Julie Pagano

Firebee Dispatch #14: Fuck Tha Police

It’s been a few weeks, but I’m back. This week is a weird mix of content from the last few weeks. Hoping to be back on track with the regular dispatches next week.

What I’m Up To

Black Lives Matter

The news is filled with police getting away with murdering black people. Over and over again. It is horrifying. Black lives matter. I am not even remotely the best person to talk about this, so here are some people, publications, etc. that might be better. My apologies for these being limited — I am still trying to play catch-up myself.

The École Polytechnique shootings are as much a part of the history of women in technology as Ada Lovelace or Grace Hopper.

Mass Media Musings

Film

Guardians of the Galaxy

This film is adorable and cheered me up a good deal (minus the sad opening) when I missed the kitten while he was at the hospital. I will likely revisit it and write a more proper review in the future.

Games

I played a ton of Don’t Starve over Thanksgiving because it was on sale on Steam. It’s a quirky survival game with a spooky aesthetic I enjoy. It kept my short attention span entertained a lot longer than I expected. My favorite character was (unsurprisingly) the woman who liked to set things on fire.

Julie’s Cooking Corner

No recipe this time, but thought I’d share my cute Thanksgiving dinner. It’s ground turkey tacos with chips, refried black beans, and pan fried sweet potatoes. Not pictured is a mini no-bake pumpkin cheesecake. I love the little yam bunny.

photo of bunny themed thanksgiving dinner

My Writing

Miscellany

photo of many tech conference badges

Gittip Update

I haven’t provided an update on this in ages, so I thought it was about time for a follow-up. Below are charts with data from week 107 to week 131. The continued decline is not surprising. Many people were not able to immediately leave, so they are doing so slowly as they find alternatives.

gittip active users from week 107 to week 131
Active users have largely stabilized with a decrease of -2.60% since week 107.

gittip weekly gifts from week 107 to week 131
Weekly gifts continue to decline with a decrease of -29.74% since week 107.

Cuteness

Here are some foster kittens I got to play with when I hung out with my friends after Thanksgiving.

box filled with kittens

kittens playing with a laser