misskat: A cheerfully smug crab holding a bow, a sword, and an axe. (Smug crab)
Does anyone have recommendations for books/articles to read regarding the ethics of technology? With this whole "corporations are people" thing that's going around in the US right now, it occurs to me that computers, using the same criteria, could also be classified as people. Now isn't that an interesting thought?

Anyway, throw your recs in comments. :)

DW Party!

9/1/14 22:01
misskat: A lemur trying to eat a lot of watermelon. lemur labeled as me, and the watermelon labeled as "everyone in this bar." (I love everyone in this bar)
I'm having a docs party in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on Monday because it seems like a good idea. If you're in the area and are interested in working on the documentation which goes into the FAQs, please let me know so I can get you the location! Party starts at 6ish and ends when I am too tired to type. Booze and snacks will be provided.

Hope to see a few of you there!
misskat: A cheerfully smug crab holding a bow, a sword, and an axe. (Smug crab)
I was meeting with someone yesterday about something completely non-DW related (I was meeting his kids to see if I'd be a good fit for a backup babysitter), and maybe kinda sorta recruited him into possibly coding for us.

Also, he wants to write a book about user --> developer relationships and communication, so there's that.

Also also, his kids are so adorable that I want to puke. It should be illegal to have 4 children who are that precocious.

Also also also, cheese.

A Prayer

10/7/13 13:43
misskat: A lemur trying to eat a lot of watermelon. lemur labeled as me, and the watermelon labeled as "everyone in this bar." (I love everyone in this bar)
My friend Carrie wrote this upon requests for prayers to tech gods:

Oh god of techiness, circuitry be your name.
Thy emails come,
Thy downloading done
On earth as it's done is interspace.
Give us this day our daily cookies,
and forgive us our email
as we forgive those who email against us.
Lead us not into pop-ups,
but deliver us from spam.
For thine is the Pinterest,
the Facebook, and the Databases,
Forever and ever.

To which the only response is:
in nomine rahaelis, et marci, et spiritus afunae, amen.
misskat: A lemur trying to eat a lot of watermelon. lemur labeled as me, and the watermelon labeled as "everyone in this bar." (I love everyone in this bar)
From here.

a kitten surveying a newspaper full of a bunch of turtles

[personal profile] jadelennox: I think the kitten is [staff profile] misskat and the turtles are all the volunteers.
[staff profile] misskat: Yes, exactly this, but with more yelling.
misskat: A bunch of minions from Despicable Me in heart formation (Minion Heart)
No shit, there we were: Mark, Denise, Fu, and yours truly, in a hotel room in Portland, at Oh-Good-Lord in the morning.

Mark and D are slooooowly recaffeinating, and looking askance at anything that moves too quickly.

Fu and I are on the far bed, basically doing this:

minions laughing a lot

It is a testament to their patience that Fu and I made it out of that room alive/without laser holes.

I love my job. <33333
misskat: Dreamwidth is powered by *disco ball* (Dreamwidth is powered by Disco!)
Sometimes, when the site goes down, I have to text Mark at odd hours to get him to make it be less broken. The following is a reenactment of one of these incidents:

there is stuff on fire, and hawkeye is saying everyone relax, i am here to save the world

things still on fire, hawkeye saying AGAIN.

Thanks for all you do, [staff profile] mark! YOU ARE A SUPERHERO!
misskat: Dreamsheep in the snow, says MissKat and Support in red (_support)
slightly drunk woman saying I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure seeker, or a gunfighter mr oconnell...

same woman, saying but I am proud of what I am

man saying and that is...?

same woman saying I... am a librarian.

"I may not be a developer, or a bug fixer, or a writer of great code, or a devops-er, Mr. O'Connell... but I am proud of what I am."

"And... what is it?"

"I... am user support."
misskat: Picture of Kat with black plastic frames (Default)
I'm trying to pack for OSBridge in Portland, and both ferrets are looking at me like, "mommy, you are going to pack us too, right?" Well, Hermes is. Isaac is trying to crawl *under* their bed. I don't even know.

It's really sad because there's no way I can smuggle them with me. I know: I checked the airline regulations yesterday evening, and ferrets aren't allowed in the cabin. I am going to miss my sweet, ridiculous, not-quite-all-there boys.

Don't mind me. It's just really dusty in here.
misskat: two minions from Despicable Me, getting into trouble (Minions)
[personal profile] azurelunatic: Hey Rah, am I allowed to try to ride a segway into the library, even if it's not the library of someone we know and who knows where I live and can hunt me down?
[personal profile] azurelunatic: (asking for a friend)
[staff profile] denise: azz: no.
[personal profile] azurelunatic: ok!
[personal profile] azurelunatic crosses off list of possible hobbies
[staff profile] denise: i swear i need a rah!bot just to tell you people no
[staff profile] denise: you're gonna kill me one of these days

(For the record, I am not allowed to throw things off the hotel balcony, buy sparklers, spend excessive amounts of money on nail polish, stay up past my bedtime, or lick the keyboard. I am allowed to go to the conference without pants, interact with people on less than 4 hours of sleep, and have ice cream for breakfast. [Though to be clear, I maybe didn't exactly *ask* about these things, and just did them anyway, and I take "not being told no" to be the same as "being told yes."])
misskat: Dreamsheep in the snow, with MissKat on top and Minion #2 underneath (Dreamwidth Minion #2)
One of the best parts of YAPC was meeting [staff profile] fu offline! She is tiny and short and adorable, and it really is a minor miracle that I didn't pack her in my suitcase to bring her home with me.

Kat and Fu grinning
misskat: Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Earlenders (Earlenders)
diag "why science";
sub tony_no {
my $arg = shift;
if ( $arg eq 'no tony' ) { return 'tony stahp' }
else { return 'jarvis halp' }
is (tony_no( 'no tony' ) , 'tony stahp' , 'go to sleep stark' );

misskat: Pinkie Pie looking all WTF-y (Pinkie Pie WTF)
It's May, and nominally spring here in balmy Minnesota. "Nominally? Why is it only nominally spring, Kat?" you ask, eyes wide.

Well, my dears, it's snowing. It is snowing. In May. During Winter Storm Achilles (aptly named, as it's hobbling my bean planting abilities).

Now, there are Rules About This Sort Of Thing. Namely, there are rules governing when I am allowed to sing Christmas carols. Fortunately for me, "snowing out of season" is one of the rules! I started writing these up in IRC, and then it became a teambuilding exercise, which is TOTALLY in my job description.

Thus, I present unto you the Descent Into Mayhem, or the Dreamwidth Christmas Album

Lyrics for Marky Baby, Little Coder Person, Have Yourself A Happy Dreamwidth Birthday, Baby There's Code Outside, and O Radiator )

I have some ideas floating around for 12 Days of Code-mas, but nothing concrete yet. Suggestions welcome in comments!

Welp, thanks for coming to my TED talk.
misskat: Picture of Kat with black plastic frames (Default)
4 years. Open Beta feels like it was just weeks ago.

Thank you to everyone who uses Dreamwidth! Without you, this whole thing would be irrelevant.

misskat: Thanks for Flying Air Dreamwidth! (Pic of the butt of a plane with the DW logo on it) (Air Dreamwidth)
My talk, The Care and Feeding of Volunteers: Lessons from Non-Profits and OSS‎ got accepted to Yet Another Perl Conference, being held 3-5 June in Austin, TX this year.

Congrats to [staff profile] mark, whose talk, Sowing the Seeds of Diversity‎, was also accepted! The abstract says "we" a lot, so it may also be [staff profile] denise's talk, though I'm not 100% on that.

EDIT: Looks like [staff profile] denise has her own talk: Be Kind to Your Wrists (You'll Miss Them When They're Gone). Congrats to my bossen!

In any case, Dreamwidth REPRESENT. *DW hand gestures*
misskat: Thanks for Flying Air Dreamwidth! (Pic of the butt of a plane with the DW logo on it) (Air Dreamwidth)
It is pretty clear that [staff profile] denise and I have evolved Support answer styles in two different worlds. It took her 187 words to say what I managed to get across in 38! She's way more wordy than I am, but the gist of our messages was the same.

I am amuse.
misskat: three guys in kilts around a xxx bin saying ACHGCH! (Achgch!)
Not gonna lie, folks: part of my motivation for doing DW work is seeing my name in lights show up in News posts and Code Tours!


misskat: Image: Edward with sunglasses. Text: Still the Sparkliest (Still the sparkliest!)
I submitted my talk proposal to OS Bridge! You can check it out here, or the text is under this cut )

I am taking suggestions &c on tweaks to make to the proposal. EEEEE proposal!

misskat: (Ianto with hockey stick)
Yesterday, I was clearing my sidewalk of a few inches of slush like a responsible adult. Well, ok, a selfish adult who didn't want to have to try and unstick her car from 3 inches of ice the next day, but whatever. We'll go with responsible adult.

Anyway, I'm out there shoveling, and this jerkface comes zooming down my street. The driver didn't move to the other side of the road, or even slow down as they passed me, ankle-deep in slush and unable to move quickly.

If you've ever wondered what it feels like to get covered head to toe in partially-frozen road gunk, let me be the first to tell you that it's not nearly as fun as it sounds.

In other news, I am looking for a nice apartment in Arizona...


PS: Kidding about Arizona. I actually just found a new apartment about an hour further north of where I live now.
misskat: Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Earlenders (Earlenders)
The original )

My version:

Not like the brazen website of blogging,
With untamed features causing trouble here and there,
Here at our red-themed, accessible gates shall stand
Two mighty people with torches, whose flames
Are super awesome, and their names
Suit and Geek. From their keyboards
Comes world-wide welcome; their terminals
rule the 1st Amendment's harbor which servers frame.
"Keep, brazen website, your storied pomp!" cries she
while he codes. "Give me your tired, your weird,
your geeky masses learning to code for free...
Send these, the blogless, troll-harassed to me,
I lift the pink site scheme beside the sign-up page!"

Aaaaand SCENE.