22 Jun 2020, 12:29 p.m.

Streamable For A Limited Time

A couple of stories about black women's lives. One fictional but based on fact, and one nonfiction. Right now, till 7pm British time on Thursday June 25th, you can watch the drama Small Island on …

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21 Jun 2020, 7:58 a.m.

Quick Book Recommendations

A few timely book recommendations. To repeat my 2013 review of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson: SO GOOD. READ THIS. Ta-Nehisi Coates agrees with me. …

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17 Jun 2020, 10:19 a.m.

Gonna Be Vulnerable For A Sec

I saw this tweet by Julia Evans, advertising the newest in her questions to help people learn things series: questions about git branches https://questions.wizardzines.com/git-branches.html and I was able to notice that my heart briefly sank. …

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15 Jun 2020, 16:17 p.m.

Hosted Alternatives To Proprietary Monopolistic Services

Videoconfencing: Jitsi is free, open source, and you don't need to download anything -- it just works in the web browser. You can use their public instance for free. May First is hosting a Jitsi …

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15 Jun 2020, 9:50 a.m.

Proposed New York City Budget

This blog entry is time-sensitive and is meant for people who live in New York City and want to learn more about the city's budget, and maybe suggest changes. It's kind of quick - you'll …

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30 May 2020, 7:30 a.m.

"That was not supposed to happen."

In December 2016 Lightspeed published "The Venus Effect" by Violet Allen. I wish I did not think of it so often; it is an amazing story but I think of it every time I learn …

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20 May 2020, 13:40 p.m.

Trailer and Registration for Otherwise Auction

You have till 8pm ET tonight -- so, about 6.3 hours from me publishing this -- to register for this year's WisCon if you want to attend the auction I'm hosting on Saturday night (watching …

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13 May 2020, 11:28 a.m.

WisCon and Otherwise Auction, May 22-25

I'm hosting the Otherwise Auction (formerly the Tiptree Auction) at WisCon the night of Saturday, May 23rd. It'll be a virtual auction within WisCon, and mostly, Earth currency will not be involved. You can register …

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06 May 2020, 10:21 a.m.

Underused Headline

In all the reporting about Internet infrastructure, bandwidth usage during the pandemic, spectrum controversies, etc., I have not yet seen this particular punny headline. In the 1934 film It Happened One Night, one character tries …

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04 May 2020, 12:01 p.m.

"Yes, Minister", Chesterton's Fence, And Wasteful Caution

Just now I was in a pretty grumpy mood and it threatened to spiral further. I decided to give myself a break, got a snack and the rest of my morning tea, set a timer, …

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