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kate

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👩🏻‍💻 Software developer 🌍 Environmentalist 🌱 Vegan 🏳️‍🌈 Queer (she/they)

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Toem, which is currently available on Xbox Game Pass, is a perfect weekend game: a photography puzzle game with a calming soundtrack that takes about six hours to complete.

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I built a Lego version of a SimCity 2000 office building:

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In the same way most of us say “goodbye” without realising it derives from “god be with ye”, maybe one day people will end conversations with “likensubscribe”

kate,
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@orionkidder The Oxford English Dictionary seems fairly confident about the etymology: https://www.oed.com/dictionary/goodbye_n?tab=etymology

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We blocked Anthropic’s ClaudeBot across the 6,000 sites we host at 7:55 this morning. On our busiest server this caused traffic to drop from a peak of 493 requests per second to just 90:

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@itwars We just blocked their user-agent, as they refuse to publish their IP address ranges

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I had a lovely morning reading The Living Mountain while a wren sang on our balcony. Described by the Guardian as “the finest book ever written on nature and landscape in Britain”, it details Nan Shepherd’s lifelong relationship with the Cairngorms and her philosophy of life:

“So, simply to look on anything, such as a mountain, with the love that penetrates to its essence, is to widen the domain of being in the vastness of non-being. Man has no other reason for his existence.”

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I finally went to see the memorial to the patron saint of queer programmers, Alan Turing:

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A stranger called me “stylish” today, which I feel vindicates my refusal to dress appropriately for the weather and ground conditions

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Glen Sligachan, Skye:

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British transphobia has now reached the stage of coercing young people into detransitioning using the threat of referrals to social services if they access treatment through private providers. The Good Law Project is crowdfunding for a possible legal challenge: https://goodlawproject.org/crowdfunder/nhs-cyp-guidance/

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Putting my money where my mouth is:

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Bristol came so close to having the first Green majority on a upper-tier English council.

Edit: Here’s what the results imply for the Bristol Central constituency in the upcoming general election: https://iamkate.com/data/bristol-central/

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If you’re designing a programming language, please consider allowing hyphens in identifiers. Hyphen-separated text (kebab-case) is more readable than camelCase, and doesn’t require use of the shift key like camelCase and snake_case. There’s no ambiguity with subtraction if you require spaces around binary operators (which every style guide I’ve ever used requires anyway).

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    @rooster Coincidentally I too have just bought a hat and have then spent way too much time over the weekend wondering if I could be a hat person (apologies for the slightly spotty hotel mirrors):

    A photo of me, a 40-year-old white woman with blue eyes and long brown hair, wearing a black crew-neck top and a purple batik skirt with Celtic knots

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    On 7th June 2020 anti-racism protestors tore down a statue of slave-trader Edward Colston and threw it into Bristol harbour. The statue that once looked down on the people of Bristol now lies, graffiti-covered and surrounded by placards from the protest, in the M Shed museum. I found the exhibition to be a moving reminder of that brief period when it seemed Britain might finally start to acknowledge and address the legacy of its history of racism.

    A placard reading “Colston must fall”
    Various placards, including one reading “BLM means gay + trans Black lives matter”
    Various placards, including one reading “The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house”

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    The mnemonic I use to remember Markdown link syntax is that the square brackets look a bit like a button and then the round brackets mention the URL as a note afterwards:

    button

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    @KasTasMykolas Parenthetical comments follow their subject (in my experience)

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    Brits ask “A penny for your thoughts?” and Americans respond with “Just my two cents”. At current exchange rates ($1.00 = £0.80) this means Brits are receiving 1.6p of American thoughts for just 1p. In this paper we propose an alternative asset pricing model for the marketplace of ideas, considering—

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    Last night I discovered my christening candle in a box of childhood items my parents gave me. This morning the bathroom lightbulb died while I was having a shower. So now, for the second time in my life, I’m getting washed by the light of a christening candle.

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    If you’re wondering what my parents think about this act of sacrilege:

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    I love it when @Clare makes garam masala — it looks so pretty in the pan

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    @naiyer @Clare Yes, I like to make dhal and Clare makes a variety of curries

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    My wife and I went to a mermaid-painting watercolour workshop today. The other attendee, a retired woman, asked us “Are you two related, or just friends?”. Anyway, here’s my first attempt at painting since primary school 30 years ago:

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    I often see people here discussing the importance of forgiving our past selves for taking so long to realise who we really are. But forgiveness implies blame — that there’s something to forgive.

    I believe gratitude is more powerful, and more cathartic, than forgiveness. I say to my past self:

    Thank you for all you endured for so many years to keep me safe. Thank you for sacrificing yourself so that I could exist. I’ll make it worth it. I’ll make you proud.

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