@netkitty Why grump?

*gently scritches, offers a catnip mouse and a tasty 1Gbps line*

Us pol and gov, USPS 

This is fascinating. A way for corporate dev teams to pay for maintenance of open source resources. It, I think, solves a bunch of the issues I have on both sides of the argument, as someone loosely related to a corporate dev team on one side, and a rapidly-radicalizing anti-capitalist on the other. tidelift.com/

@enbyss @dirt shhh. There is no such thing as the Transgender Cabal.

;-P

Parenting 

tired: naming your kid sql injection like that one stick figure comic
inspired: naming your kid something that excel parses and reformats

How is it radical to imagine that we still yet have a future, a collective imagination? All we need to do is survive a few more centuries, a few more millennia. Those who are contented to stop expanding will, those who seek to expand will do so and leave the rest of us behind. I WILL NOT LET THE SOLAR SYSTEM BE THE DOMAIN OF GREED ALONE. We cannot just sit down and say "ah, we're good enough down here, we've got our own problems" because if we do then others will take the initiative and go there, and they will eventually have no need to look back, they will go out there and make all the wrong firsts unless we meet them in scope and imagination as well. There is a space for futurism, there has to be. If we fail to imagine the future, if we fail to create that future, then the capitalists will create it instead, they will bastardize it and ruin it as they do everything else.

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joke upwork post 

Dolly Parton's support of BLM and her actions always sound so practical. I kind of love it.
In talking about renaming an attraction at Dollyworld she goes

When they said ‘Dixie’ was an offensive word, I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to offend anybody. This is a business. We’ll just call it The Stampede.’ As soon as you realize that [something] is a problem, you should fix it. Don’t be a dumbass. That’s where my heart is. I would never dream of hurting anybody on purpose.

I love her.

COVID-19, pharma 

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COVID-19, pharma 

take about HRT/genital surgery in cis people, genitals 

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Once again, kids: If two nation-states with a vested interest in data collection on populations are arguing over who ought to own TikTok, a company with the stated purpose of allowing users to share short videos for free but a history of invading the privacy of users, then maybe using TikTok is a bad idea.

:angercrywall:

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Also, as a maintainer you're used to hearing your project being criticized all the time, because people usually only take the time to mail you when they're facing a problem they can't solve.

Sometimes, just sometimes, someone will send you a short, sweet mail saying "Hey, I'm using this and it's great. Thank you for making this!".

Be that kind of positivity in life! ❤️

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If you, your project or your team depends on an open source project, don’t hesitate to mail its creators and tell them that you do!

You have no idea how useful such endorsements are when maintainers want to justify their time commitments!

It's extremely cool to think about how the Brazil Nut Effect can effect how the very smallest, weakest groups of particles held together by gravity behave and look. Many asteroids you see look like solid rocks but are in fact very loose and sandy and the ones that are most loose like this are also the smallest and roundest, and least covered in boulders, asteroids like Bennu. You can even see a couple of impact craters on its surface that look like how a sandbox might look if you threw a rock into it or shook it long enough.

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I just saw a company that says they can use AI to analyze your social media profiles and learn your personality so that it can keep posting as you after you die, and my mind immediately went to that one video of the angry cat going, “nonononononono!”

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Cybrespace

Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.