are evergreen notes. Like everything, these notes and this site are in draft form. This enables me to get started with scribbling things down and worrying about the rest later. These notes are available at


Oh, hi! My name is Brie Carranza. I am a Senior Support Engineer at GitLab. I joined GitLab in May 2020, just after GitLab 13.0 was released. ๐ŸฆŠ ๐Ÿ’œ

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๐Ÿ”– Bookmarks

Useful Tools

Every now and then, something rings a bell. Sometimes it's relevant, sometimes it's not. To speed the time to find the ringing bell, see Rang a Bell.

Python Web Server w/ HTTP Basic Authentication

I'm looking at these options:

I mark Geo-related issues of interest with the :globe_with_meridians: emoji. I then use this link to filter for issues where My-Reaction is that emoji (๐ŸŒ)).

Here's a list of the emoji I use in issues:

  • ๐Ÿ’ก - Pipeline Insights
  • ๐Ÿ‰ - GraphQL
    • This is the Japanese โ€œBargainโ€ Button emoji which is referred to as :ideograph_advantage:.


Projects I use often... ...also projects I don't use often but want to be able to find quickly when I need them.

There are more example projects on the Secure Pod page.

Go-To Test Projects

These are the test projects I go to very often.


Behind the Scenes

I write the Markdown for this site (mostly) in Obsidian.

Obsidian is a powerful knowledge base on top of
a local folder of plain text Markdown files.

That Markdown is converted to HTML and deployed to GitLab Pages via GitLab CI. The job that does the โœจ magic โœจ uses MkDocs. While this set up works quite well for me, there are a few downsides.

  • Obsidian is not currently open source.
  • I permit "mega commits". I use bad commit messages and commit a bunch of files all at once.
    • I do that here in the spirit of getting things out of my head and in my notes site where they can be useful to others as quickly as possible.
  • Some page names have spaces in them.
    • ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ง
    • I don't like this we are.
    • Maybe I'll move to something like StandardNotes one day but I like pretty things, enough to accept URLs with %20.