“But it sounds completely ridiculous to suggest that people have admin rights on open source projects because of their skill in dealing with people instead of their skill in coding, right? I know it must, because there are basically zero examples of anything to the contrary. It’s an absurd kind of bloody monarchy where the only way to lead an open source project is to be the person who wrote the original code or to defeat the original author in battle, proving your worthiness. Via code, obviously. And so all around us we have a very clear message that code is all that matters, and whoever codes best is automatically right in all things. So we can’t really be surprised when this kind of shit happens.”—
Beyond the issues of sexism and exclusivity so ably touched on in this post, there’s the issue that tech communities lionize coders above almost all things, and tend to denigrate the empathy work like UX, content strategy, design, and marketing as less important. And hey guess what? Coding is dominated by men, and empathy work has far more women doing it. WHAT A COINCIDENCE.
“And grace, you come to recognize, never stops, whether you presently feel it or not. You never stop doubting— how could you?—but you learn to live with doubt and faith unresolved, because unresolvable. So you don’t keep digging the relationship up to see how its roots are doing. You may have crises of faith but you don’t, on the whole, ask it to account for itself philosophically from first principles every morning, any more than you subject your relations with your human significant other to daily cost-benefit analysis. You accept it as one of the givens of your life. You learn from it the slow rewards of fidelity. You watch as the repetition of Christmases and Easters, births and deaths and resurrections, scratches on the linear time of your life a rough little model of His permanence. You discover that repetition itself, curiously, is not the enemy of spontaneity, but maybe even its enabler. Saying the same prayers again and again, pacing your body again and again through the set movements of faith, somehow helps keep the door ajar through which He may come. The words may strike you as ecclesiastical blah nine times in ten, or ninety-nine times in a hundred, and then be transformed, and then have the huge fresh wind blowing through them into your little closed room. And meanwhile you make faith your vantage point, your habitual place to stand. And you get used to the way the human landscape looks from there: re-oriented, re-organized, different.”—Francis Spufford (via azspot)
When you think to yourself, “Surely he won’t barf on me between here and there,” he will most assuredly barf on you between here and there. Probably all over your brand new, super-cute top that you just got yesterday.
“The BBC has confirmed that the year’s biggest television mystery will be answered over the Yuletide period with the confirmation of the return of Sherlock in the Radio Times Christmas double issue. This means the first episode, The Empty Hearse, will air sometime between December 21 and January 3 and bring to an end the desperation of fans longing to know how Sherlock faked his own death.”—
Ukulele Time. In fact it has been my job to snuggle him pretty much all day, EXCEPT that I could put him down to play uke and sing to him. All other reasons for putting him in the bouncy seat have met with protestation.
“What’s clear is that many residents in the community are having trouble coming to solutions because they are more focused in pointing out differences in tastes rather than overlapping interests. For a neighborhood that escaped the damage during the riots that destroyed much of D.C.’s lifeblood, there’s been very little residential or commercial development over the years.
It’s an irony that few neighborhoods, if any in D.C. enjoy at this point. The economic and racial diversity is so high and has been so for so long in Brookland. Which is exactly why people want to move there. But filling that demand, and making everyone happy, is nearly impossible.”—
“However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”). But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes—and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.”—
Now that we know who sent us the awesome baby-sized fedora (Thanks, Lisa and Michele!), I’ve got another question:
Was it one of you fine people who sent us the Wondermade marshmallows shortly after Charlie was born? They are awesome, but they did not come with a note. And I would hate to think one of y’all was pissed that we did not thank you properly for not only the excellent gift, but the excellent gift idea for the future.
“As someone who identifies as gay, I remember growing up and going to the bookstore and going to the gay and lesbian section and thinking to myself, “This is it. This is what we have. This one shelf. That’s it.” And, you know, we have some short stories, and we have some history, and stuff like that, but you know, like, the fiction all centered around being gay. Like, it was defined by that. And so, I think what I hear a lot from the fans, and I share their sentiment, is, here is something where being gay is just one aspect of a much larger world that we live in. And that world is beautiful, and terrifying, and insane, and funny, and it just fits in there, and for me, being a gay artist, working on a show like this, like, I like gay stuff, gay stuff is cool, but I mean, you know, so many times I see independent films and and independent books and they’re writing the “Oh, this is gay fiction.” Well, what does that mean? Like, does that mean you have to be gay to read it? Do you have to be gay to write it? Like what? I don’t understand…Like, just one aspect of Cecil is his sexuality. And, on top of that, in this crazy world of Night Vale, his sexuality and his relationship with another man is the least weird thing to happen on a daily basis. And it really makes me feel so good to think back on where I was when I was like fifteen, sixteen and thinking “Yes, this is it.” Like, we’re making it. We’re pushing boundaries out, and saying, “This isn’t a gay podcast. We’re not gonna check your card at the door.” I love that.”—Cecil Baldwin (via theopoiesis)