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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.

Basecamp squashing conversations about racism at the company is, in fact, racist. They've lost a third of their employees.

I've also heard that some companies nearing IPO (or profit sharing initiatives) have started trying to get highly paid employees so exasperated that they quit, and lower the company's expenses. Gotta wonder if they tried this strategy and it backfired.

In free software, we work publicly. That means our mistakes are often very public. 😳

How can we craft a public apology that doesn't cause further harm? πŸ™‡

Read more about how to avoid common pitfalls in my @conservancy blog post:

Software freedom contributors are human. We all make mistakes, often very publicly. It's tricky to write a public apology for those mistakes.

This blog post by @sagesharp will help you avoid common pitfalls and craft an effective apology:

boost from birdsite, job, funding for free/libre open source work 

boosting T. Wouters @`Yhg1s

I'm super duper excited about this. We've been thinking and talking (and talking, and talking...) about this for many years, and we were hoping to get it out there a year ago. Now, with funding from @`Google for the first year, we can actually get this started.

boosting @`ThePSF
The PSF is hiring a Developer-in-Residence to support CPython!

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β€žBREAKING: Supreme Court rules for Google in copyright fight with Oracle

Supreme Court says Google's use of Oracle code was "fair use"

This is good news for #OpenSource and #FreeSoftware!


We can and should celebrate achievements in creating more inclusive, just, and equitable communities. Each step gets us closer, but there is no "end goal" or "stopping point".

So celebrate the journey, take time for self-care, and remember it's not a race, it's a marathon. And then we rest and train for the next (longer) race.

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I always side-eye articles that declare "diversity issues will be solved" by X year or by Z thing.

Everyone needs to correct for bias and systemic discrimination. We cannot stop correcting against it. The work will not and should not end.

Bias is like a car that always pulls to one side. As soon as we stop correcting for bias, as soon as we stop examining systems for traces of implicit or explicit discrimination, we will always drift to one side.


❝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? 😱

What's being an OSI board member like? You can read our board agreement at

How do you run? Visit

Not an individual member, but you work with one of our affiliates? Consider asking that affiliate to nominate you!

#OpenSource #OpenSourceInitiative

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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.

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