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I'm only a couple of episodes in, but I'm really, really enjoying the Russian show "Silver Spoon". It's great practice for my listening comprehension, and I appreciate the complexity of the characters. Игорь manages to be funny and a little undignified without turning the whole show into a comedy or ruining the tension and suspense. I like it.

This is a really important time to push free and open source alternatives to #Patreon! I've considered using @Liberapay, but was afraid I had to use Patreon to get the network effect.

Please tell people about #Liberapay, post about it on Reddit (r/patreon), vote it up on Alternativeto, etc alternativeto.net/software/lib

Please boost! This kind of opportunity to topple a near monopoly with FLOSS does not come often!
Are there other FLOSS #crowdfunding platforms?

Step 1 in recovering from exhaustion Show more

I swear, I am going to have to make the #freefiction tag active if I have to drag people to it kicking and screaming.

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is really a story about how harassers/abusers suddenly turn "nice" when they want something from you.

I once saw someone say that pixel art was the first truly masculine art form and to this day I carry my great grandmothers cross stitch sampler around with me so that in case I ever meet that person I can throw it at them

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If you’re on a Mac, fire up the App Store and install today’s security update NOW.

It’s serious.

#macos #mac #security mastodon.ar.al/media/WFEs5DwNM

I recently declined to apply for a team lead position for exactly this reason. The team is generally great, but their sheer *inertia* made me leave the Microsoft Ignite conference feeling depressed instead of inspired when I thought of bringing home the cool stuff I learned.

How do you move a team to deeply believe that things outside of programming are important? I want them to be as driven to learn ways to improve our deployment process as they were to learn the nuances of Entity Framework.

I am *undoubtedly* not the best tech advocate, even though I keep trying. These arguments are the important part of an advocate's work and yet can be infuriating to me. It brings me the closest I get to judging people as "lazy", which is both cruel and inaccurate.

I think the real work might be in raising a team's baseline tolerance for learning/changing with tools being the mechanism for that. Train the team, get helpful tools in place by happenstance.

I don't know how to do that, tho.

And yet, to build tools that might fit a team's needs so perfectly is judged not worth the time and is recognized to be too niche -- what if the team's processes change down the road, after all?

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There's a consistently strong resistance specifically around learning tools. Tools should, apparently, slot right into the spot where there's a problem and fit seamlessly into the ecosystem people are already using (e.g., Visual Studio) and require only a few mouse clicks to work.

All "what if" and "how does this relate to" questions should be completely answerable before inviting usage and the answers should be simple and require no additional tools or change.

Sounds nice, right?

I think one of the hardest parts of my role at various jobs as a tech advocate is convincing people that not every tool or best practice will or should be simple.

If you want to leverage the cooler powers of git, you're going to have to leave Visual Studio's Team Explorer and learn some command line flags. If you want amazing chatops, you have to acclimate to a team chat tool, then build and iterate on chatops. If you want good baseline accessibility, you'll have to remember to add some markup.

Catching up on almost seven weeks of missed gardening is tiring! (@gregoryaveryweir did a bit of weeding and helped bring in my zone 8+ plants in that time, though) 😩

I'm extra-thrilled that I'm growing pretty tough plants -- nothing died in the neglect, and I got to split up some adorbs rosemary babies. The thing that's suffered the most is this weird tree: monrovia.com/plant-catalog/pla. I had to cut away some dead branches at the bottom. Not bad.

I feel sad so here’s a GIF I found that makes me happy and smile.

#cat #caturday #sadnesscure #animaltext #GIF from r/animaltextgifs
social.chinwag.im/media/EEeVNW

:blobpats: Turns out I'm just as quiet on Mastodon as I am elsewhere on social media.