17 Jun 2020, 10:19 a.m.

Gonna Be Vulnerable For A Sec

I saw this tweet by Julia Evans, advertising the newest in her questions to help people learn things series: questions about git branches https://questions.wizardzines.com/git-branches.html and I was able to notice that my heart briefly sank. …

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15 Jun 2020, 16:17 p.m.

Hosted Alternatives To Proprietary Monopolistic Services

Videoconfencing: Jitsi is free, open source, and you don't need to download anything -- it just works in the web browser. You can use their public instance for free. May First is hosting a Jitsi …

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15 Jun 2020, 9:50 a.m.

Proposed New York City Budget

This blog entry is time-sensitive and is meant for people who live in New York City and want to learn more about the city's budget, and maybe suggest changes. It's kind of quick - you'll …

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30 May 2020, 7:30 a.m.

"That was not supposed to happen."

In December 2016 Lightspeed published "The Venus Effect" by Violet Allen. I wish I did not think of it so often; it is an amazing story but I think of it every time I learn …

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20 May 2020, 13:40 p.m.

Trailer and Registration for Otherwise Auction

You have till 8pm ET tonight -- so, about 6.3 hours from me publishing this -- to register for this year's WisCon if you want to attend the auction I'm hosting on Saturday night (watching …

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13 May 2020, 11:28 a.m.

WisCon and Otherwise Auction, May 22-25

I'm hosting the Otherwise Auction (formerly the Tiptree Auction) at WisCon the night of Saturday, May 23rd. It'll be a virtual auction within WisCon, and mostly, Earth currency will not be involved. You can register …

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06 May 2020, 10:21 a.m.

Underused Headline

In all the reporting about Internet infrastructure, bandwidth usage during the pandemic, spectrum controversies, etc., I have not yet seen this particular punny headline. In the 1934 film It Happened One Night, one character tries …

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04 May 2020, 12:01 p.m.

"Yes, Minister", Chesterton's Fence, And Wasteful Caution

Just now I was in a pretty grumpy mood and it threatened to spiral further. I decided to give myself a break, got a snack and the rest of my morning tea, set a timer, …

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30 Apr 2020, 16:50 p.m.

What We Subsume

Still here. I've gotten a lot better at sewing pleats on face masks, and have found that -- if I cut the material ahead of time -- I can usually finish a mask, or nearly …

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27 Apr 2020, 18:00 p.m.

Remote Sprint Tips

Every year, many developers of Python (the language itself, not just stuff written in Python) get together for a sprint. This year it will probably be virtual. How should that work? I offered to share …

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