Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

Tag
Advice

29 Jun 2023, 12:15 p.m.

On Choosing Work Environments

Someone in a group I'm in just asked others' opinions on working in higher education. I said:In big institutions -- such as higher education and government and companies that have over, say, 300 employees -- …

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16 Jun 2023, 1:10 a.m.

My Current Approach To Reducing My COVID Risk

I follow a few main principles to reduce my risk of catching COVID-19:

  1. Avoiding sharing unfiltered air with people outside my household
  2. Noticing how safe I am and raising precautions accordingly
  3. Focusing on protecting myself over protecting unmasked people (in general)
  4. Spending money

In this post, I detail those principles as well as my specific protocols (masking, ventilation, self-testing, and so on), including links to examples and product vendors.

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09 May 2023, 13:00 p.m.

Maintainer Burnout: PyCon US 2023 Followup

At PyCon US 2023, David Lord facilitated an open space discussion of "maintainer burnout, how to survive it, and maybe how to prevent it." Here are some notes (incorporating his; thanks, David!), my analysis, and …

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13 Apr 2023, 9:30 a.m.

Your First PyCon, But Not Your First Convention

Someone I know just decided to come to this year's PyCon US in person and asked me:It's my first PyCon. Are there any tricks or landmines I should know about? I assume that the standard …

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29 Mar 2023, 11:30 a.m.

Dyeing My Hair

I recently bleached and dyed my hair at home, and I really enjoyed the end result. A few people expressed curiosity, and I will probably want to refer to the process later, so here's a …

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07 Mar 2023, 13:10 p.m.

The Memex Mirage

In case you use Pinboard, heads-up that you might want to hedge your bets. An Ask MetaFilter conversation from the last few months: "Is Pinboard.in (bookmarking site) still supported software?"Also:In December, Lilly Ryan wrote a …

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22 Dec 2022, 15:10 p.m.

Speech-to-text with Whisper: How I Use It & Why

Whisper, from OpenAI, is a new open source tool that "approaches human level robustness and accuracy on English speech recognition"; "Moreover, it enables transcription in multiple languages, as well as translation from those languages into …

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10 Nov 2022, 11:20 a.m.

Mastodon, the Fediverse, and A Warning About Mastodon.social

As of this week I'm not posting much to Twitter anymore. I used to post the same stuff on Twitter and on another microblogging platform called Mastodon, and now I'm really just posting on my …

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15 Sep 2022, 10:20 a.m.

Six Key Maintainer Skill Guides

Earlier this year I ran several maintainer skills workshops sponsored by Open Source Collective. I’ve developed six resource documents based on those sessions, which are all now live:Recruiting Financial Sponsors: Inventory your potential donors and …

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09 Sep 2022, 11:00 a.m.

"The Pathway To Inclusion" - Insight From Alex Bayley

My friend Alex Bayley is one of my inspirations in working in and on open source and open culture. Alex founded or cofounded the Geek Feminism blog and wiki, for instance. They were ahead of …

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