Tech lawyer, community enabler, co-founder @tidelift. Formerly: Wikimedia, Mozilla, GNOME, Duke. Made in MIA but proudly Mission/SF/CA. my.pronoun.is/he

San Francisco
Joined March 2007
I look forward to building many new things together with the many great people in this broad movement. The *idea* of human empowerment through (and against, and on top of) software will remain bigger than any one man or one organization. As it should be.
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"seminal work of utopian fiction" ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ cc @owenastrachan
Replying to @kellan
It's been over 25 years since GoF's seminal work of utopian fiction, "Design Patterns", was published. Maybe it's time for a refresh? You seem anything good in this area?
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Meanwhile in the Honeycomb employee guide:
I use profanity whenever I'm interviewed, because I need to test that I won't get fired for using profanity in the workplace. Seems I'm unlikely to ever get hired by Amazon ๐Ÿ˜‚
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That feeling when the night before slides are due for a talk you realize the direction is boring and wrong, the new direction is exciting and interesting, both for you and audience, and none of that changes the deadline.
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I literally thanked an advocacy org this morning for not utilizing fearmongering daily email bombardments. But as this thread touches on, itโ€™s not an easy cycle to avoid.
Replying to @natematias
As described in the WSJ, I bet there's also a feedback cycle for advocacy orgsโ€”especially if they use their own metrics & algos to decide what causes people to engage and donate. If outrage over Big Tech's role in stoking outrage mobilizes people, advocates will use more outrage
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Continuing my occasional series: reading about international politics that is really about open source. a.co/0eses0P
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Spent Sat. morning reading this ruling, and it is great news for building more housing in California. Details in ๐Ÿงตโฌ‡๏ธ If your company would benefit from cheaper housing in CA, or your planet would benefit from less sprawl, please donate so we can do more: carlaef.org/donate/
Last Friday, we scored a major victory for housing by winning our appeal in CaRLA v. San Mateo. This victory leaves no doubt as to the power and effectiveness of the Housing Accountability Act, and solidifies the legitimacy of statewide limits on local control of housing.
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Unfortunately litigation is not cheap, but we need to make change across the whole state. So litigation to enforce state law is one of the best tools we have.
Replying to @carla_org
We have a great shot at winning back the over $200,000 spent to get us here, but never guaranteed. Lawsuits are expensive, but prolonging California's housing crisis costs us all even more. Support our work here: carlaef.org/donate/
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Here's another great, detailed breakdown of why this decision is so important, from @CSElmendorf:
Major decision from Court of Appeal interpreting California's Housing Accountability Act. Read @carla_org's thread below for highlights, or continue with this one if you want the legal nitty gritty. /1
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I've had people ask me "why can't developers do this, why do we need @carla_org" and this tweet is an important part of the reason whyโ€”they are either small, or they are repeat players afraid of angering cities:
Replying to @CSElmendorf
This limitation has been on the books in CA since 1999, but there was no caselaw applying it, perhaps b/c developers feared that if they sued a city, the city would screw them on their next project. /3
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Trigger warning for Wikimedians of a certain era: โ€œknowledgeโ€ suspiciously close to โ€œengineโ€
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Big fan of @sfchronicle's Fifth and Mission, but real miss from @ceciliakang and @rachelswan today. 30% of SF households don't own a car; reporting that ignores that fact and calls parking tickets a "universal experience" misinforms listeners. Do better! cc @hknightsf
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Some of the most impactful web perf work anyone can do anywhere:
A rare opportunity to join the Wikimedia Performance Team ๐Ÿš€ as its Engineering Manager: boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedโ€ฆ This is the best job I ever had. Donโ€™t want to go back to the office? This will always be fully remote. Tired of working for The Man? Wikimedia is a non-profit org.
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I have really really wanted to do this, but starting with a license name and some legal boilerplate. Alas no time...
Once I noticed GitHub Copilot worked in Markdown I thought it would be funny to try writing a blog post where I only wrote the title and first few words of each paragraph (and switched to a new paragraph once it started repeating itself)
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This LWN comment is exactly the kind of thing I was thinking about when I wrote my piece. As long as the extra work is optional, it's just irritating, but the security work has every appearance of becoming (indeed, arguably needing to be) mandatory.
@opensourceway @luis_in_brief Your โ€œSetting new expectations for open source maintainersโ€ red.ht/3Ab8p9n received more โ€œyes, itโ€™s like thisโ€ responses, e.g. at: lwn.net/Articles/868993/
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TFW two of your favorite old profs team up. Will have to read, clearly.
Glad to have been a member of the great team that put this report together--and I'll participate in the session to discuss key findings on 9/28. Please join us!
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Folks, we have some great news to talk about soon. Here's a teaser. Have a great weekend, see you monday <3
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Some great responses in thread. As a friend observed, much of talk about strategy is really talk about power and governance, so I particularly love @brainwane's example of AO3's elections as strategy-discussion forum.
Are there any examples of open projects doing public, community-driven strategy work? WMF has, but I canโ€™t think of OSS (or non-WMF open culture) examples.
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