Tuesday Sweep: 13 February 2018

Your weekly reminder to back up your data, update software and otherwise pay attention to your digital environment. (Oh, and to go to the CRASH Space meeting…)

(Post on Repo)

Jump in Here

  • Welcome. If you haven’t been following along, it’s okay. You’re not behind, you’re just where you are.
  • The coach tool at the Crash Override Network has a great step by step break down that makes it really easy to start.
  • If that site doesn’t fit your needs or you want more, that’s okay, there are more recommendations under Start Here on the repo.
  • Feeling more ambitious? Review the list of OneThing articles and pick one to catch up on.


The basics slightly revised and with a printable checklist.


Where do you scan for news?

  • Interested in mentoring? Levi is collecting a group of like minded folks at the space.
  • If you do use facebook, you can help propublica collect data on political ads with wither a Firefox or Chrome plugin.  via NotetoSelf
  • WTF Salon. Well at least they’re kinda warning you that their is malware on their site. FASCINATING business model this choice between enabling ads or letting them use your computer to mine the Monero cryptocurrency. I don’t know how I feel about it. On one level it makes perfect sense, the more time a person spends on the site, the more the site gets paid. This seems like a much better incentive model than advertising, almost like micropayments might finally work out. That the payment comes in the form of green-house gases converted to a very unstable commodity backed by nothing via a transaction by a 3rd party service typically branded as malware seems fragile to say the least. Flawed implementation, but an intriguing start. They might have considered Brave.
  • But at least with Salon, you know its coming unlike JavaScript libraries that hide miners in them. (via Troy Hunt)
  • Always on the lookout for cool part-storage solutions.
  • Missed having ethics in you Computer Science Curriculum? Some folks have been thinking about this a long time and there is now Google Docs warehouse of many syllabi via Casey Fiesler
  • This Juliette Clovis piece is simply bad-ass. via WOMANSART
  • UPDATE NOW: If you use KDE flavored Linux, there is a patch to a USB hack.


Feeling dumb or stupid about how not-l33t you are? Angsting over some silly thing you “know better than to do.” Stop. That isn’t useful. Regret is only of use if it prompts an actual change in behavior. Maybe it’s NOT you that sucks. Could be it’s the technology and you could come up with a fix that would help lots of people. Look forward and make a plan.


We are a community. You are a welcome part of it.

  •  Did you learn something cool in your sweep? Make something? Share it!
  • Speak up
  • Give
  • Show up at CRASH Space tonight!


Very calm bear in field with paw raised as if to block the camera.
Talk to the paw.

Seeing nature is good for our minds. And while I’m not the biggest fan of facebook products I loved this image that the National Park Service used to publicize their Instagram feed.  It seems very LA… “No pictures please.”

Here are some other options for getting more nature into your life:

From your desk:

Out and about:

Hardcore vacations:



I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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