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Hi. I’m Sameer Vasta, a snail-mail boy living in an email world. I'm an over-user of the discretionary comma.

I pass my time reading my never-ending stack of library books, writing letters to penpals, and exploring the urban landscape on foot. I find beauty in the mundane and joy in the small things.

If you’re ever in the area, come join me on my aimless strolls around the city, or for an espresso and conversation; I love making new friends.

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It’s such an accidental godsend that the two people who developed the podcast RSS standard were completely uninterested in profits and monetization. It was one weird old hippie with fuck you amounts of tech industry money and a former music tv host burned by that industry so they made it open and free and accessible and resilient for listeners, with nothing set aside for ads and metrics and subscriptions.

19yrs later, we’re so lucky it turned out that way.

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We’re hiring five senior product managers!

If you’re interested in working for the public service and building digital products that help the people of Ontario — meaningful work with a great team — please apply or reach out for more info: ontario.ca/page/senior-product

Important life advice: the food expiration dates you should actually follow: nytimes.com/article/expiration

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The appeal of communally owned (be it civic or otherwise) network services keep coming back to me. Especially now as I'm reading about being a civic technologist and understanding how Big Tech can take tax dollars to run services, that money would be better spent in locally trained groups and resources. There's more of an investment in having quality services if you also HAVE to use it (and need it to get by). That seems to immediately fade with conglomerates like Microsoft and Amazon. (https://jacky.wtf/2023/1/_rSG)

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when I say "no worries" it means "no worries left for you." my worries run at 100% every moment of the day. you cannot make it worse. this is just basic math

“I started the New Year on a deficit, still playing catch up, still on empty. And while that feeling itself isn’t new, it is becoming physically impossible to ignore that I’ve felt this way, nonstop, for three years now.”

Amil perfectly captures what it feels like to be a parent these days: thecut.com/2023/01/parenting-i

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#BellLetsTalk Is Marketing Garbage; Rant 

On the birdsite I used to do a thread every year on #BellLetsTalk day about how Bell should just pay their fair share of taxes or the federal government should actually regulate them so that people in this country have smaller data bills or how Bell's lip-service to mental health is absolutely laughable given the amount of ex-Bell-employees I personally know who have left because of massive burnout and mental exhaustion or how a once-a-year corporate-driven social media marketing campaign about mindfulness and selfcare is a SLAP TO THE FACE to the people in this country who still don't have their mental health medications and therapies covered by provincial health care insurance and the wait times to see a therapist or psychiatrist or social worker can be numbered in years, not months. I really hate this hashtag and everything it stands for. Burn it. Burn it all.

“The brick is a metaphor for something that does not or cannot move. But I like it because it also suggests something weighty, something heavy, something you can stack into a fence, a wall, a road. […] I am surrounded by bricks. Bricks are sturdy, dependable, unchanging.” aworkinglibrary.com/writing/ou

I was never allowed to go to sleepovers growing up (wasn’t something we did in our culture) so I’m fascinated by this idea that sleepovers are getting more complicated for parents and children these days: washingtonpost.com/parenting/2

Judging by how much I used Tweetbot (it was the only way I used Twitter for years) I have no doubt subscribing to Ivory is worth every penny. apps.apple.com/ch/app/ivory-fo

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That shot of joy when you remember a good song that you haven't listened to in awhile >>>>>>>

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A few years ago I took an adult ballet class. The class was hard. Exhausting. I was terrible. Really really bad. I never got much better. And it made me angry.

Then I realized how rare it was that I’m bad at *anything*. Not because I’m universally fabulous, but because I’m old enough I rarely do anything new. All the stuff I’m bad at has been weeded out. I like having expertise and skill, it’s satisfying and comfortable. But ballet taught me how valuable being terrible at something can be. Renewed empathy for those struggling. Humility. Accepting limitations. Knowing when to quit. Patience. Persistence. All the things it’s easy to forget when you spend all your time being competent.

So go try something new. You can only gain from it.

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I don’t know how to explain it, but time works differently in airports. 5 minutes and 5 hours are somehow the same. Your flight is delayed but arrives early. The carpets are from 1980. The water machines are from 2045. It is always happy hour. You have always been in the airport.

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OK this is actually pretty incredible.

The Smithsonian making 4 million digital items public domain. CC0 means you don't need to give attribution, there's no copyright to worry about, no restrictions on using them in photoshops etc.

It's a huge move for open media for such a big name to be making such a large collection open like this. It's the kind of thing I never really thought we would see start to happen.

https://www.si.edu/openaccess/

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Cannot reiterate this enough:

PLEASE don’t request refunds from Apple for any unused time on your Twitterrific or Tweetbot subscriptions.

It could literally bankrupt small shops like these.

https://blog.iconfactory.com/2023/01/twitterrific-end-of-an-era/

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hot take the tech layoffs are as much about investor appeasement as they are a shot across the bow to the incipient tech labour movement pass it on

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I'm gonna get my media calendar project up and running again on the Fediverse!

For every day of the year, I share at least one significant date or event happening in a movie, television show, or game. Sometimes it's mentioned directly, sometimes it's shown on screen, sometimes clever people have deduced the date.

Give it a follow here: @todayonscreen

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