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I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.

As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.

I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.

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I’m Ben, a web dev, author, & speaker. I’ve been at this for >20 years, & I’m always eager to help. If you have questions about the Web, FOSS, PHP, or APIs, ask.

I advocate for decentralization, open source, open standards, & the Commons; I believe good UX is the key to mass adoption.

I’m active in the PHP community. I founded Atlanta PHP & co-organize @nashvillephp, & I authored the popular ramsey/uuid library.

I’ve spoken at many conferences. If you see me at one, say “hi.”

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‪“What the Ã�©Ð”ã° is going on!?” Kevin Smith talks us out of charset hell at this month’s user group meeting.‬

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friendsofphp.org has published an open API allowing you to search for and see events for local PHP user groups around the world. They include data from a variety of sources (not just Meetup).

More details here: tomasvotruba.cz/blog/2019/01/2

Is there a way to mute just a particular posting client on Mastodon? I want to mute everything from Mastodon Twitter Crossposter.

Dot social being down is kind of like having a netsplit on IRC. The rest of us are all still here.

As software developers, we are cogs in the machine of the new world we are building, but we aren’t mindless. We can make an impact, and we can influence the products we build. If we don’t, we cannot wash our hands of the outcomes, saying, “I was just doing what I was told.”

The algorithms we design and the data we feed to the models we train are all influenced by our own experiences and biases. We have to be aware of those biases at play and mitigate them by working with a diverse team.

My political views have changed dramatically over the years, and they continue to change. Some call that flip-flopping and being wishy-washy. I call it growing as a human.

But what interests me most is the ethics of software development and how that plays into automation and AI. US unemployment rates are very low, but that’s because of the gig economy and low-paying jobs. All of these jobs will evaporate with AI and automation.

I don’t discuss lots of coding or tech challenges because they don’t interest me. I’m interested in people and using tech to make our world a better place.

As a result, politics are a necessary part of the discussion.

I had contemplated leaving politics out of my feed and trying to stick purely to tech, but that feels disingenuous and also does not help accomplish my goal of trying to make the world a better place.

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“Evidence of the first beer believed to have been brewed in the UK, dating back more than 2,000 years, has been uncovered by road workers.”

theguardian.com/science/2019/j

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Thank you for reporting me to me on my own personal site. In the future, I recommend you try the unfollow feature.

Rockin’ Sidney’s “My Toot-Toot” pops in my head too much when I’m using Mastodon.

youtu.be/FGnu3GdUna8

It’s so odd to watch movies made just a decade ago before smart phones were ubiquitous. Plot lines are so different now because of technology.

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Seriously, this is a perfect example why contributing a11y knowledge to OSS projects is such a drain.
This again: adrianroselli.com/2014/11/lear

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PHP question: It looks like it's possible to "use", and therefore alias, a namespaced constant. Is there any way to do the same thing with a namespaced class constant?

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I often get new WordPress work that I don’t have time to take on, but I don’t know any other WordPress developers.

If you know any really great WordPress developers or are one yourself, please let me know so I can send them/you work!

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@sophia @aral @jalcine here’s a wild idea: opted out by default until we opt in, instead of the inverse. i don’t sign my life away every time i walk through a shopping mall. why should the internet be so different

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And to be clear, I am in no way blaming us for clicking through them (and hopefully protecting ourselves with tracker blockers at the same time) instead of wasting time we will never get back to navigate them. The blame is entirely on a system that presents that as the norm.

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Think about how many times in a day on the Web you click “I agree” when you really don’t agree just so you can get on with your day and use an everyday thing.

This is not how consent is supposed to work.

#SurveillanceCapitalism

Here I am with my new travel guitar and tiny, 1-watt Marshall amp to go with it (I plug in headphones). It’s perfect for practicing in hotel rooms.

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