Julia Evans

Twitter summary from 2020 so far

Hello! I post a lot of things on Twitter and it’s basically impossible for anyone except me to keep with them, so I thought I’d write a summary of everything I posted on Twitter in 2020 so far.

A lot of these things I eventually end up writing about on the blog, but some of them I don’t, so I figured I’d just put everything in one place.

I’ve made most of the links to non-Twitter websites.


Let’s start with the comics, since that’s a lot of what I write there.


These are from a debugging zine I’m still trying to finish. (https://wizardzines.com/zines/bugs/)

writing tips

computer science


These are part of a potential sequel to bite size linux


  • 2020-03-09: pull request tip: ask when you’re unsure! (tweet)
  • 2020-01-09: IMSI catchers (fake cellphone towers). with @rival_elf (tweet)


These mostly got published as How Containers Work. As usual the final zine was edited a lot and some of these didn’t make it into the zine at all or I significantly rewrote the version in the zine.


A bunch of work on https://questions.wizardzines.com.


A bunch of earlier work on https://flashcards.wizardzines.com. I came up with a direction for this project I liked better (https://questions.wizardzines.com) and won’t be updating that site further.


At the beginning of the year I did some experiments in making screencasts. It was fun but I haven’t done more so far. These are all links to youtube videos.


I’m not a big Twitter thread person (I’d usually rather write a blog post) but I wrote one thread so far this year about how I think about the zine business:

  • 2020-02-18: a big thing I try to do with my zines is stick to fundamentals… (tweet)

zine announcements

  • 2020-04-24: How Containers Work! announcement (tweet)
  • 2020-01-31: Become a SELECT Star! announcement (tweet)


I know that $12 USD is a lot of money for some people, especially folks in countries like Brazil with a weaker currency relative to the US dollar. So periodically I do giveaways on Twitter so that people who can’t afford $12 can get the zines. I aim to give away 1 copy for every sale.

  • 2020-07-10: 1000 copies of How Containers Work (tweet)
  • 2020-05-05: 1000 copies of Bite Size Linux (tweet)
  • 2020-04-28: 700 copies of How Containers Work (tweet)
  • 2020-04-26: 500 copies of How Containers Work (tweet)
  • 2020-03-29: 1500 copies of Bite Size Linux (tweet)
  • 2020-03-18: 1200 copies of Bite Size Command Line (tweet)
  • 2020-02-08: 500 more copies of Become a SELECT Star (tweet)
  • 2020-02-06: 500 copies of Become a SELECT Star (tweet)


very occasionally I ask people questions:

  • 2020-03-10: what problems have you run into in practice when using containers? I’m trying to put together a list of container downsides for the zine I’m writing. (tweet)
  • 2020-02-11: what are some man pages related to containers? (tweet)

that’s all!

I’ve been thinking about trying to do a monthly summary here of what I’m writing on Twitter. We’ll see if that happens!

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