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luis_in_brief

@luis_in_brief@social.coop

Programmer turned lawyer and community guy.

Current: Tidelift, Creative Commons, OpenET, California HDF, 415/94110, dad.

Previously: Wikimedia, Mozilla, Open Source Initiative, GNOME, LegOS, Duke, 305/MIA, more.

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ckoerner, to Wikipedia
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@ckoerner wow, didn't realize IN was getting so big. Is that relatively recent?

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I don't know if this is just the people I follow (network effects of course) but it feels so so so interesting to me that there is this kind of everyone reading the same small set of books in software commentary and like, sort of vaguely systems-and-social software people. Like don't get me wrong I like some of the books but it's weird how specific they are. I mean who starts it? Who are the bellwethers out here like hey read THIS particular sociology text

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@danilo @grimalkina (added to my up next list, need more non-fiction that is plausibly software-related but not too much so)

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Most emergency surgical interventions are not aligned with science because trauma surgeons aren't letting patients die to establish appropriate control group

  • Retired paediatric allergist

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@cstross @sps @AlisonW I assume you have all seen this but just in case https://www.bmj.com/content/363/bmj.k5094

tante, to random
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The amount and quality of work that @404mediaco puts out on a daily basis is awe inspiring. Like just ... how?

luis_in_brief,
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@tante @404mediaco I assume speed

NoraReed, to random
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hey nerds is there a free pomodoro app that lets me adjust the length of the timers and choose my own noise for when it goes off? that won't spy on me?

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@NoraReed no idea re spying on you, but Forest has A Definite Vibe you might like? Not hacky but appealing to other parts of the soul.

luis_in_brief, to random
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The seemingly-harmless cultural quirk of math-speak described here by @glyph is, among many other bad side effects, the way the most outrageous excesses of e/acc snuck into (took over?) the basically correct impulse that lots of American philanthropy is self-serving pablum.
https://mastodon.social/@glyph/112248641440566368

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Every little free library is a microcosm of the indispensably-beautiful and important aspirations and tricky problems of Wikipedia, with an extra layer of mildew and insects

luis_in_brief,
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@natematias oh, is this why I haven’t built mine yet because I need it to have organized sub-sections and sort of aspire to give it a website and maybe a checkout process

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@natematias thankfully the sustainability model is basically “this duplex really really loves books” but exactly because duplex yes, governance and content moderation will need to find the challenging balance between our household’s “whatever kid has just outgrown” and “sci-fi”, our neighbor’s “Latin American indie presses”, and my “maybe this is the way to slowly turn all my neighbors into bike zealots” tendencies

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@natematias (I wish I had time to write/think about how to think about the spectrum of sustainability needs that span that huge space between “I drop books on my front step because I love them and this gift is small and human and neighborly” and “oh shit the entire world economy depends on me and 100,000 of my closest internet friends”)

luis_in_brief, to random
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The FTC should go after health care providers, on fraudulent advertising grounds, whose websites say they offer urgent care but don’t. It’s maddeningly frustrating to need medical care, look at google results, and then do dial after dial just to hear that “oh, yeah, we’ll get back to you Monday”.

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(I’m … probably fine? But my 5pm flight to europe tomorrow is not exactly as sure a thing as it was a few hours ago.)

luis_in_brief,
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@glyph on the plus side, I was reminded that I am privileged enough to pay (checks notes) Amazon for the privilege of actually talking to a medical professional in a timely manner

luis_in_brief,
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@danielnazer 1000%. Just the first time (ever?) I’ve needed specialized urgent care, so exploring a new niche of the American hellscape!

luis_in_brief,
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@mxmehl feeling much better today! But this means I have to finish my talk 🫣

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A pair of really sweet uploads in the last bit of time: Two Pacific Bell specialized home phone catalogs, encouraging you to break out of the standard telephones (that they offered) into a plastic insane world of pure 1980s kitsch.

https://archive.org/details/pnb-the-famous-phones-in-your-life
https://archive.org/details/pnb-famous-phones-for-pacific-northwest-interiors

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@textfiles I assume this picture was also an exhibit in one of their antitrust trials.

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Nice, pre-emptive inter-state resource war legislation. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2024/04/13/midwest-drought-water/

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@danhon my god, that’s Paolo Bacigalupi’s music

Ffangohr, to random
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luis_in_brief,
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@Ffangohr @danhon v1990.0

davidho, to random

Love a company that encourages repairs and will send you parts to repair their products. The sticker is icing on the cake. 😍

luis_in_brief,
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@davidho TIL. Thanks for sharing.

xor, to random
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This week I joined an illustrious group of crossword scholars in launching Crossword Craze, a project to find and share exactly-100-year-old clips from the archives of the first major crossword fad.

It's fun! It's free! Sign up now to get my first contribution tomorrow https://crosswordcraze.today/

luis_in_brief,
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@xor have sent up the flare to all my cross wording family

luis_in_brief, to random
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If you’re weird enough for Fedi, and in Denver, Albuquerque, or DFW, then public service announcement:

GO TO MEOW WOLF.

That is all, return to your regularly scheduled weird.

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@ReverendMoose @piki we took my 7yo, it was borderline too intense for him. But 15 should be fine. Hell at 15 it probably would have been very good for me.

ZaneSelvans, to random
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I'd like to go back to spending time understanding science things instead of money things someday.

luis_in_brief,
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@ZaneSelvans seeing like a state is pretty great for understanding modern science, I could argue.

luis_in_brief,
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@robgalanakis @ZaneSelvans it’s definitely one of those books that changes how you see vassssst numbers of problems. I still need to write my “seeing cybersecurity like a state” blog post…

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@ZaneSelvans @robgalanakis that one is also fascinating, though less generally applicable.

tldr: the book is about SE Asia’s history and people doing the “exit” part of “exit, voice, loyalty” at a socially-impactful level. But they’re pretty rare in the modern world.

I do think there is something really interesting to be written comparing this history with open source software’s exit and eventual recapture, but 🗓️⌚️

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