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“After about two hours, many of the marchers headed to Franklin Street, followed by some of the officers. A core group of protesters stayed with the statue.
“A short time later, Silent Sam was pulled down, sending people screaming and jumping in disbelief. Smoke bombs were set off around what was left of the monument.”
So Silent Sam got torn down last night?! Wonderful! The only "controversy" was that the goddam thing stayed up all this time. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/silent-sam-unc-confederate-statue_us_5b7b86a2e4b0a5b1febe4bc3
Here's the thing. It should not be a big deal for me to ask a question about whether we have a process or history with banning edgelord bullshit instances from federating in the same way it should be easy to answer a question like "hey do you allow women to be voting members in the co-op?"
The answer should be *easy* and shouldn't make you feel defensive about some uppity woman asking questions impolitely.
social.coop administrivia Show more
If every administrative subdivision of the coop has. Hashtag, a loomio private group, a riot private group, a gitlab repo, etc. Etc. Each of which you have to be invited to and be approved and go through setup...
It's going to get very difficult to maintain openness and inclusion, and a lot of people are going to either miss out on the decision-making process or decide that the activation energy to participate is too high.
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Mastodon isn't a website. It's software you use to connect to the fediverse.
Thinking of it as a website is kind of like thinking of your email client as an email address. "Are you on Gmail?" It doesn't matter; I can send email.
Fediverse. This is the important idea. I follow people who aren't Mastodon users, and I don't care.
LB: I would just like to take a moment and remind you that the people running your Mastodon instance are YOU, members of this co-op, who all have a vote and a voice.
If you want to help do stuff like moderate, welcome new members, etc., for real human money, it's a good idea to indicate your interest on this Decision! Vote yes here. https://www.loomio.org/d/luq6xGSr/community-wg-ops-team-development Please be the admin. Thanks. 💓
Pro tip: Harvest your tinder date’s teeth for extra prosperity and CALCIUM
So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned lately, but my daughter is building a spaceship. She’s an electrical engineer testing & installing components on the Orion crew module for the LM-1 mission. She’s pretty goddam amazing & I’m perpetually stunned that I raised an actual rocket scientist that works at NASA’s Canaveral facility. It’s like a dream. I put her through college by printing t-shirts with a fury. We’re kind of a team that way. 🙂
To my anarchist/commie/socialist comrades Show more
I hate that after a year and a half, my fear that the brocialists are coming to Mastodon seems to have finally proven true.
Let's do our best to keep our anarchist/commie/socialist community safe for women, non-white people, queer people, trans people, furries, and sincerity, and to always strive to improve on what we've already established.
We created this culture, let's make sure we fight for it.
i toot for the people who have ever tried to explain what brain zaps feel like
I fed the ML Algo that generates pictures from descriptions short stories generated by Magic Realism Bot (by Chris and Adi Rodley) and you wont believe how good it works. we need a third bot that pipes one through the other 🔁
Dump of the original Furby's assembly source code, dated June 1998: http://www.seanriddle.com/furbysource.pdf
Coolest thing I can think of to do with this would be to get it running in a virtual machine in some existing virtual space, eg an MMO, VR chat room, No Man's Sky etc. I love the idea of this thing's freaky digital soul living on in unrecognizably alien worlds.
A man is at a friend's funeral. After the proceedings, he approaches the widow and asks if she minds if he says a word. "No, of course not," she replies. So he grabs a glass and taps a spoon against it to get everyone's attention, and when the muttering dies down, he clears his throat and speaks: "Plethora." He puts the glass back down and everyone continues their conversations. The widow turns to him, with a tear in her eye. "Thank you," she says. Show more
"It means a lot."
Too many boys are growing up to be bros instead of men.
I realize that statement is fraught with socio-political baggage. Take what you want from it.
There are no good billionaires. You do not radically benefit from perpetuating a grossly unfair and unjust system by mistake.
Just putting this out there: if any mastodon devs are looking for design help and would like a hand from the original designer if blogger.com, who recently redesigned the Wordpress Reader, and wrote an early book on the design of community spaces online, let me know because I can put you in touch with him.
Because he’s me. Hi. Let’s talk.
After sleeping on it, I think #Mastodon should rename ‘instances’ to ‘Communities.’
Instances feels too technical and I see even savvy people struggling to understand it.
I argue communities would make much more sense. It denotes much of the purpose behind _why_ this service has different instances, and many people will already be familiar with the concept from Reddit (the, what, sixth most popular site on the net?).
Their illusion is what keeps you under their control.
Their illusion is weak, if you challenge it even a little.
You know it.
Inside, you know it to be true.
Life advice Show more
Sometimes, when telling about things you've done or experiences, you might feel like you're embellishing or exaggerating, even when telling the truth
Do not let your commitment to modesty diminish the fact that you have been through some amazing stuff, or fool you into thinking you're not allowed to tell about it. That stuff happened, it was amazing, and people want to hear about it