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posting a re- since there are lots of new folks! welcome!

I'm christa. I live in san francisco with @jim and a pup named piglet

I work as a software engineer trying to make US government services better. generally, I care about the impact of technology on people

things I post about lately when not (just) shitposting: synths, dark room photography, powerlifting, plants, outside, sf

more info on website/pinned posts! welcome dms/follows from friendly folks with shared interests

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I've been writing and running a little Rails forum for about a month now for some friends!

I think I still have a little bit to go for a 1.0 for the software (mainly pagination, our forum is too small to require it yet) but think it's in a place where I can recommend it to others if you're interested in shaping development.

if you're interested in running a little forum for your friends or an existing community, check it out (and let me know so I start versioning!): github.com/hartsick/ruBB

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paid off my $2.02 debt to twilio so bleep bloop hotline's back, baybee!!!

419-452-4857

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us government software 

there's legislation coming down the line to hopefully change this. aaron snow wrote a good blog post about this more in-depth as it relates to both the US and Canada here: aaronsnow.net/2022/05/09/shari. recommend checking it out if you're interested!

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us government software 

here is, I believe, the latest guidance around this:

whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uplo

and in it a quote from Section 302 of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act of 1968, which still provides the foundation today:

"The Director's rules and regulations shall be consistent with, and in furtherance of, the Government's policy of relying on the private enterprise system to provide those services which are reasonably and expeditiously available through ordinary business channels."

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us government software 

a thing I think folks outside of government may not be aware of is that it's not a given that the federal government can develop technology services that can be provided, for fee or for free, to non-federal agencies (eg gov in states, tribes, territories, local).

why? good question! it's because the US loves private industry, and has written into its guidance that the US federal government should not offer services the private sector could.

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programming dates horror 

@kit this may be the burnout speaking but perceived inaction is easier than action

programming dates horror 

a coworker told a secondhand story of when some state legislature regularly extended a month in recordkeeping (eg january 34th) because each year they legally they had to complete something by end of that month and would fail. supporting these technically correct records in code involved rewriting the python module for datetime

free covid tests (u.s.) 

maybe this has been true for awhile? idk! anyway I didn't know and sharing in case other people didn't either, because I'm certainly still using them frequently 🙃

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free covid tests (u.s.) 

you can request free covid tests from the federal government again! this time we get 8 free ones

special.usps.com/testkits

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soapy's drive-in ice cream sign, rt. 41a, oak grove, kentucky, 1979

sfpol, border politics 

I appreciate the sentiment but … feel like this is just not the metaphor, scott

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This was my "office" for 7 years back when I worked at ESO's Paranal Observatory in Chile. What a view, huh?

That's the Milky Way framed by the entrance corridor to the underground "residencia", where we sleep, eat, etc. I miss those views!

also I actually want this to happen and still keep meaning to turn the bleep bloop hotline into some part of it. someday!

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kid film pics 

made these prints of my cutie niblings to give to fam for mothers day

kodak t-max 400 on ilford rc multigrade satin, developed and printed at the harvey milk community photo center in sf (my fave)

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The Mask at the gym: sssssssomebody spot me!!!

film photos, pool pics of human no ec 

prints I worked on in the darkroom last night. I’m happy with them! worked on getting better with developing split contrasts and dodging.

at this point I’m mainly just picking photos with a new tricky bit each time to see how I can improve my printmaking

us safety net, uspol (2/2) 

CfA on why WIC has only a 50% uptake (mix of things, including frictions for enrolling and the stigma with buying WIC-eligible food):
codeforamerica.org/news/unders

CBPP on who uses SNAP (66% of SNAP participants are in families with children nationally):
cbpp.org/research/food-assista

Georgetown on how half of children in US have insurance through Medicaid CHIP and how that's in danger: ccf.georgetown.edu/2022/02/17/

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us safety net, uspol (1/2) 

this morning I can't stop thinking about how many US safety net programs (SNAP, WIC, TANF, Medicaid/CHIP, etc) are used by families with children, and how hard we make those programs to get onto and use, even when the legislature isn't gutting and carving funding.

some links in next post

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This may be a good time to discuss content warnings. The format I use is general-comma-specific, like an entry in a book index. For example:

> uspol, elections

The idea is to help people manage their stress around potentially stressful topics, so name the stressors, but try to keep the actual stress below the fold.

It's a feature that operates on trust, so don't abuse it. And hashtags don't work in CWs, but you can always repeat the CW labels as hasgtags in the body of the post.

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