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My thumb keeps drifting toward the Twitter icon on my phone this morning, and then I remind myself, "I'm having a lovely morning, why would I ruin it?"

Trying to break the habit of starting my day with the hellsite.

Friendly reminder: "X as a service" is just a misleading corporate euphemism for "pay forever for not owning it".

"Software as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the software".

"Games as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning games".

"Infrastructure as a service" actually means "pay forever for not owning the hardware".

And so on.

There is no "cloud", it's just other people's computers
Here's the deal. More and more software becomes exclusively "as a service". And corporations deliberately use the language reserved for goods to advertise their services.

"BUY this song on iTunes" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

"BUY this live-service DRM-protected game" sets the expectation that this song will stay with you forever.

It won't. It can be taken away from you any moment. For no refund.

"as a service" - is a deliberate propaganda term to set the narrative of "ownership being obsolete".

"No one is confused here" is a pretty disingenuous statement. Ross Scott talked about this in terms of games, there's a video link in the thread.

@Friendica Support Does Friendica still support multiple profiles per account, to be assigned to different groups/contacts? Or has the new custom profile field function overwritten that?
To answer your question: The new custom profile field function replaced that legacy feature. You couldn't select groups and only one profile per contact. And both features only work with Friendica's remote authentication, so Mastodon contacts won't see any custom profile field that isn't public.
Got it. Thanks!

The scientific method is excellent within its domain, but try to turn it into a complete worldview and it proves itself woefully inadequate. The majority of life as it is lived doesn’t break down into systems of measurable inputs and outputs and attempts to make things fit that framework wind up absurd and contradictory. It leads to a kind of rationalish thinking that bears an aesthetic similarity to scientific reason but is really just a mishmash of biases and received beliefs from authority.

See also most other actually marginalised groups.

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"You'll notice that LGBT pride parades are being cancelled, and LGBT people are not complaining and calling it an injustice.

Meanwhile, Christians are calling it an injustice that churches are being closed, and conservatives are calling it an injustice that stay at home orders exist.

That's because LGBT people actually experience injustices, so they know when an injustice is happening. They face way too many injustices to label everything they don't like as an injustice. And they're not defying social distancing orders to have the parade anyway."]
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I see we're leaning hard into the classic American "ignore it, pretend it isn't real, do nothing, and hope it goes away" strategy.


Weekend report:

Friday and Saturday were super productive. I built a new raised garden bed on Friday, putting into practice what I'd learned building beds #1 and 2. The walls were twice as thick and I properly squared the corners, for starters, resulting in a much more solid construction. I also picked away at my new project, replacing door and cabinet hardware in my upstairs hallway, which is part of the much larger project of actually decorating our house (rather than falling back on the "Postgraduate Modern" look, as my dad calls it). I have grand visions for this house, and I'm so excited to actually make them happen.

In time, though. Can't do it all at once (for some reason).

I picked up Kingdom of Loathing again this weekend. Sigh. I used to love this game. I daydreamed about drawing a fan webcomic when I was younger. And I used to be pretty good at it, too--I knew most of the tricks and tools and was used to optimizing my way through a run. But several years have passed since I played actively, and there are so many new tools that I'm pretty lost.

On top of that, though, is the fact that co-creator Zack "Jick" Johnson was accused of abuse by his ex-partner last year. That was enough to make me cancel my donation subscription, and I thought I was done playing for good.

But damn it, it's still got some draw. Ten years of my life are in that game, and they're not going easily. I dipped my toe back into it this weekend, and I felt its draw, and I'm conflicted. I wish they'd just open-source the project so I could run my own copy.

Ha, now there's something. I always dreamed of making my own browser-based RPG like KoL. Now that I have my own server, it's easier than ever to tinker around... 🤔

Speaking of games with awful creators, I also jumped back into Minecraft today. God, this one's fun. After two busy days, I finally gave myself permission to veg out today, so I started a new world and immediately set to building a base in a mountain. It took some effort to quit at bedtime, which reminds me of staying up late playing it in my sophomore year dorm room... nine years ago. Yikes a-mighty.

I also downloaded and installed Minetest, the open-source Minecraft clone. Haven't tried it yet to see if it's any good--too busy with actual Minecraft.

My girlfriend stopped by this afternoon to drop off two strawberry plants, plus a little edible treat. We talked through the window. God, it'll be good to see people again.

Thinking of making some syrups this week to mix into seltzer. I'm jonesing for more tasty drinks.

Had to rein myself in and keep from buying fancy flavored coffee, a graphics card, and a Pinebook Pro. And a new light fixture for our hallway.

Finally, ended the weekend by asking friends on Facebook for book recommendations. Looking for something fun to offset the cold sobriety of Sarah Kendzior's Hiding In Plain Sight.

Really productive weekend. I obviously wish there weren't a pandemic on, and I especially wish this country weren't dominated by capitalist ghouls and headed by a self-absorbed misanthropic grifter trying to strip it for parts... but another part of me doesn't want life to go back to "normal". Bring me that small-scale cooperative anarchocommunism life, baby.
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The economy is not worth people's lives. Not even one life. The economy is made up numbers, people are real.

Some of y'all might find this useful.

A cool HTML5 tool to design RPG maps. Beyond the classic mapmaking tools (walls, ground, pools) what blew my mind the most are the colored light sources that can be added to give an instant atmosphere to any map.

Love the posters downtown calling for a recall of the governor because so few people in our state have died of COVID-19.

That's the ENTIRE point, you dingbats.
I'm glad I can stay home and avoid that particular brand of nonsense. I lost it the last time I saw a Trump campaign booth on a street corner in Midtown Manhattan and I probably will do it again if I encounter this kind of political crap.
I tore three of them down. You tape bullshit on lampposts, you risk it getting torn down.

Luckily (in this case), downtown is kinda a ghost town right now, so I doubt too many people will see the posters that are still up.

"I need privacy. Not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are."

Japan is apparently much worse off than initial optimistic estimates portrayed, and this article is an interesting look into that fact as well as a use of cryptography I hadn't seen before.

There's a blog post I want to write that I've been beating my head against for at least a week. I just can't get the framing right.

Time for another book cover! This one is for Bob Altemeyer's The Authoritarians, which is available for free online and summarizes a career's worth of research into authoritarianism.

This cover is CC BY-SA 4.0.

Image credits:

if a company can easily profit during a crisis, then it is essential during a crisis and should be publicly owned

There's some Discourse™ over on hellsite about shoplifting, and I wrote a couple thoughts. ⚠️ Heads up for mention of abusive dynamics.

It continues to astound me how we in this country treat tyrannical behavior as something as inevitable as the weather.

If someone shoplifts from a store and the boss punishes workers for it, there are two people acting with agency in the scenario, and only one of them has the authority to punish others.

Yeah, don't steal, but if someone does steal, the boss's reaction to that is 100% the boss's responsibility. Period.

And if someone has the authority to punish you for something you didn't do, nothing was stopping them from finding any other excuse.

"They made me do it" is such a classic example of an abuser's responsibility-dodging.

"You got me so worked up."
"They were just so rude."
"A theft happened on your shift."

And sure, they wouldn't have that specific excuse if others had complied.

But tyrants will always find an excuse for their tyranny. Trying to contort our lives to give them no cover results in us being bent out of shape, and them still tyrannizing.

Tyrants want you to blame others for their own actions.

Don't play their game.
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How do you not play the game when you're a punished worker?
Hold your boss responsible for their own actions, even if only in your mind.

And provide support and solidarity to others working alongside you.

Those are the first couple ideas that come to mind.
"Don't play their game" may not be the best phrasing and these tweets were a little unclear on their audience.

I think the point I'm aiming for here is that deflecting responsibility is a classic pattern of those acting like petty tyrants, and it is aided when we discount the agency of those with power. We buy into this when we accept their justifications, so I'm trying to push back against this tendency.

It absolutely doesn't change material conditions. If your boss plays pretty tyrant and fires you, you're out of a job, period. So I'm not trying to discount that or ignore it, but just guide culpability to the person who made that choice.
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Thanks for the clarification, it's also a common behavior among domestic abusers to tell their victims they force them to be abusive/violent.
It absolutely is, yup. That was on my mind as I was writing this.

I'm heading out today to buy a secondhand computer for $80. That's exciting for me, because it's going to be my dedicated server for my community Friendica installation!

This one I'm posting from has always been intended as a test installation--it's on a server I'm using for other home stuff for my wife and myself, like Nextcloud and our personal wiki. The new computer will be expressly intended for my friends.

Of course, that means my home now contains:
  • My laptop
  • My wife's laptop
  • My desktop
  • Our home server
  • My Friendica server

...and there's a Raspberry Pi for managing my 3D printer planned for the future, too. These things breed like rabbits, I tell ya... 🖥️🐇

I wanted my ebook copy of Alexander Berkman's "What Is Communist Anarchism?" that I got from The Anarchist Library to have a rad cover, so I made one using open, free, and public-domain resources.

My cover is CC-BY-NC 4.0. Have fun!

Oh, and do check out The Anarchist Library. They're a really rad resource.

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@Friendica Support and @Friendica Admins, what tools do non-admin users have to report posts, users, or other content?
Fair. I was unsure if Friendica had any dedicated "report this to an admin" functions.
@Hypolite Petovan @Spencer
I hope friendica will never get those easy one click denounce functions!
It's only usefull to create work overload for admins.

Next step is that the admins or have to ask for money because of work overload or sooner or later throw the towel and close down their services.

Most problems are missundestandings, people should learn to ask and discus, accept to agree on not agreeing, live and let live.

The few really bad apples we can sort out in the open ..

Just mention the admins in the very place where the problem is happening and the community can discus it and everyone might learn something.

⚠️heads up: COVID-19
What I’m trying to say is, if you’re feeling the ambient dread of COVID-19, consider an impromptu game night. We humans do a lot of funny things to deal with our anxieties. We channel them into habits, good or bad. We retreat into our electronic devices. Denial is always popular. But there is, it turns out, something quietly defiant about playing a game called Pandemic in the middle of an actual pandemic. I like to think it speaks to the chutzpah of the human race — our stubborn resilience, our essential cheekiness. Winston Churchill would have loved this game. It’s whistling in the dark.

And it felt hopeful, in the end. For a few glorious hours, my team of four was fighting back, shuttling between cities, heroically saving entire populations and eradicating disease around the world. I’m happy to report that in our notional recreation of a worldwide pandemic, we did indeed save the world. On our third try.

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Black-and-white linocut art of a bunch of sunflowers, with the phrase "SOLIDARITY: We are all we really have"

I really, really, really love this print.

By Roger Peet, originally shared on Justseeds, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0
"We are all solidarity we really have"?

I'm slightly confused.

⚠️ heads up: COVID-19

This is an amazingly insightful meditation on just how alienated from our humanity we are.

What we are and aren't considering speaks volumes.

Follow the link for the full thread.

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⚠️heads up: COVID-19
There are so many intertwining ideologies that have contributed to this mindset (Protestantism, Capitalism, Reaganism!). It’s the source of so many of our societal ills — and is a major reason for the broken, piecemeal state of our current healthcare and sick leave systems. If I’m fine with my healthcare, why would I care about others? If I get paid sick leave, why should I care if others not in my position don’t? Any good economist can tell you why you should — you eventually take on that burden in some way — but so many people cannot divorce themselves from the understanding of personal responsibility for, well, everything. You provide for and defend for yourself, and I’ll do the same for mine. Within this paradigm, if something bad happens (addiction, illness, disaster, poverty) you simply haven’t worked hard enough, haven’t cared enough, haven’t planned enough. The fault is yours, not the reticence of others to conceive of themselves as part of a larger social organism.

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I have this strong desire to make an informal lending circle.

I really miss being able to consistently get a good night's sleep. 😞

For whatever reason, more nights than not, I'm frequently waking up to change my position. That's all it is, and I get back to sleep super quickly after it, but I pop up into consciousness several times a night.

What I wouldn't give for consistent, uninterrupted sleep again.
Same here these days. It comes and goes and I can’t wait for the next coming.

Does anyone have an XMPP/Jabber account I could send a test message to? I'm not sure if my server is delivering messages via XMPP properly.

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Our healthcare system disincentivizes getting treatment.

Workers are disincentivized from staying home and taking care of themselves.

The neoliberal government prioritizes pharma profits over public health.

Late-stage American capitalist society is a pandemic hotbed.


[heads up: coronavirus, US politics/uspol]

I just discovered that the cool web design kids are using CSS Grid for their layouts now.

The last time I laid out a page, Flexbox had just come onto the scene and was the hot new shit.

Clearly, I'm behind the times.
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(stands on rooftop with megaphone)

Good evening.


Can't wait for your take on wrong "literally" uses.
Weirdly doesn't bug me too much.

Yesterday, we discovered that our internet provider somehow hadn't registered our change of address with our move, even though I had specifically told them we were moving and changing our service address. That led to a 30-minute phone call in the middle of date night, but the service was eventually restored.

This morning, I discovered that in addition to that issue, my desktop also somehow stopped recognizing its WiFi card. Even though it was working perfectly the day before.

I have a bunch of projects to work on and almost all of them are web-based right now. Now is not the time for technical difficulties. 🤬

I can't believe I'm only now discovering the IndieWeb.

Mike Rugnetta, one of my favorite humans I've followed on the internet, about why he's deleting his tweets:
It is not that I wish to rid myself of the ~inconvenience~ of having ~opinions~ but that I do not wish to re-litigate subject matter from 2012. But in many cases the persistent document of Twitter allows for points to remain open. The always-there reply button means a conversation is never settled – unless, of course, it is removed.

I am not running away from my past (as I think is sometimes the charge when someone boots their twoots). My principles have not radically altered in the last ~10 years. The core tenets are the same, I think: consider others, believe what they tell you, think with compassion and openness but without tolerance for hatefulness. But I have changed a lot, and how I communicate about and put into action those principles has changed. A persistent document of 40,000 (yikes) tweets cataloging my intentions and viewpoints literally up to the minute feels as though it ties me to some incorrectly stable version of myself, a weird and impossible amalgam of past and present. I don’t trust that document in the hands of the public or – honestly – an increasing number of governments. A public, persistent, and fixed catalog of one’s moment-to-moment outlook is a very unique document – and one we don’t yet have a widespread norm in interpreting.

Oh no, that WordPress embed does not work well in Frio on Firefox for Android. Clicking "Continue reading" does nothing.
And yet, his deleted tweets have been archived in 1, 10, 100 places maybe. I understand the impulse but there's a risk to be reminded of tweets we thought deleted forever. It's obviously more likely for famous people but who plans their fame?

rude but eminently fair
Why Google Calendar? It is is so ubiquitous it doesn't really indicate much?
True. I think the meme comes from a time when it was slightly less ubiquitous, and Google Calendar was the way to share calendars easily. In a vacuum, I wouldn't consider it a sign, but paired with other indicators I would.

oh, Jabber and Spit, I totally double-booked myself for date night tonight

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