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February 26, 2019

I started on a second iteration of my terrible static site generator. I'd consider it my first serious programming project (pretty much everything on Github right now is "recycle bin" material that I've uploaded to look active). I've only worked on it a little bit but so far there are about 50 lines of code that work to generate a basic website from different markdown files and a template html file.

I also updated the AUR package I maintain for the tiny irc client.

I have been getting into somewhat heated debates in my "Ethics in the Computer Age" class. All in good fun, of course, but worth mentioning here so I can smile when I read this someday.

I also commented on this blog post, which is new (I have barely participated on the public internet (non-anonymously) for years). It's honestly more to see how I feel about interacting with people online than anything else. I misspelled my handle by accident, which is actually a good thing, because one of my primary anxieties about participating online is the instant, permanent record it creates. I always recommend using a pseudonym (unless there's a very specific reason to use your real name) to my friends and family. However, I'm an adult now, so I'm dipping my toe in with knowledge that I'm probably less likely to say something that I'll regret than when I was 17.

Here's what I read this week:

What you're giving away with those home DNA tests

23andMe Is Selling Your Data, But Not How You Think

The Privacy Delusions Of Genetic Testing

Red Hat's announcement about getting acquired by IBM

A cool project called Scan the World

Clueyness: A Weird Kind of Sad

Excavation is Digitization: Advances in Archaeological Practice

Archaeology in the age of the Anthropocene: A critical assessment of its scope and societal contributions

I'm going to work full-time on free software (Drew DeVault)

Tips for a disciplined git workflow

Why I use old hardware

About Face (Illustrated webcomic article)

The lucrative rise of DNA testing: 'we created the market for what we do'

Rule Thinkers In, Not Out

What Happened To 90s Environmentalism?