I'd just like to reiterate that gpg-agent and pinentry are a detriment to enjoyable computing in every environment I have used them in.

@thomasfuchs The world would be better off if that guy would just shut up.

@shaen I usually scroll a little bit, but not too much. I often see various things in reverse order, which bothers me.

@thomasfuchs All I know is that I don't want to use the C64 after Rover there.

@thomasfuchs I thought mom was using some sort of recipe program, but according to the text it's a database. Still wondering what she's got in that database on screen since the ad seems to be playing up the stereotypes.

Wikis really are where information goes to die.

My wife and I went for a walk earlier today and helped a person in an motorized wheelchair get through the snow on the sidewalk.

Felt good to help someone out.

Also, it was a bit lucky we happened to come along. It's not clear how long he would have had to wait to get help otherwise.

@WearsManyHats My wife and I have started walking in our neighbourhood now. Not only is it nice to get out and see things, but we can't help but notice the income disparity, something we didn't see before.

@ethicsperoxide Similar. When I was a TA and lectured (which was not a lot, but I did), I often said, "just try different things out". I did not consider my own experience very carefully, though. Sure, I fiddled with ideas in code, but I already knew the fundamentals, that is, I could remix code in my head. And I, too, noticed that it just didn't pan out all that well for students. It wasn't just my classes, either. (I don't think I was that bad of a lecturer...)

I thought about it a bit and I realized that when I was younger, I read code listings more than I "just tried coding" because, well, that's all I had to go on. But I would stare at the listings for a long time.

I also don't know how to approach it. I should ask my friends who are lecturing at universities what they are trying.

My wife is a high school teacher and she agrees that exploration has lots of value, but it doesn't seem to work as the starting point.

I like your "bread crumbs" metaphor. Getting students to the point where they are confident to explore is probably more fruitful.

Even though this article goes into why, I simply do not get why there is so much anti-vax sentiment out there.

(The story within the story here is how two mothers learned the almost-hard-way why vaccines are so important.)

cbc.ca/news/health/anti-vaccin

@ryen I think even my wife enjoys these, to some degree.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.