💬 Replied to: Vox headlines a post on reparations with “Whitelist”

“Dear Vox, It’s bad enough that you’re actually using the word “whitelist” but to have it headlining this particular article seems especially egregious. Maybe you could use better framing like “allowlist” or “denylist” instead?
Screencapture of a Vox article about reparations with a p…”

Even more simply: “[Consider] unblocking us”. It clearly describes the action they’d like the reader to take, rather than the (poorly named) tool/setting, which not everyone will connect with.

Reposting: jacky 🇭🇹✊🏾 on Twitter

“So. Yesterday, there was a bunch of layoffs and I was one of the people affected. I’m definitely open to talking about next opportunities but I won’t be ready to work until June 15th. Hit me up for a resume / talk. I will say, having a union made this… https://t.co/gfr8D0BkyA”


Lockdown achievements (so far):

  • Books read: 0
  • Podcasts listened to: 0
  • Movies watched: 1
  • Audiobooks listened to: 1
  • Miniatures painted: 0
  • Miniatures assembled and primed: 89
  • Seasons of The Simpsons watched: 9

Out for our lunctime state-sanctioned exercise, and noticed a seal had managed to make it all the way past the Diamond Bridge on the River Don, in Aberdeen. I’ve never seen them in this area before!

Reposting: Sarah Cawkwell on Twitter


If you’re one of those people panic buying staple goods in bulk, when this passes and you have excess dried pasta and loo roll and tinned goods, consider donating them to a foodbank.

If you plan to bulk buy, buy extra for a foodbank.

Don’t be one of Those People.”


My news reader is filled with people posting their tips for working remotely in this time of COVID-19 and “social distancing.” I wrote my own six tips for working from home fifteen years ago(!!! – yay for blog archives!), and they largely still hold up, mostly because they aren’t tips around what no-longer existing technologies to use or anything like that. They’re focussed on what you can do to make your working from home experience better for you.

If I had to add any more tips, the biggest would be – make sure your work area is comfortable and ergonomic. If you can, invest in the best office-style chair you can. Ideally, have a decent-sized desk which affords you a good amount of working space. Basically don’t try and work for hours in an uncomfortable, cramped, space. If you don’t have access to that at home, try decamping to somewhere like the local library, even for a couple of hours (when you know you won’t have to make any calls!).