A cryptobro DMed me to ask if I wanted to join his mailing list.

I spent slightly too long making this to send in reply.

Please boost if you’re still masking indoors (in public places)

CAT: Mrow?
ME: No, apparently you've had dinner
CAT: Mrow
ME: Yes it does count
CAT: Mrooow
ME: No. That a different person gave it to you than me doesn't invalidate it being 'dinner'
CAT: Mrow
ME: No. Don't try that "Theseus' Paradox" shit with me. I have a philosophy degree.

I have spent a lot of time explaining to Russians and Ukrainians that Telegram is not a safe communications channel (I even wrote a Telegram Harm Reduction Guide) but people still use Telegram and they still tell me they do so because it's "safe" and "secure."

I hope that at the very least Telegram users in eastern Ukraine will stop.


Had the temerity to ask people to check if their Agile coach has any experience in Agile Software Development on LinkedIn. Of course, the ones who haven't are coming out of the woodwork.

On the birdside/site, my following was not as diverse as I wanted it to be. Here I don't know any tools to check, yet I want to actively work on a more diverse group right from the start:

- more women
- more non western people
- more BIPOC
- more neurodiversity
(in agile, tech, etc)

Will you boost this so I can find more of these people?


1/ Happy holidays, everyone…a story in four parts.

*doorbell rings*

Shhhh. Say it’s an OKR meeting.

Cricut cutting machines, ubiquitous in schools, libraries and makerspaces, can be used to make embossed or stenciled tactile graphics. A Braille embosser costs at least $1500 — Cricuts cost a fifth of that or less. Today I learned that I can handle the hardware and make great stencils: all that holds a Blind maker back is a set of unlabeled controls in the software. Does anyone know somebody at Cricut I could talk to about making the interface more accessible? Boosters beloved on this one!

Very sad to hear about Elon Musk.

Nothing happened to him, I’m just very sad to hear about him.

Dear all the people despairing that they have had to leave communities behind on Twitter: yes, it's sad, but also the entire Internet is like 150 people. Today I got a reply on the fediverse from someone I haven't heard from since Usenet days. You'll run into them again.

"'You don't need to be free of racism to be an anti-racist,' Ijeoma Oluo, author of 'So You Want to Talk About Race,' once tweeted. 'Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward,' she wrote." businessinsider.com/what-is-an

Honestly this was a gift to my Friday afternoon.

"It really bothers me that you're recognized as a fiscal conservative on council, when the biggest contribution you've brought is to cut your own salary. Just be worth the money."

Empty suit council slacker Dan McLean taken to task for BS "Conservative" populist flotsam by Councillor Jasmine Mian today. Love it.
#yyccc #yyc

(White people: please don't reply to this post. It's not addressed to you. Instead, feel welcome to sit down, listen, and reflect)

Are there any #Indigenous #PoC or #Black #Mods who might be interested in sharing tips or being part of a global online support network?

I'm new to #Mastodon (3+ weeks) but straightaway saw whiteness, paternalism, micro-aggressions and racism threading throughout the fediverse.

My first racist sealion/gaslight hit was on day 1, with another the next day. Reporting and blocking doesn't fix ingrained whiteness or white fragility ( yts, please do not @ me to object or offer suggestions).

Because of what I was observing in the wider Mastodon space, and after listening to people who've paved the way, I volunteered to be a mod. My team is awesome, and I'm confident we can together do good.

I've a lot of personal and professional experience of being the only Aboriginal person on all-white teams. And I know so-called progressive spaces are as problematic as other spaces.

Being able to connect with people with same/similar experiences is good. Reduces burnout and trauma, and helps with finding solutions to specific challenges.

Pedantic hill I will die on 

Stop saying there are no algorithms. Algorithms don't necessarily involve opaque machine learning-driven decisions. Showing posts in chronological order is an algorithm. Showing a partial ordering of posts coming in from other nodes in a federated distributed system is an algorithm. Anything involving computers uses algorithms.

Even if you can predict what it does, there's an algorithm. ESPECIALLY if you can predict what it does.

Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.

OH: "Nobody has spent more on a dead bird this Thanksgiving than Elon Musk."

as a Principal engineer, half your job is figuring out what your job is

Musk has spent this week promoting horrible work practices, making fun of Black civil rights movements, and cozying up to some of the most prominent bigots in American society.

For technologists who aren’t aligned with this right-wing nonsense, I think it’s important to speak out. Staying silent is tacitly saying that this kind of behavior is acceptable or even desirable. It’s simply not.

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