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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.

Other mastodon account at, but I'm planning on mostly using this one.

So this pretty accurately describes my rolls tonight as our D&D characters face the Big Bad...

I love how LetsEncrypt sends out a mass email pointing to this post, without explaining in simple language: "Here are the steps you need to take to check your config and/or update."

I've been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and most of this is gobbledygook to me. "We're deprecating FLUX FLOOZ 2017 in favor of FORF SNOZZ 1-X-99. After February, your certificate will no longer work if you don't GORP your FNOFF." What a mess.

non-programmers are an important part of open source projects. non-programmer contributions are valid and useful and not second tier or otherwise less valuable.

it's easy to say programmers are the only value-add when you're fortunate enough to have enough non-programmers that you can take them for granted.

if you take away the feature requests, translations, and general chatter - many OSS projects would have never been more than flawed, narrow use case tech demos.

if i were invited to a gender reveal party, i would simply hide the gender in a new spot

gender hide and seek party

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Interesting...Birdsite link
"A woman read 20,000 Yelp reviews as part of her master’s studies. Her finding? Reviewers’ obsession with "authenticity" is white supremacy in action "

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Get A Daily Briefing Without Big Brother

Like the daily briefing idea from home assistants, but don’t want to talk to your wiretap? Here’s a solution.

In Vino (and Menstrua) Veritas

If you (regardless of your gender) find yourself thinking “Oh, is it her time of the month?”, check yourself, then pay attention to what she has to say.

Wanna have a bit of fun watching people get all confused while revealing society's inherent patriarchal bias?

Refer to your sewing machine as a 'power tool.'

Welcome to the Fuck Capitalism Collective of America or the FCCA.

We have one goal: ethically save ourselves from capitalism.

"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."

the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."

with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.

One of those little stories that makes you believe in humanity:

Canadian air traffic controllers send pizzas to U.S. counterparts working without pay

If the actual principles of magic were once again applied to science, those principles would be handed over to people for whom the profit motive is the bottom line. Bad enough that they have developed a very compelling belief system in materialism that has become the agreed-upon consensus reality, which places them at the helm of the rest of the major ideologies around them. To hand over the methodology and the working principles behind individual and small-group magical practices would be nothing short of a disaster.

*Don't* try to convince materialists or especially skeptics that magic works. If they convince others we're wrong or nonsensical, GOOD.

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Faith Collapsing

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.