Does anyone have suggestions for an online software for organizing mutual aid in a neighborhood? I'm thinking something like forum software, less ephemeral than things like Mastodon, and with email digest functionality. I'd prefer to avoid proprietary stuff like google groups, and definitely not locked into a certain social network e.g. Facebook.
Cool, Adafruit is reopening in a limited capacity to assist with essential manufacturing and logistics https://blog.adafruit.com/2020/03/22/covid/
n-gate / webshit weekly + covid
Haha Webshit Weekly kills me:
"The rest of the comments are Hackernews incorrecting one another on viral epidemiology and treatment of COVID-19, exactly like an old-people Facebook group, except with misplaced assumptions about manufacturing instead of Minion memes."
A COVID-19 statistics PSA from your local health data scientist
Epidemiology is hard. If you see someone who is not a trained epidemiologist posting numbers that are out of line with those reported by WHO etc., they are almost always wrong. Either they are using words to mean something different than you (or they) think they mean, or they are missing crucial concepts about how epidemics & public health data work.
This is still true even if they have a lot of graphs in their Medium thinkpiece.
Noted without comment, because what should I say?
makeup line, CW: horror/B-movie theming, macabre
Some of you clearly need to know about this indie brand https://apocalypticbeautycosmetics.com
They have a collection inspired by poisonous plants called 'The Murderer's Guide to Flower Arranging,' and a highlighter named TS-19, and a collection inspired by Evil Dead 2.
I'm so excited that the full digitized collection of Processed World is online!!
Here are a couple of things I love from early issues:
Issue 1: Coverage of the 1981 Blue Shield office workers strike in SF, including claims processors: https://archive.org/details/processedworld01proc/page/8/mode/2up
Issue 2: A response sharing the fight song for eligibility workers for foodstamps at the SF Department of Social Services: https://archive.org/details/processedworld02proc/page/n7/mode/2up
Stop ICE getting PPE instead of Doctors
If anyone knows how to help stop ICE getting face masks, or wants to point grassroots efforts at that cause, here's their contractor order.
That protective gear should be diverted to health care workers fighting to save lives, not to the people breaking up families and sowing fear.
Cheap and free wiring supplies
This is a stretch, but... if you know anyone in the PNW who is wiring their boat or van, I have a ton of wire remnants, as well as excess heat shrink, some old fans and lights (all 12V) that still work, and other goodies like excess heavy duty battery lugs. Some things I'd happily give away, others I'd part with for very cheap to help recoup the costs of our rewiring.
Won't be meeting up with anyone till things have settled down, but putting that out there.
Impostor data scientist, San Francisco resident, old weirdo. Lazy messmaker and project abandoner.
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