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Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2020!

Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we have expanded APConf 2020 to a four day event that will occur entirely on line via Big Blue Button!

The CFP is open through July 8 at: conf.activitypub.rocks/#cfp

We invite proposals for birds of a feather topics and 30- 60 minute talks related to ActivityPub. Register online (conf.activitypub.rocks/#regist) or feel free to email us with questions (activitypubconf@riseup.net )

Oooooh dang I did good and married a DOCTOR

That is all to say... @mlemweb just passed her dissertation defense and is now DOCTOR Morgan Lemmer-Webber! CONGRATULATIONS MORGAN

That's DOCTOR Lemmer-Webber, thank you!

Just passed my dissertation defense!

I have ADD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and a brain malformation. My brain is diverse in size, shape, chemistry, and function. I am neurodiverse.

I've had numerous occasions at FOSS conferences where people have ranted to me at length that people who 'can't do math' or 'won't learn the command line' are just lazy even after I've explained in depth how my disabilities make these things difficult for me.

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I agree that discussions of diversity & inclusion in FOSS should include neurodivergence. However; most of the time I see that mentioned in d&i discussions people only talk about one kind of neurodivergence (which isn't terribly diverse).

The pixels don't really match the grid as well as I'd hoped, but all-in-all not too bad for my second quilt ever, especially since I finished it in less than a week!

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I made a quilt for our first baby nibling! Their nursery theme is based off of the Kirby video games

We released a new episode of @fossandcrafts about "Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome" fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-

But it's also about the surprise reinstatement of RMS to the FSF board, seen through that framework.

I don't know what to say other than: this wasn't an easy episode for me to record. But we thought it was important. We tried our best to address this within a thoughtful framework that also lasts beyond the current moment. I hope we did okay.

This week we're using current events to think through the larger structures of governance and leadership within the FOSS world and how founder's syndrome effects communities that are inherently based on freedom

fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-

25: Governance, Leadership, and Founder's Syndrome fossandcrafts.org/episodes/25-

What is governance? To what degree are leaders within a governing institution subject to its rules? We use this framework to discuss the unexpected announcement of RMS's re-appointment to the FSF board.

On this week's episode of @fossandcrafts We talk about the homebrewed systems of organization that @cwebber and I use to keep on task while working from home, writing a dissertation, and just functioning during a pandemic.

fossandcrafts.org/episodes/24-

Episode 24: Get Organized! fossandcrafts.org/episodes/24-

@mlemweb returns from handing in her dissertation! @mlemweb and @cwebber talk topically about organizational systems which can help you stay focused when eg working from home or finishing your PhD (even in a global pandemic)!

New episode of @fossandcrafts where @mlemweb (returned from handing in her dissertation!) and I talk about organizational systems we like and use fossandcrafts.org/episodes/24-

(Why yes, Hipster PDAs and Org Mode both make an appearance.)

The very end stages of writing a dissertation is like death by a thousand paper cuts: It's thousands of "small things" that are all necessary and they all take longer than expected and you're just exhausted.

You're also buried in reference materials so some of the paper cuts aren't even metaphorical.

Our cat hates crunch time: Why would @cwebber and I eat dinner *then* return to our desks? Why aren't we where we're supposed to be? Why are we all in separate rooms? And most importantly ... Who will feed this cat and WHEN?

Things as busy as they possibly can be over here; @mlemweb is blasting towards end of dissertation and @cwebber is laying down the pieces to enable the next big phase of @spritelyproject.

Which means, the next episode will be out in March. Sorry for the hiatus; wish us luck!

Intense times over here... for both @mlemweb and myself over the last and next few weeks.

But I've gained a lot in terms of self-confidence over the last many months, and I'm optimistic about the ability to build urgently needed good futures.

@mlemweb @fossandcrafts although to be extra crisp about it, I'm the fuzzy one, Steve's the crisp one ;D ;D ;D

I'm sorry I'm sorry it's impossible to resist with this one sorry sorry (not sorry)

I've been swamped with dissertation work recently, so on this week's episode of @fossandcrafts @cwebber and their brother Steve make the case that that they're two distinct individuals by laying out a framework of fuzzy and crisp systems (or Steve and Chris systems).

fossandcrafts.org/episodes/23-

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