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A quick introduction:

I am or have been a: writer, publisher, renter of virtual apartments for real money, injector of radioactive materials (for the forces of good, usually), sociologist, teacher, BBS sysop, SJW, polyam, and dedicated to punching up. I also have screwed up a lot, and try to learn from that crap.

I write stuff at ideatrash.net, and share lots of things I find interesting.

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The OSS bubble that is and the blogging bubble that was

The biggest problem—and this isn’t limited to web development—is how it has baked exploitation into the core worldview of so many people. We use open-source software. We get paid to use open-source software. Our employers benefit, but the money never trickles down—money never trickles down.

baldurbjarnason.com/2021/the-o

Still salty about the folks that believe that your musical tastes are most formed around your college years. Sure, you can make a case for any music you listen to being from that period and then discount the anomalies.

It's like Joseph Campbell's Monomyth: it's true if you file it down enough and ignore where it doesn't quite match up.

All I have to say is that if you can be pigeonholed by a shitty rubric then you have a duty to prove it wrong. Listen to all the things and challenge yourself.

@shade Felix! Did you see this new (I think) ultraviolet photo of Jupiter, it reminds me of your trans planet ✨

Healthcare, uspol 

CVS Donated to Dark-Money Group Fighting Access to Care

In a year marked by a coronavirus pandemic that has killed millions, CVS Health financed a wave of political advocacy against measures to control health care costs and increase access.
theintercept.com/2021/04/21/cv

I'm in this Storybundle for the business of writing (storybundle.com/writing).

Tomorrow at 2PM Detroit time, a bunch of the authors are doing a live chat about the bundle and why we did our books. If you're interested, stop by.

youtube.com/watch?v=tdv5oYTzyv

There's a new version of my URL cleaning utility - named muna - just released. Not only will it resolve redirects, but if the page no longer exists, it will find a version on the Internet Archive.

uriel1998.github.io/muna/

Was able to have a nice conversation with a patient about books and fantasy authors. Introduced her to Elizabeth Vaughn and Jim Hines, so that was nice.

me (sobbing and frantically typing on a computer while dirty clothes and dishes are scattered all around me): "this information.... its imperfectly organized... its imperfect!!! i have to fix it!!!"

RT @we_are_adg@twitter.com

Many people are talking about “returning to normal” after the pandemic. But normal was the problem; we must create and demand a new normal.
Let’s get these everywhere. 60 stickers for £3 or 180 stickers for £5. Link below 👇

🐦🔗: twitter.com/we_are_adg/status/

RT @AP@twitter.com

BREAKING: The CDC plans to issue guidance allowing fully vaccinated people to ditch masks indoors in all but the most crowded settings, an AP source says. The new guidance could ease restrictions for workplaces and schools. apne.ws/WQDILxG

🐦🔗: twitter.com/AP/status/13928906

climate 

U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns

The Trump administration delayed the report, which cites urban heat waves and permafrost loss as signs of global warming, for three years

washingtonpost.com/climate-env

bigots 

Texas GOP Passes Bill To Stop Teachers From Talking About Racism | HuffPost

It also states that social studies and civics teachers “may not be compelled to discuss current events or widely debated and currently controversial issues of public policy or social affairs” as part of a course.
m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_609

From 12 May: mkaz/termgraph: a python command-line tool which draws basic graphs in the terminal - github.com/mkaz/termgraph

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Faith Collapsing is a host set up by me (Steven Saus) with the same sensibility of the BBS I ran back in the 1990s - I set it up for me, but folks I personally know are welcome to join if they like. Left-leaning; fascists will not be happy with my moderation. Incitements to violence or hate speech will get you gone.