hot take: capitalism, slavery, marxism 

Marxists, as a group, have tried to make the key element of capitalism the wage relationship & wage labour because their aversion to Black liberation is stronger than their dedication to historical materialism.

To say it again in a simpler/clearer (but longer) way:

- Capitalism is a system where capital (money for investment) rules the world.
- This system was built on slavery. It was also built on the work of "free" people, but slavery was super important. You can't ignore it.
- So anti-capitalist theory has to treat slavery as very important.
- Marxists are anti-capitalist theorists. But most of them don't treat slavery as important, even though slavery was happening everywhere when Marxism was created.
- They focus on "free" labour instead because it fits better with the rest of their worldview.
- So their worldview actually is very similar to the people they say they're against.
- Marxism even has principles that say people shouldn't let their worldviews get in the way of good theory, but they seem to do it a lot anyway. This is ironic.

Reading Cloud Atlas. Has anyone else read the book? It is fascinating, and I need my own copy now! (Library book).

Making the decision tonight to catch up on articles and videos and let my mind wander instead of doing more work.

@vortex_egg yeah, and I can see where that would be helpful for sure. One issue is that Python is an almost-30-year-old language at this point, and has largely tried to maintain backwards syntactic compatibility.

That brief moment of panic as an admin when the site it's not clear if an error is because of network issues or the Shop being down.

(Thankfully, network issues)

@vortex_egg many of those are syntactic sugar on top of the underlying class methods, which have a more consistent syntax.

One thing I note: For many objects, a += 'foo' might work, but there's a .add() fallback to be more explicit.

That doesn't really help when you're learning, I know, so I'll also add that the decisions were made for readability wherever possible.

@stephaniewalter I'll put in my $0.02 for 1Password, especially if you ever share passwords with a partner. The rates are super reasonable, and so far no one has ever found exploits in 1Passwrod.

#WomenInTech
"Why Are There So Few Women in Computer Science?" a 6min video that explains shortly but clearly the why and hows computer science is dominated by men today (and NO I will not make a TLDNR, you can watch a 6minutes videos by yourselves...)
pbs.org/video/why-are-there-so

#WomenInTech
"Women pioneered computer programming. Then men took their industry over", an interesting article on how, again, there were a lot of women in CS until the narratives shifted in the mid 80's towards "computers are for boys"
timeline.com/women-pioneered-c

#WomenInTech
"The tech sector has a big problem with women. Bulgaria has the answer" an interesting article on how gender diversity is slightly better in some Eastern Europe countries, why, and how to keep improving. (by Katie Marie Davies)
calvertjournal.com/articles/sh

What Programming's Past Reveals About Today's Gender-Pay Gap? When men enter a female-heavy field, perceptions of women don’t improve—perceptions of the job do. (by Rhaina Cohen)

theatlantic.com/business/archi

@heartles I actually love it when people self-filter into "people I don't need to listen to anymore" 😆

I forgot to mention that I was recently given the honor of being named a @ThePSF fellow.

I'm really humbled by this, thank you to the Fellows working group and the entire #python community.

pyfound.blogspot.com/2021/02/p

#SVG
This is really nice: "SVG Repo - Search and find 300.000+ open source SVG graphics fastest way"

svgrepo.com

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