I have been thinking about moving my writing projects somewhere else, but I don’t know any decent alternatives that would let me format the text properly and such.
Connector, Instigator, Maker. Slime mold farmer.The slow knife. She/Her/They.
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What is the most irrational thing you've ever done?
Why is it called Pickleball?
The balls don’t look or taste anything like pickles.
Pixelfed Collections [v3]
remove (only-public) and (only-self) constraints - allow items to be anything, even a url
make collections followable (w/ #activityPub)
add "Collect" button to add items to one of your collections
public "collections directory" w/ search
The refreshed Collections feature will be quite similar to #pinterest 😉
I need haptic skeuomorphism so that ripping tabs out of a browser & flinging them in to a different desktop has a satisfying tactile component.
Yesterday and today I finally spent enough time to grok the differences between git merge, git rebase, and what cherry-picking is.
I tried each of these, and finally the thing that resulted in the most accurate result was to re-apply the changes to the 20 files that needed to be changed.
The takeaway: Rebase early and often, because months of changes are really painful to apply one at a time.
Remember The Well? Pioneering on-line community, still around after almost 40 years.
Glad to be part of it, together with @evan, @manton, @KevinMarks and @herestomwiththeweather. It's hosted by Jon Lebowsky, best known (to me at least) by doing the annual State of the World panel, also on the Well, with @bruces.
I'll post a link once the thread is public. With these panelists, it should be interesting!!
When I attend sessions at conferences, I often take pictures of the slides, but then when I come home I need to sort through dozens if not hundreds of pictures. Anyone have any suggestions on apps (iOS please) that can help with potentially organizing pictures as I take them? I don't want to manually create an album for each session, for example.
It is incredibly frustrating that the only thing more stupid than Patreon is all the alleged Patreon substitutes that clearly don't even understand what Patreon does.
Pro tip: Patreon has no meaningful competitors, and also it sucks, so there's a huge opportunity for somebody to kick sand in its face and take its lunch money. But to do that you would have to understand what actually Patreon does that is worth it to creators to allow Patreon to take 5% of their proceeds (and then pass on to them a second 5% in payment processing fees).
Attending @fediforum today and yesterday has been such an inspiring thing! Lots of great conversations and some incredible demos I'll try and link to in the next day or so.
These truly are the early days of something special.
I wonder if there would be any appetite to make teaching resources oriented around getting enthusiastic laypeople able to develop for the fedi? Like, you know how there are special courses and ebooks and workshops for "(journalists/historians/artists/etc) learn to code"?
For those complaining Mastodon isn’t developing fast enough compared to Threads, worth noting Meta has about 90 people working on it plus the wider engineering teams there supporting.. whereas Mastodon is a non-profit that has about 3 staff.
404 Media found that when you write about LSD, MDMA, guns, and stolen credit cards for sale on Instagram, IG flags you for not following their recommended guidelines -- i.e. for calling attention to stuff that is blatantly in violation of their own policies but that is nevertheless inexplicably left alone.
Hey, this bury your head in the sand approach has worked for Meta/FB for years. Why stop now?
Further evidence of how bad I am at Mastodon:
In an effort to better-manage my timeline, I made a “Top 8” list and then proceeded to add over 80 people to it.
This story about Bill Watterson is worth reading https://www.theamericanconservative.com/why-bill-watterson-vanished/ (via @pluralistic )
Okay, this is ridiculous. The NYT is recommending Cascade somehow as the best dishwasher detergent. The last two people who serviced our (now 15-year-old) beloved and very quiet Miele dishwasher said don't ever put that crap in your machine.
We used the exact same pods recommended by NYT and it made our dishwasher stink and it didn't get things clean.
My wife ended up making a homemade version that uses mostly natural stuff plus a pinch of something like Oxyclean. Best detergent ever used, and that's all we use now.
In case anyone is interested, here's the recipe:
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
YIELD: 4 1/2 CUPS / 2.2 LB (ENOUGH FOR 36 LOADS OF DISHES)
1 cup / 225 g super washing soda (sodium carbonate)
1 cup / 225 g powdered oxygen bleach (sodium percarbonate)
1/4 cup / 62 g table salt (sodium chloride)
50 drops lemon essential oil
12 drops peppermint essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
Washing soda and oxygen bleach are skin sensitizing. I recommend wearing nitrile gloves while you prepare this DIY and washing your hands afterward.
Mix dry ingredients. Add washing soda, powdered oxygen bleach, and table salt into a large, non-metallic mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
Add essential oils and stir until everything is thoroughly combined.
The essential oils will accumulate in small clusters at first. Keep
stirring to break them apart.
Transfer the detergent powder into an airtight glass jar or storing
container. Store sealed in a dry place, protected from moisture.
Use about 2 tablespoons per load.
When I was a kid, I made my own Barbie Dreamhouse out of a cardboard box and used the styrofoam corner inserts from electronics as sofas. Wish I had a photo, it was pretty awesome.
We are getting a little rain today in Oakland.
Is something happening this week that more news orgs are coming to the #Fediverse? I’ve seen intros from at least three today!
This morning I read a long thread about the meaning and implications of “Judeo-Christian”. It was a very reasonable discussion about a potentially fraught topic - and some of that was because a server hosting a trolly responder banned that user.
This is where fediverse can shine - when you are one in 1000 or 10,000 it’s a lot more important to behave appropriately because this reflects on everyone in your community.
Hello! Are you, or do you know someone in #realEstate, who is making something interesting on the fediverse?
Understanding that there is no algorithm here and you control your experience is the key to enjoying mastodon.
Let's say you have a fan mounted above some Raspberry Pis that sometimes overheat. So it doesn't get used very often.
Surprising insight of the day: you can point it at yourself if it is hot in the home office in the summer!!
Equality for people and Pi's! Not just Pi's get to use the fan!!
(Like that AC we had decades ago at that first university institute I worked. It was for the computers in the computer room only, not the people who got to sweat.)
Having fun checking out how content permeates the Fediverse through ActivityPub. It takes a little while for content to gather into your feed when you first set up an instance.
Subject-matter bots that toot certain kind of content seem like a benefit, and human curators are key.
My plan to host a meetup and play around with this is delayed a few days (got COVID) but will happen soon!
When I was a kid, I thought the end of the world would happen in the form of atomic annihiliation.
Now I think we're just frogs in a soup pot, trying to buy an ice cube.
If you're posting a poll through a Mastodon server's website interface, you can switch between "one answer allowed" and "multiple answers allowed" by clicking the circles next to the answers. When clicked they turn into squares, when clicked again they turn back into circles.
⚫ Circles mean only one answer is allowed, and is the default.
◼️ Squares mean multiple answers are allowed.
(Apps will have their own interface for switching between these options.)
Is it speed? Features? Ease of development? Just curious why lemmy is seeing more activity as opposed to other networks.
I still haven't merged my OG Insta account, with my FB account. Community should matter, more than platforms; and OMGITLAUNCHEDTODAYLETSALLGOTHERE just feels, so... 2007 SXSW.
Sometimes I doubt the dinosaurs are ever coming back
This is a list of new Lemmy and Kbin communities migrating out of larger subreddits.
There are a few different versions of this list, causing some interesting splintering among communities, including those folks and bots left behind on Reddit.
Had a shower thought / question about #ActivityPub. Would it be possible to develop a federated server without a media cache? I believe that it should be as long as the server is configured to proxy media requests back to the original source. This would, of course, greatly increase latency and decrease reliability (media is lost if the remote instance goes poof). But in exchange, it dramatically reduces the storage space needed to run an instance. That would reduce the cost of operating an instance on cheap VPS services. I can also think of a couple use cases around the current push to simplify instance hosting.
new zine: how integers and floats work https://jvns.ca/blog/2023/06/23/new-zine--how-integers-and-floats-work/
Does anybody have info on how many followers each person on the fediverse has? I'm curious what the distribution of follows per person looks like here, and what that means for how information propagates here.
A "cage match" challenge. I mean—things I could seriously, never, ever make up. In my most creative meme attempts. Just... ugh, I need a drink. Can we do better? Please??
So I've introduced a bit of Reddit into my feed by subscribing to @nostupidquestions. Lack of threading is annoying for reading in Mastodon, but wow, people are really asking questions!
Fun! I responded to a Lemmy post from my mastodon account and it showed up on the Lemmy site. So cool!
Even better than being able to react to an Insta re-post through Twitter, because the response goes right back to the post where it was originally posted.
I'm talking about things such as restricting hate speech, discrimination etc. Like we did with rule 7.