I dent and tweet but do not tumbl, book faces, pin, plus, buzz, and probably other things I have forgotten.
This is why he and I are pledging to match up to USD$10,000 of donations to the Ada Initiative made before November 1, 2012.
The Ada Initiative works to increase the participation of women in open technology and culture. They gave me the wording and support I needed to create Wikimedia Foundation's Friendly Space Policy for technical events, which helps everyone at a Wikimedia hackathon feel safer so they can concentrate on rockin' out. If you liked "Be Bold: An Origin Story", the keynote I delivered at Open Source Bridge this year, thank the Ada Initiative, whose advisors helped me shape it. Everyone who wants to grow the open source community benefits from the Ada Initiative's work, and so donating to TAI is like investing in a good piece of machinery; TAI's going to make my work easier for a long time to come.
Please join us in donating to the Ada Initiative, especially if you've also gotten a good career out of open source.
I still have 15 things on my TODO list. Fuck me is the saying, I think.
It's a giant hike with lots of walking every day. Gods help me keep my stamina up!
....Out of the sky comes the Constellation: a swarm of anarchist anthropologists, exploring our seas, cataloguing our plants, editing our wikis and eating our Twinkies. No one knows how to respond--except for nerds like Ariel who've been reading, role-playing and wargaming first-contact scenarios their entire lives. Ariel sees the aliens' computers, and he knows that wherever there are computers, there are video games.
Ariel just wants to start a business translating alien games so they can be played on human computers. But a simple cultural exchange turns up ancient secrets, government conspiracies, and unconventional anthropology techniques that threaten humanity as we know it. If Ariel wants his species to have a future, he's going to have to take the step that nothing on Earth could make him take.
He'll have to grow up.
Constellation Games is a novel by my spouse, Leonard Richardson, "about space aliens and video games and love and computer programming." You can read the first two chapters for free. It's available for purchase as a serial -- for USD$5, total, you'll get access to the 28 chapters posted so far, then a chapter in your email every week till it finishes in August, and then an all-in-one ebook at the end. If you pay a little more, you'll get a print paperback right now, bonus stories and a phrasebook in August, and so on. And for free, anyone can read the author's commentary, Twitter feed, &c.
This is a great book. There are chapter titles like "Their First Contact Was Better." There are instant messenger conversations and blog entries like:
Other people are comparing it to Douglas Adams, Kelly Link, Neal Stephenson, and Douglas Coupland. You should try it out. I encourage you to read those sample chapters and I hope you'll decide to subscribe.
ABlum: who can i thank for translating this?
Curic: I will send you an achievement graph.
ABlum: no your achievement graphs have 10 million nodes
i don't want to thank the whole damn constellation
just tell me the name of one person who i can buy a beer
Curic: If you looked at the graph you would see a distinctive bottleneck: the Small Batch Data Cleanup Overlay, who translated between old versions of SAME and various human languages at the request of the History of Life Overlay.
ABlum: ok who is in charge of the data cleanup overlay?
Curic: That's not a real question.
ANYHOW, I offer big thanks to a randomly selected member of the Small Batch Data Cleanup Overlay. That'd be Jeroen Vivekananda of Peregrini Ring, Ring City. I would buy you a beer, Jeroen, but your body heat would vaporize the beer before you could swallow it. So, instead, accept this mention on my blog.
Not until today, skimming a Jezebel piece about how women who get angry get marginalized and criticized for their anger (not news), did I realize -- my boss has never criticized my anger.
I like my boss.
Browse Wikimedia Commons for photos to insert into new posts
On the New Post and Edit pages, give the user the ability to browse freely licensed photos from Wikimedia Commons to insert into their posts. ... It would be nice to give users the ability to dress up their more text-heavy posts with graphics. Wikimedia Commons is a useful source of freely licensed graphics.
Go vote in the poll & comment there if you'd like that.
I care about:
- Freedom (I want root on my phone without having to jailbreak it)
- Hardware quality
- Operating system quality (random crashiness is not acceptable)
- Operating system longevity & upgradability (Maemo and Meego went away pretty fast, and I don't want to buy a device that will never see another OS upgrade)
I'd rather have a physical keyboard, either in addition to or instead of a touchscreen, but I can stand not having one. And I have basically no hope that I could get a device made under fair labor practices and with any attentiveness to the environmental impacts of its manufacture, but am willing to be surprised.
I really do not care how many apps are available for a phone -- I'll be fine if it browses the web, makes and received phone calls, and it would be lovely if it takes mediocre photos and plays music. And it can be big and heavy and ugly and I don't mind as long as the hardware is robust.
I am planning on buying a device, that is, buying an unlocked one separately from getting a data/voice plan from a carrier (see again: my interest in freedom). I acknowledge that I am being picky here so I'm fine with spending commensurately. And I live in the US but am willing to purchase devices from abroad. For example, if multiple people have tried the Geeksphone Zero and can recommend it, I'm willing to pony up.
(Crosspost from Ask MetaFilter.)
"So in what follows I describe Wikipedia as a problematic monopoly. I don't ignore its positive sides, but they don't play any role in this text."
Then there's really no point in critiquing it, is there? The point of such a rant is not to be fair or to point a way forward, but to present a bunch of assertions without having to back them up.
I'll argue about this if people want to hear my thoughts on some particular point.
 I say "and on me" in that the author argues that, since unpaid volunteers make Wikimedia's content and maintain its community processes, it is wrong to pay Foundation and Chapter workers: it is "the payment to some 100 people that makes the unpaid work of every other contributor so shameful [sic] abusive".
Weirdest nap in a while.
Blogged about history of technology & WikiLeaks the other day.
The request: if you have a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device, will you test our new Wikipedia mobile gateway on it? Thanks.
- Imaginary Book Club
- How To Describe Nonwhite Characters Sans Fail
- Sciency Fiction
- I Don't Know Why I'm On This Panel
Kate Nepveu's report on How To Describe Nonwhite Characters Sans Fail. Thanks, Kate!
I respond to variants on "Sumana" and am not terribly bothered by variant mispronunciations. I prefer handshakes to hugs usually; if we've never met before, I probably don't want to hug you, and ask first.
Please invite me to things, tell me about room parties, etc. I'll try to keep on top of my personal email at sumanah [at] panix [dot!] com, and Twitter & Identi.ca, where I am @brainwane. I blog a lot at Cogito, Ergo Sumana.
I'm on a few panels:
- Imaginary Book Club, Saturday morning at 10am
- Sciency Fiction, Sunday morning at 10am
- I Don't Know Why I'm On This Panel, Sunday afternoon at 4pm
The other crucial thing about having a schedule is that it forces you to decide what seams you are going to choose, and then it forces you to pick the least safe corridors and cut them rather than slipping into pillar-robbing (a.k.a. slope creep).
Coworking guy: Pretty good, and you?
Me: It's getting better! I'm seeing you, aren't I?
CG: (big smile & giggle) Flattery will get you EVERYWHERE! That's what's missing from my life, more consistent flattery.
Me: Careful what you wish for: the consistency might increase, but the texture might not be what you'd like.
CG: Wow, that was well-put-together. I'm gonna take that to my desk to think about.
I just took the five-minute survey on women in open tech & culture (a really inclusive definition). The Ada Initiative is surveying people of any gender in "a wide range of activities and communities based around free/open licenses, and other forms of open, decentralised, and grassroots participation in technology and related fields." If you're reading this, you should probably go take it. It really does take less than five minutes, and this data is crucial so we can gauge how well we're doing now and how far we'll go in the next few years.