Career interests: data analysis, data visualization, information security, cybersecurity, documentation, user education. I am corybantic at the prospect of working where privacy and security are mission-critical values.
For now, silly stuff about me:
- Last music listened to: Deep Space One stream on Soma FM
- Last book read: Excellent Women by Barbara Pym
- Last beverage: water with glycine and Vitamin C
- Last movie watched: “The Last Tycoon” (1976) Robert De Niro, Jeanne Moreau, Donald Pleasance, Jack Nicholson, Dana Andrews, Ray Milland, Robert Mitchum, Tony Curtis.
Seven famous people I’d invite to dinner: Neil deGrasse Tyson (especially if he gives me one of his fountain pens), Bruce Schneier, Julie Payette, Elizabeth May, Dr. Jason Fung, Nina Teicholz, Rick Mercer.
I’m not following any Twitter account back unless they engage with me first. I use it to catch up with friends who are more permissive than I about companies harvesting and monetizing their tweets, RTs and likes.
For follow-back and engagement:
Let me know if you’re on a Mastodon instance. Mastodon is a platform with some similarities to Twitter, most instances are not commercialized, and it’s easier to make connections and have conversations about shared interests, as the character limit is more generous. My experience is that I have 20% as many followers on Mastodon than on Twitter, but the engagement is 400%, and the enjoyment 4000%. Mastodon is what I hoped Twitter would be and delivers on what made the pre-1995 internet so great: real conversations and connections. People from Finland, B.C., England, Philadelphia, Italy, France, Japan conversing of their interests. I’m learning so much about hardening, SSH, PGP key management there. Yes, there are bots, but they don’t, as far as I know, spam links to pron websites. Also, I don’t see any political messages from unstable halfwits or Russian bots. Mastodon’s so much better! It’s like 1993!
Here is how Twitter works: they sell our data to advertisers for money, any interactions, good or bad are data they can sell.
All that harassment women get? That makes them money. All the callouts, all the toxic verbiage, all the fights with trolls feed the beast.
Twitter keeps the toxic, high profile troll accounts around because they know you will interact with them.
*Not using Twitter* at all is the best way to fight back.