Monthly Archives: January 2011

Why I’m not an open source person any more

I’ve been having this conversation a bit lately so I just wanted to put it out there. From 1998-2007 I worked full time in open source software. I considered myself a member of the open source community. Open source was kind of my “thing”. This is no longer true. I still use open source software extensively (I’m writing this in WordPress, using Mozilla on Gnome on Ubuntu), but then, so does everyone, whether they know it or not. Sometime around the early 2000s, Linux and Continue reading →


Still backfilling, to some extent. This happened in December, but I waited a while to get a pic of it once it had healed. It was my first tattoo, at age 35. I have no idea why I waited so long, other than that it took me a while to find a compass rose I really liked, and I’m also bad at making appointments. In the end, once I found my compass rose, I printed it out and walked into the tattoo parlour on a Continue reading →

Pardon my dust…

I just set up crossposting/archiving between my Infotrope blog and Dreamwidth (, and this is a test to make sure it worked. (If anyone’s interested… Dreamwidth is a journalling site based on the LiveJournal codebase, but run according to more user-centric principles. It has an excellent community, a commitment to diversity and accessibility, and a developer team that is mostly women. If you would like an invite code to sign up there, let me know.) You may also notice that I’ve moved my blog to Continue reading →

Me and live music

I used to go see the odd band play when I was at university, but I never really got into the scene. There were a bunch of reasons, all minor, but taken in combination they made the whole thing kind of “meh” for me. Since then, I’ve probably gone to see a couple of live shows a year, at most. Just recently I realised that most of my reasons for not going to see many bands were no longer applicable. The result? I’ve been going Continue reading →

Keeping the Internet weird (and pseudonymous)

I’m at ThatCampSoCal this week, and over dinner last night I found myself in an interesting discussion with Alexis Lothian (@alothian) and Amanda French (@amandafrench) about social networking, pseudonymity, and creativity. I’ve been meaning to write something about this for a while and not sure how to do it, but I’ll try and just do it in point form. 1. Some internet communities support pseudonymity, some don’t. Facebook is the classic example of a site that requires you to use your legal name and only Continue reading →