I lived on the east coast for ~5 years before somebody explained that the term "honey bucket" is not the generic way to refer to portable toilets. They thought it was a idiosyncratic euphemism. In fact, Honey Bucket is a brand. https://social.coop/media/l9ZqKRImY7ccWgIjpZA https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/honey-buckets
@mako 's talk on why free software needs free tools. Highly recommended.
I've got a new paper with Sayamindu Dasgupta that analyzes a natural experiment in Scratch and shows how "wide walls" can support engagement and learning. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/wide-walls-natural-experiment
Check out my (~15m) talk at @firstname.lastname@example.org where I explain why it's critical that free/libre/open source software projects shouldn't rely on proprietary tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY
It's a talk version of https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html from 2010. Sadly still relevant.
I posted some pictures and context for my climb of Mt. Rainier w/ @mika this week: https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/climbing-mount-rainier
Here are some #opensource #foss apps I use from #F–droid Show more
Mastalab — #mastodon client
FreeOTP — #OTP code generator
OpenKeyChain — #OpenPGP key manager (integrates with K-9)
Markor — #markdown editor
Barcodegen — #Barcode generator
Excited to share this new blog post on my research: https://blog.communitydata.cc/revisiting-the-rise-and-decline/
The pool of active contributors to Wikipedia started declining in 2007. Researchers blamed a calcifying bureaucracy and hostility to newcomers. Are these problems in other wiki communities too? Could there be a deeper reason why these dynamics emerge?
I replicated Halfaker et al 2013's analysis of 'The rise and decline.' The dynamics observed in Wikipedia appear to reoccur again and again in many wiki communities.
My new paper w/ @groceryheist and Aaron Shaw shows that big wikis tend to grow and decline in a way that looks eerily similar to English Wikipedia. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/revisiting-the-rise-and-decline
I'll be filling in for @Biella and giving the closing keynote at #LibrePlanet this Sunday! As big an honor as the shoes I'm being asked to fill! (*gulp* /me goes back to working on my talk) https://www.fsf.org/news/libreplanet-free-software-conference-celebrates-10th-anniversary-this-weekend-at-mit-march-24-25 https://social.coop/media/T_rcbqvu2WHeerGpnuk
XORcise: To remove observations from a dataset if they satisfy one of two criteria, but not both. [e.g., After XORcising adults and citizens, only foreign children and adult citizens were left.] https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/xorcise
Turns out that somebody has a log of the time my keyboard broke in the middle of a conversation on a public IRC channel! I vaguely remember that! https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/stop-mang-fun-of-me
Did I forget a period of my life when I grew a horseshoe mustache and dreadlocks, walked around topless, and illustrated a 2009 article in the Economist on the economic boon that hippy festivals represent to rural American communities?
I imported my old (and otherwise unavailable) Kuro5hin diary entries from ~15 years ago into my Wordpress blog. I also shared the code I used if you want to do the same. https://mako.cc/copyrighteous/my-kuro5hin-diary-entries
Google “wants to guess the question before you ask it.”
Ask yourself: how well must a company know me to do that? What else can they do if they know me so well?
sources.debian.org [re-]Launches To Provide Easy Access To Debian Source Code http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Sources-Debian-DebSource via @phoronix
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