Laura: "People make the mistake that they have to ration joy, that joy is finite. But joy just spreads more joy, so gobble it up, eat it like it's the good stuff"

Me: "That's a very profound philosophy"

Laura: "Thanks. I feel like having cancer, I'm under a lot of pressure to be philosophical ... But I have another philosophy which is that cancer sucks. Fuck cancer.

Laura Callahan-Hazard 3/19/1981 - 12/23/2019

Image Description: Three ladies in Renaissance garb posing for the camera

Overheard at the coffee shop:

"Is the first year of my PhD program meant to break my spirit? I mean, if I had read the whole assignment I wouldn't have time to sleep"

I wanted to give her some words of encouragement but at ABD I can't even say it'll get better. At first I thought it'd be better after coursework ... Then after exams. Now I'm dissertating without funding ... Maybe ask me in a year when I'm on the market?

I wrote a short story about love and loss and networks: Rogue Processes

(CW: story is not about suicide, but it is mentioned)

I was feeling listless tonight so I sat down and read this book that's been in my tbr pile for weeks. It has all of my favorite things: historical costuming, lonely misfits teaming up, challenging gender & social norms, positive support structures! I loved it, highly recommend!

Image description: book cover for The Price & the Dressmaker by Jen Want depicting a young woman seamstress measuring a young prince against the silhouette of a mysterious lady

The other made creatures ... Guess which of us did each task

Image description: two lego creatures holding hands

One of us made a floorplan of our house....

Image description: leggo floorplan aerial view

@dustyweb and I played with Legos tonight like the adults that we are

Image description: leggo 'house' with creatures

She likes to cuddle up next to it

Image description: the same cat laying next to the bungee cords

A couple weeks ago I was organizing things and left this tangled mass of bungee cords on the floor. It has become Missy's new best friend. She goes over and says hi to it whenever she come into the office.

Image description: a tangled mass of multi colored bungee cords with a white cat seated next to it

And that's it... we have 40 attendees! ActivityPub Conf 2019 registration is closed!

Looks like a great group; see all you who registered there!

<@mlemweb> do you have time to do $X?
<me> not really, but I'm capable
<@mlemweb> "I don't have the time, but I'm capable ... and it's for a good cause" is going to be the death of you Chris
<me> probably
<@mlemweb> I'll find a way to work it into the eulogy

ActivityPub Conf talk submission deadline is today!

However, if you need a pseudo-extension, you can submit just your talk title today and submit your talk summary paragraph on Wednesday.

ActivityPub Conf's organization has happened from extremely limited resources, but I think at this point I think it's going to be amazing. Looking at the list of people registered and talks already submitted gives me confidence that this is going to be a heck of an event.

There's still slots open if you were thinking about registering, and talk proposals are still open until Monday!

This is closer to her normal energy

Image description: same cat inelegantly in motion

She normally doesn't look this elegant

Image description: same cat now looking at the camera

I did a little photo shoot with Missy

Image description: white Cate with black markings rolling on the floor

Mark S. Miller (of object capability fame) is keynoting at ActivityPub Conf 2019! We couldn't be more thrilled!

Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2019! September 7th & 8th in Prague, immediately following Rebooting Web of Trust.

Space is limited, see post for details. We are also soliciting talks.

Hope to see you there!

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