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Once upon a time, I was trying to pick a license and, reasonably, decided that I probably didn't need people to make money off of my work. Then, the Creative Commons license picker warned me that CC-BY-NC-SA isn't a "free culture" license. Now, every time I see it or something similar (like, say, GPL), my brain goes "but wait! What about free culture???"

I feel like it's going to take a while to get over that.

"Monads are scary; or, The Queering of Object Orientated Programming"

First article in a year, wow.

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That was the thing that I found incredibly relieving when I started using Elixir, and it seems that this goes for most programming languages as well. All you had to do was learn how to use Elixir and maybe the Phoenix framework, and that was it. You could start making projects. But here I am, tentatively opening the Next.js docs...

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I've literally just learned what Next.js is today, so (I really hope that) maybe I have the wrong idea, but it never fails to amaze me how consistently people's solution to the mess that is the ecosystem is to throw another technology on the heap.

Every year, there's a new end-all-be-all solution to JavaScript's problems that you have to learn. It always seems to make things more complicated

Mind you, if someone's web forum forces you to pick between "male," "female," and "decline to self identify," they've probably never heard of non-binary people before

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Even better yet, which I encountered today, is "I do not wish to answer." "Decline to self identify" suggests that maybe you're refusing to fit yourself in the framework. "I do not wish to answer" says that *you* are making a personal choice not to answer the question, insinuating that were it any other way, you could fit yourself into one of the two options.

IMO that's as bad as choosing between "female" or "male," only that now they won't be able to deduce my AGAB until we meet in person.

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My favourite gender identity is "Decline to self identify"

I spent my whole life being told by computer science educators that if I just learned HTML and JavaScript, people would be throwing jobs at me. That theory is being thoroughly tested right now. Particularly every time Indeed reminds me that I'm competing with nearly 10000 other applicants every time I apply for a summer internship.

This could be a huge win for privacy for all I know. I'm very ignorant when it comes to DNS stuff. The fact that the default service they appear to use in some places, judging by the image in their blog post, is from Cloudflare is a little worrying. For me, it looks like the default is CIRA Canadian Shield, which I've never heard of.

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I'm not making any accusations, but this sounds a lot like something I would read in Chrome...

I think this is a big part of why I like Cooperativism, which my younger self thought was just some boring employment thing, can be a convenient way to introduce radical ideas in a way that's palatable to centre-left folks.

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Mention of the really bad kind of social conservatism & queerphobia 

Always having to ask what Karl Popper would think about me blocking self-identified nazis is exhausting. I always wanted to join a safe space instance like, but since my fediverse identity is tied to my "professional" identity, the internalized transphobia reminds me that if I show myself as being "too queer" for Captial (which I already am) then I'm shooting myself in the foot somehow.

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I often run into really cool but reclusive people in the fediverse, particularly in queer/leftist instances, whom I'm always too afraid to follow out of fear that I don't come off as enough of a "queer/leftist" person, since my socially conservative family drilled it into my head from a young age that talking politics online will irreparably damage your social credibility or something. I suppose that's what they call internalized oppression.

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I wonder if it'd still be possible to create an online community completely divorced from physical bodies, or if that was ever possible in the first place.

There's so many little things people try to "read onto" one another in communication, even when they have so little to go off of. This seems to be the case regardless of how queer your understanding of identity is. Like, showing any interest in trans issues would out you in a cis-normative world.

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I had to tell this to myself sometimes, so I might as well tell this to others.

This is the Fediverse. Nobody's expecting you to be an "influencer" and the people subscribed to your account aren't your "followers".

There is no obligation to write sensational posts or only talk about things that will be socially accepted by the mainstream.


#Mastodon #Fediverse #SocialMediaAnxiety

I need to set up that deadname remover extension to replace every instance of "NFT" to "digital art sale." It is my least favourite thing to accidentally discover that an artist whose work I'm fond of does NFTs and to have to grapple with the politics of it.

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bandcamp, record stores 

I feel the same way for the loss of Bandcamp like I did when Google+ dried up. What's disappearing is the community. Even if Epic's merger is flawless there will be attrition from artists, Bandcamp staff, and the public. They've already poisoned the well with this acquisition. The ecosystem is disturbed. Change is coming whether you want it or not.

it's the same thing as losing your favorite record store where it was a challenge to leave there without buying anything.

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It never fully occurred to me just how puritanically evil the speculative housing market is until I actually had to look for a place to live. And I suppose that I'm in a place of privilege in how it took me this long to realize it. Housing security is very much one's right to exist in space and that right is being gambled with by people who'll never even see the spaces they're gambling with in person.

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