Open Data & A Open Internet

The bad news is: I have a cold and still feel a bit sick today. The good news is: it’s Open Data Day and as I am writing this I am helping making that event happen in Berlin as a part of my new Job. Though I’ll be more taking care of the organizational tasks, I will probably contribute to that day with a small open data project as well; though I am still unsure about what it’ll be.
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Tunix: Switching from Arch Linux to NixOS

After having used Arch Linux for quite some times, I finally decided to give NixOS a try. I already knew that distribution from being involved in DevOps things, having tried to replace the common $distribution + Python3 + Ansible Stack with something more lightweight, so I had a reason to mess around with NixOS. While it may look like an uncommon choice for work laptops, I’ll try to give my reason of using this in the following post.
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On This Front End Split Discussion

I think, my background is important on this matter, I started getting into Frontend long before JavaScript took off, had my first Jobs at a time where JavaScript started to become a really chunky big thing, at the time I’m writing this, I have got about eight years experience as a front end developer and about three doing mainly full stack work. So, there’s this discussion ongoing about a descriptive essay by Chris Coyer how the front-end (as in the field in the industry) got split up into two groups, one consisting of mainly JavaScript folks, the other consisting of people who’re more concerned about the UX-part of the stack.
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Review | If You Come Softly (Jacqueline Woodson)

information: Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Romance 224 pages 7.99 USD published by Penguin Books more information content warning (may be incomplete): racism / racist violence police violence queer antagonism death how I found this book A fandom I’m involved with, the Nerdfighteria, recently got launched a book club, initiated by John Green and Rosianna Halse Rojas, called the Life’s Library Book Club. A few days before the official launch in December 2018 I signed up for one of the discord servers where the books are meant to be discussed (I’m part of the Ivy Community, if any of you were wondering), and a shortwhile before Congress I found out, that If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson was the book choice for the first reading period between December 24, 2018 – February 4, 2019.
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Let’s Talk About Space

I love talking about space. And while the area beyond the limit of the Earth’s atmosphere keeps me fascinating, we won’t talk that much about solar systems and planets than about polycules on here. I have recently reconnected with one of my closer partners after not having seen (and consensually not communicated that much with) them for half a year. Though different people may have different approaches and preferences on this, and I wouldn’t say one is more valid than the other, I want to talk about something, which is, for me, a crucial point in any relationships I have: giving each other enough space.
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So, My First Homepage Went Offline

More than ten years ago, I coded my first homepage and uploaded it to a Web space my former school provided. I graduated there a while ago and to make sure that my former schools mail address does not get deleted, I have to log into their web services once a year. However, every time I do so, all things tech are getting worse. Shortly after I graduated they banned Smartphone, about a year later they restricted students internet access not only, which is from an educational stance an okayish thing to do, by blacklisting certain sites but by providing a locked-by-default access where students have to ask for a code to get an hour of internet.
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Things I Still Want to Learn and Be Better In

So there’s this Things I Don’t Know as of 2018 blog post by Dan Abramov who works on React and while I probably am, as a queer neurodivergent trans woman in tech, in a much more difficult (read to some extend more vulnearable, since having my skills questioned in certain situations is an awful experience I tend to make a lot) place then they are, I feel like sharing the things I want to be better at is helpful for newcomers and starters in this field, since there are a lot of narratives picturing a toxic and harmful programming culture (~real~ programmers™️) rather than empowering one.
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Adoorabell: Golang rewrite

Our door management system adoorabell was meant to be a Python/Flask application at first, so people would be able, if they’re inside our home network, to open our front door via their web browser by opening a specific URL. This approach worked fine at first, but due to some technical changes in our network and since we live on the third floor some devices had a hard time connecting to our local WiFi while standing in front of our door.
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Rainbow Arcade and Digital Queer History

I finally went to the Rainbow Arcade exhibition in the Schwules Museum* Berlin (Gay Museum Berlin) and it was amazing. I went there spontaneously because I got hyped about video games as the Hugvengers Podcast went live on Twitch playing Marvel’s Spider-Man on a PS4. If you don’t know that geeky MCU Podcast, some friends of mine are involved with, yet, and I think you definitely should know that one, have a listen here.
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A Farewell to Tumblr which reads like a love letter

Ten years ago, in December 2008 I found a microblogging service in a fanfiction community I was into. My cousin was over at our place for Christmas celebrations and we were casually browsing the first holiday sale at steam and I eventually ended up buying Portal and signing up to tumblr that evening. I forgot that I had an account at first, but two years later that website has become a huge part of my life and became very important to me accompanying me through my teens.
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