Jeremy Felt

Open source student.

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The blast radius of scrambled eggs in the hands of a 7 month old

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Shoveling in April should be illegal

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I search my site so frequently. I need to put a search bar front and center on the homepage.

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It’s snowing.

It’s April.

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In my day, commercials were a good 30 seconds long and didn’t feel like an assault on your existence.

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Billionaires still considered evil.

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In reply to: my note about backwordle

Hey! Someone made it! Backwordle.

Except I didn’t read it closely. 😞 It’s not actually the backwordle I was hoping for. 😆

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The wheels on the bus go round and round
I like to eat eat apples and bananas

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New hop vine shoots appearing around last year's plant.

Despite my best efforts at neglect, new hop vine shoots have appeared! This looks really promising in a bucket of hops in August kind of way. 🍻

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I made it out of the rabbit hole!

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First walks of the year in a t-shirt!

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The daffodils in Dry Fork bloomed today. It’s strange to see them in such a “natural” place. It’s like someone took a bag of bulbs to the middle of the space and started throwing them around. No real pattern, just bursts of yellow.

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The magnetic draw of my bare hand to the handle of this cast iron pan I just pulled out of a 500° oven…

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Madeleine Albright passed away today. What a life.

Power is, as we know, an addiction prone to abuse. Even those who enter public life with the best of intentions are susceptible to its pull.

I read her book, Fascism: A Warning, in 2019 and found it “enthralling and informative”. I’ve meant to read her others since, but haven’t yet made it to that pile.

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Gary Oldman going from George Smiley to Jackson Lamb is a fun inside-spy-novel joke

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Accidently bought ground coffee. 😑

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Bookmarked https://theprepared.org/features-feed/montreal-snow.

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In reply to: @lesley_pizza @dan_knauss

Dan asks:

Are there any of Ostrom’s findings or principles that you think could be especially useful to the WordPress community?

I don’t know if I have a clear answer to that, but here’s a rambling one… 🙂

The “tragedy of the commons” was made popular by Garrett Hardin, a white nationalist and pusher of eugenics whose argument kind of meanders through a variety of topics. It’s a short read, some of it makes sense—pollution is bad, sure, sign me up!—but the vibe behind all of it oozes “only people like me know how to use the commons”.

The conclusion of his paper reads like a grumpy old man writing a letter to the editor. And it ends with some clarifying statements:

Every new enclosure of the commons involves the infringement of somebody’s personal liberty.

The only way we can preserve and nurture other and more precious freedoms is by relinquishing the freedom to breed, and that very soon.

Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons

So, in my nutshell description: Hardin believes humans are inherently selfish and will act only in their self interest. To avoid the tragedy of the commons, only allow humans who can handle it to have more humans. Humans like Hardin will determine who can handle it.

How does that apply to open source? I’m sure I could read it in a less literal way, but I also think you can say “people need to pitch in and tend to the garden if they want the garden to flourish” without citing Hardin.

Most of that was to say: I think everyone should stop citing The Tragedy of the Commons. It’s bleak, outdated, and inaccurate.

Okay, Elinor Ostrom—who I think we can safely say was by far a cooler person than Hardin.

I have (unfortunately) not read most of her book, Governing the Commons, but my nutshell summary of what I have read is: Everyone relies on these lazy hand-wavy metaphors that are decades old, but look: the commons works and can be collectively governed.

“Oh gee, you know the commons, it’s like sheep and grass and you can’t trust people and then the grass is gone.”

Instead, she does the work, shows examples of communities who are successfully governing their commons, and analyzes how it works and doesn’t.

So, in rambling conclusion… 😅

Lesley notes Ostrom’s 8 principles in WordPress as a Commons. I think I can find a way to align each of those at least loosely with how WordPress is governed, with a couple exceptions:

  • I think conflict resolution is a weak area. I’m not sure how often it is needed, but I am sure there have been times where an external party would have been useful for hashing out a disagreement.
  • While I think the current model of benevolent dictator, albeit poorly named, is the right governance model for WordPress, I think there would be value in better documentation around the project’s governance. I also think quite a bit more documentation exists now than several years ago.

My extra guess is that Ostrom would have likely found a fascinating study in the WordPress project.

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A just rolled back to front! Twice!

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Bookmarked https://adactio.com/journal/18765.

Ever since Clearleft was founded in 2005 we’ve taken on board the motto of the World Wide Web itself: let’s share what we know. As well as doing the work, we enjoy sharing how the work gets done. Whether it’s case studies, blog posts, podcasts, or conference talks, we’re always thinking about ways to contribute to the web community.

❤️ this sentiment.

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