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In the same way that men, in their policing of gender boundaries, make personal decisions and enforce societal structures that not only harm those who are not men, but also harm themselves and other men…

…so too white people, in policing racial boundaries, make personal decisions and enforce societal structures that not only harm people of color, but also harm themselves and other white people.

Something to think about.

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Programming, a story:

"I want to create X." *start creating X*

"Oh, no. I'll need to create Y to properly do X." *start creating Y*

"Oh, wait, Y really would make better sense with Z." *start developing Z*

"Meh, I'm sick of doing this work without Ω." *start putting together Ω*

"This would all work better if only I had ß." *start building ß*

Jack, ✓. House, ✓. Malt, ✓. Rat, ✓. Cat, ✓. Dog, ✓. Cow, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓. Turtle, ✓...🐢↓ 🐢↧ 🐢↯

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Making is all about screwing up.

It's about having the confidence to screw up in increasingly creative ways.

It's the art of getting it wrong with such flair and panache that you can't help but be entertained by your own ineptitude.

It's the ability to foil so many of your own plans that you are left with no option but to stumble into a solution that works.

A solution, that when found, leaves you awestruck by what you have accomplished.

And it is in pursuit of that awe that the Maker makes.

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Imposter syndrome is the belief that because you are capable of the virtue of doubt, you're somehow less prepared for the challenges of life than the many hubristic arseholes who lack the sense to recognize any consequences of their own poor judgment.

The world doesn't need more overconfidence. It needs more folk comfortable with doubt, of themselves, of their practices and institutions. Questioning our ability or preparedness to do a thing is not the same as being unable to do that thing.

I trained a neural network on 1,228 types of cookies and apparently these are what cookies sound like to it.

Can “emojus” become the singular of “emoji”? Or would people get “emojinal” about it?

@beadsland This is freaking hilarious. It reminds me of the time I found out I could create a file with the ascii bell character (\u0007) in the name to make my computer beep every time I ran ls on a folder. It still makes me chuckle a little every time it gets me, sort of a practical joke played on my present self by my past self.

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Are people who wear snowsuits called flurries?

Proof that neither a sense of humor nor appreciation of the absurd are requirements for being involved in tech.

It's like there's entire generations of programmers who grew up never having watched a single episode of Monty Python or something.

Have always found the "Why are manhole covers round?" question patently silly.

The usual answer includes a claim that a square cover would necessarily fall into the hole diagonally.

This, however, relies on an unexamined expectation that the lip is shallow. With a deep enough lip, one could configure a manhole cover that was too wide even diagonally to fit the area clear of lip.

An inefficient and wasteful design, to be sure, but one that reveals obviousness as a product of blind assumption.

@beadsland that's an interesting idea. Recent positive experiences at another space made me wonder about what can be adopted from their model but it's quite tricky. On a related note:

We've been planning to work on an updated CoC for our space. Simply to bring it current with best community practices.

On a related note, we've had a few experiences recently with folk who have created uncomfortableness by talking incessantly about their own claimed material success and the importance of being materially successful.

Anyone seen any CoCs that include a "no fronting" clause? In addition to other, more common, clauses against harassment, etc.

queer as a noun is a slur

queer as an adjective is an identity

queer as a verb is a party

TFW lack of sleep manifests as a day of continuous vocal fry.

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Don't eat the rich. Humans contain a lot of toxins that are harmful to humans, and eating them doubles up on that. Also they contain (obviously enough) human vector diseases that you can catch in a way eating another species you wouldn't necessarily; Compost the rich and use them to grow other crops instead.

We don't need no nonessentials
We don't need no useless stuff
No redundant excess surplus
Hey! Thesaurus! Leave them words alone!

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