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Hey y'all! I seem to have lost my old Toot so here goes:

I'm an Engineering Manager for a managed WordPress host and have been working with WordPress since finishing my grad degree in 2012. Before that I made a living a pilot and even, for a little while, as a musician, teacher and other things.

I spend my free time reading and searching for more ethical tech to get my own work done and share with those who are likeminded both here and through regular blogging.

There really is no market left to actually _manage_ content in any kind of efficient manner, eh? Everything I try seems to just be a GUI editor while managing that content in the background is, at best, an afterthought.

uspol, school shooting, police mention 

The way people in school security talk about school shooting security measures is absolutely haunting and surreal.

"In the society that we are living in today, it's no longer [just] law enforcement; everyone plays a key part in this."

"I always tell them, 'I need more time than an hour.' I need to be able to teach these teachers how can you barricade yourself in a room if you have to."

What the fuck. What the fuck. This is the talk of someone living in a war zone. And they just... accept that?? The way they talk about this like it's something to take in stride creeps me out. They do know it's not normal, right? Or are they so deceived about the state of the world (I'm reminded of USians confidently asserting that countries with "socialized healthcare" are utter hellholes) that they think this is just how things work everywhere? The amount of cruelty and violence these people have learned to accept is mind-numbing. I can't help but compare them to indoctrinated North Koreans, except many North Koreans aren't this naive and know better things are possible.

The more I study the concept of digital colonialism the more fascinating it is to me. The damage it has and is doing to so many places really cannot be understated.

One single type of payment terminal (the Verifone H5000), a rather old platform, officially announced End of Life 2018 with some sort of support until 2023, brought down big parts of card payment all over Germany as one of the embedded certificates expired unnoticed on Tuesday.

I just read a post elsewhere from a US engineering manager joining a US healthcare startup to “bring affordable healthcare to every person on earth”

That’s one hell of a bubble to live in to say something so thoroughly ridiculous with a concept that has no intention of expanding beyond wealthy countries all with more affordable systems than the US.

Then again, most US folks I know in healthcare want to see the US model replicated throughout the world as they hope to cash in on the misery so…

We have 3X as much COVID on this Memorial Day weekend as last year and people don't give a shit anymore. This will hurt the most vulnerable people, like the chronically ill, kids and the elderly.

Please be considerate and protect yourself and others by wearing a well-fitting N95 (or better) mask.

Good morning. ☕️ Here to confirm that aging sucks, and you should avoid it if at all possible.

The more I learn about FSE in WordPress the less excited I am about WP in general. I’m ever-more convinced that headless will be the right direction for bigger sites and a lot of other sites are going to find alternatives alltogether.

One overlooked #mastodon feature I enjoy is knowing that reading a toot or opening an image isn't contributing to some advertising algorithm's dataset on me and my purchasing preferences.

Is redirecting all Go-related traffic through a proxy, presumably with the added benefit of being able to inspect it, Go-ogling?

I’ve been looking at the Framework ( laptop lately, even though I bought a new Mac in Nov. Looks amazing but then I realize I would need to open another personal Google account if I went back to that I simply work with too many people on too many things.

Years ago, I set up an account that auto-tweets the same 25ish funny Sun Tzu quotes I made up every few hours. Incredibly, this thing has amassed over 14000 followers. People are weird.

Hi fediverse! Boosts appreciated on this one.

I’m part of a co-op building a platform for artists to sell art without getting exploited. I’ve been working on it for a while but there’s a lot of work to do and I could use some help. A ton of the main features are in place, but there’s still some big gaps and a lot of polish left before it can launch.

The platform is fully open source and developed in the open. It’s built on Phoenix/Elixir and Tailwindcss. Our co-op is already incorporated and established and it’s open to members that want to actually commit but you don’t need to be a member to contribute or help.

Does this sound interesting? I’d love some help! I’m also happy to answer questions. And no, you don’t need to know Elixir already. It’s pretty easy to learn for the things you’d be using it for. Even some design help would be welcome. Feel free to reply here or DM me!


Hey folks working on #Fediverse projects like #Mastodon, #PixelFed, #WriteAs: I'm a writer who's spent 20 years writing blog posts, documentation, product copy, social media, and a little UX writing for a variety of orgs large and small.

Recent work involves the Bear notes app, previously: 1Password.

I can't contribute as a dev, but I can definitely help write, edit, or just polish your user-facing comms.

Can anyone help get this in front of relevant folks? Or point out how I can reach them?

We’re catching up on some work with team focus this morning following the company Hackathon the last few days. We’re finally on the verge of starting some work we’ve been planning for months and it feels damn good.

More and more I think the evolution of my own tech is going to be to remove the iPad and watch and wind up back on Android/Linux only. This can’t happen for a while but I’m starting to question whether so much of my frustration is all the complexity I repeatedly add to what I work with.

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