Shells.

Friend, are you okay?

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A valley in the mountains is brightened by the sun as it peeks behind the clouds. Vast forests are warmly glowing in the fading sunlight. The image is subtitled, "I am the wilderness: On trust and community."

“I am the wilderness”: On trust & community

There are seven elements to trust. Each element is a resource for being honest, authentic, and genuine. You can remember these seven elements as an acronym: “BRAVING”.

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The shoes and ankles of a person are visible, as they stand in the middle of a road. Their feet are evenly placed and spread across the stripes painted on the road. Decorative text appears in the image, subtitled "Middle path."

Middle path.

The answer suddenly appeared that the only way to solve my dilemma of two split paths was to find the middle path. Those two separate paths were my personal life and my career. I walked both paths, but both paths were distinctly separate and isolated from the other.

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The hands of a person is visible on top of a pad of paper. One hand is pointing to a diagram on the top pad of paper. The other hand holds a thick black marker and is adding a new section to the diagram on the piece of paper. A subtitle appears on the side: "Write yourself into obsolescence."

Write yourself into obsolescence.

A brief meditation on why you should write yourself into obsolescence and also what kind of writing matters most when documenting yourself and your responsibilities.

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A hand is extended, wearing a pink rubber glove. The hand is holding an unlabeled spray bottle aimed towards an unseen area off of screen. A subtitle appears in the open space next to the spray bottle: "Scrub gently: On data scrubbing in a community survey."

Scrub gently: On data scrubbing in a community survey.

Should we be too quick to discard negative, harmful responses in a community survey? This short review considers a time when an Open Source community is evaluating its community with a survey. What did we decide to do in the end?

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CrystalCraftMC forums sunset. The background picture shows a lake with the sun setting over it. The CrystalCraftMC forum logo appears in the center, slightly below the setting sun.

CrystalCraftMC forums sunset

On 6 February 2022, the CrystalCraftMC forums officially closed down. This announcement gives some history about the forums, why the decision was made to close the forums, and what happens next.

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Better than I knew myself.

There are moments I reflect back on my life when I met someone who interacted with me in an impressive way. Though unknown to me then, I feel now that they perceived my authentic, true self when I was still searching.

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Saying no.

For a long time, it was a “yes”. For a few years, I was pulled in by the fiscal lure. There are no manuals for someone who grows up having less to suddenly land at a juncture of having more. So I had to be my own guide.

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Cyclical nostalgia.

A part of me holds nostalgia for this aspect of the Internet I grew up with. Back when blogs played a bigger role in shaping and developing the Internet culture, and being the exemplar way of how we sought to express ourselves online (or, perhaps for those of us who

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