05 Aug 2019, 9:01 a.m.

Kickoff for Communications Work on the Python 2 Sunsetting

Python's 2.x line will reach End of Life on January 1, 2020, meaning that the maintainers of Python 2 will stop supporting it, even for security patches. Many institutions and codebases have not yet ported …

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01 Aug 2019, 9:09 a.m.

Background Music

So in my household we have a zillion little shared references, and some of those are about pop songs of the late 20th century. For instance, if we're in a restaurant or something and we …

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30 Jul 2019, 13:18 p.m.

Comparing Y2K and Climate Change

When you know there's a big upcoming threat, how do you get big institutions to commit and follow through? And in particular, how useful is it to frighten whole populaces? I looked into a specific …

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22 Jul 2019, 11:35 a.m.

Beautiful Soup is on Tidelift

I've been doing a tiny bit of consulting for Tidelift for a little over a year now, mainly talking about them to open source maintainers in the Python world and vice versa. (See my October …

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12 Jun 2019, 10:43 a.m.

Hey, You Left Something Out

Of course not all the responses I get to my work are positive. Sometimes I get criticism. And a subset of that criticism says more about the person giving it than about the quality of …

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12 Jun 2019, 8:55 a.m.

Some Recent Films

I saw several movies recently! I LOVED Booksmart which is in conversation with Election, Legally Blonde, and (at least visually) maybe Brick. It's hilarious, moving, sweet, and precise -- a delightful confection of a film. …

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22 May 2019, 7:00 a.m.

WisCon Activities

I'm on my way today to WisCon, the feminist science fiction convention. This'll be the tenth anniversary of my first! I'm a panellist or performer for three sessions: "Ethics In The Good Place And Crazy …

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29 Apr 2019, 13:03 p.m.

Looking Forward To

I'm trying to note down some things I am looking forward to, and that don't make me want to hyperventilate and hide because they are attached to obligations I have not yet discharged. (Like: I …

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22 Apr 2019, 16:41 p.m.

Rabbit Hole Interview(s)

Recently, the Rabbit Hole developers' podcast interviewed me; we discussed open source sustainability, maintainership, sensationalism among bards who sang the Odyssey, how PyPI is like Wikipedia, and what we think is paranoid. The interview continued …

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19 Apr 2019, 11:00 a.m.

Design, and Friction Preventing Design Improvement, in Open Tech

This month a Recurser I know, Pepijn de Vos, observed a concentration of high-quality open source software in the developer tools category, to the exclusion of other categories. With a few exceptions. I understood where …

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