Contributing.Today Meetup : Open Source Mental Health

[Dutch Lock Down Day Three Hundred]


At 2000 GMT+1!

Streaming via Contributing.Today!

I’m super chuffed to join a panel at the meetup on mental health in open source with the amazing Tierney Cyren (@bitandbang, he/they), OSS Engineering + Developer Advocacy at Microsoft and the awesome PJ Hagerty (@aspleenic, he/him), founder DevRelate, Senior Developer Advocate Mattermost, initiator – an initiative “to start a conversation about mental health in tech”.

Our kickass moderator is the venerable Floor Drees (@FloorDrees, she/her), Community Advocacy Program Manager at Microsoft.

But first the news: brings together the communities we work with to get them excited about contributing to Open Source software or finds new communities and projects to work on.

One of the ways they do this is by this non-affiliated meetup series in the weeks leading up to FOSDEM 2021 with interviews, panels, presentations, and, of course, all things contributing.

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Three Thankful Things

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Eighty Seven]

In the interest of brevity and going to bed within the next seven minutes, three things that I’m oh so totally thankful for in the past year.

Plus the negative is, well, SO much.

So fuck that shit.

But first the news:

The New Job

I knew that I wanted to work within open source and within #DevRel and I knew how much I wanted to be paid, but, if I’m honest, I didn’t think I’d actually get there this year. Especially in light of COVID.

But I did.

I found my forever home at Equinix Metal – I love the team, I love the products, I love the projects, I love the company, I love the culture, and, yes, I love the pay.


I’m doing what I love and I’m not stressing about money.

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Reminder: This Is A Safe Space

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Sixty Five]

I haven’t streamed on Wednesday mornings in four weeks. Maybe more. And I just realized it might be because of a tweet I took rather personally even though it wasn’t meant personally or maliciously whatsoever nor even meant as a slight against me.

But I totally took it that way.

Cause #criticism

But first the news:

Finally, today, after much discussion and thought and deciding I had rather made a mountain out of a molehill. Oh, yes, and another Wednesday morning without open source streaming, I pushed LIVE on a stream this afternoon and explained what happened.

I think it’ll help.

I hope.

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QnA With Rain: OpenShift

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Fifty Nine]

Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash

Q: You do meditation things every day. How do you do this? Do you have an app that leads through it?

A: Headspace. I love it.

Q: Awesome. Let’s say I want an ‘openshift for complete dummies’. Got a suggestion?

A: There’s no openshift for complete dummies, but I could write that up for you.

But first the news:

The quick summary is that OpenShift is Red Hat’s platform as a service on kubernetes and Docker. Also, it helps to dive into microservices, if you haven’t heard of it, as this is one of the core concepts / benefits of kubernetes.

Therefore, to get started, read over the PaaS wikipedia, then inhale kubernetes and docker, and if you haven’t met it yet, get to know microservices.

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I Totally Get Paid To Be A Skellington Today

[Dutch Lock Down Day Two Hundred Twenty Four]

I’m ludicrously chuffed to speak at Software Circus today, although, I’ll admit, even if I weren’t speaking, I’d still dress up to watch.

Cause #CostumeContest

And while I already wrote about this in New Mic Who DIS I completely forgot to add an actual link to the conference.

But first the news:


A (Scary) Cloud Native Virtual Festival
29th October, 2020

In the Clouds no one can hear you scream…
Back in May we followed the White Rabbit and reached the clouds of Wonderland… But it looks like our bunny has other plans this time 

Join the Software Circus spirits on a journey through your worst cloud native nightmares, wear your spookiest costume and learn how to bring your projects back from the dead!

All nightmares will be live and available for free! Register HERE

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