Github of Yore Human beings are inherently social creatures, for better or worse. When they are NOT being social, it is most often the case that there was some reason that led inexorably to their new default unsocial state. Github, then, the version-controlled codebase which is social, would seem to be the most prosocial network ever invented for a usually inherently anti-social people–computer programmers.
My Github Entry I came into Github back when their structure was officially this:
Once Upon A Time When I was about 16, I was elected as the state representative of Kentucky to go to Whitewater, Wisconsin and discuss World Affairs. I was one of two people selected to go, and it was, among other things, a very memorable experience. The time period of this journey was during the Clinton years, and there were two large things going on as far as regional concerns/competitions at that time.
Some Days It Feels Like You Wake Up In The Twilight Zone Today, one of the first things brought to my attention are various articles about how HIPPA does not prevent a business from asking about your Covid vaccination. The first thing that I thought about that was “Well, duh, HIPAA is mostly law about how hospitals and medical places have to handle your medical data.” In other words, if you transfer medical information around, how are places that get that data to handle the info?
Those That Build Before I even begin writing this post, there is necessary background. It comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Yes, the classics.
With this deep viewing follows a necessary axiom: Your users will never want nor be satisfied with what you build. Ever. Here is the next one: You are going to rebuild a tower over and over and over and each time you are going to convince yourself the software or solution is better.
A Podcast On A Previous Domain In about 2015/2016, my wife and I conceived of an idea to have an online podcast show. We decided to call it Nearly Sacred. As I mentioned on another post on this site, that website was attacked and then the domain was stolen. Keep in mind, this happened before Trump and de-platforming had become a common occurrence.
The podcast discussed sacred matters such as things hidden and plain sight as well as the daily news and speculated on whether something may or may not be a conspiracy theory.
Open Source Astrology Software I have, in studying the realms of astrology, come across different programs or had cause to use one more so than another. I have always felt since the universe gives you your chart for free, the basic information ought to be available for free. Analysis, of course, requires expertise and experience. Such a thing is something that does not come for free since such a skill set is acquired at the expense of time.
The Web In The Beforetime In the later 90’s, the web was a place where people created things. There were no firm rules or search engine rankings or Twitter identities to incorporate. Rather, there were people making and creating and writing about matters they loved. There was no expectation for any of those creations to “do anything” and yet the result was that much of what was created was a remarkable well of knowledge from which one could find all manner of facts and inspiration.
Is It Flattery When People Steal Your Stuff? More than a few times in my life, I have been stolen from. The usual remedy for when people steal from you is to take them to court. Of course, that assumes you want to pay money for attorneys and court fees. It likewise assumes you believe the court is or will be just. I stopped making that assumption long ago in the case of courts sanctioned by men.
Flashback to Twelve Years Ago Or So… Picture this, if you will. A man sits in a basement surrounded by decently nice computer equipment. In his monitor he begins to type on his blog, which in 2008 is a “fairly big deal”. The lines he pecks out read “I believe America could be made Great Again.”. Indeed, such a man would perhaps be caught in the machinations of fate unwittingly. The slogan is self-evident and not especially novel, but no one is saying it.
The Contributor Covenant Programmers have a history of having what are often vitrolic exchanges–especially in coding communities. Not that long ago, there was an exchange of what amounted to verbal fisticuffs which resulted in a virtual Emily Post for programmers in open source.
So what’s the big deal with that? Well, mainly that many open source projects snatched it up as part of their platform for contribution which means if you want to contribute to their platform, you have to adopt this quasi-metaphysical-pseudo-religious code of conduct along with your contribution.