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brainwane

@brainwane@social.coop

Indian-American gal who likes to make people laugh. #OpenSource entrepreneur, programmer, tech writer and encourager, stand-up comedian, advocate for transparency in government software and data.

New York City #NYC, Changeset Consulting, #RecurseCenter, #WisCon, #MetaFilter, #Python packaging, Geek Feminism, #Dreamwidth, harihareswara.net.

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brainwane, to fantasy
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http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/the-spindle-of-necessity/

This new short fantasy story by @bpladek was so captivating. A compelling, closely-observed piece - I laughed aloud at:

'He tried to sound careless.... "Pretty sexist of me, too, right?"....

“Nah,” said Adrian, in the tone that meant, I hadn’t thought of it, but yes.'

I think this will resonate with a lot of readers who wrestle with questions about representation and OwnVoices in fiction.

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It's weird and cryptic, but I have to share: I see that some people do some mostly-good things, and I suspect that some mostly-bad people are making them do them.

Some day I'll probably write a book about it. Or at least a draft blog post that I'll never publish.

In the meantime, I think that I won't ask the people who are doing the mostly-good things too many questions about it.

brainwane,
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@aharoni I am, of course, incredibly curious.

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    @treyhunner Thanks! Received.

    brainwane,
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    @treyhunner @sumek @jonafato Yes, thanks!

    I'm going to delete my original post here just to err on the side of privacy but I appreciate y'all's help.

    brainwane, to random
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    Thanks for a lovely - wishing everyone a good year.

    shauna, to random
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    The people are definitely the best thing about but this delightful building with its gorgeous views is a close second

    brainwane,
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    @btskinn Missed you this year!

    seachanger, to random
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    I asked my small biz customers to pay by check or e-check and many actually have! I have to invoice them separately so it’s tedious but the real ones are down. well, the real ones plus the lady from Texas who told me she was happy to start getting in the habit of paying for things by check due to the 15 minute city people eventually using credit cards to shut down commerce from longer distances 🤗

    brainwane,
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    @seachanger I am interested in possibly buying some shelf-stable salmon - https://schoolhousefish.com/shop/tongass-wild-alder-smoked-coho is intriguing! Is the label shown there the only label on the package? Or is there an additional nutritional label with estimated calories etc.? That would help me decide on order size. Thanks!

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    Date is saved for 2025!

    brainwane,
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    @brass75 @mathsppblog PyCon US organizers shared these dates in a presentation toward the very very end of the closing session on Sunday.

    sethmlarson, to random
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    "Caring though infrastructure" @brainwane going to make me tear up with the opening slide 😭

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    brainwane, to python
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    Here is a blog post with links and references to accompany my closing keynote today at , on stories from a few years working on packaging.

    http://harihareswara.net/posts/2024/references-pycon-us-keynote/

    brainwane,
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    Glad so many people enjoyed my keynote sharing stories from several years working on packaging infrastructure.

    http://harihareswara.net/posts/2024/references-pycon-us-keynote/ has a bunch of links and other references, and I hope to post a fuller transcript with slides within the next few weeks. If there is anything you particularly want sooner than that - or anything you want to tell me you really liked! - please let me know.

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    https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/melchua

    @mchua , a past presenter and participant, is coping with cancer.

    I wrote about Dr. Mel Chua last year https://www.harihareswara.net/posts/2023/a-celebration-of-my-friend-dr-mel-chua/ and am thinking of their insight, generosity, wry humor, and ambition as I prepare for my keynote address.

    brainwane, to random
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    folks, my friend @zwol has a question

    https://hackers.town/@zwol/112462627700972824

    and would love to talk on Sunday with someone who works on the import statement part of the core language.

    brainwane, to python
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    http://www.crummy.com/2004/05/20/1

    "But other parsers know too much about HTML. They choke on or try to rewrite bad markup. They assume you care about the whole document. A pirate might make you walk the plank, but only a parser would make you walk the whole tree."

    Happy 20th birthday to the screen-scraping library Beautiful Soup by @leonardr .

    brainwane,
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    Today at we are holding an Open Space to celebrate the 20th anniversary of @leonardr's library Beautiful Soup!

    Join us in:
    Room 315
    1:45-2:30pm

    for the party, featuring zines and lightning talks, and say hi to Leonard!

    brainwane,
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    Beautiful Soup 20th anniversary celebration is starting now in Room 315

    brainwane, to random
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    Is there a copy shop near-ish the venue that is open tomorrow (Sunday)? I'd like to make (or ask a friend to make) about 40 copies of a single-page item, and missed my window today while things were open.

    brainwane,
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    cc @MaggieFero and @shauna because I think you might have some knowledge

    brainwane,
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    @shauna got it!

    I got a message from a local who is printing stuff at home, so I am now set, thanks!

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    Really enjoying the roof deck at . Probably chitchatting up here till at least 5pm.

    So great to have an outdoor space, shielded from the sun, with plenty of seating and tables, and a gorgeous view of river, bridges, trees, and skyline.

    brainwane, to random
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    I am appreciating that the Pittsburgh buses have skylights :) showing a gorgeous sky on a lovely day

    brainwane, to random
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    Revisiting and appreciating @HeyChelseaTroy 's https://chelseatroy.com/2023/04/21/whats-the-point-of-tech-conferences/

    "concentrate the right groups of people into a space to catalyze conversations that lead to Big Things"

    "Cons become worth it from the conversations that happen between folks who otherwise might not have met, that endure beyond the event itself"

    "I (and you) have almost certainly benefited from cons we’ve never been to and never heard of."

    brainwane,
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    The "Cons are not industry newsletters" part is particularly interesting, as I also think about it through the lens of public professional recognition and public mastery validation, and how culturally discouraged it is in our subculture to say "I am seeking the professional respect of my profession."

    https://www.harihareswara.net/posts/2018/the-ambition-taboo-as-dark-matter/
    @HeyChelseaTroy

    leahawasser, (edited ) to python
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    Tips to prevent maintainer burnout from the beautiful soup maintainer. A single maintainer managing a package will millions of users

    *ask users to contribute issues before a pr

    • practice defensive programming. Use warnings to point to common user mistakes

    brainwane,
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    @leahawasser

    The text from @leonardr 's slide:

    My boundaries after twenty years

    I probably won’t respond to your support request

    • (Unless it looks like you hit a bug.)

    I practice defensive coding (especially using warnings.warn)

    • Provides automatic support for common mistakes

    I practice software hygiene (unit tests, type hints)

    • Gives me confidence that I can come back after a break

    Bug reports > pull requests

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    @leahawasser

    Courtesy is even more important than usual

    I’m interested in the quality of my dependencies (lxml et al)

    • I’ll file bugs but won’t try to fix them

    I’m committed to the quality of the beautifulsoup4 package

    • If I walk away or die, the current release should work for a long time.

    @leonardr

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