If this is your first moot
You _have_ to toot.
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.
That spammer, worries about how the fediverse will manage to respond
Curious about how the fediverse will respond to this one, they keep making new accounts on different instances, which is going to keep mods playing whackamole. I've thought this was a flaw in the federation model since I joined.
Person A: I want to troll a lot of people. *Creates account on largest instance*
*Creates account on second largest instance*
*loop until they are down on the 1565th largest instance*
I wanted to shout out to Erik Davis and his excellent podcast Expanding Minds, to which I have been listening for years. It's an interview podcast dealing with spirituality, psychedelics, and the cultures of consciousness. Hopefully one day he'll join us on the fediverse. 😁 https://techgnosis.com/category/podcast/
A curated list of falsehoods programmers believe in.
Twitter missed opportunity
A missed opportunity for #Twitter was to become the middlemen between news orgs and users near newsworthy events. Specialized tools could allow the news to pay for content licensing to obtain photos and video, then Twitter could take a cut. News gets content, Twitter gets paid, creators get paid.
IMHO, this would have produced a profoundly better Twitter, leveraging its unique status in the world and avoiding the more-eyeballs-at-any-cost trap of ad revenue.
That Google create a code editing environment and/or graphical tool library for Go called Ogle
Then that Google reimplement all of Google in Go/Ogle
Finally that Google create an extensive brand marketing campaign to distinguish their particular flavour of the language / library combination from the freely available open-source variant:
'Don't Just Go Go/Ogle, Go GOOGLE Go/Ogle'
This is a really sobering piece on building safe islands on the Internet. https://onezero.medium.com/the-dark-forest-theory-of-the-internet-7dc3e68a7cb1
"Why I (Still) Love Tech: In Defense of a Difficult Industry" by Paul Ford https://www.wired.com/story/why-we-love-tech-defense-difficult-industry/
I consider myself a disillusioned techno-optimist, and this piece does a good job of capturing some of that heartbreak. Paul Ford is a great writer.
My #mastodon instance upgrade script is finally getting to the point where it reliably upgrades without manual intervention. Whew!
"A Conspiracy to Kill IE6" by Chris Zacharias http://blog.chriszacharias.com/a-conspiracy-to-kill-ie6
TIL "moral injury". This is way more useful than "burnout"
`The concept of moral injury was introduced [...] as stemming from the "betrayal of 'what's right' in a high-stakes situation by someone who holds power."`
rpgs, consent, emotional safety
this is a good overview of support tools for RPGs - https://breakoutcon.com/extras/safety-tools/
once I started playing with an x card I started wondering why more of my games didn't have one. then I realized a good chunk of my gaming friends had never heard of one.
The Metrics of Backpacks • Personal essay about the inhumanity of the tech industry https://www.artpractical.com/column/the-metrics-of-backpacks/ #linkblog #tirefiretechemotiontootme
Dear Ruby devs and game devs. I have a crazy announcement I want to share. Please boost.
Last week I released A Dark Room to the Nintendo Switch. Within the game, I also shipped a Ruby interpreter and a code editor as an Easter Egg.
*This Easter Egg effectively turns every consumer spec-ed Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.*
1. Download A Dark Room from the US/EU.
2. Connect a USB keyboard and press the “~” key.
3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
Please enjoy this short, but completely insane, bit of interactive fiction: http://adamcadre.ac/if/905.html
Hi, Cantos...ians. I've spun up an experimental Facebook replacement called Hubzilla at https://hub.cantos.social/. Let me know if you want an invite.
Cantos aspires to be an experimental community of crafts, arts, and games. We believe in nurturing a small intimate group connected to and inspired by global society.