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I should do a , since last time was on my old instance.

I’m GB. I’m a UX designer in Austin. I’ve been designing software/web products and services for ~20 years (I started early). I’m an advocate for inclusive design and , and I barely talk about work here, but always up for shop talk.

I’m cis he/him, but I love the shit out of all y’all. I’m a dad, hubby, and subject to the true rulers, our 2 cats. I’m into fancy tea, weird music, and you.

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I’m so glad I’m an introvert for all this shit. My only desires to leave the house are occasionally refreshing the food and I kind of want a new office chair… but even then I really didn’t want to leave the house for those either.

Look, I know I’m a tree-hugger, but I just wish they would stop fucking me in the spring.

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Tired of COVID-19? Try new BROVID-19, the respiratory ailment for men

covid / wfh 

I’m way more productive and generally in a better mood when I WFH. So much so that I’m seriously considering my next job being entirely remote.

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covid / wfh 

It just reeks of corporate fear, like if they don’t have eyes on everyone, our productivity will plummet, they’ll just waste money, etc.

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covid / wfh 

What bothers me is the rest of the official email, where HR indicates that they’re not offering standard WFH for other office because, they say, WHO/CDC say they shouldn’t “over-rotate”.

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covid / wfh 

Workplace updates their virus policy, NYC employees encouraged WFH, APAC WFH, specific “at risk” groups. My boss, who is awesome, tells me to WFH whenever I feel the need.

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health/handwashing, birdsite, + 

So apparently, soap is waaaay better for killing viruses (incl. coronaviruses) than hand sanitizers based on alcohol and so on. This is because the soap literally rips apart the lipid bilayer that coats/protects the virus.

Really good, if somewhat technical explanation here from a chemistry prof: twitter.com/PalliThordarson/st

#COVID19 #Viruses #Diseases #Health #Handwashing #Cleanliness

cc @dansup (since you mentioned hand sanitizer)
cc @sohkamyung

I mention to my wife my paranoia with the virus and my poor health (and my discomfort going grocery shopping) and she says she understands and then gets uppity when I say no, I don’t want to go to Costco tomorrow. I mean, were you paying attention?!

Well, Jake Gyllenhall on peterpan wires is the highlight of my evening.

So is this still a thing? Because I need some positivity again.

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Important PSA for people living in the US: The FCC has been forced to reopen public comment on the Net Neutrality decision following a court case by Mozilla. The influx of bots (suspiciously using the names of telecom subscribers) that were anti-Net Neutrality has caused this. The FCC is trying to bury this, and very few are reporting on it.
To (re)file your thoughts on the FCC's decision, go to fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express. Proceeding 17-108 is Net Neutrality. This ends in March.

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On the plus side, I got to pet an otter today. Here’s the handler playing with them after the petting session.

death 

After a day of faking it so my lil girl could enjoy her birthday, I feel so exhausted and alone/confused. I’m soo far away from my siblings, and my sister is so alone and dealing with kids, apparently avoiding dealing with the next steps. I need to go to her, but my wife has surgery this week and I don’t know how my work will flex with all this.

What a total clusterfuck of life and death. All I can do is hold on to my kid and stay calm.

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death 

My brother-in-law just died of cancer. Like an hour ago. I needed to say that somewhere because it’s crushing my soul right now, and I can’t be there for my sister.

Had a shit day at work. Came home to care for my laid-up wife and my kid fell down the stairs (she’s okay). Opened Facebook to see pics from my 20yr reunion I can’t go to, and pics of my siblings having a nice evening with my father, whom I haven’t seen in nearly 10 years.

Fuck today.

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