Since 2008, the National Association of People with AIDS—joined by the United States government—has used today to recognize the impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men. I happen to not be gay and haven’t been directly affected by HIV. Even so, it’s chilling to realize that the reason that I know so few gay men around my age is that the Reagan administration chose to ignore the deaths, because it might make him look bad.

National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

I know, in 2021, it’s hard to imagine a President of the United States from the Republican Party suppressing a pandemic in hopes of salvaging his image. Though at least the Reaganites didn’t try to bleach and de-worm their shriveled little homophobic lungs and hearts. That said, the current administration has produced a nice page of resources, if you’d like to do some digging, such as the badge that I shamelessly stole. Maybe ignore the incomprehensible hashtag, though.

Anyway, let’s dig into some code.

Library Updates

As I mentioned last week, I started the week wrapping up the outstanding issues that GitHub’s automated systems filed. RenewDB and Generic Board Game are both basically unused repositories, but the base code should mostly be up to date.

Ham Newsletter

Sparked partly by a small upheaval requiring updates to the cord-cutting post, and partly by the simple fact that I eventually want to re-edit old posts, I realized that the Entropy Arbitrage newsletter should have a sub-section with the scale of changes. To handle that, Ham Newsletter now includes a module to scour a repository for a rough word count of changes to files.

The word count is complex enough that I’ll probably write a quick tech tip post to explain the tricks.

Oh, and if you’re interested in my take on and analysis of the Locast meltdown beyond what I mention in the aforementioned post, there’s a post-sized update in the newsletter going out on Saturday. So, this is a good time to sign up, over in the slide-out panel to the right or at the link above.


Honestly, I don’t know. I’ll see if I have any uncommitted code floating around, but I may put in some work on issues that I filed a while back, add new issues, or start a new project.

Credits: The header image is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, placed in the public domain as a work of the United States government.