In the morning to the Painter’s about my little picture. Thence to Tom’s about business, and so to the pewterer’s, to buy a poore’s-box to put my forfeits in, upon breach of my late vows. So to the Wardrobe and dined, and thence home and to my office, and there sat looking over my papers of my voyage, when we fetched over the King, and tore so many of these that were worth nothing, as filled my closet as high as my knees. I staid doing this till 10 at night, and so home and to bed.
The little box of war in the office,
my paper voyage…
nothing filled my closet
as high as night.
Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 5 March 1661/62.
Perhaps about 4.3 billion years ago, Mars would have had enough water to cover its entire surface in a liquid layer about 450 feet (137 meters) deep. More likely, the water would have formed an ocean occupying almost half of Mars’ northern hemisphere, in some regions reaching depths greater than a mile (1.6 kilometers).
Go Canada! I support you in your Spockish endeavors!
PAIRING: Watson/Holmes & Watson/OMC
SUMMARY: John goes out and has a one night stand with a guy. Sherlock deduces this and decides he doesn't like to share.
Has just been added to Sherlock Holmes Slash and is listed on the new stories page and the Holmes/Watson page.
Crossposted to Chance's Archive and Chance's Archive blog.
⌈ Secret Post #2983 ⌋
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Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 022 secrets from Secret Submission Post #426.
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Right now, y'all can apply to the Free and Open Source Software Outreachy internships, formerly OPW -- the deadline is March 24th. Copy the flyer below to spread the word! And March 24th is also the deadline for your organization to sponsor internships -- if your employer has deep pockets, use this template to ask them for some cash.
As of last month, Outreach Program for Women is now Outreachy, and Outreachy will move from the GNOME Foundation to being a member project of Software Freedom Conservancy on May 1. This step makes sense, as Outreachy serves the entire FLOSS community and SFC is specifically set up to provide financial, legal, and administrative support to member projects, whereas GNOME Foundation's core goal is to advance GNOME. I'm grateful to the GNOME Foundation for launching and supporting OPW as it grew!
Celebrating in detail
- from one-time to repeating, and then to consistently running twice a year
- from only mentoring GNOME projects to mentoring GNOME + Twisted, and then to mentoring for dozens of FLOSS projects (and Sarah Sharp, the original Linux org admin, handing off that responsibility and coming to co-administer Outreachy as a whole)
- from 6 participants in the first round to 44 in the round that's ending in a few days
- from Hanna Wallach and Chris Ball volunteering to run it, to Marina Zhurakhinskaya running it as a volunteer, to Outreachy being part of Zhurakhinskaya's job, so candidates, interns, mentors, and admins get more consistent support and leadership
- from GNOME oversight/administration to the Software Freedom Conservancy
- adding a travel fund, explicitly documenting it and encouraging participants to use it
- adding a career development advisor (me at first, then delegated to someone with more career advising experience)
- from language of "women/females only" that was potentially trans-exclusive to more inclusive language ("anyone who was assigned female at birth and anyone who identifies as a woman, genderqueer, genderfluid, or genderfree regardless of gender presentation or assigned sex at birth")
- from "Women's Summer Outreach Program" through various name permutations :)
- from fighting only sexism to fighting other oppressions as well, by partnering with Ascend
- from zillions-of-emails application processes to a unified web app
- weathering a trumped-up controversy about a temporary GNOME finances problem
- adding the full variety of software engineering tasks as potential projects, e.g., design, release management, translation, etc., not just coding
- adding a mentored first contribution as an application step (other open source internship programs are copying this)
Empowering everyone involved
When I saw, in mid-2012, that OPW had included a non-GNOME project, and that OPW had succeeded in getting the percentage of women at GNOME's yearly conference from ~4% (2009) to ~17% (2012), I decided I wanted Wikimedia Foundation to participate. I sought Zhurakhinskaya out at that year's Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, my boss in tow. Zhurakhinskaya was already looking for me. We instantly agreed that WMF should participate. My boss, Rob Lanphier, trusted my judgement and gave me the budget to fund multiple interns. Zhurakhinskaya helped us decide to expand our contribution.
In the end, we got six interns for that round, thanks to WMF's contribution and to money Zhurakhinskaya and Karen Sandler got from Google's Open Source Programs Office. Wikimedia has kept on mentoring via OPW/Outreachy, several have stuck around as volunteers, and WMF has hired at least four alumnae as contractors or employees. Outreachy works to help recruit and retain technical contributors, who have more diverse perspectives, more than the event-based or publicity-only initiatives we'd tried before.
OPW helps oppressed people do things they didn't think they could do -- and thank you Outreachy for helping WMF do something we didn't know we could do. :)
Congratulations! And here's video of "The Outreach Program for Women: what works & what's next", a talk that Liz Henry and I gave last year at Open Source Bridge.
1. Drink orange juice. You know how some people aren't really awake/human before they get their coffee? This is me with orange juice. Lately, I've been drinking a glass of blood orange juice as well. I like blood ornages and I need to drink more fluids, anyway.
2. Check fannish email. I check more often than my non-fannish email, although I do check both daily (ish for the non-fannish).
3. Write. Something. Anything. Ideally this includes writing original fiction, but sometimes my brain burns out and I write only ridiculous fic instead. (Like, say, Hannibal/Scipio identity porn where they have superpowers but still set during the Second Punic War.)
4. Draw. Something. Anything. I've been having trouble with this one lately, but I've gotten back into it this month. Currently I'm doing headshots of various characers from the war novel as practice for different faces and ages. Whenever I have no idea for what to draw I will turn to practicing different faces. My art has a bit of a sameface problem and I have trouble with expressions as well, so I try to practice those as well. I think I'm moving towards a more realistic -- yet still stylised/abstracted -- style. Ideally... Actually, I don't know what my ideal drawing style would be. I think I'd like to have my own style but also be able to draw in all kinds of styles. I can do a fairly okay approximation of Art Nouveau, probably because my style is similar already, but I have trouble with everything else.
5. Read. I try to read every day.
6. Listen to music. If I'm not actively listening to someone, I will be wearing headphones/earbuds 90% of the time I'm awake. I live in a space small enough that I can go anywhere inside without taking off or unplugging my headphones from my computer.
7. Wear my necklace. (Does it count if I never take it off?) It's not a religious necklace, but it's of great significance to me anyway.
8. Worry about something. There's always something.
9. Go to bed too late. Probably because I keep staying up to write and/or comment on LJ/DW.
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