I've recently arrived from the Bauhaus, because you all have built a pretty sweet community here
I'm old, I'm all over the place, I get nerd-sniped on the regular, and I'm very enthusiastic about tech ethics
I like to fiddle with embedded stuff, particularly making stuff out of Arduino and LED pixels. I get cranky when "modern" means "we added complexity for no real reason". I think tech should aim for legibility and serve as a human enhancer; I get cranky when it's used to control or oppress or replace humans
I have no patience for stupid tech holy wars -- all hardware sucks, all software sucks, the documentation is provably incorrect, and the vendors all tell lies
I'm a dad -- so there will be dad jokes. I'm queer and polyam -- so there will occasionally be venting about that. I'm a nerd -- so there will be references and in-jokes aplenty
Dude. DUDE. You don't get to be upset that I don't want to date you exclusively when I have been incredibly clear and up-front about being polyamorous and in several long-term relationships. Especially not on the second date
This weirdo genuinely thought that after two entire dates, I'd be willing to walk away from several 5+ year relationships (including one 20-year relationship) to "make it work" with him. This is a level of hubris I honestly didn't see coming
On the upside, it's good I didn't waste more time on such a dumbass
The worst case scenario is already here it's just unevenly distributed
FWIW, I wouldn't consider that advice to be universal: not everyone is in a position to be choosy about their employment, not everyone can afford the risk of coming off as "disruptive", etc.
But for an in-demand middle-aged white cis dude? Helpful, and can even be a little bit of an impetus for change
Someone recommended to me that I should ask prospective employers pointed questions about how company culture supports queer and trans folks, people of color, etc. and it's been outstanding advice
I've already bailed on three companies because those questions opened the door for a manager to utterly show their ass
And I found out today that one of those instances at a smaller org led upper management to clean house and start a formal diversity program (probably I was just the proverbial last straw, but hey!)
Kids' new service coordinator at school is starting in on the "well we don't want anyone to feel like they're different" tactic
I hate that so much. Adults pretending I wasn't any different caused me so much pain and bullshit as a kid. My peers trying to ignore that I'm different is a huge hassle in my everyday life
They ARE different. They parse and interact with the world differently than NT people. There's fuck all wrong with that, and all I want for my kids is that people see and accept those differences and not try to force them to pretend they're "normal".
I've used my own blog software since way back, so I didn't realize how ridiculous self-hosting using something ostensibly "off the shelf" has gotten. No wonder people give up and use Facebook instead, holy shit.
It should not be this complicated to set up software to let you post some HTML-formatted text and a few images and generate an XML for RSS/Atom and a bit of nav structure.
Arduino and LED fiddler. Microcomputing enthusiast. Tech should enhance and enable humans; not control, degrade, or replace them
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.