04 Jan 2022, 3:00 a.m.

An Added Layer, A New Charge

A marvelous thing about complex music and dance is getting to witness the things humans can achieve. I find myself transported when I watch a big song-and-dance number in a filmed musical, or watch a …

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28 Dec 2021, 18:40 p.m.

The Stories I Chose

A few days ago I wrapped up my series of MetaFilter posts recommending short scifi/fantasy stories. That post links to 40+ magazines, and in particular their RSS/Atom feeds, in case you'd like a fresh and …

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16 Dec 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Links and Notes: Poverty and Wealth Inequality in Scifi

Earlier today I spoke as a panellist at WorldCon (DisCon III), in the virtual session "Poverty and Wealth Inequality in Science Fiction." (I was a late addition.) I shared several links so I figured I'd …

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15 Dec 2021, 17:00 p.m.

A Tale Of Code Review Review

I was talking with Jacob as he was writing his blog post about "reverse" code review (asking a job candidate to review code you wrote), and told him a memory from early 2012, back when …

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13 Dec 2021, 7:07 a.m.

Switched To a New Blogging Platform

The first big chunk of work on migrating to a new blogging platform is done! I am of course slightly nostalgic about my old hand-hacked HTML and the specific NewsBruiser featureset. But it is now …

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01 Dec 2021, 16:43 p.m.

Another Swath Of Recent Reading

Some more books I've read fairly recently. Some time ago, while looking for Diane Duane tie-in novels to read, I found out that she wrote seven technothriller novels for young adults within the Tom Clancy's …

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30 Nov 2021, 10:14 a.m.

Sign Up Now For Free Maintainer Skills Workshops

Maintainers of open source projects often need help learning how to address issues such as "how do we recruit and promote project members?", "what do we spend our money on?", and "how do I finally …

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29 Nov 2021, 11:05 a.m.

A Cool Thing That Could Exist

Recently I read Tim Cahill's entertaining Road Fever, a memoir from 1987. Cahill briefly mentions the news of Black Monday intersecting with his road trip, which reminded me that Black Monday plays a much larger …

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24 Nov 2021, 9:48 a.m.

Health Insurance & Retirement Plans For Open Source Maintainers

This is huge. The Open Collective Foundation has just announced: "OCF now offers employment options to initiative workers—with health insurance!" As that page says: "Initiatives fiscally hosted by OCF can have employees, with access to …

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11 Nov 2021, 11:54 a.m.

The Narrow Trash Talk Window

Sometimes I am playing a game in a competitive manner with friends. Our shared cultures sometimes include "trash talk," playful insults offered among players that are meant to express comfort and camaraderie and creativity while …

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