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Original post. Happy April! Some of you may know that April is also the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. This is going to be a long post. A while ago, in a post about a feral cat named Heather who didn't survive the cold Boston winter, I mentioned I…

How to create a Twitter bot

This is the second of a two-part series on Twitter bots. This post discusses how to create them. The previous post covers what they are and some examples. I write all my Twitter bots in Python, so I'll focus on that in this post. That being said, you can write…

What is a Twitter bot?

This is the first of a two-part series on Twitter bots. This covers what they are and some examples. The next post discusses how to create them. Those of you who know me personally probably know about my fascination with bots: Wikipedia bots, IRC bots, Tumblr bots... and especially Twitter…

FAQ: Gamergate arbitration case on Wikipedia

On 29 January, the English Wikipedia's Arbitration Committee closed the Gamergate arbitration case: a case that dealt with user conduct on the "Gamergate controversy" article and related articles. The Gamergate case received an unusual amount of interest in the media and elsewhere, and was subject to misconceptions and…

Building a better alarm clock

I've been on break since I finished up my spring semester at Northeastern. I was supposed to take summer classes, as is typical for Northeastern students, but, frustrated with the poor selection of classes and already needing to stay at Northeastern for an extra semester, I decided to take these…

Why I'm not laughing at C Plus Equality

Trigger warning: Mentions of sexual assault, rape, and transphobia. On Wednesday, I turned in a final paper titled "Addressing the gender gap in free and open source software." This was the culmination of a semester of research into what discourages women from contributing to software, both free and…

The rise of the cyberbot

When I first saw Darius Kazemi's Cyberpunk Fiction Machine, all I could think of were the various tech-related articles that try to make things sound more hacker-y and doom-and-gloom by prefixing every noun with "cyber". Take for example "Hostile Takeover: Now the NSA Wants to Snoop on…