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Hi, I'm Sage Sharp! I use they/them pronouns.

I'll mostly be tooting about Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program. Outreachy supports diversity in free software and open source.

There will also be many many cat pictures. I might also talk about Python, Django, and web development.

Opinions are mine alone, and do not represent my employer.


❝Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.❞ β€” Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


β€’ Cecilia Payne won a scholarship to Cambridge.

β€’ Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said to heck with that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

β€’ Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called β€œthe most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

β€’ Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne β€” after telling her not to publish).

β€’ Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

β€’ Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard and the first woman to head a science department at Harvard. She also inspired entire generations of women to take up science.

β€’ Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

CW: moving gif, burn out update 

Mood for today: drowning in email. So much work to on-board new Outreachy communities.

On the plus side, we're on track to accept 70+ interns this cohort (vs 55 last cohort).

Now I just have to review 1,800 initial applications... in 9 days? 😱

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β€œWhy do we have a space program when X is going on?”
Listen, the NASA budget is not a problem, DoD paid Lockheed Martin over $400 BILLION for the F-35, a fighter jet so bad they have to rig the field tests in its favor. That program started in 2001, so roughly $25 billion per year of existence. NASAs budget for 2020 was $22 Billion, and its average budget per year over its 63 years of existence was $19 billion. The ENTIRE APOLLO PROJECT cost, adjusted for inflation, $156 billion. Yeah, going to the moon cost us less than a shitty airplane. Amazon could buy multiple Apollo projects per year.

We have military contractors committing literal theft of our tax dollars, and you’re worried about NASA? What’s your next worry, the less than half a billion that goes to public television?

I’ve read that we’ve gotten Linux on Mars, but does that include X?

is there an xeyes binary on Mars somewhere?

We won't be hearing about any blue screen of death on #Mars since #NASA rover robot is powered by #Linux and #FPrime.

#software is #opensource! Check it out in the NASA repo.

FΒ΄: A Flight-Proven, Multi-Platform, Open-Source Flight Software Framework

Get an #OpenSource job! #ODK is hiring a senior software engineer for a #remote flexible hours contract. Write code that helps lives around the planet.

#FreeSoftware #ICT4D #FLOSS

My grandma was a strong-willed, feisty lady. She & her husband fought small town politics to push the city to build a new senior center, which stands today. She lived to be 99 years old, becoming even more independent after her husband died. She loved the beach & gardening.

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Hey folks! My grandma is dying. You can help me right now by reminding communities to sign up to participate in Outreachy. I'm about 2/3 of the way through my list of communities to contact to be mentors, and it's just not going to happen this week.

Really proud of this video interview Branden Bonaby, a May 2019 Outreachy intern with the Linux kernel.

Branden talks about all of the common fears newcomers have about open source: everyone will know more than me, no one will want to interact with a newcomer, and what if they don't like my code?

The answer: just try contributing to open source. The whole community is there to help you improve your code.

(Video CC-BY Outreachy and Sage Sharp -- made with Kdenlive)

I'm considering becoming a bimodal sleeper again for FOSDEM. πŸ€”

Sleeping for four hours, starting after dinner at 8am to midnight, then another four hours mid-morning or early afternoon. Just for this week.

I've done this in the summer to avoid the heat of the day, and it's not terrible. The quietness of the house and watching the sunrise is peaceful.

Just finished some documentation on how Outreachy mentors can avoid burn out during the contribution period. I suspect this might help GSoC mentors as well during the community bonding period.

Additional tips and thoughts are welcome! Pull requests are highly appreciated.

I'm so glad mastodon has content warnings. It's so nice compared to the hell birb site.

Outreachy is your chance to work with experienced open source mentors! We're still seeking mentors, so our project list is still TBD.

Past outreachy internship projects have included programming, user experience, documentation, illustration, graphical design, data science, project marketing, user advocacy, or community event planning.

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Outreachy expressly invites applicants from around the world who are women (both cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people.

Outreachy also expressly invites applications from U.S. residents and nationals of any gender who are Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.

Anyone who faces under-representation, systemic bias or discrimination in the technology industry of their country is welcome to apply.

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Outreachy May to August internship applications are open! Outreachy is:

πŸ’΅ Paid - $6,000 USD total internship stipend

🌍 Remote - both interns and mentors work remotely

πŸ•° 3 months - internships run May 24 to August 24

🚨 Apply by February 22 at 4pm UTC

Outreachy supports diversity in open source software!

Past interns are:

♀️ 92% women

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ 4% transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary people

πŸ§•πŸΎ 64% people of color

πŸ§‘πŸΏ 12% people from a historically disadvantaged caste or tribe

Hi, I'm Sage Sharp! I use they/them pronouns.

I'll mostly be tooting about Outreachy. Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program. Outreachy supports diversity in free software and open source.

There will also be many many cat pictures. I might also talk about Python, Django, and web development.

Opinions are mine alone, and do not represent my employer.

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