"Vaccine Season" by Hannu Rajaniemi was one of my favorite stories on "LeVar Burton Reads" so far.
It's set in a future in which mass vaccination has taken on a whole new meaning - but it's really a story about a kid and his grandpa. Worth the listen, e.g., here (the podcast has ads, but they're easy to skip):
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"The Body Monstrous" is a 15-30 minute (free) narrative game about a person dealing with an unspeakable horror in their otherwise ordinary life. Content warning for dark psychological themes and some blood.
Beautifully done, made with the open source #GodotEngine. Played it in Firefox on an an old laptop w/o issues.
"Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty" looks very interesting, ordered: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780385545686
Here's a recent review by Sarah Jones:
video autoplay rant
Video autoplay IMO represents the worst of social media - it encourages spreading context-free snippets that feed raw emotion.
Stopping to think about whether I want to actually mentally engage with a subject is almost always the right impulse, especially when dealing with political topics.
Fortunately it can be disabled, even on the birdsite.
In saying this, I'm not suggesting that taxes are _enough_. Capitalism is fundamentally broken, and taxing/regulating a destructive system that behaves in a manner analogous to a cancer is not enough (it will still eat away at us, just more slowly).
Returning to reasonable levels of taxation & using that tax revenue to invest in public well-being is only the most modest of beginnings.
I'm going to share this New Republic article about Gates' influence on access to medicine one more time, because it's so important to critically examine the role of philanthropy.
The Gates Foundation and Gates' philanthropy are, in many ways, the best case scenario for billionaire interventions in public health. Even here, "philanthropy" becomes an extension of the founder's destructive ideology.
Imagine what could be done if we just taxed this wealth properly.
New blog post: https://www.harihareswara.net/sumana/2021/4/13/1
2 exciting bits of news re: massively improving how we package, distribute, & install Python software!
1: a new grant to further improve Python packaging security
2: the PSF is hiring a full-time project manager/community manager for #Python's packaging toolchain
I'm excited to get to work with this person and teach them what I know!
i've tagged out 600+ open source, experimental and tiny tools by their qualities and built a new website for sorting through them!
these are all tools towards joyful digital creation, with the goal of enabling working entirely outside of proprietary systems- moving instead from one hand-made software to another.
(the list takes submissions if it is missing yours >:))
There is still time to apply for this Internews 6-month developer contract (full-time) to work with the SecureDrop team on accessibility, translation tooling, and more:
Technical focus: Python development (web accessibility experience a big plus)
Daily comp range: USD 300-500
Location: Anywhere (remote)
This is a deeply researched and very readable article by Alexander Zaitchik that shows the profound ideological influence Bill Gates and his foundation have had on preserving "monopoly medicine" -- medicine driven by the same model rooted in artificial scarcity that Microsoft was.
I wish they had gone with a less absurd illustration (clearly a riff on the anti-vaxxer portrayal of Gates), but I still would encourage reading & sharing it widely.
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Really glad https://endoflife.date/ exists, very useful for maintaining web infra or other Internet services, to avoid getting bitten by those pesky end-of-life deadlines.
Principal Project Manager, https://freedom.press
https://lib.reviews and other free/open projects.
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