Firebee Dispatch #5: You gotta keep the fire burning


As mentioned last week, I'm deep in the busy season at work, so content is a little light this week.

What I'm Up To

I am deep in the super busy time of the year at my job. OH GOD, OH GOD, EVERYTHING IS ON FIRE.

A culture that automatically mobilizes to search for a reason to dismiss the claims of those raising dissenting opinions and experiences is toxic. [...] If they don’t want the game disturbed -- it’s because the rules are in their favor.

  • Reddit is a failed state from The Verge. A discussion on reddit's shitty handling of the posting of the stolen nude photos of celebrities.

Reddit wants to be a techno-libertarian’s wet dream, but in practice it’s a weak feudal system that’s actually run by a small group of angry warlords who use “free speech” as a weapon. [...] Reddit believes in free speech unless your speech involves speaking truth about the unsavory men who keep exploitative content flowing.

If we can cast the responsibility of “saving the world” onto some yet-unsurfaced Pollyanna, clean of conscience and free of finanicial commitments, then nothing ever changes. There’s no quid for the quo. We remain rusted wheels.

An activist is not a bad thing to be. It’s bad for your health–and sanity–but I defy you to make me feel guilty for taking a vested interest in toppling a system actively holding us down.

In the News

This Week in Sexism

Mass Media Musings


I started playing Civ 5 again to relax during my off time. I cannot stop. Please send help...


I am incredibly bad at describing and reviewing music, so this will mostly be "here's some things I enjoy listening to. YMMV." I listen to music a lot at work or while doing other things, so I don't always tune in well to lyrics and am not a reliable resource for notices about problematic content.

"The Voyager" by Jenny Lewis

  • Thanks to Liz Abinate for recommending this one.
  • I think "Late Bloomer" is my favorite track from the album (and contributes the title of this week's dispatch).

"Women in Technology" by White Town

  • Blast from the past! I remember loving the single "Your Woman" when it was on the radio in the 90s.
  • This somehow ended up in a recommended list or something in spotify. I cannot remember how I got here.
  • I had not previously listened to the whole album. I'm enjoying it.


You can now buy some firebees swag! The swag currently includes shirts and bags with the fuck your culture in cross stitch design. Below are some examples, and more styles are available in the store.

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In this section, I promote events, fundraisers, organizations, and other things that I think are worthwhile.

This week, you should donate to Growstuff's indiegogo campaign. It's an awesome project, and it would mean a lot to me if you support it.

Growstuff is an open source platform that helps support people who want to grow their own food. It helps people learn about growing food, track what they plant and harvest, and swap seeds and produce with other gardeners in their community.

This campaign will help support two primary developers as they improve the API and help people use Growstuff's open data. I know both Skud and Frances and can attest to them being fabulous, dedicated individuals who do great work. I believe strongly in supporting people who do great work, so they can continue to do so (and eat, pay their bills, have a place to live, and all that jazz).

One of the things I love about Growstuff is that it isn't just another social app targeted at rich techies in Silicon Valley. This is an open platform that helps people grow food, a very basic need that benefits a wide variety of people all over the world. It's useful, practical, and sustainable. I want to celebrate and support a project like this because it seems so rare these days.

Growstuff is also a great project for people new to open source (see their newbie development guide). This is rare and should be supported, so that open source continues to be sustainable by bringing in new people.

TLDR: donate to Growstuff's indiegogo because it's awesome!