I've achieved the Worked All States (WAS) award, making a contact with a station in each of the 50 states in the US. I'd honestly not thought I'd achieve this (or any other) award for operations, so this was a real treat. I'm only 3 contacts away from my WAS Digital Modes award and 5 from my WAS FT8 Only award, and maybe 45 from reaching the DX Century Club. Modern digital modes are a total revelation.

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Moxie’s analysis of web3 is very interesting and rather revealing. It is puzzling why so many people (want to) believe that it’s “the next big thing” when there are such fundamental and basic issues. Definitely recommended read:

moxie.org/2022/01/07/web3-firs

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I’ve said this before, but my view of performative “inclusion” of the plaster-everything-with-trans-flags variety is that while it doesn’t fix institutional transphobia, it does at least annoy bigots and makes them feel isolated and outnumbered

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If you're building terminal programs, remember that curses does not work well at all with screen readers and braille terminals. Have a plain print-and-type mode if that's possible.

Sometimes you do some engineering and it's enough. It's enough that you figure the thing out and make it stop hurting people.

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"In British Columbia, Canada, right now, a different vision is unfolding: one climate emergency following in the wake of another, indeed made possible by the previous disaster, and in a prosperous, modern, well-governed corner of the global north, absolutely overwhelming local infrastructure and the capacity of public officials and local bureaucracy to manage the crisis."

nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/20

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#JS8 is a fun #hamradio mode. If you are into chatting, you may like it. Reaches as far as FT8, but allows contacts as ragchewy as you want them. Plus message store+forward features.

There's a world-wide 24h JS8 party starting 2021-11-13 at 19 UTC, with some special "party games" on 80 m on Saturday evening (mostly for central Europe). See delta25.de/js8 .

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Some of you might be interested in CookLang, a recipe markup language. cooklang.org/

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website made by someone who describes themself as "a dipshit who doesn't know how to use computers" and hosted on a raspberry pi or some random VPS: loads instantly, well designed, easy to navigate

website made by fortune 500 company, with teams of designers, programmers, and servers in 8 countries: takes a full minute to load, layout shifting around the whole time, breaks if you have 1 browser add-on, the page you want can only be accessed via a third party search engine, gets worse every year

The practice of connecting language semantics to naming conventions, like Go's use of capitalization to signify exported variables/functions, is disgusting and people who recommend such "features" are one of the many things wrong with developers today.

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I love that it's 2021 and Ubuntu still can't handle my USB mouse reliably. It's not like this hasn't been a solved issue for decades.

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Any Gemini users care to share their experiences / what you like about it?

I want to like it, but can’t shake the feeling that just generating basic html using *almost anything* would be more accessible and expressive.

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And "silent reading" as a dominant practice is a fairly recent development, in the longer view of human history.

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Good insight into figuring out that you're not cis: aninjusticemag.com/am-i-trans-

Written by a trans woman, so, more examples from that direction, but I'd recommend it to anyone who feels "as if their gender were a pair of wet socks that they could never quite find a way to take off".

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I'm developing a new type of genre, it's trip-hop for kids. I'm calling it "skip-hop". The first band I'm signing is Portishead Shoulders Knees and Toes

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