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Always keep this in mind: While the global spreading of the #Wuhan-type #Coronavirus is changing the world as we know it, it is likely to be a short-term disruption. #climatechange however is a far bigger issue, addressing the basic conditions for human life to strive on Earth. So please do not forget about long-term challenges seen the dramatic evolution of current events.
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Computers and Text: Can anyone recommend high level resources (documentaries, recorded lectures, articles, ...) that help a latin-script-centric person like me gain an understanding of how other cultures experience and use text on computers with non-latin scripts? (RTL, vertical text, complex scripts, ...) Happy about any pointers!

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Langauge design core philosophy: you can do anything you want, but you have to tell us exactly what you want.

Turns out governments can just write a big blank check and make money appear out of thin air.

Turns out most of the shit we were getting paid fuck all to do was pointless busy work all along.

Turns out the people doing the most important work are the ones getting paid the least.

Turns out they can house the homeless overnight if they have enough motivation.

Turns out they can just cancel evictions and rent hikes.

Its very interesting to see what is considered a "crisis" and what is not.

United States federal student loan payments are being deferred until Sep 30. Don't pay your federal student loans until then. No interest will accrue and it won't affect your credit score. (Most student loans in the US are federal but uh make sure yours are before doing this.)


Microsoft originally included Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts as educational/tutorial tools to get people used to using a mouse and a graphical UI.

Minesweeper (showed up first in Windows 3.1) taught left/right click and precision clicking. Solitaire (showed up in Windows 3.0) taught drag and drop. Hearts taught what networking was (included first in Windows for Workgroups 3.1, showed off NetDDE)

From what learning in my research, most software optimizations should come up naturally. As you try to make a design as simple as possible, and as you find bottlenecks, you already have the required knowledge to find solutions. And I shouldn't worry too much about making the wrong choices from the start, as long as I keep everything clean enough.

It seems like a lot of people are feeling justifiably anxious right now and having trouble dealing with it. A lot of common anxiety management strategies assume your fears are irrational, so here are some tips that might help deal with it when they aren't!

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Code reviews can be really great, but I've noticed that lots of code reviews in open source projects are just "I would have done this slightly differently" and I wish that wasn't the case.

Good news: because it is so fucking weird to have a pandemic and be in quarantine and try to work as normal and you've done such a good job all week everyone decided that we can have Friday off hooray.

Hey folx. I'm writing a free book called Riot Medicine to help teach people first aid for protests, riots, and insurrections. โ’ถ ๐Ÿด โš•๏ธ

Some volunteers have already completed illustrations, but there's still many more that are needed before this can be distributed. If you're able to help out (even with just a single illustration!) get in touch.

You can find out more at

Examples of content (including illustrations) are provided below.

Me: "Oh cool, it's a Mushroom!"
Mushroom: "Let's Bailout Landlords!"
Me: "Yuck, it's a Shittake Mushroom."

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