30 Nov 2021, 10:14 a.m.

Sign Up Now For Free Maintainer Skills Workshops

Maintainers of open source projects often need help learning how to address issues such as "how do we recruit and promote project members?", "what do we spend our money on?", and "how do I finally …

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29 Nov 2021, 11:05 a.m.

A Cool Thing That Could Exist

Recently I read Tim Cahill's entertaining Road Fever, a memoir from 1987. Cahill briefly mentions the news of Black Monday intersecting with his road trip, which reminded me that Black Monday plays a much larger …

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24 Nov 2021, 9:48 a.m.

Health Insurance & Retirement Plans For Open Source Maintainers

This is huge. The Open Collective Foundation has just announced: "OCF now offers employment options to initiative workers—with health insurance!" As that page says: "Initiatives fiscally hosted by OCF can have employees, with access to …

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11 Nov 2021, 11:54 a.m.

The Narrow Trash Talk Window

Sometimes I am playing a game in a competitive manner with friends. Our shared cultures sometimes include "trash talk," playful insults offered among players that are meant to express comfort and camaraderie and creativity while …

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29 Oct 2021, 9:44 a.m.

New York City General Election 2021

A few resources that helped me decide how to vote in the New York City general election this year: Candidate ratings by the Judiciary Committee of the Queens County Bar Association and the New York …

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13 Oct 2021, 11:25 a.m.

Some Recent Reading

I've recommended several short scifi/fantasy stories I've enjoyed by posting about them on MetaFilter. In addition, here are a few notes on some books I've recently read. I read the harrowing memoir Year of the …

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05 Oct 2021, 11:25 a.m.

Well, It's October

Leonard and I today came up with the idea of an X-Files parody where monstrous agents investigate the human world, starring Molder (a Frankenstein's monster/zombie character) and Skully (a skeleton). Leonard's dialogue: Molder: They robbed …

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27 Sep 2021, 13:04 p.m.

Prep For Shortages And Delays -- Meds, ID Cards, Books, Etc.

The global supply chain is dealing with a lot of shortages and delays, and there's no sign it's going to get better anytime soon. (Some explanations: thread, thread, NYT piece.) People are figuring out how …

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27 Sep 2021, 11:17 a.m.

NYCH&H COVID testing -- great, so let's increase access

[Below - slightly edited - is a letter I just wrote my city councilmember.] I'm a constituent in your district and I'm writing to thank the City for its free COVID-19 testing program, and to …

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21 Sep 2021, 11:33 a.m.

Police, The Future, and Biometric Security

I have tremendous respect for Troy Hunt and have learned loads about cybersecurity from him. That's why it surprised me so much to read his recent piece on biometric credentials. I agree with much of …

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