DisInterested

DisInterested
Math Helps Me Know Where to Direct My Rage Let’s talk about greed. Specifically: the greed that is interest on home mortgage loans. As with many things, this blog post is inspired by a tweet. This time, it is my own: Sometimes I love to hate on interest. Let's say you buy a house for $300k, for a roundish number. * 20% down is $60k, but if you do 15% it's $45k and you can "save" that $15k for "my house surprised me with entropy"
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A Wage to Live: Verification (Part 2)

Context Setting Remember this tweet from Part 1? Elon Musk’s wealth: 2020: $24.6 billion 2021: $151 billion Jeff Bezos’ wealth: 2020: $113 billion 2021: $177 billion Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth: 2020: $54.7 billion 2021: $97 billion Bill Gates’ wealth: 2020: $98 billion 2021: $124 billion Tax the damn rich. — Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) May 1, 2021 I’m going to a quick verification of these numbers. Partly because verification is important, and partly because it’s important to start finding resources to reference for similar exercises.
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ChatOps for Tech Events

ChatOps for Tech Events
It may be the Age of the Pandemic, but as someone who works in tech communities I still find myself going heads down to plan a technical conference that we’re planning on having in person toward the end of the year, with contingency plans. I’ll talk a little more about that aspect of event planning in a later post, for now I’m going to be ramping up on a few common themes between virtual, in-person, and hybrid events.
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My First Pride

My First Pride
It’s the end of March May: you know what that means: It’s about to be the beginning of Pride Month. I have really mixed feelings about Pride Month, at times. There is a lot to celebrate, but there’s also a lot to do. There has also been a lot of change, in my lifetime alone. That First Pride, and The Lead Up When I was in middle school I definitely had a “first boyfriend”.
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In Vim? Don’t Panic

In Vim? Don't Panic
For when you forgot to use -m on that last git commit and other foibles. What, why? When I was getting started with tech working in college, I would be filled with dread any time I accidentally found myself in vi / vim. I felt like I was stuck in there and no matter how may times someone told me how to get out of it, for some reason my brain just shut down.
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Use .mailmap for Name Changes on Git

Use .mailmap for Name Changes on Git
Whenever we change a name, git tracks a different author. The following names are all different authors insofar as git is concerned: Quintessence quintessence Quinn quin Similar applies if you are using different email addresses, e.g. different personal addresses or different work / contract addresses. And then of course there are situations where people legally change their names, for a variety of reasons like transition, marriage, severing ties with family of origin, etc.
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A Wage to Live: Introduction (Part 1)

This is part 1 of a series about how much money is needed, really, to live in the United States. There will be a TOC to help with going between the posts as they go live. The Impetus I was Doom Scrolling, as you do in a pandemic, I encountered a tweet about some of the US billionaires: Elon Musk’s wealth: 2020: $24.6 billion 2021: $151 billion Jeff Bezos’ wealth: 2020: $113 billion
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Can You Hear Me Now

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