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August, 2021

What do I want you to know about Ma? / August 30, 2021

I wrote this piece to read at my mother's memorial on Saturday, August 28. I don't want to lose it, so I'm posting it here, to my personal space. This is terrifying to me, which is why I’ve decided to write something down. I can’t possibly hope to represent Ma well. ...

A delay / August 28, 2021

I failed to publish a Fairness Friday post today. In my defense, I've been preparing for my mother's memorial, which is tomorrow. I'll likely post on Sunday. For now, I hope that you have a lovely weekend, full of good things, and urge you to tell your loved ones how you ...

11 assertions about blockchain / August 21, 2021

Proof-of-work is a disaster. There’s no way to couch it; arguments about it providing economic incentives for renewable energy are cognitive dissonance at best. Proof-of-work blockchains have the environmental footprint of a small country. Bitcoin could raise global temperatures by two degrees over the next decade all on its own. ...

Fairness Friday: California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance / August 21, 2021

I’m posting Fairness Fridays: a new community social justice organization each week. I donate to each featured organization. If you feel so inclined, please join me. This week, I’m donating to the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance. CIYJA is an organization run and developed by undocumented youth organizers. It describes its ...

The three-dimensional engineer / August 19, 2021

I’m hiring for a few engineers right now: five Ruby on Rails positions (most of them senior), two JS positions, and a quality engineer. More than a few people I’ve spoken to for these roles have apologized to me for coming from different backgrounds and not having been the product ...

Fairness Friday: California Environmental Justice Alliance / August 13, 2021

I’m posting Fairness Fridays: a new community social justice organization each week. I donate to each featured organization. If you feel so inclined, please join me. This week, I’m donating to the California Environmental Justice Alliance. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center describes its mission as follows: The California Environmental ...

Fairness Friday: Abolitionist Law Center / August 6, 2021

I’m posting Fairness Fridays: a new community social justice organization each week. I donate to each featured organization. If you feel so inclined, please join me. This week, I’m donating to the Abolitionist Law Center. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Abolitionist Law Center describes its mission as follows: The Abolitionist Law Center ...

The hot van summer / August 5, 2021

On June 6, we lost my mother. The last really coherent thing she said to me was, “I love you guys”. The second-to-last thing was, “I need you”. The third-to-last thing was, “how will we get to the Cape?” My great grandparents built a house in East Falmouth on Cape Cod ...

Reading, watching, playing, using: July, 2021 / August 1, 2021

This is my monthly roundup of the books, articles, and streaming media I found interesting. Here's my list for July, 2021. This is a lighter list than usual because I'm in the middle of driving across the US with my family. Books Mexican Gothic, by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia. An atmospheric horror story that ...

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