I really appreciate the efforts of the people who are running this platform.
Thank you, HN, one and all. You’re my favorite online place.Reply
HN is the best place I've found to discuss medical stuff in a serious and sciency manner, for which I am endlessly grateful.Reply
Thanks dang! Hopefully they'll give you a promotion soon, maybe some equity in YC companies! Maybe you'll even let us implement dark mode on Hacker News soon. ;)
You the real one!Reply
Happy thanksgiving, Hackers!
Here are some things I'm thankful for this year:
My first child was born a few months ago, and both he and my wife are alive and healthy. He spent some time in the hospital, and it was a terrifying experience. The doctors and nurses who kept him alive, the EMTs who took him there, and the engineers who built the machines that saved his life will never, ever be forgotten. I'll think about them every day.
I had a family member who was hospitalized with COVID. None of us we allowed to see them in the hospital. A close family friend is a doctor at that hospital and was allowed to go there and spend time with them and help keep them (and us) reassured that they were okay. They are 100% recovered now, and I'm going to their house for thanksgiving tomorrow.
My wife and I have been very lucky financially the last 5 years or so, and have been able to share some of the luck with some of our extended social group who have needed it. Being able to do that is an incredible feeling.
The work I get to do (I spend most of my time teaching art and fabrication to children) is incredibly fulfilling. Just tonight I got to spend the evening opening our workshop to families to come in and paint, learn about our laser cutter, and work on their own projects. I can see how happy this makes them, and being able to give that to people is something I consider a privilege.
Some of my closest friends have either had, or will soon have, children of their own. I see this as a profound good in the world, and can't wait to see the people they become (if they're like their parents, they will have a major positive effect on the world).
One of my life's goals (since I was a teenager) was to learn to sail. I never did it, but last month I bought a small sailboat and have been learning to sail it around a lake near my house (Tempe Town Lake, near Arizona State University, for those from Phoenix).
Some of this stuff is overly personal. Thank you for reading it.
Reminder: call your parents and talk to them as often as you can.Reply
Thinking about all the folks on call for the Black Friday/Cyber Monday crush. They were some of my favorite days working in e-commerce but, then again, everything always went smoothly during my tenure. Thanks for holding down the fort for the rest of us!Reply
We give Thee thanks, almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest for ever and ever. Amen.
May the Lord grant us His peace and life everlasting. Amen.
I've been a HN member for 11 years and 11 months to this exact day (I joined Christmas 2009).
Since then, I've lived in 6 different cities, 5 different timezones and worked on countless side projects. But all this time, HN has always been my most visited month after month.
I can always count on this place to keep me up to date with the latest tech trends and read discussions between reasonable people. Thank you all and especially dang for keeping discussions high quality. Especially as the quality of content on the rest of the internet deteriorates in the pursuit of virility.
It's a testament to you all that place feels the same as it did 10+ years ago.Reply
Let's be thankful for being alive.
EDIT: "We are a way for the cosmos to know itself." –Carl SaganReply
Interesting bunch, thanks for good discussion and thanks to the HN team.Reply
Eat some food, love your fellow humans but most importantly.
Thank you to all the Opensource DevsReply
discovered this site this year! super thankful for that :)Reply
Hackernews is simultaneously the most cantankerous and, imho, highest quality response on average public forum on the net. I absolutely love it here and sincerely appreciate this place. I feel like I’ve grown up on this site in so many ways.
I am continually humbled by not just the consistent quality of content but also the comments. It’s a testament to the moderators that this site has maintained this level of quality for so long.
I am thankful and happy to use thanksgiving as an excuse to express that notion.Reply
Happy United States Holiday to you too good fellow. I hope to live to see greetings for obscure Ghana holiday on the front page as well.
Yeah I got karma to burn, but this is the hill i want to die on. Too many a good place went to ruin due to eternal septemberites coming from one place geographically and inadvertedly creating a monoculture. I get that ycombinator is US based, but hacker culture is so much more than just US.Reply
I really do not understand why someone's comment about how Native Americans view thanksgiving, and my response to it, got flagged. Is it off topic? Is my concern for consumerism over Black Friday not relevant? I understand it's not a cheerful subject but there are many historical aspects of this holiday that are in fact not cheerful. I found it unsettling to see pure positivity when to me this feels like a day of mourning. I thought it appropriate to discuss, or is there some rule in violation?Reply
First thanksgiving in the US. My wife and I have stocked up on some of the worst looking pre-made things from Safeway to easily make tomorrow so neither of us have to cook. Excited to have a long weekend :) Enjoy yours too!Reply
Happy Thanksgiving. Please remember that regardless of the "difficulties" the western world is facing now, you have it better than almost everyone on the planet. I've been to some of the poorest countries on earth in war and peace. Never take anything for granted. Please be safe, and be thankful.Reply
As an Immigrant to the USA, I did not get the whole thanksgiving thing. But then as I had a kid there, I warmed up to it.
Then now I've been living abroad for almost 10 years without returning home to the USA and if I did not see this post I would not even have remembered.
It's strange how we can so quickly adjust to holidays from different countries in just a few years -- while forgetting the ones back home so easily. And it's not because we were ingrained with them as kids, because while I grew up in Jamaica, I've totally forgotten the holidays there now.
I guess the main one is Christmas - it's hard to forget because of all the shopping - and that's kinda celebrated here in Asia too.
Anyway... Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!Reply
Citizen of the Earth, member of the Cherokee Nation - let us not forget the spirit of the day. Everyone viewing this post has something to be thankful for. Be humble, be kind. Happy Thanksgiving.Reply
Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans!Reply
We recently learned our friend's 9-month-old was diagnosed with leukemia. I have a two year old daughter, and cant even imagine the pain they are going through.
This year, I am thankful for being healthy as a family, and i am praying for the kid.
To all those saying it's a strictly American affair I would point out that Japan also has it's own version on the same week.
Happy Labor Thanksgiving Day everyone!Reply
It’s a nice reason to recollect what you are thankful for or can be as other people share
To me i can appreciate that far more than worrying about the origin story, but the version thats told is inspirational tooReply
Thank you Dan Gackle for making this site my happy place, the only place on the internet that I read every day.
Thank you all for posting and upvoting the interesting stories. Thank you for replying to my comments. Thank you for upvoting them. Thank you for downvoting them, too. I come here to learn and be amazed at knowledge, creativity, and kindness.Reply
Happy thanksgiving, HN! Hoping for a safe and happy weekend for everyone, and praying for anybody daring to brave an airport! Good luck, and reminder: take as much leftovers home as you possibly can. Stuffing a Hawaiian roll full of cold turkey and cranberry sauce and eating it over the sink is a godly act.
For those of you who have to work to keep this giant machine running, just be aware: legally you are allowed to have one drink at your desk at all times during the holiday weekend. I don't make the rules.Reply
It's pleasant to see something like this on here mixed in with all the technical posts. Happy thanksgiving!Reply
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you can spend some time with family this holidays.
You are all beautiful, bickering, nerds. And I love you all.Reply
I – like other people have reported – have grown tremendously intellectually by reading HN through the years.
For those that are alone, remember the world is full of serendipity and the desolate years can change.
For those in groups, be thankful for those you break bread with and the paths that led them to your table.Reply
hows this thankful thing work? is it a specifically Christian thing or is it secular?
I'm peripherally aware it has something to do with (North American first nation) Indians and early settlers plus it tends to involve feasting on turkey and pumpkin dishes.Reply
Happy thanksgiving. This is such a wonderful community that I am so pleased to be part of.Reply
My Thanksgiving Bullet Enumerated List:
1) I'm thankful my elderly parents and in-laws are healthy and survived the worst of the pandemic. 2) I'm thankful new relatives are healthy and thriving (who doesn't adore babies?) 3) I'm thankful my immediate family is OK. Zoom-schooling and masking is not ideal but we adjusted and adapted. 4) I'm in awe of the medical professionals who withstood the brunt of the pandemic and continue to provide for our well-being. 5) And the technologists that support the medical professionals -- the those who build the tools, design the scientific instruments, operate the equipment, push the tech to incrementally do more -- all this seems like magic but is comprised of late night debugging, inspired insight, that blood-sweat-beers workpersonship that keeps society chugging along.Reply
Agree. As much as this place drives up my anxiety and displeasure everyday, it is still my #1 source for news that I care to hear about. Kind of a low bar, but hey, still above the bar =)Reply
I may not celebrate Thanksgiving (not American) but I would still like to say thanks to hacker news. I don't remember how long ago I discovered it, but it's been an amazing journey. Let it never end. Thank you to this amazing community.Reply