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boost from birdsite, software feedback 


It's actually a huge issue for most software - happy users rarely talk to you.

This is why developers add telemetry, or push surveys at you. Those who can afford focus groups and user research do them extensively.

Help out your favourite projects: tell them why you like them.

boost from birdsite, greed 


Every day, in every way, The People Who Are Corporations look at the geese that lay their golden eggs and sharpen their axes because that goose might lay an egg today but there could be two inside it.

boost from birdsite, tips on working remote 

boosting (thread from January 11, 2020)

1) have an activity that signals the start of your work day and the end of your work day.

You work remote/at home/sometimes commute-less. You need something that signals your brain that test is over, play is paused, and work is commencing. Showers, walks, breakfast, whatever.

boost from birdsite, Python 

boosting @`chris_swenson

Free Python course materials!

I put in a FOIA request to the NSA for their Python training materials and got back a 400-page printout of their COMP 3321 training course.

So, I scanned and OCR'd it. Here is a PDF (warning: 118 MB)

boost from birdsite, cw: police misconduct 

boosting Sean Perryman
@`SeanPerryman3 thread

I want to speak less about Mayor Bloomberg and more about the program he misused and the people it impacted.

People often refer to as if it were simply a misguided police tactic. I believe they envision it as an unpleasant but brief encounter with the police.

boost from birdsite, privacy 

boosting Bernard Tyers @`bernardtyers

Interesting development - Whimsical removes Google Analytics from their web service, citing":

"100% of our product decisions over the past year were based on strategy, qualitative feedback and our own needs."


boost from birdsite, pandemic and love 

boosting thread

We're going to have to take care of one another. Period. Not because we're great. Not because of a leader inspiring us.

But because we can be a people who love each other, who care for our neighbors.

boost from birdsite, cute inspiring comic 


The weird bunny avatar is back for an illustrated version of a tweet thread I made three years ago about comics insecurity. I've luckily internalized most of this now, but maybe someone else might like to hear it. <3 I love you. Keep making.

(see link for several comic panel images)

boost from birdsite, Python 

boosting @`mousevspython

This week I chatted with @`mpirnat
about , @`PyOhio
and more!

boost from birdsite, Python, ACNH 


Python friends who do Animal Crossing, enjoy…

(a Python tee design that users can get in-game)

boost from birdsite, Love Never Dies 


“Beneath a moonless Sky” like girl it was cloudy, that’s not that special

boost from birdsite, plus-size clothing 

boosting regarding

I bought some today, because these are literally THE BEST tights I've ever gotten and I want this company to live. No one else I've found does this level of quality with this colour range for fat people. plus chub rub shorts in cute colours for summer! sizes up to ~US 32 with more info

boost from birdsite, managing remote workers 

boosting thread

Dr. Erin L Thomas
Employees are burning out. Concerned leaders are encouraging time off but folks aren’t taking it. Here’s my take on what’s going on (beyond typical flexibility stigma) and what empathetic managers can do about it./1

boost from birdsite, WisCon book 


I'm very, very proud to share that the WisCon Chronicles Volume 12: Boundaries and Bridges, coedited w/@`MsUppityness
is forthcoming from @`AqueductPress
later this month! It's at the printers & will be available to order soon!

[see links for cover, list of authors, and excerpt]

boost from birdsite, tooling for certs 

boosting Alex Gaynor @`alex_gaynor

. @`paultag
and I built an SSH CA for AWS:

It's written in Go and comes with a terraform module to deploy it and a CLI tool. You can use it to get MFA and short lived certs for SSH incredibly easily.

Try it out and give us feedback (issues/PRs)!

boost from birdsite, Delany book 

boosting Jed @`elysdir . more info

The first book from my small press is now available for preorder!

The ebook of Samuel R. Delany’s essay/memoir _Heavenly Breakfast_, about his time in a commune/rock band in NYC in 1967-1968, is now available for preorder on Amazon.

Will be published this Friday, February 14.

Coming soon to Apple Books.

boost from birdsite, funerals 

boosting thread about a socially distanced funeral

i hope very much that i will not have to attend any more funerals like this in the coming year.

boost from birdsite, absurd advertising materials 

boosting thread

Andrew M. Webb
I'm having trouble concentrating on science animations right now, so instead here are some screenshots from my favourite document on the planet.

These are taken from a 'work in progress' document from Pepsi's 2008 rebrand. Every figure is as incomprehensible as this one. 1/23

boost from birdsite, GoodReads alternative 

boosting Recurse Center

This weekend's Joy of Computing:

Book Wyrm, a federated alternative to Goodreads that lets you track what you're reading and share it with friends. By @`tripofmice .

Try it out here:

boost from birdsite, WisCon 

boosting thread about

Ever wanted to attend a feminist science fiction convention, for free, from your own home? Next weekend, you can! But you need to register by May 20.

boost from birdsite, paid remote gig 

boosting Free Law Project


We are urgently looking for a technical summer intern to work on our massive collection of judicial financial disclosure reports. Please help spread the word! All the details here: Questions:

boost from birdsite, pandemic, usecon 


This crisis lays bare how much our economy depends on unpaid and underpaid labor. There's simply no functioning market without a foundation made up of things that markets can't provide on their own: healthcare, childcare, elder care, and all types of domestic labor.

boost from birdsite, WisCon 


Register by tomorrow (May 20th) for @`wisconsf3 so you can watch our auction Saturday night! List of auction items, and a trailer, at

boost from birdsite, WisCon 

boosting @`WisConSF3

Today is the LAST DAY to register for this year's virtual convention! Sales will close at 7PM Central Time (GMT-5); be sure to get in before then!

A reminder that if you registered for the original *in-person* convention before it was cancelled, your membership was rolled over to NEXT year's con ( in 2021). Double-check that you re-registered for !

boost from birdsite, WisCon 

boosting @`wisconSF3

Registration for is open through Wednesday May 20. The default cost is $10, but you can also register for $0, $25, or $55.

boost from birdsite, Python, request for help 

boosting Nicole Harris

Python people!

The pip team needs your help!

Do you have complex project dependencies?
We want you to try to break pip's new dependency resolver...

Details here:

Please RT!

cc @`bernardtyers

boost from birdsite, education 


Goal for 2020: figure out how to deliver instructor training effectively online when learners have unreliable internet connections. Zoom + Google Docs is great when connections are stable but unfair when they're not.

boost from birdsite, remote conventions 


Andy Wingo
in-person confs are third places where you can think different things, you have no domestic responsibilities or interruptions, and you can catch up w colleagues & friends over backchannel beverages. single-threaded video calls have none of that 🤷

boost from birdsite, Zoom, accessibility 

boosting Katie Cue @`ktquiet

Hey @`zoom_us
- any plans to offer support for your numerous ASL users on the platform? A way to “pin” the interpreters separately from the rest of the content would be awesome

boost from birdsite, scifi 

boosting Nisi Shawl @`NisiShawl

Contract signed, so I'm going ahead to tell you I'm a co-editor of the Library of America's first Octavia Butler volume. @`gerrycanavan
is my co-editor. My contribution's basically writing an intro. Coming out Spring 2021!

boost from birdsite, Python 

boosting Mariatta 🤦 @`mariatta

Lightning Talks
- What do you need from pip, PyPI, and packaging? by Sumana Harihareswara
- A Retrospective on My "Multi-Core Python" Project by Eric Snow


boost from birdsite, hiring 


is hiring for a *ton* of positions, some tech-specific, others not. Building power for Black people and winning real change. Pass it on.

And if we know each other and you apply, lmk.

boost from birdsite, uspol 

boosting @`aishaismad
Drones being used on you. Riot gear first exported to authoritarian states being used on you. This is why you need to care about foreign policy. Those of us in the developing world--we are laboratory rats. It starts with us. It finds its way to you.

boost from birdsite, free pair programming offer 


Dustin Ingram
Going to pair with @`EWDurbin
this Friday again, but starting next week anyone is welcome to grab some time at

Details below

boost from birdsite, GitHub UI 

boosting Yeray Diaz
Does anyone else feel bad when selecting "Request changes" in GitHub reviews?

In my mind it's more of a suggestion...

boost from birdsite, time humor 

Dustin Ingram
hey @pganssle now that you're "python time czar" or whatever, we should probably start a discussion about adding a few more hours to each day

feeling like this whole "days only have 24 hours" thing is definitely a bug

boost from birdsite, teleconferences 

boosting Evan Prodromou
Our remote @`W3C
advisory committee meeting this week has been revolutionary in format. All the presentations were pre-recorded and available to watch at leisure (synchronized speaker, slides and transcripts) a week ago. The conference was 2 days of synchronous Q&A and discussion.

boost from birdsite, programming humor 

boosting amy nguyen
[looking at a test failure]
brain: what is reality? what if logic cannot be trusted? what if I must accept the futility of the premise of software being something that can be reasoned about, what if some mysteries can never be solved... oh haha I made a typo test is passing now

boost from birdsite, stenography 

boosting Intersteno
We are happy to announce the launch of our new free online Intersteno journal: Tiro - The Journal of Professional Reporting and Transcription! Welcome to read and comment on our first issue at

boost from birdsite, cybersecurity 

Great idea. Filed an issue for PyPI:

Boosting Runa Sandvik
This is a great feature and I wish other services would add it.

who boosted Nathaniel Gleicher
8/ To confirm whether an email claiming to be from Facebook is authentic, review recent emails we've sent in your Security and Login Settings: [brainwane did not click through to figure out what this URL is]

· · Web · 2 · 0 · 0

boost from birdsite, uspol 

boosting John Dziurlaj
We’ve all heard about flattening the curve of COVID-19. This concept is also applicable to the election in November. In order for election officials to process an unprecedented amount of absentee requests, they need to come in little by little over time, not all at once....

boost from birdsite, uspol 

... Civic groups can do their part by encouraging voters to request absentee ballots now, instead of waiting closer to the election. Getting your request in early also aids in the production and mailing of ballots, which can be more effectively managed by mail vendors.

boost from birdsite, FLOSS infrastructure 

boosting Frederike Kaltheuner
Now this is an exciting new possibility: a German town is running their own @`jitsinews
server so that schools and local choir groups don’t have to rely on @`Skype
and @`zoom_us

Video conferencing as public infrastructure

Cc @`thenewpossible

boost from birdsite, COVID-19, poop 

boosting @`JeremyKonyndyk thread at
Alright. There is a LOT of chatter on this website bashing those who are saying most of the country still isn't ready for a safe reopening.

So, as we approach what would normally be summer pool season, here's a short analogy about pooping and accountability.

boost from birdsite, empowering users 

boosting @`DavidSpinks [conversation ensues at ]
What value can you offer to power-users / ambassadors?

Love the SNAP framework from @`hollygfirestone :

Status - badges, titles, reputation
Networking - connections with curated peers
Access - to product managers, execs, beta testing
Perks - trainings, tickets to events, swag

boost from birdsite, guns in US 

boosting thread by John Kaminar
THREAD. Folks, bear with me for a minute, please. I want to address a point that is often made by gun rights advocates, but which is a fallacy that civilians may not realize. In the interest of full disclosure, I served 30 years in the Army and Army Reserve, I’ve taught

boost from birdsite, USpol 

boosting Nicole Sanchez
A thought for this Monday, for ppl with white collar jobs and are still employed... That feeling that you have, “How can I just act like everything is normal?” Pay attention to it. It is your conscience talking to you

boost from birdsite, US and COVID-19 

boosting @`scottros
Debating "reopening" in tech is less a straight red/blue, D/R sort of thing than a technocrats vs. libertarians schism. My latest for @`axios

boost from birdsite, econ 

boosting thread that ends with

An educated workforce is necessary for economic prosperity, but educated or not, a workforce carrying punishing debt from doing exactly what we told them to do cannot drive a prosperous economy.

boost from birdsite, accessibility, offer 

Academic Audio Transcription
Are you an anti-racist organisation mobilising urgently against racism in its various forms and who is creating video or audio content with no budget for transcription or closed captioning?

We will do this for you for free until further notice.

boost from birdsite, request for advice 

boosting request for advice from Greg Wilson (not me) from

"Greg Wilson
What's the best book on Linux systems administration for people with data science backgrounds? Nemeth et al (
) is too much, Ray & Ray ( is more user-oriented than admin-oriented. Pointers?"

boost from birdsite, slightly obsolete USpol 

boosting thread

Okay, look, I know I've ranted about Michael Bloomberg a few times because he’s an out of touch billionaire idiot.

And he absolutely is, don’t get me wrong.

But I wanted to take a moment to explain why I think that’s a very bad thing for you and me and everyone you know.

boost from birdsite, danger of solar storms 

boosting thread

Normally when it comes to cosmic dangers to Earth, I’m in the role of debunking people who overstate the danger.

Now I find myself trying to convince people that some dangers are real, and we need to take them very seriously.

Like, say, solar storms.

boost from birdsite, marshmallow experiment and precarity 

boosting thread

This principle also applies to things like budgeting: a lot of people assume that poor people just need to be taught how to budget/save money, and nope. Folks who've lived lives where their liquid assets are insecure often make the smart decision not to amass liquid assets.

boost from birdsite, marshmallow experiment and precarity, child abuse 


Also whenever I hear about the marshmallow study I think about a friend I had growing up whose mom was constantly lying to her face. "you can have a brownie if you clean the kitchen," so she'd clean it and her mom would say "no, I'm angry at you, you don't deserve a brownie."

boost from birdsite, AIDS activists, pandemic 

boosting thread

I have been thinking, even more often than I usually do, about the folks on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic. The doctors and nurses and researchers who brought epidemiology (and the CDC) into a new era. The public health officials who did (and didn’t) push science over fear.

boost from birdsite, AIDS activists, pandemic 

If you are self-quarantined with roommates or a “cousin but not really a cousin” or someone from your family’s hometown - or your partner or boyfriend or anyone you are not (or could not in the 1980s be) legally married to - you are continuing this reinvention of family....

boost from birdsite, copyright abolition 

I'm reflecting on this. Thread from birdsite is

Throw out copyright as a concept and the big money fight goes from who controls the content to who controls the platforms.

Can't really see that being the downfall of something like the House of Mouse, personally. Money still wins, and they still have the infrastructure.

boost from birdsite, police oversight 

boosting from June 2018

Travis Thieman
I'm in rural Pennsylvania and can't stop thinking about the middle story in this local newspaper [image of a news story regarding a mysterious Project X relating to a rural police station]

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Neel Patel has now implemented on to help protect Python package maintainers (and, thus, users). Thanks, Neel, and thanks @`di_codes
for the reviews!

boost from birdsite, nitter link, existential thoughts 

boosting Karen Healey @`kehealey

The universe doesn't care about us, so we need to care about each other. Justice doesn't exist as a substance, but as a process we engage in.


boost from birdsite, nitter link, humorous short video, pandemic 

boosting [humorous threats of violence but no onscreen violence]

This is how all my fights go


How school bullies are expected to act now.

boost from birdsite, nitter link, PyPI scraping 

boosting Dustin Ingram @`di_codes

[see charts at ]

Hello! If you are the proud owner of a Golang script currently scraping the hell out of @`pypi, you might notice that it has stopped working!

@`EWDurbin and I would like to have a chat with you! Email us at k thx!

boost from birdsite, nitter link, sustainability in open source, maintainership 

boosting thread by Luis Villa:

If you're an individual developer who wants to have an independent community whose voice is heard at the decision-making table, figure out how to get paid by many companies, not just one. We're here to help you with that @`tidelift .

boost from birdsite, call for talks and performances 

boosting @`baconandcoconut

Did you know that this year's @`seagl CFP is looking for "Performance ART?" We are, or it is! If performance art for FOSS audience is the invitation you've been waiting for to be your best self, this is 100% your moment.

boost from birdsite, nitter link to thread, platforms and harassment 

boosting Luis Villa

Thread. Kudos to James for having the guts to shut it down. (This didn't start as a subtweet of all the enablers at Facebook, but 🤷‍♂️)

boost from birdsite, nitter link to thread, changes in Python packaging 


👉 Important thread for Python users:

The Pip team is shipping a new dependency resolver and needs *your* help to find issues. Everyone who tries it will know their projects are future-proof and issues can be fixed before they're shipped. That's a win-win!

So how can you help?

boost from birdsite, advice for creators 

boosting Zen Cho @`zenaldehyde

Are you an aspiring creator/freelancer? As someone who's occasionally in the position to make recommendations, let me BEG you to make a website. All you want is a simple professional place on the internet that shows
- what you've done
- what you can do
- how to contact you

boost from birdsite, advice for creators 

boosting Zen Cho some more:

I know people are like "I haven't done anything worthy of putting up a website yet", but it is most helpful if you're just starting out. I can't tell you how annoying it is when I'm like "commission this brilliant short story writer" and all they have is a defunct Tumblr

boost from birdsite, python 

Boosting @`bernardtyers

Are you a user?

Do you have to deal with dependencies? What about conflicting dependencies?

If so, the pip UX Team want to hear from you: fill out this survey:

and sign-up to our UX studies:

boost from birdsite, Portland, air quality 

boosting Christie Koehler @`christi3k 1h ago @christi3k

FYI Portland folks - As of yesterday had furnace filters in stock and we just got a notification they'd shipped. Still gonna be a bit before they get here. But an option to consider, esp since this smoke is gonna stick around for a while yet.

boost from birdsite, request for installation help 


I hate to say it but I think spaCy does better POS tagging (not to mention entity tagging) than nltk, but it is easier to install.

As in I'd like to install spacy but I'm having trouble if anyone wants to help me...

boost from birdsite, nitter link, fun in-browser game 


A Skynet Simulator, by Ed Burnett. Seems harmless!

Source here if you want to confirm for yourself:

boost from birdsite, nitter link, privacy/academia opportunity 

boosting It's time to register for PEPR, you folks who want to do privacy engineering or bolding with respect. Because building better requires a deeply diverse group of us doing this work, there are grants available for students and those traditionally underrepresented.

boost from birdsite, nitter link, accessibility and tech 

boosting thread

Somebody needs to design a streaming platform that is designed to incorporate live captioning. @`youtube used to work, but it literally is useless now. They have abandoned and forsaken the idea of human-produced live captioning. @`zoom works...1/ But some events want a different sort of platform for their events. New platforms are springing up like mushrooms during the pandemic, but NOT ONE OF THEM

boost from birdsite, nitter link, Python packaging, interview video 


What changes are coming to PIP, the most popular package installer on the @`pypi?
@`dsearls & @`aaronnewcomb talk with PIP project manager @`brainwane (who is also a comedian!) and release manager @`pradyunsg.
Listen & subscribe to FLOSS Weekly.

boost from birdsite, nitter link, conference prep for organizers 


I don't know who needs to hear this, but captioners are in extraordinarily high demand right now. Chances of you getting something set up in one day, or same week, or often even same month, are slim. We'll try, but *please* start planning for your captioning needs far in advance!

...This brings up something that separates White Coat Captioning from some other companies:

boost from birdsite, nitter link, conference prep for organizers 

... We don't take a job unless we are sure we have coverage and we know exactly who's covering it. As opposed to the way of doing business where a company takes every job that comes...
...through the door and then scrambles to find any old body to fill it. And often can't. And leaves the client hanging.

That is crappy, and we don't do that.

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boost from birdsite, copyright abolition 


Yeah, this is, as the line goes, about who controls the infrastructure.

boost from birdsite, copyright abolition 

@brainwane It was a copyright abolitionist who convinced me not to be one. He was convinced that if copyright were abolished private actors would contract for the rights they really needed. And I thought of all of the awful platform terms of service I've read (even that I'd read ~10 years ago when I heard this), and... nope.

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boost from birdsite, danger of solar storms 

@brainwane well crap, that's one more thing for me to worry about ;)

boost from birdsite, danger of solar storms 

@brion yeah :[

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