How Lynn Became Our Story's Protagonist


I've been meaning to write this post for WEEKS now. It's been consistently delayed because of all the wonderful things that have happened to me super recently, but also because I to some extent I really dislike writing about this sort of thing. But I feel like I should, and that it'll be helpful.


So I've mentioned having been homeless often enough that I think most people have heard about it, and that's where I'm going to start this off. What do I mean by "homeless" though? Well, there are 4 main types of modern urban homelessness that I know about: couch surfing, sleeping in your car, sleeping in a shelter, sleeping outside. They represent a spectrum of approximately how much society values the welfare of that particular individual, as we don't live in an ideal society that guarantees every person the luxury of a place to sleep that is relatively safe and stable (whether or not we COULD sounds like a fun economics question). But I was couch surfing, and in a shelter (two of them actually). Couch surfing I think most people can imagine. On the other hand sleeping in a shelter can be a very surreal experience, especially when you juxtapose the two shelters I was in.

Making Better Decisions about When to Refactor your Code

A commit message saying 'remove S3 stuff'

So that, that's the commit message of a developer doing something they probably shouldn't. Like, if you're going to refactor your code to move away from the leading solution for a particular problem, you had better do a lot of thinking on how you are going to do it. I didn't, and made a huge mess. Here's what happened:

I wanted to move away from using AWS S3 as the image hosting for Quirell. I still think that reasons are pretty solid

Build a Better Internet // Community Health

After reading a post (that I do not feel entitled to link to) about social justice community dynamics I feel like I should write about my experiences / opinions with respect to existing and interacting with online communities. In this post in particular I'm going to talk about community health!

So the 3 main areas that concern me with respect to online communities are health, growth, and productivity. Also the two main communities that I interact with are the feminist tech community and the trans activist community (note: these communities intersect A LOT), so everything I say should be implied to apply to them (and generally only them).


First, health. So what makes online communities 'healthy'? Without trying to get into academic definitions - I'll personally define a health community as one that has:

  • happy members
  • resources flowing through it
  • little infighting