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I'm a software engineer working on Chrome OS in Boulder. I like peaceful passtimes with friends and my husband @brandonward and our dog: hiking, dinner and board games, and watching TV.

I organize a science and sci-fi book club that meets online. We read about 1 book per month.

Also, I'm vegetarian and I meditate.

In former lives, I had a radio show, was a GNOME module maintainer, published a book on Ruby, and worked in Beowulf computing.

Welcome, newcomers!

Gtk-rs had a release!!!!!

This means I can now merge the all-the-gobject-crap-in-rust branch to librsvg.

This is Icarus. The farthest away single star we've ever seen. It's a blue supergiant star, not a supernova or gamma ray burst or anything, just a star, seen from 9 𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯 light years away.

We were only able to see it for a time because it was Gravitationally Lensed by passing directly behind another star and then magnified further by other galaxy clusters and dark matter. Spacetime acted like a telescope for this single star, magnifying about 2000 times.

Those refactorings that feel like pushing all the toothpaste up the tube so you can throw away the fucking tube.

Winston Churchill Gets a Doctor’s Note to Drink “Unlimited” Alcohol in Prohibition America (1932)

"18 months ago I wrote about some work I did to speed up the #Rust #compiler (rustc). I’ve recently taken this work up again. Also, in the meantime rustc’s build system has been replaced and its benchmark suite has been overhauled."

A friend just shared a screenshot of a tweet that's perfectly in line with what I was talking about this morning.

You can have a PhD in physics and still forget a basic word like "photon." And when you do, what comes to your mind might be a Germanic construction like "shiny crumb."

I absolutely love "shiny crumb" and I wish to nominate it for the new Germanic alternative to this Greek word.

This paper on a malloc() replacement that DOES COMPACTION even on C/C++ is making the rounds:

Scarily beautiful.

I did it!!!!

TL;DR: I have ported #Wayland to #Darwin and written my own Wayland compositor using Cocoa 😎


*happy gay noises*


And... Alan Turing has been voted the greatest and most influential figure of the 20th Century! 🙌 #Icons


NGC 4361 is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Corvus. It is a dying star between 1 and 8 solar masses that has blown off its outer layers which are glowing because the remaining core emits a large amount of UV light.
To learn more about PNe: 😉

constantly amazed that software engineering, this incredible labor-saving discipline, suffers from such a labor shortage that its most critical layers are maintained by volunteers

Study of a photo I took of the beagle channel, with the rowboat and the foreground basically made up. This was a fun one, and one of my better attempts at smooth blending in gouache.

#gouache #art #mastoart #CreativeToots

The small dark blobs inside this image of the Lagoon Nebula are Bok Globules. Inside these are where stars are formed. #astrophoto

god really played me when they gave me a love of writing mathematics on chalkboards, baking, and wearing black pants

Just finished Wool Omnibus, and I liked it! Kinda depressing, but a good spin on post-apocalyptic human settlements. Never too predictable, and no huge predictable arcs. Good scifi.

(Not going to read the next part, though – I have too much to read as it is, and people keep saying that the second part is not as good as the first one.)

Friend: Are you OK? You haven't posted on Instagram in ages
Me: I quit FB, Instagram, and Twitter.
Friend: Why'd you quit the internet?
Me: Actually I've *rejoined* the Internet.

Next time someone asked me why did I leave the internet, I'm gonna say I'm still very much on the Internet. When are *you* coming back?

So, work hard. Not because it gives your life meaning. Because it is the actual definition of life.

Second, the very definition of life is anything which temporarily decreases entropy. We are all swirling the drain in a universe that doesn't give a shit about us. We all must fight to continue to survive. Generally, anything that provides ecomonic value is something that humans want in the service of that singular goal. If someone is paying you for that, then you are enrolled in that Great Project.

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