General request: if you post pictures, please please include alt text describing the image so that everyone, regardless of visual ability, can enjoy your toot.
Please consider asking others to do this. Optionally, reconsider boosting toots if they don't have alt text.
We all have an opportunity to help shape the culture of this place and I'd love, love, love if it were "oh, everyone posts alt text with their images because that's just what you do."
Please consider writing your hashtags in upper camelcase so screen readers have a chance at figuring them out.
#whyistayonmastodon sounds like an giant undecipherable mess of sounds.
#WhyIStayOnMastodon reads out "Why I Stay On Mastodon" 😄
(Reason #44 I stay here: my previous requests like this have been generally well-received, proving that most people are awesome.)
RMS and the free software community
The lesson I want people to take from RMS' jump-before-pushed resignation:
"Your heroes and role models will be held accountable for being a jerk. If you emulate their behavior, you will also be held accountable."
The lesson the problem people will take: "SJW waaaaah!"
I think it's important that we repeat the better lesson.
Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.
I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.
Boosts gratefully appreciated.
The Shenandoah Valley Bike Club century on Sunday was a neat design: four ~25 mi loops in a cloverleaf with start/stop/one honking big rest stop at the town park in the middle.
So all their work, food, etc., was concentrated there. High quality snacks, excellent mechanical station, etc. Plus, folks could bail after any ~25 mi section if they were having problems.
Highly recommended! https://svbcoalition.org/ride/annual/century/
(Plus, bonus creamery on the dairy farm on the way out!)
Train-y, train-y, #train.
(Woodruff Island on the James River.)
"A packet may span over multiple pbufs, chained as a singly linked list. This is called a 'pbuf chain'.
"Multiple packets may be queued, also using this singly linked list. This is called a 'packet queue'.
"Currently, packet queues are not supported!!!"
File under: someone please put this in a memo and send it to last week when I really could've stood to know that last sentence.
Seen today on the Burke's Garden Century (#bike ride). Hat tip to the farmer that took the time to paint this.
Reviews and reports here:
open source economics
A recent article by Zeynep Tufekci in Wired clued me in to this GitHub thread on core-js adding a donation request to its postinstall script: https://github.com/zloirock/core-js/issues/548
It's kind of incredible to me the amount of self-righteousness and entitlement in that thread. The real tragedy is that unpaid maintainers are doing all this work for free, and big corporations are happily exploiting it without a care in the world.
Yesterday's #bike ride up from Rock Castle Gorge found a 13% slope. For a not-insubstantial distance. Oof.
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