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Oh, hello there.

Intro

tl;dr - I'm a , , software engineer from my beloved NJ. I write & , play & . I like , , & . I'm older than most of you.

Most of my posts are self-indulgent ramblings about stuff that passes through my head and grumblings about technology. I don't shitpost. ymmv.

My alt is icosahedron.website/@pixelpape which I use for various writing talk and announcements.

My hub for finding me and my projects is paladin.space/

I enjoy showing my learning process, hopefully demystifying how the tech industry works. I chat about the ideas I have that I don't have time to manifest.

I'm a neutral good paladin and I am friends with chaos. Systems have their uses, but my moral code will always take precedence.

I believe in kindness and do my best to help when I can.

Projects

I do a LOT of things, many of which are meant to be helpful to others and some just because I love doing them.

I run lunastationquarterly.com, a speculative lit mag for women-identified authors.

I run selfcare.tech & its bots for those that need self care resources.

I've have a newsletter (buttondown.email/commonplace), create web development guides (aquantityofstuff.com/guides/), and maintain a digital garden (woolgathering.xyz/).

Details on all this stuff and more are here: pixelpaperyarn.rocks/projects/

You can also find my books and card decks here (sales announced on my alt):
• itch.io: pixelpaperyarn.itch.io/
• gumroad: gumroad.com/lunastationpress?s
• amazon: amazon.com/Jennifer-Lyn-Parson

Support

I'm fortunate enough to be financially stable right now so please feel free to donate elsewhere. That said, if you'd like to tip me for my community work, I always enjoy a cup of tea: buymeacoffee.com/pixelpaperyar

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I’m unabashedly proud of something I’ve made. “Take On Me” is the best thing I’ve ever written.

It’s a story about love, grief, food, music, and the people who accept you exactly as you are.

And now it’s not just mine anymore, it’s yours, too.

takeonme.xyz/

Saw some folks talking about TLJ yesterday (which I like a lot so I didn't engage :) ) and then ran across this article this morning and found it very interesting for context on why there are so many problems prequels-forward.

"Marcia’s assistance on the sci-fi epic wasn’t just confined to the editing bay. As he worked on the script for the film, she was the one who suggested that Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan Kenobi should die at the hands of Darth Vader. Throughout the writing process, Marcia was George’s sounding board, questioning him when certain sections didn’t make sense or sounded too corny, while also giving him the necessary encouragement."

sfgate.com/streaming/article/s

If I can just get a little brain space soon I really want to write a couple blog posts.

  • Agile for creative projects
  • Using Git for writers
  • How I actually learn something from video tutorials and talks

I've been practicing Little Saturday for years and didn't know it! My family is out of the house on Wednesdays and I have the place to myself until late in the evening. I sign off work, cook myself something nice and play video games or read and stuff.

bbc.com/worklife/article/20210

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the world had a lot more flexibility when information moved more slowly.

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Complaining about—what else—hiring in tech 

My new gig is 🔥 but something unnerving: the interview was a bunch of the usual, LeetCode ~mediums (and a couple of softer sessions). So all they knew about me was
1- I can grind algorithms in JavaScript,
2- I’m not insane.

But I could have been someone who didn’t know
- React,
- Node/npm,
- the GitHub pull request cycle,
- Unix,
- product design, …

Would they have just taught me all this?

If so, why not assume they could just teach me to LeetCode? 🤨

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Toying with an idea for inspiring writing and deeper thinking about my reading and internet-usage throughout the day.

Start a daily mindmap on a sheet of paper. When I strike upon a particular article or even a toot-storm that strikes me as worth thinking more on. Expand the mindmap to include it.

As part of my reviews go over these mind maps, add to the garden or discard if after a week or two the ideas no longer strike my fancy.

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Does anyone know if there's an up-to-date reference similar to this (10-year-old!) site? html5rocks.com/en/tutorials/in

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Ok Fediverse, your homework is to make a playlist to send back in time to your 16 year old self that you think will be Entirely Their Jam

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@diane_a@pluspora.com:
❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ — Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE

• Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

• Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

• Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

• Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne — after telling her not to publish).

• Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

• Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

• Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

autism/adhd focus tools 

I don't enjoy the fact that brain.fm is manipulating my brain, but omfg I can actually get work done and that's a real blessing.

TBH there is a lot I will sacrifice (mostly privacy) to keep this tool. That's not something I say lightly.

Today I launched the first issue of my literary magazine's TWELFTH YEAR. I still can't believe it's been going for over a decade (it's a tween!) and I've gotten to work with so many amazing people. Free to read online (patreon, ebook and print copies, too!), for those of you interested in sci-fi and fantasy written by women-identified authors.

I'll be honest, I'm always proud of what we publish, but this is one of our best issues ever.

lunastationquarterly.com/

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Our latest issue is out now!

Come help us celebrate the start of YEAR TWELVE as we share an amazing new collection of fantasy and sci-fi stories by women-identified writers!

lunastationquarterly.com/issue

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you can't teach people programming with single letter variables

One of these days I'll have the energy to form a discord group or something for monthly project accountability buddies.

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It's March 1st and time to go over my Q1 work goals, retro on last month, add stuff to my hype doc, add stuff to my personal 2021 achievements doc, plan my upcoming personal projects, and generally take stock of where I am and where I'm going.

Good morning, Town and all and sundry. (cw food mention) 

It's 8am and I am up, dressed, and exercised already because it was a bad night. (best solution consistently proves to be just get the fuck up and get on with the day)

I've got tea and yogurt with granola. It's rainy so I've got lights on to make my space more cozy.

This will either be a slow, quiet day or I'll pick myself up and it'll be super busy.

I hope you all are doing well.

Wow. I haven't logged into Facebook in 3 months (I have a page for LSQ, no personal account) and when the fuck did they decide to make it look like Twitter but like they drew it with those big crayons we used in kindergarten?

Marginally tempted to go back to tumblr and roll around in fandom ephemera for a while.

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hackers.town

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.