22 Jul 2024, 12:00 p.m.

Things I Wish I'd Done Before Catching COVID

In mid-June I caught COVID-19 for, I'm pretty sure, the first time. The current dominant variants are transmissible enough that they got past my defenses. I believe I caught the virus either while wearing an …

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22 Jul 2024, 8:00 a.m.

Make Room for Big News

We live in interesting times.A friend of mine was taking an online class yesterday, and big national news (President Biden deciding not to pursue re-election) interrupted that class. The news distracted everyone and shattered concentration.Sometimes …

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19 May 2024, 14:40 p.m.

Links and References For My PyCon US Keynote

Today I’m giving the closing keynote address at PyCon US 2024, sharing “Untold stories from six years working on Python packaging.”I aim to post a fuller transcript with slides within the next several weeks. But, …

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24 Apr 2024, 11:42 a.m.

Model UX Research & Design Docs for Command-Line Open Source

If you work on open source software, especially command-line tools, I want you to know about newly available research reports and design guidance, and a user research HOWTO, that you can pick up and reuse.The …

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17 Apr 2024, 12:00 p.m.

Gatsby Musings

I love The Great Gatsby (if you absolutely loathe it, turn back now!) and recently got to watch a preview performance of a Broadway theatrical adaptation (opens April 25th). I have already inflicted several thoughts …

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27 Mar 2024, 12:00 p.m.

A Few Artistic Principles and Practices

A few times in the past week, I've spoken with artists who are working on uncomfortable art -- the kind of art that intentionally challenges the audience with displeasure. In one of them, it's like …

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16 Feb 2024, 11:10 a.m.

Celebrate Beautiful Soup's 20th Anniversary

Please help join a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the software project Beautiful Soup on May 19th, 2024! For twenty years, this screen-scraping library has made it easier to get data out of HTML.You …

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14 Feb 2024, 12:00 p.m.

Categories Of Bad, Home, Coalition, And Theory of Change

(This is one of the "people are wrong on the internet!!!" posts I write to clear it out of my head. And then refer back to later in future arguments, in imagined triumph, as though …

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12 Feb 2024, 8:00 a.m.

Metaphor and Growth

I'm partway through a wilderness medicine textbook from NOLS (formerly National Outdoor Leadership School). Something from the section on burns keeps ringing in my head because it's interesting in its literal truth but also figuratively …

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08 Feb 2024, 13:00 p.m.

Whether And How To Trust A New Maintainer

How should we think about trust when it comes to adding new maintainers to a project? Another way of saying that is: if I'm an existing project maintainer, considering whether to entrust you with co-maintainership, …

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