Judith Shipstad of Los Gatos, California is The Homophobe of the Day

Screen Shot Judith Shipstad's Facebook profile picture as of 2012-10-18 at 6.12.24 PM for posterity as referenced in a blog post cited in this photo's description.

Today I noticed that I had a submission to The Farmhouse Labs form. But it wasn’t a Labs idea. It was someone using this form as a kind of “contact us” form. Below are the values of the submission.

      your_name: Judith Shipstad
      your_email: judithal2000@yahoo.com
      your_phone: Don't have; prefer email
      your_twitter: CatJoker
      project_twitter: I
      project_budget: ""
      project_title: I
      your_bio: |-
      Kate Darling's subject matter at the Farmhouse Conference almost reads as if you, or she, endorse porn.  Can you comment on that please?  (I couldn't find any other way to contact anyone there.)  I wouldn't want to arrange to attend the conference and then find myself walking out before my favorite speaker arrives.  Also, how early in the morning does the conference begin?

      Los Gatos, California
      October 15, 2012
      project_description: I
      project_starts_on:
      project_ends_on:
      created_at: 2012-10-15 19:40:41.226045 Z
      updated_at: 2012-10-15 19:40:41.226045 Z
    

Before responding, I decided to look up Judith Shipstad on Facebook. I didn’t recognize her and her profile is private, so I couldn’t learn much about who this person was except from her About. Here is Judith Shipstad’s Facebook About (as of Thu Oct 18 17:40:04 -0700 2012, screenshot).

Judith Shipstad‘s About on Facebook:

I live vegan and support animal liberation, but I do NOT support gay rights or same-sex marriage. I am American by birth and live in northern California. On peux me parler en anglais ou francais. I am a Khadafy loyalist and support the Green Resistance in Libya, especially the brave people of the hero city of Bani Walid. I am a member of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC and believe in the evolution of the soul through birth and rebirth. Ledger’s Joker is my favorite movie character. I love cats and all animals and insects, and my favorite feline is the Canadian Lynx. Napoleon has long been a hero of mine, and I accept the former CEO of General Electric, Mr. Jack Welch, as being the reincarnation of Napoleon, as identified by the trance medium Kevin Ryerson. I read the Koran and enjoy Saidi music from southern Egypt.

Judith Shipstad wrote in the Labs submission:

Kate Darling’s subject matter at the Farmhouse Conference almost reads as if you, or she, endorse porn. Can you comment on that please? (I couldn’t find any other way to contact anyone there.) I wouldn’t want to arrange to attend the conference and then find myself walking out before my favorite speaker arrives. Also, how early in the morning does the conference begin?

Los Gatos, California
October 15, 2012

I wrote back:

Hi Judith.

I’m Shane. I live at The Farmhouse and organize Farmhouse Conf.

Thanks for reaching out to me about Kate Darling and Conf.

Kate Darling’s subject matter at the Farmhouse Conference almost reads as if you, or she, endorse porn. Can you comment on that please? (I couldn’t find any other way to contact anyone there.) I wouldn’t want to arrange to attend the conference and then find myself walking out before my favorite speaker arrives. Also, how early in the morning does the conference begin?

I can’t speak for Kate, of course. But I can say with a high degree of certainty that she does “endorse porn”. It says as much in her twitter bio. “Magical pink unicorn princess. Robots, law econ, pr0n. Intellectual property researcher at MIT @medialab.

I can also say with a high degree of certainty that she (and most all of the attendees) do support the right to marry anyone of any gender. While it’s not explicitly a talk topic, it’s a part of the larger conversation. I saw in your fb bio that you do not. “I live vegan and support animal liberation, but I do NOT support gay rights or same-sex marriage.

There are certainly no political belief requirements to come to Farmhouse Conf. Anyone can attend, but gay bashing bigots tend not to fit in.

With regards to Kate’s talk. I’m not going to get into The Porn Talk with a stranger on the internet, because it’s far too nuanced and complex. Regardless of whether or not she or I or anyone “endorses porn”, porn exists. And Kate’s talk is about porn and technology.

You are certainly welcome to leave during Kate’s talk if you don’t want to hear her. I’m sure her talk will acknowledge the existence of porn.

Thanks
Sb

PS. The house email address is at the bottom of every page on the site. barn@farmhouse.la

PPS. Your twitter account @CatJoker seems like it’s either spam or has been hacked.

(Here’s twitter.com/catjoker at the time of the email, screenshot.)

Judith Shipstad responded in email:

Thanks for your reply. This is an event, and a venue, that will not have my support.

Have a gay, porny day.

Judith

And again, Judith Shipstad wrote:

P.S. If you’ve got porn and pro-gay going on at the old farmhouse, you might want to stop calling yourself “straightedge.” The Straightedge Movement would appreciate this courtesy.

My Twitter account looked fine to me, but thanks for the alert.

Judith

I decided to not reply to her anymore in email and instead to write this blog post.

So there you have it. Judith Shipstad of Los Gatos, California is The Homophobe of the Day.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4LY1

Mixtape #2 – Let’s call this “Mostly Hardcore”

I made another mixtape. It’s been sitting my iTunes sidebar for months now. It started as making a mixtape of hardcore bands that I thought a friend (who’s mostly into metal) would like. And turned into hardcore-plus-other-things-still-kinda-close-to-hardcore.

This one runs 1 hour, 29 minutes, 18 seconds long.

Go listen to it.


Mixtape #2 cover

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4L51

36:0:30:33

36 days. 0 hours. 30 minutes. 33 seconds.

That’s how long it took from crazy idea blog post to offer letters.

I was inspired by Ryan Davis’ blog post a few years ago that (secretly) announced that he, Eric Hodel, Aaron Patterson and John Barnette were available for hire. They didn’t last long. 8:05:24:52 long.

Simply put, I said:

I’ve put together a cross-functional product team of technical people. We’re available for hire as a package deal.

The team includes:

  • Team Lead / Product Manager (Me)
  • Brand and UI Designer (Photoshop / Illustrator)
  • Front End Developer (HTML / CSS)
  • iOS / Ruby Programmer
  • JavaScript / Ruby Programmer

I didn’t name names. And that was a turn off for some potential enquirers. But I couldn’t yet. Two of them still had jobs.

I didn’t name names then, but I can now.

Me
Software Engineering Manager
Heather Peterson
UI/UX Designer
Chad Crissman
Front End Software Engineer
Jessica Suttles
Software Engineer
Bookis Smuin
Software Engineer

I’ve worked with all four people in the past few years. They’re all top notch.
I couldn’t be happier to call them my team. This will be the first time that I’m
going to leading people, instead of pushing pixels, angle brackets or codes.
I’m excited for the next new challenge.

We started from a ridiculous premise: let’s pick our coworkers first.
And from there: let’s pick the role we’ll fill as a team.
I shopped us around as a package deal with the goal building a new product from
scratch as a team of us five.

A little over a month after that blog post, we were signed on to start in September at
G5 to do just that.

To the next adventure…

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4KW1

I Have A Team. Hire Us.

I’ve put together a cross-functional product team of technical people. We’re available for hire as a package deal.

The team includes:

  • Team Lead / Product Manager (Me)
  • Brand and UI Designer (Photoshop / Illustrator)
  • Front End Developer (HTML / CSS)
  • iOS / Ruby Programmer
  • JavaScript / Ruby Programmer

I can’t name names as some of the team still have jobs, but if you know me you probably know some or all of them. You know me and my work. They’re all top notch at what they do.

You can hire us in to build a product that you already have planned or just set us loose. (We have a whole list of product ideas that we’d like to build.) We’re looking for full-time not contract work.

Email or call me.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4Jr1

So Long and Thanks for All the Shoes

At the end of 2010, I quit AT Interactive. I wrote a goodbye email to co-workers and friends at the company. I published that goodbye letter here on this site. Continuing this theme, my time at Engine Yard ended at the end of 2011. I wrote a goodbye letter to them too. Here it is.

My dearest Engine Yarders.

This time last year, I had just quit working at AT Interactive vowing to never work for anyone else again. Instead, I would finally take My Dreams™ off the back burner to take a shot at them. Shortly there after, I got seduced by VMware to help them launch Cloud Foundry. After just a few minutes there, I re-remembered that me and BIG companies don’t mix.

And then there was Dr Nic. He gave me what I had tried to get for years: working on Rubinius evangelism. For the past several months, we’ve succeeded at raising the profile of rbx in the Ruby community from an interesting toy project to a serious contender that everyone’s talking about. When Rubinius 2.0 drops, it’ll really shake the Ruby world up.

Evan and Brian are the real reason that Rubinius is as awesome as it is. I just got to tell people about it. On top of everything else, I’m super grateful for the support from EY to give users, fans and friends so many and such quality shirts and stickers. Everyone always loves them so.

Same goes for all the JRuby swag. Really quality stuff. Several times people told me that these were the best shirts they owned. Not bad, Engine Yard. Not bad at all.

I’m especially stoked that JRuby and Rubinius are first class citizens in EY stack. Kudos to everyone that played a role in making that happen, both socially in the company and technically in the infrastructure.

So, it’s the end of another solar revolution starting from some arbitrary point in linear time. It’s when we get all kinds of self reflective and make bold proclamations about who we are, who we’ll become and what we’ll do with the next revolution.

Here’s mine:

No more work on other people’s dreams at the expense of my own.

To that end, I’ll be spending the next foreseeable future working on:

If you know about those things, cool. If not, I’ll tell you offline or in person if you care to know. Both are software projects focused on data ownership.

Also, I’m starting an open source organization with a few others called:

Open Source Offsets. Its purpose will be to raise money to hire people to work on open source projects full-time. I’m excited. More about that soon.

Twenty eleven has been a kind of crazy year.

Twenty twelve is going to be totally amazeballs.

Get wild.

There are so many super smart and incredibly talented people at EY. I wish you all the best, as a company and as individuals. As friends are made and lost I always look back smiling never moved by struggle fate or cost.

I’m forever reachable at:
(801) 898-9481
veganstraightedge@gmail.com
http://iamshane.com
@veganstraightedge

Don’t be a stranger.

XOXO SB

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GV1

Talk Proposal for Quit Your Job. Srsly.

I recently gave a talk at LA Ruby Conf called “Quit Your Job. Srsly.“. I would like to present it a few more more conferences. After giving it once live, I’ve realized that there are a few places it can be refined. Like all performances, it’s a living changing thing. I want to give it a chance to evolve a bit, to breath and stretch its legs.

If you’d like to have me out to speak at your conference, email me at veganstraightedge@gmail.com. At least one person thought it was “keynote quality“. I’m open to keynote possibilities, but not just keynotes. Thirty minutes for a normal talk slot is good by me too.

Here’s the talk proposal.

Quit Your Job. Srsly.

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads.” – Jeff Hammerbacher http://buswk.co/eCdfFp

We can rewrite Jeff’s quote like this: “The best programmers of my generation are working on solutions to problems that do not matter.”

The crux of it is you are better than your job. You have a greater potential than your job is realizing. You can do more than you think. You are worth more than your job is paying you. You can make the world a better place.

You don’t have to be limited to building mobile/geo-based/social/ad-driven/gamification-influence/fully-buzzword-compliant bullshit to get people to buy things they don’t need while giving up more privacy to corporations and becoming less happy in the process.

You’re better than that. Quit your job. Build your dreams. Change the world. Srsly.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GK2

New Speaker Bio

I’ve never put much effort into my speaker bio when submitting a talk proposal to conferences and meetups. I usually just slap one together. Last night I wrote up this little thing. I’m open to edits, suggestions, rewrites, etc. Get wild.

Shane is still vegan, still straightedge. Starting in the Mosaic days and for over half of his life he has been making websites for fun and for profit. The shipping of Rails 1.0 and the 15 minute blog screencast initiated his love affair with Ruby. Through building websites, designing logos, tshirts and stickers he has contributed to many open source projects (Rubinius, Nokogiri, JRuby, Cloud Foundry, et al). Shane can currently be found employed by His Own Damn Self avoiding a job™ like the plague. He is concentrating on the building of two big open source web projects focused on personal data ownership striving to transform culture.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GK1

LA Ruby Conf 2012 — Quit Your Job. Srsly.

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Yesterday, I spoke at LA Ruby Conf 2012. My talk was titled “Quit Your Job. Srsly.“. The title was not a metaphor.

It was a very non-technical talk. It was very much an emotional breakdown in front of 200 people kind of talk. It was very …cathartic? …taxing? I’m pretty happy with how it turned out both in the slides and how I delivered it. The feedback from the attendees seems to indicate that it was well received.

For the first time, I wrote a script first for a talk then extracted slides from that. I’ve included the script below.

When I get audio and/or video, I’ll update this post.

I plan to refine this talk a bit and give it at more confs. If you’re interested in having me give this talk at your conf, email me: veganstraightedge@gmail.com.

View the slides for “Quit Your Job. Srsly.” here.

Tweets related to my talk

The Script

This is the rough script that I worked from during my talk. Obviously, I didn’t read this word for word. I added some things off the cuff in the moment. I forgot a couple paragraphs here and there, namely the “middle children of history” bit. Oh well.

My name Shane Becker. I know your time is precious and you’ll never get it back. So, for letting me have a few minutes of it, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Quit Your Job. Srsly.
Shane Becker
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@veganstraightedge
http://iamshane.com
Announcements
Cascadia Ruby

will be happening again this summer in Seattle, WA. We’re signing the contract this week on the venue then will announce the date.

Farmhouse Conf 2

is happening again this summer at my house in Hollywood, CA. The date is May 5, 2012. Five Five Twenty Twelve. Registration will be open this week. $100 tickets. Limited to 100 people. Stay tuned.

Disclaimers
I’m not special.

I don’t think what I have to say here today only applies to people like me. That don’t have kids, aren’t married, are out of debt (finally), whatever. I’m not special. No matter what your situation is, I think this can still apply to you.

Capitalism

Also, this talk is not an attack on capitalism. That’s a talk for a different day.

Capital W Work

And this talk is not an attack on capital W work. That’s also a different talk for some other day.

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If You Were Guaranteed Not to Fail,
What Would You Do?
Life. Love. Regret.

Put another way, if you died right night now, what would you regret having not done?

What’s stopping you?
What’s REALLY stopping you?
I don’t know you.

I don’t know most of you. That’s my loss. I don’t know where you work or what you build or what it’s like day to day. I don’t know your salaries or hopes and dreams or secret plans. And you must always have a secret plan.

But I Do Know This

I see in our community some the smartest, most creative people alive. I see all this beautiful amazing potential, and I see it squandered.

God dammit, an entire generation selling online advertisements or building the next walled garden social network; slaves with conference t-shirts and free snacks. So…

I Want You to Quit Your Job
Better People

Maybe, just to work with better people. Are you the smartest person on your team? Try being the least smart or in the middle to learn more.

I’ve had the great fortune of working with Aaron Patterson twice, for example, and learned a metric fuck ton in the process.

More Money

Or for more money. A lot more money. I guarantee you that you’re not making anywhere as much as you could and should be.

I want you to do something for me. In your head, How much is your salary? Now give yourself a raise. What is that number?
Whatever that number is, increase it by 25%. Maybe even 50%.

You are worth more

I promise you. You are worth more than you think you are.

  • Now, Raise your hand if you’re hiring?
  • Keep your hand up if you’re willing to give big raises to poach good people.
Group A, meet group B.
Something Fun
Something Different
Nothing at All

Maybe just quit to do something fun. Or something different. Or nothing at all. The work ethic of this culture is killing us all. Meanwhile we toil away making shit that no on needs.

Start a Company

Maybe quit to start your own company. Run a consultancy. Start a product shop. Start a collective with your friends and peers. Take co-working to its logical conclusion.

Fear / Courage

Maybe quit because you’re scared to quit. Maybe you’ve never done it before and you’re fucking terrified at what lies just over the edge of that cliff.

Pride

Maybe quit because you’re not proud of the work you do, the product you build or the company you work for.

Get Wild

Maybe quit your job AND professional programming. I dunno. Paint a self portrait. Build a house. Travel the world. Throw down some cardboard and do some break dancing. Get wild.

Dying Inside

Maybe quit because everyday that you work your job, you’re slowly dying on the inside. Because one day you’ll wake up in the middle of another cross functional iteration planning meeting assigning story points to the latest terrible idea for a new feature and realize that, I’ve wasted too much of life on this bullshit.

Cultural Significance

Or maybe quit your job because you hold the skills of one of the most important crafts in our culture. Mull that over.

Software Touches Everything

Think about all the parts of our lives that are mitigated by software. Not just us nerds in this room, but the muggles outside walking down the street totally unawares of what’s going in here right now.

Software touches everything. And almost everything touches the network. Our phones, our computers, websites, cash registers, banks, libraries, power plants, cars, traffic signals… our entire culture is arranging itself around software.

Transform Culture

You hold in your hands and in your brain the skills of the craft that powers this culture. And maybe you want to do something meaningful with those skills. Something that will help more than just yourself. Something that will make lives better, that will outlive you and that maybe just maybe transform culture and make the world a better place.

A Brief (VERY Incomplete) History of Noteworthy Achievements in the Field of Computering (as researched almost exclusively on Wikipedia)

Here are just a few examples of things that nerds have done.

1820s — 1830s : Charles Babbage sets out to build the world’s first mechanical calculator: The Difference Engine and Analytical Engine.
1840s : Ada Lovelace wrote Note G, the first algorithm specifically tailored for implementation on a computer. For a machine that was never finished!
1935 : Alonzo Church invented Lambda Calculus.
1949 : Grace Hopper invented COBOL and the first compiler.
1958 : John McCarthy invented Lisp.
1963 : Douglas Engelbart invented the mouse. 1963 : Douglas Engelbart and Ted Nelson both independently started exploring the ideas of “hypertext” and “hypermedia” coined by Nelson.
1968 : Douglas Engelbart does “The Mother of All Demos” showing his work on: – GUI – Mouse – Video Conferencing – Teleconferencing – Hypertext – Hypermedia – Word Processing – Collaborative Real-Time Editor All in 1968! Before Unix or C.
1969 : ARPANET went making use of packet switching and TCP.
1969 : Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie invented Unix at Bell Labs
1970s : PARC re/invented all of the things – Object-Oriented Programming – Ethernet – Laser Printing – GUI – Mouse – Modern personal computer
1972 : Adele Goldberg and others at PARC created Smalltalk.
1972 : As a skunk works project, Ray Tomlinson created networked email for ARPANET. So users could message each other between different hosts.
1972 : Ken Thompson and Dennis Ritchie invented C at Bell Labs
1976 : Woz invented the Apple I. 1976 : Richard Stallman invented Emacs.
1977 : Jobs/Woz shipped the Apple II. 1977 : Bill Joy shiped BSD at UC Berkeley, later vi and C Shell.
1978 : Ward Christensen invented BBS.
1979 : Tom Truscott and Jim Ellis Conceived Usenet.
1982 : French government shipped Minitel. Which will be retired THIS YEAR! 30 years later.
1983 : Jon Postel and Paul Mockapetris invented DNS.
1984 : Apple shipped the Mac.
1987 : Richard Stallman released GCC. 1987 : Larry Wall created Perl.
1988 : Jarkko Oikarinen invented IRC.
1990 : ARPANET removed, Internet! – NPL – Merit Network – CYCLADES – X.25 and public data networks – UUCP and Usenet
1990 : Tim Berners-Lee invented… ALL OF THE THINGS! – WWW – HTML – HTTP – Browser – Server – URLs
1991 : Linus Torvalds released Linux.
1992 : Wifi was invented.
1995 : Matz shipped Ruby (0.9.5).
1995 : Ward Cunningham invented the wiki.
1998 : Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google.
2001 : Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia.
2004 : DHH shipped Rails + 15 minute blog screencast.

What Have I Done?

Right now, it’s 2012 now and what the hell have I done with my life?
The answer is an overwhelming “not much”.

2012 : Big Projects

I have three big projects that I think are important and have the potential to transform culture. That’s what I’m focused on for 2012. (They’re not secrets, but they’re not the focus of this talk.) I’m sure that you also have some ideas in that brain of yours for how you can contribute to making a better world.

“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” — Horace Mann

I think about this a lot. Like a lot A LOT. It keeps me up at night.

You’re smart

I’m not trying to tell you what to do. Or how you should do it. You’re smart, you’ll figure out the details. I’m just saying that you should do SOMETHING.

Do Something

Whatever that thing is. Go win some victory for humanity. Don’t squander this incredible potential that you all have.

I look around this room and I see a lot of courage. And it gives me strength. We give each other strength.

Thank You

My name Shane Becker. I know your time is precious and you’ll never get it back. So, for letting me have a few minutes of it, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GF1

On Nerd Club (after Tyler)

I look around I look around and see a lot of new faces. Which means a lot of you have been insulated from recession layoffs.

I see in our community some the smartest, most creative people alive. I see all this beautiful amazing potential, and I see it squandered.

God dammit, an entire generation selling online advertisements or building the walled garden social network; slaves with conference t-shirts and free snacks.

Were the middle children of internet history. No privacy or place. We have no Space Race. No Great Depression. Our Space Race is for eyeballs our Great Depression is our careers.

Advertising has us chasing the latest gadgets and IPOs, working jobs we hate, so we can buy shit we dont need.

We were raised on the web to believe that wed all be millionaires from stock options, made into blockbuster movies, internet meme rock stars, but we wont. And were starting to figure that out.

I look around this room and I see a lot of courage. And it gives me strength. We give each other strength.

Nod to Tyler.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4GC1

My Text Message Usage Chart (on AT&T)

Inspired by Neven Mrgan’s post about how iOS’s iMessages has affected his text message use, I looked into mine.

The AT&T site does not make it easy to go find historical data of message use. They do provide a chart of data use, but not SMS/MMS use. What I had to do was go through each month’s bill and find the values, put them in a text file, then create a chart. I used Keynote to bang out a quick and dirty chart. I’ve included the raw data in a table below.

My Text Message Usage Chart (on AT&T) from 08/10 - 12/11

My Text Message Usage Chart (on ATT)
08/10 469
09/10 941
10/10 723
11/10 464
12/10 743
01/11 820
02/11 1032
03/11 2128
04/11 1042
05/11 1490
06/11 1758
07/11 1518
08/11 952
09/11 929
10/11 689
11/11 612
12/11 307
12/12 612
01/12 307
02/12 511
03/12 232
04/12 171
05/12 284
06/12 150

Comma Separated Values

08/10, 469
09/10, 941
10/10, 723
11/10, 464
12/10, 743
01/11, 820
02/11, 1032
03/11, 2128
04/11, 1042
05/11, 1490
06/11, 1758
07/11, 1518
08/11, 952
09/11, 929
10/11, 689
11/11, 612
12/11, 307
12/12, 612
01/12, 307
02/12, 511
03/12, 232
04/12, 171
05/12, 284
06/12, 150

So. When a few more of my friends A) get an iPhone 2) upgrade to iOS 5 and 3) turn on iMessages, I’ll be able to turn off my text messaging package. Get to it, friends.

Update: 2012-06-19: added more usage data to illustrate further decline. 2012-06-19: removed my messaging package from my cell service bill. Now I pay $0.30 / message.

Originally published at: http://sbb.me/b4Fm1