One of the arguments for "intelligent design" takes as an example a simple banana, and explains how it's just the right size for eating, the right color to easily spot it, easy to peel with human hands, etc. — and that it all can't be just a coincidence. Someone could point out that we evolved the eyes and hands for the banana, and not the other way around. But that would be a mistake. I will instead point out that the modern banana was indeed designed by humans. Behold the wild one (a banana for scale).

Pretty big crowds at the School Strike for Climate in Sydney. I’m not good at estimating crowds but I must have been at least 70,000 people, and probably quite a lot more than that. #SS4C

life hack:

you can just say "websearch" instead of "google"

there is more than one search engine

don't internalize the brands' language

Radical thought: the era of email may be coming to its end, and we (not the big corporations) will have to invent something new and better. Something that is more secure and less vulnerable to spam and centralization.

I'd start on this if I had time, and a big room with whiteboards.

That toot should have had a CW of "ukpol, brexit" I guess.

I seem to have hit a brick wall in my learning to touch-type again. Digits and shift are difficult for me to do fast enough.

"I never really understood [common thing or concept]" is a crappy way of saying "I disagree with [common thing or concept] is silly]".


I really wish the demon of censorship wasn't invoked every time someone is called out for saying something awful.

Ted's rule of architecture: If you can't explain it on one whiteboard it is too complex.

Are you a Mac developer that believes in our project? We have hit a brick wall with our macOS #Glimpse port and have a severe lack of Apple users in our project to unblock it!

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Every time you think: "But what about all the good things he did", consider: "What about all the people and potentially great contributions we lost because of him."

#RMS #FreeSoftware

We don't need leaders any more. We never did.

Just re-upping this offer: because being comfortable with git is a barrier to entry to many FS/OSS projects, and because I care deeply about lowering those barriers, I will tutor anyone who asks for help with git, and/or connect them with any mentor(s) they might prefer.

I'll do this while I put energy and work into making the tool more approachable, and into making better tools and learning paths.

Boosts gratefully appreciated.


Subplot can now produce a PDF from an input file. Next up: it needs some typesetting.

@foggy @jalcine The thread is about why people are sad. I'm sad. He said awful things and hurt many people. For that, he's been removed from leadership from the organization he founded.

For that, he's been removed from the university.

I'm glad for those things. They were the right answer.

I'm still sad for the man who gave my life a sense of purpose.

I'm sad he couldn't change this about himself. The world would be a better place if he could have.

The question each day is how can I make the world at least a little better place today.

Linux is more than Linus.

GNU and the FSF are more than RMS.

How about we see what kind of movement we can build if we centre the kind of people that the assholes and creeps of F/LOSS drove away?

RMS and the free software community 

The RMS resignation was inevitable and right, but at the same time very sad.

Things can be right and sad at the same time. We can feel empathy while knowing this was necessary.

For people celebrating, we understand why. For those feeling sad about it, it's okay to feel sad too, but we all knew it had to happen.

#RMS #Stallman #FSF

The fight for diversity, equality and inclusion is the fight for software freedom. Our movement will only be successful if it includes everyone. RMS does not speak for these values.

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