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.

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 

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

The tools that we have shape the way we interact with the world.

The old adage about problems and hammers is true.

So what tools are you using? What things do you want to do, but lack the tools for?

You know what’s awesome? Essentially everyone with a computer has access to literally unbreakable encryption if they choose to learn how to use it. That’s an underrated accomplishment.

Fediverse, hearken unto me. I have a mighty need, and only you can help.

I require articles about things millennials have killed or are killing. As many as you can bring me. Major things or insignificant. Cold takes or hot. Moderately or extremely stupid. Personal or statistical. Everything you've got, as long as you can provide a link to the source.

I wish to admire our handiwork, and the angst it has inspired. I crave this as one lost in the desert craves drink.

Boosts welcome.

Hi. This is a friendly request to cw your US politics posts because some of us either don't or can't read them right now. It'd be helpful to be able to filter them out.

I wrote a thing about why I believe the best and most useful decentralized applications are going to be the ones that utilize multiple protocols. I imagine a world where ActivityPub, Dat, and Secure ScuttleButt are all seen as tools in a toolbox rather than as ecosystems, and what kind of amazing software we could build with them outside of the central/corporate paradigm.


Selfie, uspol, baby, friendly wager 

I’m angry that the industry collectively decided that authoring HTML is not the domain of Everyday People anymore.

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Generalistic and moderated instance.