Programmer friends: Many of us have deeply-ingrained habits of making fun of whichever languages, tools, OSes, etc we don't personally use. Please don't. I highly recommend reading Aurynn Shaw's essay on "Contempt Culture", which I have to revisit myself periodically:

@jamey This is a very good essay.

Also, a fellow New Zealander! Yay!

We Kiwis/Australians (even the white ones) have a whole *backpack* of baggage about being second-class citizens because we're neither American nor British and have completely different seasons and yet have to keep trying to be American to invisibly blend into the English-speaking Internet.

You'd think that experience would make us more tolerant but it doesn't, always.

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We're watching what's happening in the USA/UK with horror, yes. Most especially because it often gets exported here. Also we sort of beta-tested the big rightward swing of 'left' parties back in 1984. :(

And our housing unaffordability crisis is probably worse than Vancouver or London, compared to median wage.

There's a global democratic meltdown and we're not nearly as protected from it as we think.

@natecull @jamey listen, if you have to cut the submarine cable, solar up, overturn the government and reinstate māori sovereignty, i'll only wish you well

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yeah, it's either that or we become Commander-for-Life Thiel's Seastead One


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I would sure be in favour of making 5 November Parihaka Day instead of Guy Fawkes because seriously, you have a historic anti-government protest on a day like that, it's just begging to be commemorated

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