"The biggest lie tech people tell themselves — and the rest of us"

"They see facial recognition, smart diapers, and surveillance devices as inevitable evolutions. They’re not."

By Rose Eveleth

vox.com/the-highlight/2019/10/

There are many forest fires in Mexico at the moment, which is why Mexico City is in a pollution contingency plan. The fires are concentrated in avocado-growing regions: people are illegally burning down forest to turn it into avocado monocultures, and taking advantage of a loophole in land-use laws: sinembargo.mx/16-05-2019/35819

The article says those avocados get exported to Japan, Canada, and Europe.

So if you live there, maybe try to eat something else?

TIL – Using conditional entries in .gitconfig to automatically manage #git identities based on the working directory. Nice!

dev.to/maxlmator/maintaining-d

A few pictures from a recent walk to the ponds near my house. The primary goal was a GPS track so I could add a new path to OpenStreetMap.

Recurse Center is offering $10,000 fellowships to women, trans, and nonbinary people!

RC was a hugely positive and transformative experience for me as a person and a programmer; I highly recommend it

recurse.com/blog/145-fellowshi

For folks running Gitea servers: the most recent release fixes a pretty serious vulnerability. Make sure your instance is up to date!

blog.gitea.io/2018/10/gitea-1.

If you want your weather forecast in Kelvin, Google News apparently has the option :blobthinking:

I've started having a better time on Mastodon/Fediverse by treating this like early Twitter: I try to follow back everyone in order to fill my timeline with stuff. I aggressively follow anyone when I see a boost of something they wrote that I like. I am going to start doing the ol' Follow Friday thing to help other people find people. I follow a lot of people I know *NOTHING* about but it's finally lively enough to keep me engaged.

My favorite Crater Lake shot from earlier this summer.

hey, enterprising/inspired instance owners! i wrote up a short doc on all of the things i customized for cybre.space and what files they were in! take a look:

github.com/Chronister/cybrespa

hey, instance ops! i put together a guide on adding S3 support to your instances along with a few troubleshooting tips! check it out!

github.com/Chronister/cybrespa

mastodon safety psa 

Should you use mastodon for sensitive info? Hell no! At least, not unless you're running your own instance, and you know what you're doing.

But you also shouldn't use facebook or twitter for sensitive info! You don't control those platforms either.

We need a nice icon for the Mastodon Federation to use on our conference site, where can we find one?

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