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#PlayingAtMyHouse

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

#RaceFail

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.

11ty

24 Jun 2021 » It's time to get good at static sites
If you didn't start a blog during the lockdown, don't worry, you still can
06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song

3D printing

18 Oct 2022 » Mass Producing Rockets
It's a gift economy that burns ammonium perchlorate. πŸš€
26 Sep 2022 » Spooky Season
I'm going to need more Orange PLA, aren't I? πŸŽƒ
11 Sep 2022 » 3D Printing
In which I'm late, but present for the maker party
14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

APA (amateur press association)

11 Sep 2020 » Rediscovering APAs
Matt Webb rediscovers an older form of fanzine publishing
11 Dec 2018 » Xenofeminism
Anticipating Xenofeminism

Ableism

27 Mar 2022 » On accountablity
Why I'm glad Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth.
27 Mar 2022 » Crosseyed and Maskless
The personal risk assessment is the political. The care crisis is that people don't care.
14 Jun 2020 » There is no 'website obesity crisis'
Stop using fat-phobic terms to call out bad design and engineering practices
13 Oct 2019 » Keeping joy, choosing names: The Otherwise Award
I'm glad the Motherboard recognized and called out how the initial playful naming of the award caused harm.

AeroTech I200W RMS

28 Mar 2022 » Postmortem of an AeroTech I200W failure at Snow Ranch
Postmortem review of the failure of a AeroTech I200W due to operator error

Afghanistan

16 Aug 2021 » Comments on Afghanistan
The thing to remember is that the Taliban are yet another toxic thing we created during the Cold War

Afrobeat

26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Animal Crossing (game)

26 May 2020 » Moons: real and imagined
Two waxing crescent moons
07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Applebaum, Anne

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.

Archeology

26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.

Astrology

20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.

Astronauts

24 Jun 2021 » Space is queer
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Astronomy

10 Dec 2022 » Occulted Mars
Mars, near opposition, about to be occulted (hidden behind) the Moon
26 May 2021 » Hello from Super Blood Moon Eclipse
Photographing the Super Blood Moon Eclipse of 2021
12 May 2021 » Eid Mubarak!
Photographing the waxing crescent Moon at the end of Ramadan
20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.
25 Nov 2020 » November Moon
A chance to try my new telescope with my camera
26 May 2020 » Moons: real and imagined
Two waxing crescent moons
03 Apr 2020 » Along the terminator
A photo of morning along the Terminator during the Waxing Gibbous Moon

Astrophotography

10 Dec 2022 » Occulted Mars
Mars, near opposition, about to be occulted (hidden behind) the Moon
26 May 2021 » Hello from Super Blood Moon Eclipse
Photographing the Super Blood Moon Eclipse of 2021
12 May 2021 » Eid Mubarak!
Photographing the waxing crescent Moon at the end of Ramadan
20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.
25 Nov 2020 » November Moon
A chance to try my new telescope with my camera
26 May 2020 » Moons: real and imagined
Two waxing crescent moons
03 Apr 2020 » Along the terminator
A photo of morning along the Terminator during the Waxing Gibbous Moon

Auctions

12 Oct 2020 » The Winner's Curse, Blaseball, and self-deception
On looking for the lie in the model
04 Dec 2019 » Lumens for nothing and the creeps for free
Cryptocurrency, bad design, and not listening to users leads to women and other marginalized genders leaving your platform

Avionics

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Babylon 5

18 Dec 2020 » It's never aliens or lupus, but likely fraud
Amending Hanlon's Razor

Bail funds

12 Jan 2023 » Using Jekyll Variables to Promote a Cause
In which this blog gets a burst of traffic and I update templates so I'm prepared the next time.

Bangles, The

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Being contrary

14 Apr 2020 » Dead?
Chuq says blogs are dead; I missed the funeral.

Billionaires

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.

Black Arrow (launch vehicle)

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Black history month

06 Feb 2020 » Mozillians recommend media for Black History Month
Last month some Mozillians got together to source a reading and watching list for White people wanting to educate themselves during Black History Month.

Blaseball (game)

12 Oct 2020 » The Winner's Curse, Blaseball, and self-deception
On looking for the lie in the model
12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.

Blogs

08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations
28 Oct 2022 » Blogs with Cosplay
This YouTube video could had been a blog post.
13 Aug 2021 » This Must be the Cover
A YouTube playlist of covers of The Talking Heads' Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) and some notes on playlists as blogging
24 Jun 2021 » It's time to get good at static sites
If you didn't start a blog during the lockdown, don't worry, you still can
10 Nov 2020 » Three things for Congress to tell Facebook to do now
Three policies the next Congress should order Facebook to allow which will promote a diverse social media environment
25 Jul 2020 » You don't need React for your blog
You don't need React for your blog. Really. Don't do that.
14 Apr 2020 » Dead?
Chuq says blogs are dead; I missed the funeral.
23 Nov 2019 » Unthreading
The best un-threading app is a blog of your own
10 Oct 2018 » A nice guide to static site generation on GitHub
10 Oct 2018 » Get in, loser. We're going blogging.

Books

09 Jan 2023 » 2022 Books and Music
What I read, listened to, and enjoyed in 2022
31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
30 Dec 2020 » This year
A few things that got me through 2020
06 Feb 2020 » Mozillians recommend media for Black History Month
Last month some Mozillians got together to source a reading and watching list for White people wanting to educate themselves during Black History Month.
05 Feb 2019 » The Top Cyberfeminist Manifestos
Cyberfeminist Manifestos are a genre, here's one take on the top 5

Bowie, Davie

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Browser console

10 Sep 2019 » Extracting a list from a webpage
A one-liner for the browser's console to get a CSS3 selector back as a list

Bug handling

28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise
14 Mar 2019 » Applying what we learned about triage at Mozilla to transgender health care
The patchwork implementation of trans healthcare practices worldwide looks like Mozilla's bug-handling practices before 2016, it's time to bring consistency and responsibility to trans healthcare.
29 Jan 2019 » Curation is Triage
Content curation and bug triage are similar tasks with similar goals.

Bug trackers

28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise

Bugzilla

28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise
09 Apr 2020 » WONTFIX
Concerning a hateful bug filer, and why I have a certain tattoo on my shoulder.

Buttondown (service)

19 Aug 2020 » Feeds or email: why not both?
Praise for a Substack feature

C (programming language)

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

CMUS

22 Nov 2020 » Running cmus on Mac OS
Some things to make the cmus music player more usable on Mac OS

COBOL

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React
03 May 2020 » COBOL
A few words on COBOL. Dijkstra is dead. COBOL isn't.

COVID-19

27 Mar 2022 » Crosseyed and Maskless
The personal risk assessment is the political. The care crisis is that people don't care.
07 Oct 2020 » A Silicon Valley PSA
Billboards with code are a Silicon Valley thing
06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange
06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song

CSS

28 Dec 2020 » An eInk calendar for Raspberry Pi
Seven Calendar Cafe leverages vanilla JS, HTML, and CSS to generate a monthly calendar for to display on an eInk display
26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music
10 Sep 2019 » Extracting a list from a webpage
A one-liner for the browser's console to get a CSS3 selector back as a list

Cancel Culture (projection)

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.

Carcerial systems

13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger

Cats

24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay
31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
21 Jul 2019 » Goodbye, Yukino
In memory of the Queen of Forking Everything. May Lady Bast nuzzle her. 2004-2019

Celebrations

12 May 2021 » Eid Mubarak!
Photographing the waxing crescent Moon at the end of Ramadan

Cellular automata

14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music

Chen, Hui Jing

01 Jan 2019 » Using SSH tunnels to deploy your site
Using SSH tunneling services like Pagekite and Serveo to publish a local web application on the Open Web

City Pop

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.

City of Quartz (book)

26 Oct 2022 » RIP, Mike Davis

Civic computing

26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Civil War, the

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

Clarkesworld (publication)

09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Climate change

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Cold War, the

16 Aug 2021 » Comments on Afghanistan
The thing to remember is that the Taliban are yet another toxic thing we created during the Cold War

Colonialism

16 Aug 2021 » Comments on Afghanistan
The thing to remember is that the Taliban are yet another toxic thing we created during the Cold War

Community management

05 May 2021 » Great docs, approachable people, and no jerks
The open secret to making open source projects successful

Content curation

29 Jan 2019 » Curation is Triage
Content curation and bug triage are similar tasks with similar goals.

Content moderation

28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise
02 Jan 2021 » Making tweets ephemeral
Expiring tweets as a liberatory practice
21 Nov 2020 » Defining tolerance
Tolerance does not mean accepting harm to your community.

Conway, John H

14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music

Cooking

02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.

Covers

13 Aug 2021 » This Must be the Cover
A YouTube playlist of covers of The Talking Heads' Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) and some notes on playlists as blogging
28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Cryptocurrency

04 Dec 2019 » Lumens for nothing and the creeps for free
Cryptocurrency, bad design, and not listening to users leads to women and other marginalized genders leaving your platform

Cuboniks, Laboria

11 Dec 2018 » Xenofeminism
Anticipating Xenofeminism

Culture

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

DNS

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

DTDS

16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

Dad jokes

25 Sep 2021 » Dad jokes of Biblical proportions
Theodicy is when God lets a meteorite destroy a city, comedy is when your physics experiment triggers a vacuum catastrophe

Davis, Mike

26 Oct 2022 » RIP, Mike Davis

Design

03 Apr 2020 » Retro-futurism returns to space
NASA's put the worm logo on the booster for the first crewed flight from the US to the ISS in several years, and that got me thinking.

Drone War, the

16 Aug 2021 » Comments on Afghanistan
The thing to remember is that the Taliban are yet another toxic thing we created during the Cold War

Drummers

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.

DuBois, W.E.B

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

EInk

19 Jan 2021 » If you meet a Raspberry Pi on the road
Using a Raspberry Pi as a tiny travel computer may seem to be a good idea, but is it really?
28 Dec 2020 » An eInk calendar for Raspberry Pi
Seven Calendar Cafe leverages vanilla JS, HTML, and CSS to generate a monthly calendar for to display on an eInk display

ESA

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

Economics

12 Oct 2020 » The Winner's Curse, Blaseball, and self-deception
On looking for the lie in the model
12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.
04 Dec 2019 » Lumens for nothing and the creeps for free
Cryptocurrency, bad design, and not listening to users leads to women and other marginalized genders leaving your platform

Electronics

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry
26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Eltahawy, Mona

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Email

30 Dec 2020 » This year
A few things that got me through 2020

Epistolary stories

05 Apr 2021 » Tasting the season
Responding to a writing prompt about families in space

Errington, Clayton

08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations

Essentialism

09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Eudaemonic Pie, The (book)

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Facebook

10 Nov 2020 » Three things for Congress to tell Facebook to do now
Three policies the next Congress should order Facebook to allow which will promote a diverse social media environment

Failure analysis

28 Mar 2022 » Postmortem of an AeroTech I200W failure at Snow Ranch
Postmortem review of the failure of a AeroTech I200W due to operator error

Fandom

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.
25 May 2021 » Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice
WisCon can be a more effective agent for structural change if it takes direction from Black scifi fans and creators
22 Nov 2020 » Badge ribbons
Badge ribbons Cynthia and I have considered making

Fanzines

11 Sep 2020 » Rediscovering APAs
Matt Webb rediscovers an older form of fanzine publishing

Fat phobia

14 Jun 2020 » There is no 'website obesity crisis'
Stop using fat-phobic terms to call out bad design and engineering practices

Fediverse

12 Nov 2022 » On Moderation
Innocent until proven guilty does not work in social media.

Feed readers

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Feminism

25 May 2021 » Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice
WisCon can be a more effective agent for structural change if it takes direction from Black scifi fans and creators
05 Feb 2019 » The Top Cyberfeminist Manifestos
Cyberfeminist Manifestos are a genre, here's one take on the top 5
11 Dec 2018 » Xenofeminism
Anticipating Xenofeminism

Firefox

09 Apr 2020 » WONTFIX
Concerning a hateful bug filer, and why I have a certain tattoo on my shoulder.

Flask (framework)

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Fountains of Wayne

06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song

Frameworks

25 Jul 2020 » You don't need React for your blog
You don't need React for your blog. Really. Don't do that.

Friends of Amateur Rocketry

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Games

30 Dec 2020 » This year
A few things that got me through 2020

Gemini (protocol)

05 May 2021 » Great docs, approachable people, and no jerks
The open secret to making open source projects successful
21 Feb 2021 » Gatewaykeeping considered harmful
Gatekeeping HTTP proxies for Gemini servers is not a great idea
11 Feb 2021 » January 2021 link log
Links from my gemlog for January 2021
12 Jan 2021 » December 2020 link log
Links from my gemlog for December 2020
02 Dec 2020 » November 2020 link log
Links from my gemlog for November 2020

Gender

03 Apr 2020 » Retro-futurism returns to space
NASA's put the worm logo on the booster for the first crewed flight from the US to the ISS in several years, and that got me thinking.
09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Gibson, William

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Ginsberg, Ruth Bader

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Git

27 Oct 2020 » No gods, no master branches
GitHub's updated default branch names and GitHub Pages so you can update your GitHub Pages-based blog to use a main instead of a master branch.

GitHub

27 Oct 2020 » No gods, no master branches
GitHub's updated default branch names and GitHub Pages so you can update your GitHub Pages-based blog to use a main instead of a master branch.

GitHub Pages

08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations
10 Oct 2018 » A nice guide to static site generation on GitHub

Glitch (service)

31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
24 Jun 2021 » It's time to get good at static sites
If you didn't start a blog during the lockdown, don't worry, you still can

Green Day

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Grim meathook future

30 Aug 2020 » The Kayfabe of Autocracy
QAnon is kayfabe for Trump supporters

Gun violence

23 Aug 2019 » Star Wars and backpacks
Our responses to our national emergencies are made out our hubris

HTML

28 Dec 2020 » An eInk calendar for Raspberry Pi
Seven Calendar Cafe leverages vanilla JS, HTML, and CSS to generate a monthly calendar for to display on an eInk display

Halloween

26 Sep 2022 » Spooky Season
I'm going to need more Orange PLA, aren't I? πŸŽƒ

Hanlon's Razor

18 Dec 2020 » It's never aliens or lupus, but likely fraud
Amending Hanlon's Razor

Healthcare

14 Mar 2019 » Applying what we learned about triage at Mozilla to transgender health care
The patchwork implementation of trans healthcare practices worldwide looks like Mozilla's bug-handling practices before 2016, it's time to bring consistency and responsibility to trans healthcare.

Heaven

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.

Hell

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.

Hicks, Mar

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

History

20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.
06 Feb 2020 » Mozillians recommend media for Black History Month
Last month some Mozillians got together to source a reading and watching list for White people wanting to educate themselves during Black History Month.

Hoaxes

26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.

Homophobia

02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.
09 Apr 2020 » WONTFIX
Concerning a hateful bug filer, and why I have a certain tattoo on my shoulder.

Hon, Dan

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Hot Chip (band)

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Hot Nozzle Society

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Html

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Image recognition

13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger

Immortality

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.

In memoriam

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.
26 Oct 2022 » RIP, Mike Davis
14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music
06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song
21 Jul 2019 » Goodbye, Yukino
In memory of the Queen of Forking Everything. May Lady Bast nuzzle her. 2004-2019

Inclusion

21 Nov 2020 » Defining tolerance
Tolerance does not mean accepting harm to your community.

Inclusive language

27 Oct 2020 » No gods, no master branches
GitHub's updated default branch names and GitHub Pages so you can update your GitHub Pages-based blog to use a main instead of a master branch.
13 Oct 2019 » Keeping joy, choosing names: The Otherwise Award
I'm glad the Motherboard recognized and called out how the initial playful naming of the award caused harm.

Indieweb

11 Sep 2020 » Rediscovering APAs
Matt Webb rediscovers an older form of fanzine publishing
14 Apr 2020 » Dead?
Chuq says blogs are dead; I missed the funeral.

Interviewing

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Ion engines

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

Isabel Fall (pen name)

09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Islam

12 May 2021 » Eid Mubarak!
Photographing the waxing crescent Moon at the end of Ramadan

JAXA

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

James (band)

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Jareth (fictional character)

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

JavaScript

02 Jul 2022 » Mocking Jordan Peterson
The Canadian gadfly is easy so easy to mock, one can do it in a few lines of JavaScript
28 Dec 2020 » An eInk calendar for Raspberry Pi
Seven Calendar Cafe leverages vanilla JS, HTML, and CSS to generate a monthly calendar for to display on an eInk display
07 Oct 2020 » A Silicon Valley PSA
Billboards with code are a Silicon Valley thing
12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.
25 Jul 2020 » You don't need React for your blog
You don't need React for your blog. Really. Don't do that.
10 Sep 2019 » Extracting a list from a webpage
A one-liner for the browser's console to get a CSS3 selector back as a list

Jekyll

12 Jan 2023 » Using Jekyll Variables to Promote a Cause
In which this blog gets a burst of traffic and I update templates so I'm prepared the next time.
08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations
10 Oct 2018 » A nice guide to static site generation on GitHub

Josie and the Pussycats

06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song

Jupiter

20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.

Justice

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

KEXP-FM

31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Kingsbury, Kyle

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Kowal, Mary Robinette

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

LCD Soundsystem

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

LISP

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Lady Astronaut Books, The

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Langridge, Stuart

12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.

Laser cutting

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Law

26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Leatherman, Zach

12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.

Legibility

24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay
19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Liberalism

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Life (cellular automata)

14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music

Linkblog

11 Feb 2021 » January 2021 link log
Links from my gemlog for January 2021
12 Jan 2021 » December 2020 link log
Links from my gemlog for December 2020
02 Dec 2020 » November 2020 link log
Links from my gemlog for November 2020
06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange
22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"
28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker
19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince
14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music
07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song
06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song
03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music
26 Feb 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Liquid (template language)

12 Jan 2023 » Using Jekyll Variables to Promote a Cause
In which this blog gets a burst of traffic and I update templates so I'm prepared the next time.
08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations

Livestreams

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Logic Magazine

18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React

Longtermism (ideology)

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.

Lunar eclipse

26 May 2021 » Hello from Super Blood Moon Eclipse
Photographing the Super Blood Moon Eclipse of 2021

Mac OS

22 Nov 2020 » Running cmus on Mac OS
Some things to make the cmus music player more usable on Mac OS

Manifestos

05 Feb 2019 » The Top Cyberfeminist Manifestos
Cyberfeminist Manifestos are a genre, here's one take on the top 5

Mark, Amber

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Mars

10 Dec 2022 » Occulted Mars
Mars, near opposition, about to be occulted (hidden behind) the Moon

Mastodon (social media)

12 Nov 2022 » On Moderation
Innocent until proven guilty does not work in social media.

Mechanism design

04 Dec 2019 » Lumens for nothing and the creeps for free
Cryptocurrency, bad design, and not listening to users leads to women and other marginalized genders leaving your platform

Medium (service)

29 Jan 2019 » Curation is Triage
Content curation and bug triage are similar tasks with similar goals.

Metadata

08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations

Metallica

06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange

Meteorites

26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.

Microblog

12 Nov 2022 » On Moderation
Innocent until proven guilty does not work in social media.
25 Sep 2021 » Dad jokes of Biblical proportions
Theodicy is when God lets a meteorite destroy a city, comedy is when your physics experiment triggers a vacuum catastrophe
21 Feb 2021 » Gatewaykeeping considered harmful
Gatekeeping HTTP proxies for Gemini servers is not a great idea
18 Dec 2020 » It's never aliens or lupus, but likely fraud
Amending Hanlon's Razor
27 Nov 2020 » Burdens
One tarot card describes how we're all feeling
30 Sep 2020 » On PHP
A succinct observation on the state of web development
30 Aug 2020 » The Kayfabe of Autocracy
QAnon is kayfabe for Trump supporters
25 Jul 2020 » You don't need React for your blog
You don't need React for your blog. Really. Don't do that.
14 Apr 2020 » Dead?
Chuq says blogs are dead; I missed the funeral.
23 Feb 2020 » Shitposting
Gwen Snyder on why right-wing provocations in social media aren't just 'for the luz'
23 Nov 2019 » Unthreading
The best un-threading app is a blog of your own
10 Oct 2018 » Get in, loser. We're going blogging.

Mistakes

28 Mar 2022 » Postmortem of an AeroTech I200W failure at Snow Ranch
Postmortem review of the failure of a AeroTech I200W due to operator error

Mobile computing

19 Jan 2021 » If you meet a Raspberry Pi on the road
Using a Raspberry Pi as a tiny travel computer may seem to be a good idea, but is it really?

Mobile web

14 Jun 2020 » There is no 'website obesity crisis'
Stop using fat-phobic terms to call out bad design and engineering practices

Model rocketry

18 Oct 2022 » Mass Producing Rockets
It's a gift economy that burns ammonium perchlorate. πŸš€
11 Sep 2022 » 3D Printing
In which I'm late, but present for the maker party
28 Mar 2022 » Postmortem of an AeroTech I200W failure at Snow Ranch
Postmortem review of the failure of a AeroTech I200W due to operator error
31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
20 Sep 2021 » High powered abstractions
Progressing through high powered model rocketry certifications is about filling in abstractions
14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Momus

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Moon, the

10 Dec 2022 » Occulted Mars
Mars, near opposition, about to be occulted (hidden behind) the Moon
26 May 2021 » Hello from Super Blood Moon Eclipse
Photographing the Super Blood Moon Eclipse of 2021
25 Nov 2020 » November Moon
A chance to try my new telescope with my camera
26 May 2020 » Moons: real and imagined
Two waxing crescent moons
03 Apr 2020 » Along the terminator
A photo of morning along the Terminator during the Waxing Gibbous Moon

Moral panics

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.

Music

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.
09 Jan 2023 » 2022 Books and Music
What I read, listened to, and enjoyed in 2022
31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
13 Aug 2021 » This Must be the Cover
A YouTube playlist of covers of The Talking Heads' Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) and some notes on playlists as blogging
30 Dec 2020 » This year
A few things that got me through 2020
22 Nov 2020 » Running cmus on Mac OS
Some things to make the cmus music player more usable on Mac OS
06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange
28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker
14 Apr 2020 » Remembering John H Conway and his Game of Life: A linkblog
Some links about the late mathematician John H Conway and the 'game' he'll be associated with, a song made by a cellular automata, and an app co-created by Brian Eno for making your own generative music

NASA

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion
24 Jun 2021 » Space is queer
πŸš€ πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
03 Apr 2020 » Retro-futurism returns to space
NASA's put the worm logo on the booster for the first crewed flight from the US to the ISS in several years, and that got me thinking.

NPM

26 Nov 2018 » On the NPM Compromise
The compromise of the flatmap-stream package highlights two problems in tech culture: the get-rich quick scam of Bitcoin, and our lack of support and planning around maintenance of critical software.

Names

24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay

Natter

09 Jan 2023 » 2022 Books and Music
What I read, listened to, and enjoyed in 2022
08 Jan 2023 » Tag-shaving
Some work on the archives and consistence of this blog, working around GitHub Page's limitations
24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay
31 Dec 2021 » 2021 Brag Sheet
Some wins, some changes, some books, some music
21 Jul 2019 » Goodbye, Yukino
In memory of the Queen of Forking Everything. May Lady Bast nuzzle her. 2004-2019

Nirvana (band)

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

Nixon, Jake

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Nobel Prize

12 Oct 2020 » The Winner's Curse, Blaseball, and self-deception
On looking for the lie in the model

Node

24 Jun 2021 » It's time to get good at static sites
If you didn't start a blog during the lockdown, don't worry, you still can
26 Nov 2018 » On the NPM Compromise
The compromise of the flatmap-stream package highlights two problems in tech culture: the get-rich quick scam of Bitcoin, and our lack of support and planning around maintenance of critical software.

Nook, Tom (video game character)

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Observability

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Open Web, the

30 Jun 2019 » HTML Wins
Happy Pride. Queer lives will prevail. The Open Web will prevail.

Open source

05 May 2021 » Great docs, approachable people, and no jerks
The open secret to making open source projects successful

Otherwise award

13 Oct 2019 » Keeping joy, choosing names: The Otherwise Award
I'm glad the Motherboard recognized and called out how the initial playful naming of the award caused harm.

PHP

30 Sep 2020 » On PHP
A succinct observation on the state of web development
16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

Pagekite (service)

01 Jan 2019 » Using SSH tunnels to deploy your site
Using SSH tunneling services like Pagekite and Serveo to publish a local web application on the Open Web

Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The (band)

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

People Have the Power (song)

15 Mar 2020 » To Redeem the Work of Fools
Remember what Patti Smith told us in song

Performance

16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

Personal sites

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Peterson, Jordan

02 Jul 2022 » Mocking Jordan Peterson
The Canadian gadfly is easy so easy to mock, one can do it in a few lines of JavaScript

Philosophy

02 Jul 2022 » Mocking Jordan Peterson
The Canadian gadfly is easy so easy to mock, one can do it in a few lines of JavaScript

Photography

27 Mar 2022 » Crosseyed and Maskless
The personal risk assessment is the political. The care crisis is that people don't care.

Pimoroni

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Politics

02 Jul 2022 » Mocking Jordan Peterson
The Canadian gadfly is easy so easy to mock, one can do it in a few lines of JavaScript
02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.
18 Sep 2020 » Being Angry
I'm angry about the Supreme Court as a single point of failure and still annoyed by React
30 Aug 2020 » The Kayfabe of Autocracy
QAnon is kayfabe for Trump supporters
23 Feb 2020 » Shitposting
Gwen Snyder on why right-wing provocations in social media aren't just 'for the luz'

Pride Month

24 Jun 2021 » Space is queer
πŸš€ πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.
30 Jun 2019 » HTML Wins
Happy Pride. Queer lives will prevail. The Open Web will prevail.

Prince

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince
07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Privacy

13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger
14 Jun 2020 » There is no 'website obesity crisis'
Stop using fat-phobic terms to call out bad design and engineering practices

Prospero (spacecraft)

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Public health

27 Mar 2022 » Crosseyed and Maskless
The personal risk assessment is the political. The care crisis is that people don't care.

Punching nazis

27 Mar 2022 » On accountablity
Why I'm glad Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth.

Putin, Vladimir

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.

Queer

24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay
24 Jun 2021 » Space is queer
πŸš€ πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ
02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.
30 Jun 2019 » HTML Wins
Happy Pride. Queer lives will prevail. The Open Web will prevail.

Questlove

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

RSS

10 Nov 2020 » Three things for Congress to tell Facebook to do now
Three policies the next Congress should order Facebook to allow which will promote a diverse social media environment
19 Aug 2020 » Feeds or email: why not both?
Praise for a Substack feature
22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"
07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Racial justice

25 Mar 2022 » Fighting tyrants is not cancel culture
The horrible thing is that Putin declaring any opposition to him 'cancel culture' might work.
25 May 2021 » Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice
WisCon can be a more effective agent for structural change if it takes direction from Black scifi fans and creators
13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger
03 Apr 2020 » Retro-futurism returns to space
NASA's put the worm logo on the booster for the first crewed flight from the US to the ISS in several years, and that got me thinking.
06 Feb 2020 » Mozillians recommend media for Black History Month
Last month some Mozillians got together to source a reading and watching list for White people wanting to educate themselves during Black History Month.

Racism

27 Mar 2022 » On accountablity
Why I'm glad Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth.

Raspberry Pi

19 Jan 2021 » If you meet a Raspberry Pi on the road
Using a Raspberry Pi as a tiny travel computer may seem to be a good idea, but is it really?
28 Dec 2020 » An eInk calendar for Raspberry Pi
Seven Calendar Cafe leverages vanilla JS, HTML, and CSS to generate a monthly calendar for to display on an eInk display
19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

React (framework)

12 Sep 2020 » React is a subsidy
JavaScript-first development is a subsidy harming the open web.

Recipes

02 Jun 2021 » Chicken rant
You can make a better chicken sandwich than Chick-fill-a at home, and you should learn to cook anyway.

Regulation

10 Nov 2020 » Three things for Congress to tell Facebook to do now
Three policies the next Congress should order Facebook to allow which will promote a diverse social media environment

Retail

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Ride, Sally

24 Jun 2021 » Space is queer
πŸš€ πŸ‘©β€πŸš€ πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ

Riot grrl

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Rucker, Rudy

28 Apr 2020 » Link blog: covers edition
Three covers for KEXP's #PlayingAtMyHouse, and a surprise appearance by Cyberpunk writer Rudy Rucker

SSH

01 Jan 2019 » Using SSH tunnels to deploy your site
Using SSH tunneling services like Pagekite and Serveo to publish a local web application on the Open Web

SSL

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

SVG

30 Jun 2019 » HTML Wins
Happy Pride. Queer lives will prevail. The Open Web will prevail.

Salary

06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange

Saturn

20 Dec 2020 » Saturn and Jupiter in conjunction
We are fortunate to be living when Saturn and Jupiter are in their closest conjunction in hundreds of years. Go outside at dusk and marvel.

Scarcity mindset

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Schlesinger, Adam

06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song

Science fiction

07 Jun 2022 » Who wants to live forever?
Hell, at least in science fiction, is other people, with more money than you.
29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion
25 May 2021 » Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice
WisCon can be a more effective agent for structural change if it takes direction from Black scifi fans and creators
05 Apr 2021 » Tasting the season
Responding to a writing prompt about families in space
29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis
03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music
06 Feb 2020 » Mozillians recommend media for Black History Month
Last month some Mozillians got together to source a reading and watching list for White people wanting to educate themselves during Black History Month.
09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Scripture

26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.

Security

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music
26 Nov 2018 » On the NPM Compromise
The compromise of the flatmap-stream package highlights two problems in tech culture: the get-rich quick scam of Bitcoin, and our lack of support and planning around maintenance of critical software.

Seeing Like a State (book)

19 Apr 2020 » Link blog: Four Nights of Prince Edition
Three links and holy cow, FOUR nights of Prince

Segregation

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

Self-employment

06 Sep 2020 » Linkblog: Exit light, enter face shields
Four(!) links and a song: Metallica socially distances, the IETF centers users, community mutual-aid and self-reliance in uncertain times, a resource management game about preparing people for the afterlife, and Big Joanie covers Solange

Serveo (service)

01 Jan 2019 » Using SSH tunnels to deploy your site
Using SSH tunneling services like Pagekite and Serveo to publish a local web application on the Open Web

Server side rendering

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Showing Up For Racial Justice (organization)

25 May 2021 » Re-visioning WisCon for racial justice
WisCon can be a more effective agent for structural change if it takes direction from Black scifi fans and creators

Slavery

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

Smith, Patti

15 Mar 2020 » To Redeem the Work of Fools
Remember what Patti Smith told us in song

Snapped Ankles (band)

27 Mar 2022 » Crosseyed and Maskless
The personal risk assessment is the political. The care crisis is that people don't care.

Snark

02 Jul 2022 » Mocking Jordan Peterson
The Canadian gadfly is easy so easy to mock, one can do it in a few lines of JavaScript

Social criticism

26 Oct 2022 » RIP, Mike Davis

Social media

12 Nov 2022 » On Moderation
Innocent until proven guilty does not work in social media.
28 Oct 2022 » Blogs with Cosplay
This YouTube video could had been a blog post.
28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise
02 Jan 2021 » Making tweets ephemeral
Expiring tweets as a liberatory practice
21 Nov 2020 » Defining tolerance
Tolerance does not mean accepting harm to your community.
10 Nov 2020 » Three things for Congress to tell Facebook to do now
Three policies the next Congress should order Facebook to allow which will promote a diverse social media environment
04 Dec 2019 » Lumens for nothing and the creeps for free
Cryptocurrency, bad design, and not listening to users leads to women and other marginalized genders leaving your platform

Society

23 Aug 2019 » Star Wars and backpacks
Our responses to our national emergencies are made out our hubris

Software development

19 Nov 2019 » The virtue of boring
The real work that makes progress is quotidian, and our toxic technical culture loathes that

Software supply chain

26 Nov 2018 » On the NPM Compromise
The compromise of the flatmap-stream package highlights two problems in tech culture: the get-rich quick scam of Bitcoin, and our lack of support and planning around maintenance of critical software.

Soul Coughing

14 Aug 2021 » Return to flight
Over the past forty years, computers have changed nearly everything about model rocketry

Soviet Union

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Space exploration

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion
03 Apr 2020 » Retro-futurism returns to space
NASA's put the worm logo on the booster for the first crewed flight from the US to the ISS in several years, and that got me thinking.

SpaceX

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

Spectacle

30 Aug 2020 » The Kayfabe of Autocracy
QAnon is kayfabe for Trump supporters

Star Trek

24 Mar 2022 » Notes: Seeing a Cat Like a State & That Owosekun/Detmer feeling
A few notes on March 24, 2022: cat names, official titles, and Trek is gay
26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.
29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

State power

09 Jan 2020 » Isabel Fall's Short Story on Constructed Gender and War
Isabel Fall's short story is a warning that the state could exploit the end of the binary to advance its imperialist projects. The post has been updated to include more responses and concerns about the story.

Static site generators

10 Oct 2018 » A nice guide to static site generation on GitHub
16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

Static web sites

24 Jun 2021 » It's time to get good at static sites
If you didn't start a blog during the lockdown, don't worry, you still can
25 Jul 2020 » You don't need React for your blog
You don't need React for your blog. Really. Don't do that.

Statistics

12 Oct 2020 » The Winner's Curse, Blaseball, and self-deception
On looking for the lie in the model

Sterling, Bruce

29 Jul 2020 » The Meteor, the Lady Astronaut, and Scarcity
The plot of the latest of Mary Robinette Kowal's Lady Astronaut books is driven by a the same sort of failure of the American liberal imagination that prevents a just response to the COVID-19 crisis

Stross, Charles

29 Sep 2021 » Ions for peace
SF writer Charlie Stross on the state of ion engines for space propulsion

Substack (service)

19 Aug 2020 » Feeds or email: why not both?
Praise for a Substack feature

TAKAHASHI Yukihiro

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.

Talking Heads

13 Aug 2021 » This Must be the Cover
A YouTube playlist of covers of The Talking Heads' Naive Melody (This Must Be the Place) and some notes on playlists as blogging

Tall el-Hammam

26 Sep 2021 » What does God need with a meteorite?
In which the worst Star Trek movie has a commentary on the meteorite-destroyed-Sodom matter.

Tarot

27 Nov 2020 » Burdens
One tarot card describes how we're all feeling

Tattoos

09 Apr 2020 » WONTFIX
Concerning a hateful bug filer, and why I have a certain tattoo on my shoulder.

Teaching

20 Sep 2021 » High powered abstractions
Progressing through high powered model rocketry certifications is about filling in abstractions

Technology

23 Aug 2019 » Star Wars and backpacks
Our responses to our national emergencies are made out our hubris

Theater

25 Sep 2021 » Dad jokes of Biblical proportions
Theodicy is when God lets a meteorite destroy a city, comedy is when your physics experiment triggers a vacuum catastrophe

Theodicy

25 Sep 2021 » Dad jokes of Biblical proportions
Theodicy is when God lets a meteorite destroy a city, comedy is when your physics experiment triggers a vacuum catastrophe

Tiptree, James, Jr.

13 Oct 2019 » Keeping joy, choosing names: The Otherwise Award
I'm glad the Motherboard recognized and called out how the initial playful naming of the award caused harm.

Traffic

13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger

Transgender

14 Mar 2019 » Applying what we learned about triage at Mozilla to transgender health care
The patchwork implementation of trans healthcare practices worldwide looks like Mozilla's bug-handling practices before 2016, it's time to bring consistency and responsibility to trans healthcare.

Transphobia

27 Mar 2022 » On accountablity
Why I'm glad Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth.

Transportation

13 Apr 2021 » Traffic cameras don't stop speeding, streets designed to prevent speeding will (updated)
Oakland's department of transportation proposes an expensive project to address street safety that doesn't address the actual problem of speeding, creates privacy risks, and puts Black lives in more danger

Twitter

28 Oct 2022 » A Social Network Must Reduce Noise
02 Jan 2021 » Making tweets ephemeral
Expiring tweets as a liberatory practice
30 Sep 2020 » On PHP
A succinct observation on the state of web development

Venus

03 Mar 2020 » Link blog
Three links and some music

Vir (fictional character)

18 Dec 2020 » It's never aliens or lupus, but likely fraud
Amending Hanlon's Razor

Virginia

08 Sep 2021 » Founding Failsons
W.E.B. DuBois on the South's Aristocracy

Von Rospach, Chuq

14 Apr 2020 » Dead?
Chuq says blogs are dead; I missed the funeral.

War on Drugs, the

16 Aug 2021 » Comments on Afghanistan
The thing to remember is that the Taliban are yet another toxic thing we created during the Cold War

Web

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Web design

14 Jun 2020 » There is no 'website obesity crisis'
Stop using fat-phobic terms to call out bad design and engineering practices

Web development

30 Sep 2020 » On PHP
A succinct observation on the state of web development
22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"
06 Apr 2020 » Link blog
Three links and a song
10 Sep 2019 » Extracting a list from a webpage
A one-liner for the browser's console to get a CSS3 selector back as a list

Web extensions

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

Web hosting

01 Jan 2019 » Using SSH tunnels to deploy your site
Using SSH tunneling services like Pagekite and Serveo to publish a local web application on the Open Web

Web rings

22 Jun 2020 » Link blog: Rethinking the web
It's the summer of questioning, not disrupting, things. We're asking "why policing," "why that ugly statue celebrating a genocidal saint," and "why 1MB of gzipped JavaScript just to display a tweet?"

Webb, Matt

11 Sep 2020 » Rediscovering APAs
Matt Webb rediscovers an older form of fanzine publishing

Wikipedia

07 Apr 2020 » Link blog: web extensions edition
Three web extensions and a song

XHTML

16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

XInclude

16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

XML

16 Jan 2004 » Really, XML catalogs matter
Remember when we were going to do EVERYTHING in XML?

Xenofeminist Manifesto, The (book)

11 Dec 2018 » Xenofeminism
Anticipating Xenofeminism

Xenophobia

27 Mar 2022 » On accountablity
Why I'm glad Will Smith slapped the taste out of Chris Rock's mouth.

Yellow Magic Orchestra

14 Jan 2023 » RIP, Yukihiro Takahashi
Yukihiro Takahashi, one of my favorite musicians, has passed.

YouTube

28 Oct 2022 » Blogs with Cosplay
This YouTube video could had been a blog post.