Here’s another post where i’ll start with the short version: Next month, i will be starting a position at Apple, and cutting back how much i code outside of work hours. There’s a short answer for how these statements are related - the broad reach and corporate policies of Apple make it cumbersome to publish or contribute to open-source software - but i also want to look at the situation in a different light.
To bring all this into context, i want to reprise some things i’ve talked about a few times before: The arc of my contributions to the Rust community, my process of transitioning my gender expression, burnout, and the world of open-source as i’ve experienced it. I want to pull all of these things together to create my personal conclusion to how i want to interact with online spaces in the near- to medium-term.
Five years ago, i was starting to shift how i portrayed myself on the internet. I’d been using the same moniker for over a decade, and after setting up a sort of “public alt account” on Twitter, i realized i could sketch out something different. This change led me to the “quiet misdreavus” alias, and eventually started me on the path to changing the basics of how i expressed myself.