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Got this after I signed up for a vision mixing app-as-a-service to see whether itโ€™s worth suggesting for the events I help out with.

Holy cow is it creepy that this person went looking enough to think Iโ€™m a professional developer (Iโ€™m a infra team lead, but ok).

Also no way Iโ€™d ever trust a service that suspends first for any event Iโ€™m involved in.

By the way, here's a thing I think is a Bad Meme: criticizing not putting your pronouns in your bio/in introductions.

I felt pressured to do so before I was *out* as nonbinary trans-femme. It felt like pressure to out or misgender myself.

I do it now, and I'm all for it... but it shouldn't be mandatory. Someone might have a reason for not doing so. You might pressure them into doing the wrong thing.

you want to know what i think holds adults back from becoming native speakers?

cringe culture.

no, hear me out.

what do children do to learn language? they babble. they say random words. they copy other people even when they don't know what it means. they just *play* with it.

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I got almost 1000 words written on my second article, but have run out of focus and energy, and may need to rework what I've written because I think it misses the mark, but at least I've got *something* to start from!

Gonna call it a day, I think.

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OK, so 4 Pomodoros got me the first draft of a 1500-word article written, and the outline for a second article done too. I might take a break and then see if I have energy for another 4 after that. Feeling good that I've finally got this started, since it's been hanging over my head for *weeks*!

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Anti-procrastination accountability post:

I am aiming to do 4ร—25 minute Pomodoros this afternoon to catch up on some work (minimum of 1, but ideally 4). I will report back later this evening with how I went.

"Cockatoos in Sydney learning from each other to bin-dive for food, study finds"

While the mess this could result in could be a problem, I must admit I got a good chuckle out of watching the video linked at the top of this article!

The Linux Foundation are carrying out a survey on "Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Open Source", and I know this is something #foss #freesoftware and #opensource people (and opponents thereof!) on the Fedi have opinions on. So please boost and fill in.

Contributing to an evidence base may be a way of highlighting the problems and shaming people with money into doing something about them.

[FOSS/Work Toot]

As part of my work with Project OCEAN (a collaboration between Google and the University of Vermont Complex Systems Center), we're running a series of workshops to create and define a set of schema to define what contributions we value in open source communities.

Remember hatrack stuff I rant about occasionally? Now I work with a team of experts, and we want your help to work on a common lexicon of stuff in FOSS that's not just code.


One of the most important things I've ever realised about codes of conduct is that they need to be biased documents, and come from a place of biased intent. They *have* to call out a specific set of people they prioritise, because the alternative is that they prioritise existing systemic power structures and people in power.

It's not enough to have a CoC. You have to say who it defends.

These Chinese kids are right. The Australian state indoctrinates school children and refuses to accept the truth about its history, too.

Slack, Discord, WhatsApp, iMessage, Signal, Facebook Messenger, Teams, Instagram, TikTok, Hangouts, Twitter, Skype - How many IM tools do you use? Why don't they all talk to each other?

"Many eyes make bugs shallow" doesn't apply to security bugs. You need the *right* eyes auditing the code. Until then, backdoors like this can hide in plain sight.

Oops. Where did the last 7 hours go. I forgot lunch and guess I'll be having a late dinner. Bother.

Welp, just made the two phone calls I've been putting off for a little while.

I think that's more than enough adulting for today!

Well, it only took me well over a year, but I finally both remembered to sew on my updated Scouts Australia badge *and* found my needle and thread with which to do it. Sewing onto pockets isn't something I've done before I don't think and is particularly tricky, but I got the eventually, even if it's not quite as well aligned as I'd like!

Ah good, it's that time of the month then my building's fire alarm gets tested.
I'll never get used to the PA announcement that heralds these tests; it's so loud and abrupt (which I understand is necessary in case of fire, but could they not start off a little quieter before the testing?)
Scares the crap out of me every time.

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