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Hey everyone.

I want you to know that I am aware I'm an outsider to queer spaces and culture. I didn't realize I was queer in any way until I was in my early 30s so I didn't grow up learning things.

So if you see me making a mistake, please call me on it. I won't be mad, even if it hurts. I'd rather know then not.

Also if I'm in a space and making you uncomfortable, ask me to leave. I would rather leave then make others uncomfortable in their own space.

At the bus stop to work early since I'm buying breakfast on campus. Peaceful fall morning. A very nice day just to exist.

For those celebrating the ocean cleanup: This is a thread by marine biologists and conservationists on why drag-netting the plastic doesn't work. There are approaches that help- this isn't one of them

I'm submitting my thesis in the morning

"This force is equal to an elephant standing on a stilleto, however it is easier to train grad students to use diamond anvil cells" (a talk I'm listening to)

Watch "Gilberto Artioli: Powder Diffraction and Cultural Heritage" on YouTube

these are the type of X-ray techniques that I am going to be using at work and how they can help preserve cultural heritage.

I'll mostly be using them to help engineers understand what happens in the middle of welds, understand coatings inside engines and such, but it's still cool

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- the user's time is not yours, and wasting it is unacceptable. this means that you must both make the product easy to learn and easy to customize, automate, and accelerate

- if you tell the user that something has happened, saved, or worked, and it has not, you owe them money

- telling users what has actually gone wrong when an error or exception occurs not only helps them make better decisions but also reduces load on your customer success team. "sorry, something has gone wrong" is unacceptable and insufficient

- users will happily update their software to avoid security problems, lose bugs, increase performance or gain features. they will not do so if all you say is "bugfixes and performance improvements". if you do that and then people get hacked through an old version, that is your fault

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Just saw a Web 1.0 vs 2.0 vs 3.0 that was so full of inaccuracies that I'm filing it as misinformation. My brain won't even let me share to dunk. (except to say web 1.0 did not start in 1980)

Just because it's in a table doesn't make it data.

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games not welcome on steam include 

YEEEEEAAHHHHH -guitar squeal- -car crash sound effect-

Sanofi has stopped work on a promising COVID vaccine as it doubts it would be done in time to help with the pandemic, given how many others we already have. Instead they are going to work on the flu and other mRNA vaccines.

Effffff, imagine if we could stop having a flu pandemic every year? o.o

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my work is hiring! (engineers, product managers, managers) 

the federal US government's technology transformation services (TTS) is hiring! this is my job, 18f's, parent org. they're using one listing to hire into multiple agencies.

I'm five weeks in and so far it's a really great place to work, with a lot of potential for impact. happy to chat to anyone interested.

- info session (there will be more):
- roles ('upcoming positions'):

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Hey. You're not cool or modern if you don't include the post date on your blog post. Stop leaving it off or making it auto-update to keep it looking fresh!

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Please, don't panic: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been published on October 12, 1979.

Exactly 42 years ago 🙊

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"If somebody robs a store, it's a crime and the state is all set and ready to nab the criminal. But if somebody steals from the commons and from the future, it's seen as entrepreneurial activity and the state cheers and gives them tax concessions rather than arresting them. We badly need an expanded concept of justice and fairness that takes mortgaging the future into account."

—Ursula Franklin, 22 years ago, on our societal tendency of flat out ignoring and even explicitly rewarding negative externalities

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