Yeah, yeah, Advent. Call it Dreariest of Code for March, or Scariest of Code for October.
https://www.pbs.org/video/nature-super-hummingbirds-full-episode/ is my recommendation this week for an entertaining, educational way to spend an hour.
Today's post-meeting mind cleanser: Gerald Finzi, Eclogue Op. 10. Many good performances on YouTube.
I often have a half-dozen personal projects in semi-progress, stalled on something (research, learning the right bit of math/CSS/framework, or whatever). @simon 's talk, "Increase your productivity on personal projects with comprehensive docs and automated tests," has given me a bunch of ideas, and pointed to some features of Github worth exploring. It's not language or framework-specific.
A good use of 25 minutes if you use github.
"They decided tech was a major power center that needed scrutiny and needed to be taken down a peg, and this style of coverage became very widespread and prominent in the industry."
Recent events aside, big media has been dunking on tech for a while (often with good reason). Here's an insider making claim that the dearth of positive coverage was a deliberate policy decision at the NYT that others copied.
Still doing Pomodoros and want some good background music? YouTube has several performances of Penguin Cafe Orchestra's, "Numbers 1-4". Stringing three together runs about 24 minutes.
I am going to say a thing about content warnings that is something I learned while writing on AO3.
A content warning is really a content *label*. It gives readers a tool for filtering things both ways: to positively select and to positively avoid. It is heavier-weight than a tag, which can also serve the same purpose, but on a platform where the default is *broadcast*, it adds an important affordance.
Please put content labels on possibly-unwanted potentially-stressful content.
Collecting Mastodon explainers and on-boarding walk throughs to hand out to friends. If you've found some good ones, please share.
https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon is on the list at the heavy end. Looking for lighter.
The migration from Twitter is a weird mixed bag. It's an excuse for several cleanups (interests, followers, personal sites, ...) and the burst of nerd energy is a rush. But it's also sad to be leaving a lot of non-technical folk behind. Mastodon may be an easy move for us, but at present it's a hurdle for many who aren't at least tech adjacent.
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