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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.

boost from birdsite, nitter link, danger and proprietary platforms 


As someone who worked at FB for 8 years, I believe that drastic action is needed to stop FB from accelerating the coming global unrest. Drastic like shutting down link sharing in News Feed and Messenger.

[more in thread]

boost from birdsite, nitter link, open source and Python documentation 


We've been working on a Sphinx extension that lets you write Sphinx docs in 💯 markdown (incl. roles and directives).

We call it "MyST Markdown" (for "Markedly Structured Text").

Give it a shot, and please give feedback!

boost from birdsite, nitter link, online meeting tips 


Online meeting tips 💻

With more meetings moving online to prepare for , I thought I'd share lessons we've learned running @`MozOpenLeaders (online cohort-based training & mentorship) over the years.

A thread 👇

boost from birdsite, occasional-sysadmin tips 

boosting @`simonw

Tip for running your own server/VPS - after you set it up for the first time, reboot it

If you don't you'll find yourself absolutely terrified to reboot it 12 months later because you won't know if it will come back up in working order or not!

boost from birdsite, accessibility, tech events 

boosting @`PyGotham
We’re reallyn excited to announce that all PyGotham talks will include captions and ASL interpretations for the second year in a row!

boost from birdsite, nitter link, question about jobseeking experiences 

boosting Christie Ghouler

Those of you who have taken automated technical assessments as part of hiring: Which platforms have you been asked to use and what was your experience like? I'm particularly interested to hear from neurodivergent / disabled folks.

boost from birdsite, job opportunity 

boosting @`mmillions :

The @`OpenSourceOrg
is looking for a part-time sustainability coordinator. Best part? Working with @`baconandcoconut

boost from birdsite, melancholy and Christmas songs 

boosting Sarah Mackey
@`sarahjanet :

OKAY, 2020 is *bullshit*, I have a CHRISTMAS-RELATED ANNOUNCEMENT.

We are going ALL IN on the MUDDLE THROUGH SOMEHOW version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas this year. GTFO with your bullshit highest bough. IF EVER THERE WAS A YEAR FOR MUDDLING. Tell your friends.

boost from birdsite, bike safety 



Retweet if you got hit by a car.

Like if drivers threatened to kill you.

boost from birdsite, psychology and education 

boosting @`pbkalra

Phone numbers were such a handy example to use to introduce working memory (span, chunking, rehearsal). But not sure undergrads will find it relevant. What do you use? Or do they still "get it" even though they've never had to rehearse a # while walking from phonebook to phone?

boost from birdsite, GMail 

boosting @`jwbrockman

Hey did you know Gmail actually has a storage limit and stops working when you hit it unless you delete stuff or pay them? Because I know that now.

boost from birdsite, starchy food 

boosting @`jwbrockman

A place near me makes a spaghetti calzone, in case you need bread on top as well as bread underneath your spaghetti. Tried it once, regrettably pretty good.

boost from birdsite, narcissism assessment 


@`jwbrockman Replying to
@`AITA_reddit :

Really impressive to be able to tell an entire story from your own side, exactly the way you want to frame it, and still everyone can figure out you’re the asshole

boost from birdsite, research and scholarship access 


Who has online access to OUP (and wants to help me out)?

boost from birdsite, HCI, music theory, lisp, nitter link to thread 

boosting @mala from birdsite

do you know lisp and music theory and maybe have a soupçon of weirdo computer-human-interaction chops? i have a question!

boost from birdsite, alternatives to Slack 


Hey if you’re defaulting to creating a new community on slack in 2020, I, a person who makes their living doing community consulting, will give you an entirely free consultation to weigh up the pros and cons and possibly find a better option for what you’re after

boost from birdsite, speculative fiction, crowdfunding 

boosting Announcing Mermaids Monthly! by @`omgjulia

boost from birdsite, speculative fiction, giveaway 

boosting Candlemark & Gleam

Giveaway: Leonard Richardson's Situation Normal, Nov 16 to Dec 13, w/ linked companion story Four Kinds of Cargo!
A satirical yet deeply poignant mil space opera, SN got high praise from & @`ALA_Booklist
. Launches Dec 14! @leonardr

boost from birdsite, covid, digital literacy, sad 

boosting thread

I got pulled up by my direct manager yesterday for contravening some of our COVID safety rules. I fully admit that I did do that and will probably continue to do it every now and again because the specific rule is, quite frankly, inhumane.

boost from birdsite, covid, help, NYC 

boosting Mark D. Levine

An incredibly important tool in our fight against covid that too few NYers know about:

==> NYC will provide a free hotel room for those who test positive and need to isolate safely from other members of their household. Food, Rx, etc provided.


boost from birdsite, covid, sad 

Content note: COVID, heartbreaking.


It's looking like we've turned the corner at my house, so I'm going to tell you a story about love and a pandemic. It starts two weeks ago Monday. I taught class that morning, but by lunch I knew something was up. By afternoon, I knew I was sick.

boost from birdsite, Signal 


We don't know much about you (by design!), so UX research is essential to improve Signal for everyone. Learn more about our first user survey here:

boost from birdsite, tech hiring 

boosting Luis Villa from Tidelift saying

I’m hiring at @`tidelift! My team, Lifter Engagement and Success, has two fun roles open.

The first is devrel, with a twist—talk to devs about how they can get paid to work on the FOSS they’re already writing:

boost from birdsite, speculative fiction 

boosting @`singlecrow

You know what I want? More happy Star-Trek-ish space opera. enough w/ the ~gritty critique of IDEALISM~ why can't we have good people doing their best in space.

boost from birdsite, US jurisprudence 


i think in some ways the purported goal of what originalism and textualism are *trying* to do makes sense. but the fundamental problem with both as actually practiced is that they ask judges to be amateur historians and linguists without any training in either discipline.

boost from birdsite, covid & "normalcy" 

boosting @`JuliaLMarcus in the conversation

To me, "normal" feels like a code word for joy, pleasure, ease, social connection. We should be helping people find those things now, not telling them they'll never have them again.

boost from birdsite, I was on a podcast 

boosting @`realpython

The Real Python Podcast (Episode 29) — Resolving Package Dependencies With the New Version of Pip

This week on the show, we have @`georgiamoon and @`brainwane, who have been working on the recent releases of pip.

boost from birdsite, I was on a podcast 

boosting @`timothep
Listen to Episode #120 with @brainwane. Sumana told us about her parents, computer- & social-sciences, the "no big deal theory", luck, OSS, studies, & the very unique and fascinating story of how her consulting business came to be! Listen here

boost from birdsite, upcoming pip release 

boosting @`di_codes

My favorite thing about this video isn't that it's a reminder that pip is changing in the next release.

(although that's super important too! test your systems!)

It's that it puts a face to so many folks that build the tools you use on a daily basis

boost from birdsite, request for book recommendations 

boosting @`lexiatwork

I'm so glad I just reread Bitterblue.
What other novels do you recommend about societies recovering from the trauma and lies of fascism?

boost from birdsite, emacs survey 

boosting @`kfogel
Oh, hey, there’s an Emacs User Survey happening! I just filled it out. If you use Emacs, please consider taking ten minutes to help developers better understand how people use Emacs:

boost from birdsite, user experience, Discourse 

Boosting thread

At least I'm not crazy, but I am also so sad

Like.... Discourse has a fatal flaw that Hyperkitty was explicitly designed to avoid. Yet somehow it's getting unleashed on people and causing alienation all over the place.

It caters to new users at the cost of the ones who are already there....

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boost from birdsite, apprenticeship job opportunity 

bsting @`fureigh This is an *excellent* opportunity to get started in .

Attn people "who are starting their careers or transitioning to new careers, in software engineering or frontend design”

We are excited to announce the kick-off of our engineering and frontend design apprenticeship program! Apply for a full-time, 4-month program w/ training, salary, and a clear path towards full-time employment.

boost from birdsite, seeking contacts in US 


I don’t have many followers, so if you see this, please boost. I am looking to talk to people who have either sued or considered suing their elementary/middle/high school district over abuse & neglect. If this is you, please DM me. Especially New York State cases. Thanks!

boost from birdsite, NYC 

boosting Queens Community Board 3
Do you prefer working from home?

Maybe you'd prefer a flexible schedule that allows you to mix remote and office work?

wants to help NYC prepare for the future:

boost from birdsite, worker exploitation 

boosting @`ElizabethN
Not only is it not a paid position, students paid *them* for the "opportunity"

This may be the most important thing we've ever done at Lambda School: Introducing Lambda School Fellows.

Bring an engineer onto your team for four weeks *at no cost to your company.*

We onboard them quickly and show you how much (and fast) they ship.

boost from birdsite, job in free and open source software 

boosting @`OpenSourceOrg
OSI is hiring an Executive Director who will work with the board to build a bridge to a stronger future for OSI and the open source ecosystem. Please share widely!

boost from birdsite, speculative fiction book 

boosting Candlemark & Gleam

Pre-order active: Leonard Richardson's Situation Normal, satirical yet deeply poignant mil space opera. Paperback & ebook at Amazon, B&N, Kobo. Ongoing giveaway,
. SN got high praise from & @`ALA_Booklist
. Launches Dec 14! @leonardr

boost from birdsite, Python, packaging 

boosting @`ThePyPA pip 20.3 is out. See for what's new (including the dependency resolver) and how to migrate. Thanks @`ChanZuckerberg and @`mozilla for funding!

boost from birdsite, Python, packaging 

boosting @`ThePyPA

Using the new pip 20.3
and find it's taking a lot longer?

* read our guide to reducing backtracking

* report it to us at

* temp switch to old resolver behavior: use flag `--use-deprecated=legacy-resolver`

boost from birdsite, international shipping and shopping 

boosting Tobie Langel
I feel like I ask this every 6 months, but what's an alternative to that would actually ship to Switzerland?

boost from birdsite, crowdfunding, speculative fiction, comedy 

boosting Julia Rios This says “poetry reading” and we WILL have award-winning undersea poetry performed by a professional audiobook narrator, but there’s SO MUCH MORE!!! You may know @brainwane
as the host of the Otherwise auction at WisCon. She’s going to do some comedy for us!

boost from birdsite, crowdfunding, speculative fiction, comedy 

"As of right now, there are 5 people who have backed at levels that include this party—plenty of room for more! We’re capping it at 40, though, so no matter what you’ll have a great chance at those giveaways!"

boost from birdsite, calming social videocall practices 


Holiday family video calls without "Zoom burnout": my "pandacam" solution

boost from birdsite, calming social videocall practices 

boosting @`omgjulia

32 hours left to back Mermaids Monthly! The Pin and Poetry level gets you a ticket to our FABULOUS zoom party with performances by @brainwane , @`csecooney , and @`gaileyfrey PLUS two attendees will win handmade bracelets by @`LionessElise and @`debragoelz !

boost from birdsite, memoir, tech and policy 

boosting Andy Oram @`praxagora

Andy Oram
My years as policy activist, writer, editor, organizer, community developer, and journalist in the digital age - take a look and let me know what you think

boost from birdsite, witticism, diversity 

boosting @`braveenk
If we’re calling people “diversity hires” then I would like to also coin the term “homogeneity hire”:

A person who is hired, not because they were the best, but because they were the same.

Used in a sentence: “Mike hired another Mike - he’s probably a homogeneity hire [emoji of Face with hand over mouth]”

boost from birdsite, mental health 


Doing ok/Not doing ok is not a binary. Know when it’s time to ask for help.

Infographic from these folks:

boost from birdsite, friend's name change announcement 

Boosting an announcement from my friend Ee W. Durbin III

"a small, but important ask for all of you.

i’d like you to call me Ee, pronounced like the english letter.

take your time, i’ll remind you when it’s past time."

boost from birdsite, academia, curriculum 


Hello, academic twitter! I would like to hear from teachers, curriculum developers, C&I researchers about whether/how you interact with:
a) Standards (such as Common Core standards)
b) Research/research findings
when you make lesson plans.
I am ignorant. Please enlighten.

boost from birdsite, spamfighting 

boosting Spamhaus/CBL
After almost 20 years of operation, changes are being made at the CBL that may affect those using the CBL for filtering. Changes are minor, but administrators will eventually need to make some small changes. See the following for further information:

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boost from birdsite, calming social videocall practices 

@brainwane oh this is very similar to what we did for thanksgiving! We callout ours an open house though

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