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I've been on Mastodon for the last five years, via several instances. Started with, before dabbling with and then finding a home on

I work at the intersection of technology, learning, and community. I'm a member of Previously at Mozilla.

For a couple of years, I was PM of a federated resource sharing platform for educators called MoodleNet. Been into decentralisation since early days of bittorrent!

Had a lunchtime conversation with my wife (now a User Researcher at NHS Digital) about job titles with the word 'Senior' in it.

In my opinion and experience, it means that whoever is in that role should have been promoted, but instead the org has created gradations (i.e. Junior/Senior) to justify a small difference in pay.

Am I wrong? 🤔

Everything going as expected: whole of my daughter's year have been asked to take a PCR test, and there's a mask mandate in my son's school from next week.

If only we could have foreseen this? 🤔🙄

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#FridaysForFuture calls for the next global #ClimateStrike on Friday, September 24.
Find your local group or participate online

The #ClimateCrisis is a global issue and doesn't stop at borders. Let's help keep the planet a place to be.

It's a harsh truth in life, but people can only treat you the way you let yourself be treated.

I've spent most of my career in and around Creative Commons licensing. My doctoral thesis is CC0 (i.e. public domain)

Honestly? If you license your stuff CC-BY and people use it in ways that you haven't specifically disallowed, then... it's kinda... cool and your fault if you're angry?

...and I say this as a former teacher of teenagers. They're like a different species.

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👀 We're helping a client recruit their first Product Lead. (There will be a Director of Digital above them in a few months' time.)

Question: where are some of the places should we advertise this? Where are people looking for this kind of job these days?

LinkedIn? StackOverflow? Others?

(boosts appreciated)

I started reading this last night and it's pretty awesome. Don't think I ever got further than the shaving scene at the start of the original 'Dracula' story but this is more nuanced...

She's very sporty but asthmatic, so it's not an awesome situation to be in.

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As of today, nearly half of my 10 year-old daughter's class are off with Covid.

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Co-op domain back up thanks to emailing on headed notepaper like it's 1999.

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Anyway, about a decade ago Her Name is Calla joked that they'd be releasing their next album on wax cylinder and Gameboy cartridges and I worked with their drummer to put this together for the shits and gigs, it's not been online anywhere for some years now.
Here's the original song, for anyone interested (it's gooood):

Our co-op domain is down which means all of the things are down. switched systems recently, and someone has dropped a ball.

Meanwhile, outside my home office this morning, the local water company finally came around to dig behind our back door. They've discovered that the slow leak we identified six months ago is on our property (and therefore our problem).


Does anyone else have a Framework laptop? I'm tempted, but after seeing the performance of my wife MacBook Pro M1 I'm wondering if dropping £1500 on an Intel-based machine is wise?

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