They're here!

Alora's Tear, Volume IV: Circlets and Seekers paperbacks are available now at the Barham Ink Etsy shop, on Amazon, or other online retailers. However you get your copy, thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the first stage of Askon’s new journey.

It’s still strange to see my stories in real life physical book form. 😁

barhamink.com/publishing/2018/ twitter.com/NateBarham/status/

If you were wondering why most photos of the Pyramids in Giza always seem to be from the same angle, this is why

Because of the extensive tourism, they built a highway right up to site. And with tourism and traffic come shops. Businesses get money and they build houses and yet more shops, and so on...

The end result is a city which kinda ruins the mood if you want your pyramid photo to have the “lost in the desert” vibe

US Open + 

Oh my goodness. I slept through the match, so have caught up on replay clips, but Oh. My. Two history makers. Two very strong women. Two movers who are role models.

Hands up to both of them.

Today's fun fact: Forests are inherently socialist. Seriously.

In a forest, most plants are linked together by an underground network of mycorrhizal fungi. Via the fungi, the plants share resources around so that they can all benefit. Wha's more, the plants contribute more or less depending on how much they have. Plants with more resources contribute more to their community, helping to nurture the small, young, and weak ones.

This is one of my favourite random pieces of knowledge!

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Today's fun fact: Forests are inherently socialist. Seriously.

In a forest, most plants are linked together by an underground network of mycorrhizal fungi. Via the fungi, the plants share resources around so that they can all benefit. Wha's more, the plants contribute more or less depending on how much they have. Plants with more resources contribute more to their community, helping to nurture the small, young, and weak ones.

This is one of my favourite random pieces of knowledge!

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Who inspired me this week?
Colin Kaepernick
Kamala Harris
Barack Obama
Cory Booker
Serena Williams

I love this change from Polygon. Recommendations are much more useful to me at this point in my life than bickering over a score. There’s a ton of games out there, and I only have so much time. I mostly just need to know: “What, besides the obvious, should I be playing?”

polygon.com/reviews/2018/9/4/1

Mastodon's web interface should probably treat all local and federated timeline media as potentially NSFW and hide the thumbnails by default. Put a toggle button at the top so it's easy to flip the switch when it's safe, though.

Cuz I totally just saw some things that cannot be unseen when I accidentally clicked on the local timeline button while sitting here in a public coffee shop with people standing behind me. Just sayin'. @Gargron

Zelda: BotW 

There is literally no video game weapon more satisfying than the Ancient Arrow.

Meta - Fediverse - Twitter 

Seems to me that the entire Fediverse model is incredibly fragile, protected (much as MacOS was for many years) by security through obscurity. I hope it can survive, because its goals are noble.

I do worry that, as with OS software, the community built solution will never be as effective as simply finding a monolith that can generally do the right thing.

Twitter is not that, what for many, Apple is to OSes. But a few solid decisions from leadership could make it so.

White Guys Are the Worst: Wherein I see a birdsite locust swarm up close.

allenpike.com/2018/white-guys/

Personal finance tips!

Think you can't afford a house? It may not seem like much month to month, but if you cancel your Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Spotify subscriptions for ten years and save the money instead, you can be really bored for a decade and still have nowhere near the money for a down payment.

@wickedgood I disagree with the practices of both parties in this specific case. But Google's practice of unmitigated data collection is at the heart of what I'm angry about.

I don't believe "Google's going to collect and utilize data however it can" should get a pass. I think it should be illegal, or at the least have _*heavy*_ restrictions and regulations.

not a single time has a “hey, fuck you, you’re using one of those adblockers” interstitial tried the approach of saying “we ensure our ads are unobtrusive, lightweight & malware-free, so please consider not blocking our ads,” an approach which might actually get me to consider it

Hot take: third party apps should **not** try to mimic the appearance of the AirPods / HomePod setup modal (floating card). Why? Because your app should not present stuff that looks like it's coming from the OS.

At the same conference, I was talking to a woman who was enthusiastically describing her company's tech. I asked, "are you a founder, developer?" She was a founder.

Always assume people are experts, even if they don't "look like" your conception of an expert.

You'll either be right, or if you're wrong, it'll still be a respectful assumption. And it'll probably be a relief to people constantly needing to justify why they belong in a space.

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At a conference recently, I went over to a table of guys around a computer.

Asked "Whatcha working on, can I join?"
One of them says "It's very complex stuff," with dismissive body language.
Guy I know says "jay can handle it" and makes room for me to sit down.

Yeah, I facilitated multiple sessions at the conference on this, and just spent weeks implementing a related feature.

One rude person doesn't ruin my day anymore, but this type of thing beats down beginners.

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The Eero is as good as the podcasts make it sound. Crazy-fast internet with full signal throughout the house. Frequent updates. App makes setup, monitoring, and maintenance easy.

Downside: expensive.

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