Lots of folks are maintaining a thin shell of calm over a warm gooey center of freaking the hell out. It's coming out in weird, tangential ways. Folks getting mad over irrelevancies and minutiae.

Empty your lungs. Breathe in. Be patient with your friends. We need each other.

Oh my gosh y'all, today is the day my game, Snake People: A Game of Anticipatory Grief went up on Kickstarter as part of #ZineQuest! Threading unlocked.


Still navigating how to deal with people who pry in their quest for small talk.

This morning, in a cab home from the hospital:
Baby: *cries hoarsely*
Driver: Has a cold?
Me: No.
D: Shot?
Me: Huh?
D: Vaccination?
Me: Cancer treatment.
D: Kids can be such a handful, right?
Me: …

“… we have to wonder if a similar outcry could make Apple reconsider making other parts of their esteemed laptop more simple and repairable.” t.co/yQKuooaCvj

Finally got around to stickering up my laptop earlier this week after having the thing for nearly a year and a half. Feels good for it to have a bit more personality to it.

Happy equinox. May the passing from summer to autumn bring chilled relief and warm embraces. I hope the following seasons open up with new possibilities for growth and new possibilities for decay.

Take a moment today to let something go.


gPodder.net is looking for a new maintainer!

If nobody comes forward by 2020, it'll be forced to shut down. Please boost to spread the word.


Note that this is the podcast-sharing website: I'm not sure about the status of the app, but I think that's still doing fine.

#gPodder #podcasts #python #webdev #helpwanted

My team is hiring three contract devs for elections: blog.apps.npr.org/2019/07/12/e

Feel free to share it out. These gigs will probably get to work on a lot of stuff other than elections, since that's just honestly not 13 months worth of work. I wish they weren't contract, and will fight to extend them into permanent roles, but I don't have a lot of influence there. They are remote-friendly, at least!

"Only fight for what's real," the old warrior said. "Friends, family, neighbours. Only fight for what matters."
"What about vengeance?" the young man asked. "What about pride, and honour, and glory?"
"Only fight for what's real," the old warrior said.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

Reminder to be gentle with yourself and to treat yourself like a human being with needs and feelings; You don't solely exist to create.

Creation is a byproduct of being the wonderful you that you are.

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There are a lot of excellent tips and well-thought-out explanations in this article on trans-inclusive web design, information architecture, etc. alistapart.com/article/trans-i

griping into the void about open source software 

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My friend @sandro (who also was the W3C staff member on the Social Working Group as it turns out) has put together a chart about "ways to harm people online" (whether you agree all are harms, most are, and all are claimed as such) that I think is really useful: docs.google.com/document/d/1ZQ

What's interesting is that most of these are about harm caused by *distributing* information.

#StackOverflow survey 2019: women are way more likely than men to complain about people being "condescending", "assholes" and "rude". They are also way more likely to be thankful.
Let's really work on that toxic culture, fellow men.


dismantle the idea that programming is for smart people™️ and that they deserve more money than others. tear down their haughty towers until silicon valley is a wasteland of shattered ivory

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