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Hi, I'm James. I run an open source strategy and coding shop called Open Tech Strategies. We advise companies, gov, and non-profits to help them be intentional about their open source investments. It's a really fun gig.

I'm on the board at EFF, which does internet freedom, Brave New Software, which does secure communication, and Horizons Media, which does psychedelics.

Previously: I founded the Open Internet Tools Project, worked at SFLC, etc.

Sometimes I make dangerous art.

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I'm now a patreon supporter. This instance is focused on open source devs. We're the ones who understand what it takes to deploy and maintain reliable sites. We're the ones who have been there. We've been that person building infrastructure with too few resources and too little help. If any community can rally to avoid the failure mode of expecting too much sacrifice from a small number of overworked, underappreciated devs, it's us. So let's do better.

hub.fosstodon.org/were-growing

My 3D printer humming hard at work in the background while I sip a cocktail really makes me feel like I'm living in the part of the future right before the robots rebel.

NYC Housing Policy 

NYC's housing voucher program can't make a dent because of source-of-income discrimination, which landlords use as a proxy for poverty discrimination. If this kind of nerdy housing policy stuff makes your blood boil, throw a few bucks at neighborstogether.org, one of the best local orgs working on this issue. Read more about it today in the NYTimes: nytimes.com/2022/05/25/nyregio

Covid risk and planes 

I keep seeing people measure high CO2 levels on planes. There's a few studies that support CO2 as a proxy for risk from droplet-borne diseases. But none of them specifically say this is true in a room with filtered air, where the droplets get captured but the CO2 does not.

At the same time, I can't find any indication that flight attendants get covid at higher rates than other people.

Maybe I can get on that plane after all...

Today the Zotero project was super-humanly patient in supporting me in my hour of need. It was PEBKAC all the way down and they just rode it out until I had a working situation. They are truly champs. forums.zotero.org/discussion/9

Monkeypox 

Some people, emotionally fatigued by Covid, are understandably worried about starting the cycle all over again with Monkeypox. I did some reading, just trying to reassure myself, and found some info that helped quiet my mind.

We know a bunch about it, how it spreads, and how to vaccinate for it. who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/

And here's the latest vax study: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/

BTW, is also looking for an open source firmware engineer, if you know anyone who might be looking for a pretty cool job. jobs.lever.co/framework/4c33ea

With my Changeset Consulting hat on: June 7th I'm speaking on "Cadence shear: Managing rhythm and tempo mismatches in participation" in open source projects.

upstream.live/speaker-2022/sum

I'll discuss some of the participant configurations that you see in this situation – paid plus volunteers, volunteers plus time-limited paid, paid teams in a consortium, and volunteers with disparate deadline affiliations – and some approaches to learning and addressing everyone’s expectations.

Free registration!

We currently have two 6 month part-time gigs open at Freedom of the Press Foundation:

* an Education Consultant role, which is focused on helping us monitor & improve the effectiveness of our DigiSec trainings with journalists:

grnh.se/0c1d59345us

* a Software Developer role to improve the dangerzone.rocks/ app for sanitizing potentially dangerous documents (very important for journalists, who routinely receive files that could be cool tips or malware!):

grnh.se/77e5b7b55us

Gmail will block all third party mail clients starting from June: pmail.com/newsflash.htm

That is, unless they pay $4500 minimum for an audit :D

Stop using gmail and enabling their monopolistic practices, if you already haven't.

Been wearing one of these masks for months now and... it stays in place, seals well, lasts forever, mostly doesn't fog my glasses, and is comfortable for hours. If you're still questing for the best mask, this is the one to try.

medium.com/surviving-covid-19/

Huge thanks to Quinn Norton for gifting me a mask and sharing the instructions.

I'm - do me proud and show you can find me a good candidate by boosting for visibility!

Are you a UK-based person with experience? I am hiring for 2 great . working (remote with currently 1 day/week in London).
Great opportunity to work in the exciting area of High Performance Computing. Closing date 15th may so hurry!
tinyurl.com/storageofficer
tinyurl.com/platformsofficer

Optimism 

Whenever anybody calls me to pick my brain I end with a diverse list of people they should talk to for more. One of the most gratifying things is hearing they are already aware of all those people. Lately, I've been hearing it more, which is an indication that on some level, we're making progress toward inclusivity.

So far all of my coaching clients have come from existing colleagues and word of mouth. Maybe there's something good about that; clients are predisposed to be candid and to take my questions and advice seriously.

For now: a middle way between "only discoverable through personal referrals" and "advertised on my site" is to mention my coaching/advising services via these Fediverse-only toots.

changeset.nyc/#contact if you'd like a free initial chat.

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NYC shouldn't be looking for ways to end subway fare evasion. It should be looking for ways to end subway fares. The best price to use a subway is zero, just like the best price to walk down the sidewalk is zero.

Congratulations to FalmouthNet and especially to @davidisen@twitter.com. I know this must have taken a tremendous amount of work, and I'm glad to see it pay off!

muninetworks.org/content/falmo

Hi, I'm James. I run an open source strategy and coding shop called Open Tech Strategies. We advise companies, gov, and non-profits to help them be intentional about their open source investments. It's a really fun gig.

I'm on the board at EFF, which does internet freedom, Brave New Software, which does secure communication, and Horizons Media, which does psychedelics.

Previously: I founded the Open Internet Tools Project, worked at SFLC, etc.

Sometimes I make dangerous art.

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