I used to be a lot weirder. I'm a middle-aged geek, father to two boys, and I bang out code at #Google. I live near Boston now, but I grew up in central Mississippi.
I play a bunch of #music instruments, but none well enough to perform. I've been playing around with a DAW.
I started the cantos.social instance, trying to be a part of the small-scale Internet.
I try to be as kind as I can.
Social media alignment chart:
Lawful good - Soundcloud
Neutral good - Goodreads
Chaotic good - Mastodon
Lawful neutral - LinkedIn
Neutral - MySpace
Chaotic neutral - YouTube
Lawful evil - Facebook
Neutral evil - Twitter
Chaotic evil - 4chan
It's kinda funny that the C64 gets all the love while the C128 (which I would have died for back in the day) gets short shrift.
If I were retro-hacking, I would prefer a C128 just for the extra text columns.
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There should be a word for the strangers you see repeatedly, year after year, as on a common commute. You watch them grow older, their children growing up. You see them happy, sad, yelling on their phone. You see the clothes they pick for each season. Their struggles and joys are reflected and known in the tiny daily slices we witness. How could we not feel connected, even distant and nameless?
This only happens in the city. You see a lot of strangers in the city.
One could even leverage this to account precisely for floating point behaviors.
A programming language where every numeric value comes with an error distribution and all mathematical operations combine and propagate these appropriately.
This thought brought to you by contemplation of retrieving a time from the system clock.
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Extremely unsettling animation.
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This thread on birdsite, from someone who apparently did moderation for LiveJournal, is giving me pause: https://twitter.com/rahaeli/status/1036304096280621063
I've already seen some disturbing images after doing Masto moderation for a year, but if I had to deal with it day in and day out, I don't know how my brain would handle it.
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Interesting piece on abuse in the Fediverse: https://nolanlawson.com/2018/08/31/mastodon-and-the-challenges-of-abuse-in-a-federated-system/
It is SUPER, SUPER EASY for chaos-loving alt-righters to pose as leftists, infiltrate online 'left' forums, spread smears and lies, and get leftists viciously attacking each other.
That was literally the Gamergate playbook, in 2014 ('NotMyShield'), and the Trump-Russia playbook, in 2016 (fake 'Antifa' and 'Black Lives Matter' Facebook groups).
There is no reason to suspect that the alt-right has abandoned a strategy that won them an election.
But it only works if we buy in to it.
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Wow. The manner in which @wilw was driven off shakes my confidence in the future of the Fediverse. Vicious dogpiling was a terrible failure mode of the birbsite, and now it appears not to be so different here.
This did expose one socio-technical vulnerability - it seems like the admin was unable to deal with a huge number of reports on one person. We should fix that.
I find it interesting the vulnerability was the one aspect of Masto that was push not pull.
Could anyone provide me with links to papers or books about societies transitioning from #scarcity of a resource or capability to #surplus and vice versa? There seem to be some consistent patterns of adjustment that I feel sure have been explored in #economics or #anthropology, but I haven't been able to find anything.
What might we see if we could escape this box?
My pet theory of cognition is that anthropomorphism is what made us special animals. It allowed us to press our social negotiating talents to perceive connections with everything and anything. Note that all our i
language is assertions about participants and relationships.