"The Bubble Barrier"
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.
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:
- Pondering the uncertainty of the future.
- 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!
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.
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.
OK, so, this project is good fun and relaxing, but will take longer than I thought. A lot of what I'm doing is working things out longhand until I figure out a good pattern for abstracting over it.
This will eat into my time to do other things. Which would be fine, if I weren't already feeling underwater.
Time to cull. I am gonna be in a monomaniac project mode for a bit, I think.
To the people essentially saying that “wealth inequality has existed before” it has never been to this extent before. There have never been this many living in poverty. The rich have never been this absurdly rich before. Billionaires have only existed since last century. And there’s an entire genre of really shitty food which exists purely for the sake of being expensive.
Rich American douchebags and 21st century wealth inequality are putting people like Amenhotep III and Louis XIV to shame.
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