Yesterday, the wonderful Doc Pop drew up a cartoon for Torque that made the rounds and got some attention from a few pals and ex-colleagues that work on the Jetpack plugin for WordPress.

Torque Toons: Where’s my Jetpack?

For some reason, this comic bothered me. Well, not the actual comic itself, but my reaction to the comic bothered me, which then further bothered me enough to publish this here.

I noticed right away that the man on the right pretty closely resembles Doc Pop himself, and so it’s safe to assume it’s probably literally him having drawn a reasonable facsimile of himself that he titled “Me.”

On the left are two women having a conversation about a lack of Jetpacks in their lives, and Doc has written them to be relatable, and really… normal.

But… I’m actually worried for Doc.

My recent experience with strangers on Twitter is developing into its own type of PTSD where I’m beginning to censor myself and change my behavior to try and continuously re-prove that inclusion and diversity are important values to me, ones I prioritize.

Then someone says “no they’re not because of that we’re true you’d do this” or “you’d do that” or “I’m offended because you used this word this way.”

And so an innocent comic from a creative acquaintance made me worried that his portrayal of two women as being “not as into tech as he is” would turn out poorly for him in a way that I know he doesn’t actually believe.

This is me having been bullied, and trying to protect someone from attackers that might not ever even exist for him, and so it’s completely irrational to intervene.

I’m not offended, and I know Doc didn’t intentionally draw his comic in a way that’s demeaning towards anyone but maybe himself and what he sees as his own quirky passions, but because I could imagine a very real threat, it became really hard to not interrupt other people’s conversations to say “hey look at this potential threat I’ve identified.”

The interesting thing about this realization, is what I just laid out IS the cycle. It’s exactly the way that the abused become abusers, and the bullied becomes bullies. Someone beats me down, and now I want to prevent others from being beaten down, but that’s impossible unless I become the person who mentions something first, making me the bad guy.

It’s a really complex problem that has me seriously considering giving up engaging on social sites like Twitter and Reddit entirely. I feel like I have an intimate understanding of these types of elements of human interaction (more than most?) and am really growing tired of people assuming that “you need to learn a lesson” or “you can’t possibly understand what I’m going through” when I know that I deeply do, more than most, am more willing and able than most to help, but the offer to help actually will make things worse for everyone somehow.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think the comic is offensive because I know Doc didn’t intend for it to be. I don’t think it portrays anyone poorly. I don’t think it’s an issue. But other people might, and other people might be mad at me because I don’t feel how they feel. It’s all behavior that I don’t subscribe to, think is unhealthy, and try to avoid.

But, I wanted to write this out, and didn’t feel comfortable shouting it all over social media.

Last week sometime, I received a distressing Twitter DM from Chris Coyier (of CSS Tricks fame) – he noticed that the markdown in the CSS Tricks forums started behaving badly, and the shim they put in place seemed to have finally gave way… given way… erm… it stopped working, mostly.

I was on vacation with my wife Keri in Key West at the time, but she was patient and wonderful enough to allow me to – completely guilt free – write a quick plugin to help Chris and his users out. She’s great, FYI.

The problem, was that bbPress has it’s own backtick support for wrapping code in <code> tags, and that was conflicting with Jetpack’s Markdown processing (which is actually pretty cool, and looks to be a direct port of what was on WordPress.com all those years ago.)

Anyways, Chris was kind enough to write some really thoughtful words over on CSS Tricks (and share my latest WordPress experiment Plugins Loaded) and since I am suddenly a content marketer, I’m sharing Chris’s post here:

Plugins Loaded


What tiny thing pisses you off? from AskReddit

Youtube tutorial videos where they don’t get to the fucking point.

*Click on link how to easily open calculator on PC*

“Yo what’s up it’s Ma7hwhizz777 coming at you with another tutorial to make your life easier. It took me a while to figure this is out but once you know it it’s gonna save you a lot of time and we could all use more time amirite?! Before we get into it I just wanted to tell you about my other channel where I count toothpicks with a German accent. Be sure to comment, like and subscribe!

Alright let’s get down to it! I’m going to show you today how to easily open calculator on your windows PC. I’ve got Windows 10 but this should work on any version of Windows such as XP, VISTA, WINDOWS 7, WINDOWS 8, WINDOWS 8.1 but I’m not sure so try it for yourself and see what you find out. So if you’re like me you need a calculator but don’t want to dig through your menu to find it right? It’s easier than you think to get to it and once you know this you’ll never have to search for it again. For this trick you’re going to need electricity, a computer (desktop or laptop) a monitor, keyboard and mouse. If you don’t have a mouse but are using a laptop you can use the track pad instead of a mouse.

So what you need to do is power on your computer, wait for it to start up then put in your account password if you use one. Once all of your programs start up open your browser whether it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari, Netscape or whatever you’ve got. Then go to YouTube, find my channel and click that subscribe button.

Thanks for watching guys don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe to my channel and my other channel S7ickwhizz777. A special shout out to all of my people on Patreon for your support. I’ll be back later this week with another tutorial, hope this helps you out. Just press Windows key+R type “calc” in the box and press enter and that’s it! Thanks again for watching and don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe. I’m also doing a pirated ebook giveaway sometime this month so be sure to keep an eye out for that. This is Ma7hwhizz777 with another tutorial, find me on Patreon and I’ll catch you guys next time!

Found this in /r/Metroid. I’ll circle back to attribute the author if I find them.

I guess it’s probably not technically a Voxel piece, but the 3D angle popularized by Monument Valley is a technique I still really enjoy.

Had forgotten I’d ordered this, and now I’m really excited for it to ship next week. The artwork was so over-the-top for what the games were, I think there’s a lesson to be learned about packaging & marketing – that it’s not always about building the product of your dreams, it’S getting people dreaming about your product.

Art of Atari [Tim Lapetino] on Amazon.com. ATARI is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of iconic titles including Asteroids

Source: Art of Atari: Tim Lapetino: 9781524101039: Amazon.com: Books

The WP Chosen plugin tames the power of WordPress’s filters, settings, and options with the simplicity and versatility of the Chosen jQuery library.

I took some time to think about the recent passing of an old friend, and concluded the way to celebrate his life (and contributions to mine) was to build and open-source something I’ve wanted for a while, the way I think he would have.

❤️

BuddyPress 2.3.0 “Livio” was released today, and with it comes the foundation of one of BuddyPress’s most requested features – Attachments. I’ll spare you the the details for now, but an enormous amount of effort went into this. We’ve created something that can reliably extend into each of the other components in future releases, while making sure not to scoff in the face of third-party solutions that have been developed through the years.

We already switched all existing avatar functionality over to using it, and there are already plans to finally introduce blog avatars & favicon support for multisite installations, alongside improvements to WordPress in this area.

Check out WPTavern’s post for more, as well as our own release post on the BuddyPress.org blog.

Thank you to the BuddyPress core team for making the 2.3.0 release our smoothest one ever. Everyone stepped up to help with our change log, the blog & forum posts, tweets and retweets (were in a boat?), and helped test the Zip file to ensure it was packaged correctly. In the past, one or two of us frantically did all of this through-out the day, and having all-hands on deck went a long way towards a smooth release for everyone.

Thank you, also, to my IndieGogo campaign supporters from December 2014. You helped me focus completely on my second full-time major (and eighth minor) BuddyPress release, and I look forward to fitting one more in for all of you. (I had originally budgeted to work through the end of June, but 6 months of clean living and vitamin pills will enable me to work through most of the 2.4.0 release cycle also.) <3