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: Whispering Jack Smith collection on Archive.org
  • Last book read: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
  • Last beverage: lime seltzer with stevia and Angostura
  • Last watched: “Charlie Chan at the Opera” (did you know Oscar Levant composed the Opera in the film?)

Seven famous people I’d invite to dinner: Neil deGrasse Tyson (especially if he gives me one of his fountain pens), Bruce Schneier, Eric Garland, Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Robert Lustig, Heston Blumenthal, Elizabeth May.

I’m not following any Twitter account back unless they engage with me first or they deliver content pertaining to my interests. 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 35% as many followers on Mastodon than on Twitter, but the engagement is 800%, and the enjoyment 7000%. 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, and you can type #nobot in your profile to keep them from following. Also, I don’t see any political messages from unstable halfwits or Russian bots and trolls. Mastodon’s so much better! It’s like 1992, especially with gopher phlogs posted!

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 and bots 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.


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