@thegibson I hold the unpopular opinion that the final trilogy was really quite good. 🤷 I think I expect different things than a lot of people from these stories. My time in fanfic and my personal preferences for storytelling are probably showing.

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."


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.


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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.

@lordbowlich This line of thinking resonates with me so deeply. I wonder how much growing up without the internet effects how I process the information I find on it. Are younger folks more readily equipped to treat having knowledge as an ephemeral state? Is a mind map and digital gardens ways of trying to hold onto something that’s not built to be permanent?

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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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@Shrigglepuss I love this idea. I’m doing it and sharing it out to some friends.

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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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❝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)


• 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 

@y0x3y If there was a more privacy friendly option that worked as well I would go for it. Shook is a great way of putting how good this works.

Technology actually making my life measurably better. I am shocked. 😁

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.


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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!


@lordbowlich I embrace marginal gains. I try to break the goals down into small, achievable bits. That way it's a lot easier to get SOMETHING done. It's really hard, though, but doing that plus the check-ins where I go "oh shit, I've done NOTHING on that project this month" helps me keep my priorities straight.

ymmv of course.

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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.