I currently feel like I know what it's like to try to get a building permit in Pandaemonium.

Been singing a lot of mining songs now. "Blackleg Miner" in particular.

@welshpixie hey, dice.camp fell down and had to be hard-reset, so I'm just gonna follow you from my main, not my games-alt ๐Ÿ˜

Why does time pass so slowly when you're waiting for the apple pie to come out of the oven?

โ€œOne of the ways that those in power are going to push back on the movement to defund the police is to say that we need police to keep women safe. And what they really mean by that is always white women. Black women have been calling this out for a long time, and itโ€™s beyond time for masses of white women to join them and say clearly: the police do not keep us safe.โ€ โ€“ Elisabeth Long, Catalyst Project

Heroes can inspire, lift us up, and show us what's possible.

But hero worship can bend from adoration to the surrender of agency.

We place our hopes in the hero, hoping they can save us. A trap.

We must become heroes ourselves.

A very helpful user got in touch with me to say he hadn't gotten a confirmation email and couldn't log in. Turns out, SendGrid was having trouble and I didn't know it was down!

If you've tried to sign up and didn't get a notification email, get in touch and I'll sort out your login!

I just learned today about the extent to which a project I started as an undergrad has grown, helped indigenous communities worldwide who speak endangered languages, and brought in a lot of grant money to my undergrad advisor's lab (which, knowing him, mostly goes to paying students who work there) over its lifetime.

I'm a little floored. Sometimes, a thing you think is some minor bit of your personal history turns out to have touched many many more people, for the better.

If I am learning anything from this experience, this thing that is 2020, it's that setting reasonable and caring goals for myself, rather than insisting I do ALL THE THINGS, is very good.

I'm trying to remember to post here myself. It's easy to slip into treating this as a consumption medium, and forgetting to contribute!

I think that's been hard to do because life has been:
- Caretaking.
- Pondering the uncertainty of the future.
- Work.
- Anticipating multiple future things to talk about that I can't talk about yet.

It leaves one feeling like one has very little to add, ex nihilo. But I'll try!

my head is aching to beat the band, and a big WHOMP of snow just tumbled down the chimney behind me. today is canceled.

Note: universal basic income without constraints on current rentier power inequities doesnโ€™t do anything for the common citizen or the common good. Thatโ€™s just a cash spigot for landlords. UBI need to be accompanied by laws making rents illegal.

My software is โ€œfreeโ€ as in โ€œcats.โ€ It even comes with small but itchy bugs.

I also, over this past week, made two usability fixes, one API fix to clear the path for an interface improvement, and diagnosed another layout issue that led to a quick fix, all on sweet.sh. Making it better. Still need to grapple with fixing the entire tangled backend code structure, then fixing the API surface to be more Standards-y.

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I made some strides on Roughcast this weekend. Nearly wrote "Roughcast made some strides" and thus completely de-agentivized myself. What does this say about how I think about programming projects?

Federation is the place people go when they don't want to be part of, or subject to, centrally controlled systems. It is also where people go when they've finally been kicked off those systems. The fediverse isn't inherently progressive, and without robust shared defensive measures - both against centralization and against bad actors -it will go the way of Usenet.

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