25 Jul 2020, 23:03 p.m.

I'll Miss You

In March or April I learned of friends -- generally those with children -- who were temporarily leaving New York City to stay with relatives in other places. Now I'm hearing of more of them …

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18 Jul 2020, 18:17 p.m.


From the time that I was a child, my parents wanted me to learn and be fluent in Kannada. My interest has waxed and waned. Yesterday I saw this tweet, which starts generalizing (in English) …

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16 Jul 2020, 13:56 p.m.

Four Conferences In Three Days

I'm performing or speaking at, participating in or attending four different conferences/conventions online between July 24th and 26th. You can join me at no cost for all of them! Going chronologically: GUADEC: Friday, July 24th, …

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16 Jul 2020, 10:41 a.m.

Misunderstanding What It Takes To Make Recurse Center's Social Rules Work

In a contentious thread on MetaFilter about race and racism on the site, one user lauds the bit of Recurse Center's manual about how if you are corrected for breaking one of the four Social …

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13 Jul 2020, 15:38 p.m.

Still Here

I am still here.

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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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