About Alis

Alis Franklin is a thirtysomething Australian author of queer urban fantasy. She likes cooking, video games, Norse mythology, and feathered dinosaurs. She’s never seen a live drop bear, but stays away from tall trees, just in case.

The setup.

For no particular reason, other than it’s been on my mind recently, I present to you my Essential Most Used Apps from independent developers and “smaller” companies:

  • Scrivener: Essential writing tool. Took a while to get used to but now I can’t imagine going back to anything else. The iOS app is also great.
  • Sublime Text: Still my favorite text editor of all time, and still comes with a large library of great plugins and themes. Supported on Windows and Linux as well. Also not owned by Microsoft like some other editors I could name…1
  • Ulysses: Sort of a cross between the above two apps, when neither one quite hits the spot. I use it as my primary text editor on iOS.
  • Reeder: RSS reader that’s been consistently good for years, and allows syncing to multiple different platforms (I used a self-hosted RSS service I mostly read via this app). Has iOS and Mac versions.
  • Toot!: A fantastic Mastodon app. Well-designed, fun, and a pleasure to use.
  • Mailplane: Good, native-interface multi-account client for Gmail. Yes, it’s basically just a standalone browser, but technically it predates things like multiple account support in Gmail itself, meaning I’ve been using it for a million years and will probably continue to use it for the same.
  • Nova: Formerly Coda, from the people who brought you Untitled Goose Game (yes, really). What I use for all my webdev stuff. Its predecessor still exists as an excellent iOS app. The same company also makes an amazing SSH app for iOS. Actually, pretty much everything Panic makes is great.
  • Basecamp: Probably the “biggest” entrant on this list, but have been making excellent project-tracking software for years. Every time I try something else2 I wish I hadn’t. Also have an email service that, while I have some reservations about, I confess I do use and really, really like the workflow of.
  • Tweetbot: I don’t use Twitter all that much any more but, when I do use it, I use it via Tweetbot. Another app that’s been consistently good for a very long time, despite Twitter’s constant efforts to kill it off by nerfing its API.
  1. cough Atom cough []
  2. cough Asana cough Trello cough []
2021-01-11T09:23:28+11:0025th January, 2021|Tags: , |

Theories of change.

“[The Sunrise Movement’s] theory of change is that we need to destroy [fossil fuel] companies to defeat their political power. And if that’s the case, then you don’t want anybody who has been associated with those in energy sector who might be seen as a defender or sympathetic to them. It’s a sort of a total victory approach to getting this done.”

But on the other side, there’s a group of people who believe we need “to push them and force them to see that they can’t keep doing what they’re doing and that there’s an opportunity for them to take part in this transition,” Jenkins says. “Some of them will have to go out of business and be bankrupt because they’re not willing to come into the future, but this transition is too big and too challenging, and we don’t have the time or the political power to think that we’re going to just have total, overwhelming victory.”

In other words, Jenkins says, everyone has the same end goal of getting to zero emissions to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. But they have different views about how to get there, who should be at the table, and what they’re willing to compromise.

On seats at the table.

On the one hand, I do think this is correct in the way it articulates different approaches to the same problem. One the other hand: The fossil fuel industry has known since at least the mid 20th century that their industry was destroying the planet and actively spent money on covering that fact up.

Let them all burn.

2021-01-11T09:23:27+11:0024th January, 2021|Tags: , , |


This was one of the reactions to re-energized conversations about massive student debt forgiveness last week: that people who had managed to pay off their debt would respond to the forgiveness of others’ with rage. That people who didn’t “deserve” forgiveness would be granted it. That it would go to people who weren’t desperately poor, to people who are doctors, to people who have under $10,000 in debt. But you know what else is unfair? Every part of contemporary capitalism. Redlining isn’t fair. Amazon not paying federal taxes isn’t fair. Predatory for-profit college recruitment practices aren’t fair. The current rate for in-home health aides isn’t fair. Lead in the water in Flint isn’t fair. The GI Bill, whose benefits were not equally available to women or people of color, was not fair. The bank bail-outs of 2008 weren’t fair.

There has been so much unfairness built into the system for so long, and people are worried that a program that could liberate millions of people from one component of job lock isn’t precisely fair? We’ve done all sorts of unfair things to try and boost the economy. Why not this one?

Anne Helen Petersen on the debt plot.

Controversial Millennial opinion but maybe the “freedom to consume” isn’t actually freedom at all…

2021-01-05T08:36:04+11:0023rd January, 2021|Tags: |

Liesmith, chapter 25.


(“vituð ér enn, eða hvat?”)

People aren’t the only things that die. Sometimes stories do as well, when there’s no one left to tell them. Here, now, in the space between the turning of the page, everything comes unraveled. And, for one bright moment, I see.

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2021-01-21T07:43:31+11:0021st January, 2021|Tags: , , |

The fucking stupid century.

Frankly, I expected more epaulets and tanks, but this is all you get. A bunch of dumbasses throwing chili powder. Someone at Four Seasons Total Landscaping, next to a dildo shop. What a fucking stupid century. This is what our coups look like.

Indi Samarajiva on coups.

2021-01-11T09:23:25+11:0021st January, 2021|Tags: |

Por qué no los dos?

What about boomers? Everyone I know loves to hang shit on the polo shirt, relaxed-fit jeans-wearing, middle class versions of Lex Luthor. But it seems weird to simply hate an entire group of people in a single age range doesn’t it? I put it to you that you don’t hate boomers who are in assisted living, you don’t hate boomers who are homeless, and you don’t hate boomers who are sitting in a crowded Centrelink with their head in their hands wondering how they are going to make next month’s rent. You hate rich cunts who have frozen you out of a future. And I would argue that the 28-year-old trust-fund kid with a top-knot, five investment properties, and a startup tech business that’s going to “disrupt the way we think about new media” or tunnels or share-houses or some crap is just as equally stealing your future as any boomer. You don’t hate boomers at all, you hate capitalism.

On class warfare.

2021-01-05T07:50:42+11:0019th January, 2021|Tags: |
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