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Web developer, movie buff, and pretty much the best guy you know. Married to @operaqueenie.
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Aug 10 7 tweets 2 min read
I wish we could help more people understand the phenomenon of "soft power". People don't recognize it when it impacts them. But more importantly, many people don't recognize when they themselves wield soft power. This is especially important for people who identify as underrepresented in some way. It's difficult to convince people who *feel* marginalized that they still have soft power. That often results in them wreaking havoc on others in a way they refuse to be accountable to.
Aug 9 6 tweets 2 min read
That's because everybody understands that they're not actually serious. They want to punish the FBI for not falling in line politically. But they don't actually want to "defund" them. They just know you all will get distracted by the supposed "hypocrisy". Please stop. Yes. This is all in bad faith. It has been for a very long time. And yet here you are. Still going through the motions of pointing it out like maybe we're not sure.
Aug 9 4 tweets 1 min read
Sometimes I try to talk to people about remote vs local work environments. And their immediate assumption is "these things are the same whether remote or local". It's so frustrating for me because remote work has impacted me so negatively and nobody cares. I don't think I've talked about it on here. But in the last 2 years, my battle with RSI has escalated. Because of the increased amount of mousing and typing, I've been dealing with chronic pain. I've had to see a physical therapist and completely change my habits.
Aug 2 12 tweets 3 min read
This article is really good. It's a little dense. But if you get into it, you will understand what some of us have been saying about the importance of a worker movement. The Fed has been saying this out loud if you've been paying attention. But banks and a lot of other business execs have also been talking about it in private.

"Workers are demanding higher wages. That impacts our bottom line. And we are responding by raising prices."
Aug 1 5 tweets 2 min read
I used to work at Best Buy. I can confirm they're trash. They want to sell you some shit whether you need it or not. The only reason it's not more aggressive is they don't bother to incentivize their employees with commissions or whatever. I'm supposed to exploit you for free. In fact, we were told in sales training to reassure customers that we don't make commission as a way to gain trust. And then use that trust to push shit they don't need. It was the definition of sleazy bullshit. I noped out pretty quick.
Jul 30 9 tweets 3 min read
So I finally got @operaqueenie to buy into my method for tracking digital subscriptions. Now we have a shared list with a fairly complete accounting.

The new total? We pay $5,349.37 per year for subscriptions. $445.78 per month. You can read the previous thread for a lot of context. I started out wanting to know how much money I paid for software. And it was also helpful so I didn't forget that I was paying for something. It gave me a way to periodically reevaluate and potentially decide to cancel.
Jul 27 11 tweets 2 min read
I guess we're talking about recasting T'Challa vs passing the Black Panther mantle to a new character. I have mixed feelings about it. There is a lot to say about Chadwick Boseman's legacy. He wasn't just a great T'Challa. He was on track to be a huge and beloved actor. He was taken tragically *before* reaching his prime IMO. And many people will want to honor that legacy forever in some way.
Jul 26 11 tweets 3 min read
Yep. People learned the word "asymptomatic" but didn't really internalize what it meant. A lot of people have had covid and gotten over it without even realizing. Because they had no reason to get tested. People get upset when we talk about this. "I've never had covid" has become a badge of honor. And rightly so. But not everyone has actually done tests to be sure they never had it. What they really mean is "I've never felt sick, and all the tests I've taken have been negative".
Jul 25 11 tweets 3 min read
Your coworkers make you feel like you can't take a day off. But it's a "scam" by the company? I think what we mean is we want the company to save us from negative social dynamics. And that's fine. But we don't need to call it a scam. It's a policy decision with pros and cons. I hate when I find myself defending company policy. It's okay to be mad at companies. Do you.

But if you're convincing yourself that everything that is inconvenient for you is a "scam", it's gonna get increasingly difficult to make reasonable career decisions.
Jul 24 4 tweets 1 min read
I real big part of what Americans are grappling with is that we expect people to lie. When they don't lie we get confused. When people just tell you they're gonna do dirt, and then do it in exactly the way they said, we don't know how to react to that kind of boldness. We expect to have to work hard to "catch" people. Because Americans depend more on proving intent than anything else. We think that "proving" intent is supposed to be near impossible. Because why would anyone actually be honest about their intention to do fucked up things?
Jul 24 8 tweets 2 min read
This isn’t how I would define technical debt at all. But it’s a respectable attempt. The only aspect of technical debt that matters is when it’s harder than it should be to make changes to the system. Software as a medium is so valuable partly because of how malleable it is. We can constantly iterate in what the system does over time in order to add new value.
Jul 20 10 tweets 3 min read
Oh. Let me take this moment to try to explain something. It's an important concrete issue when we talk about systemic racism.

When people say things like this, they are responding to racist conditioning. It harms people of color, but also harms everyone else.
Jul 17 10 tweets 3 min read
What kind of money talk do y'all wanna have today? I don't think I'm the best person to address this. I don't know what people mean by "collapse". To me it's a strong word that indicates catastrophy. But when talking about economic markets, people say "collapse" when they mean a 20% drop in value.
Jul 16 18 tweets 4 min read
I've been trying to find the right ways to talk to people about money. There is a lot of talk out there, but the vast majority of it sucks and is deeply unhelpful in my opinion. I've been asking myself what kind of info is actually helpful.
Jul 15 6 tweets 2 min read
And here we are. Right there on paper. A lot of people believe police don't have *enough* money. If an institution is not doing what you want, it must be because it's underfunded. Don't bother looking at the actual budget. Just get out the checkbook. My new radical platform involves fixing policing by giving them even more money and then pleading with them to stop beating and murdering people. #OverfundThePolice
Jul 14 7 tweets 3 min read
Defunding IS different from reform. #DefundThePolice is an explicitly anti-reform platform. Reform usually results in more funds being allocated to police. Reallocate also leaves room for shenanigans. Defund the police. It means what it says. That's why people hate it. That's why they're so sure it's a "terrible slogan". Precisely because it's harder to misinterpret, redirect, or water down.

You don't like it because you don't really want to defund the police. That's fine, but it ain't got shit to do with the name.
Jul 14 5 tweets 2 min read
Here's some simple advice. If you see something on here that makes you want to argue, post it on your own TL instead of replying. Instead of picking a fight with a random stranger, use it as an opportunity to express your own personal values to those who want to hear you. Some of us may have to work on building this new habit. But it has so many nice benefits.
- Fewer shitty fights with random strangers
- The people who opt-ed into hearing from you will hear from you more often
Jul 13 4 tweets 1 min read
"Defund the police has no real plan" is the same phenomenon as "Democrats never deliver results". Folks just really want to be spoon fed. They want big bang solutions that are neatly packaged. And it's just never going to be that way. That's the real reason why it's difficult to build political movements. Why it creates so much apathy and disengagement. It's work. It takes actual work from everyone to figure out what we're gonna do and to get on board. It's not gonna get dropped in your lap.
Jul 12 11 tweets 3 min read
I know this is a useless comment at this stage, but I still think it needs to be stated explicitly. Trolls and bots are the biggest reason that social media is toxic and harmful. A lot of other issues stem from and revolve around that. There are many other problems. This stance isn't meant to minimize or dismiss a lot of other real and valid issues. But I believe those issues stem from humans being humans. The issue of fake people having outsized impact on public discourse is uniquely a social media problem.
Jul 10 11 tweets 3 min read
This is so accurate. And I want to let this sentiment stand on its own before I go into a related thought. I have been damaged so much by people who didn't want to listen to me before and now want me to bail them out. But this led me to another thought that I wanted to try to unpack. It's related to the thread from earlier as well. People hate hearing "I told you so" more than anything. And a person like me frequently gets interpreted that way. But that's just not it.
Jul 10 8 tweets 2 min read
Right. This part.

And it has to come with the same message. Black people been knew this. We've been telling you how it goes. Now you're finding out. When I say this, it's not really about saying "I told you so". It's not really about saying you should've listened to Black people. Although clearly you should.

What's it's really about is getting people to accept what has actually been happening to Black people for *decades*.