i'm brennen. i grew up on the rural great plains and currently live in colorado.
interests: gardens, pens, notebooks, animals, the weather, camping, festivals, burns, music, SF&F, history, poems, bikes, misc. d.i.y. nonsense.
professional computer botherer and angry about it. sometime perl & php hacker. used to sell blinkenlights for a living, currently deploy wikis.
i complain about computers and worry about natural disasters too much, but try to CW it.
dear bandcamp: i know someone must have thought the introductory paragraph was cute, but we both know full well i didn't actually read shit before i clicked the button and instead just assumed you're doing something bad, and i'll eventually need to cut you loose just like every other time a terms-of-service wall of text is changed after an acquisition.
My company is hiring for a #python focused Sr. Data Engineer, #Remote (US Timezones). We maintain an #OpenSource project that ingests legislation from all 50 states and help some very cool nonprofits advocate for change. We'll have more positions opening soon as well; would love to chat via DM!
(was it a castle? merry-go-round? maybe you never got to see the inside of anything. anyway it drove me up a wall.)
((i guess that parenthetical would make more sense if you know that i'm currently rendering a blob of markdown to html with pandoc, and pandoc supports doing this. it just doesn't quite do it how i'd like and also dependencies.))
nerd culture talks a lot of shit about people with their heads full of woo who are down on "western medicine" and won't go to the doctor, but holy shit, the reality here is so fucked and the experience so punishing that a substantial percentage of them really are probably better off going it alone and doing some aromatherapy. as long as you don't _drink_ the essential oils or whatever.
i know the real answer is "they aren't because this whole thing is riddled with predation and parasitism", but how anyone dealing with the cognitive overhead of a major illness and/or lacking the support of a fully with-it and dedicated family member is expected to navigate any of this shit without tripping into life-ruining debt and/or actively harmful action by one or more medical providers is fucking baffling.
navigating the american medical system for things like "knowing what bills to pay" or "reconciling the advice of two primary care doctors about an extremely basic question with a binary truth value", as a person mostly in control of my own faculties: considerably harder and more failure prone than other things i do, like for example the arcane process for deploying code to one of the most-used websites on the planet.
in favor of soup.
follow requests welcome! but please have a posting history i can check out, be someone i know, or just message me saying hi first.
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