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Β«The hedgehog's dilemma, or sometimes the porcupine dilemma, is a metaphor about the challenges of human intimacy. It describes a situation in which a group of hedgehogs seek to move close to one another to share heat during cold weather. They must remain apart, however, as they cannot avoid hurting one another with their sharp spines.Β»


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I'm about to start a socially questionable experiment on *this* account...

It should most likely go unnoticed by everyone concerned, and would have minimal to no effect on anyone on this instance and to the extended Fediverse and beyond, but just in case this here is a somewhat semi-cryptic anchor from which I'll document what I'm doing.

First, I export my follows list to a CSV.

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I don't want my main Mastodon account to be within because I do believe that Federation is an important enough goal of the Mastodon project to actively support personally in principle.

(That said though I do find it aesthetically pleasing to have at least one userhandle I control here.)

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Image uploading seems to have been fixed. Thanks, @TheAdmin πŸ™

Image upload issue at Masto Cloud seems to have been resolved at this time.

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. @FerdiZ Update May 26th, 2021: image upload seems to be acting up in Masto Cloud for the past two days...

Continuing to monitor situation.

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. @FerdiZ I guess I'm moving back to again, since it seems to live on so far.

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To Indonesians & Indonesian-speakers & Indonesia-sympathizers in particular:

The Jakarta Post is about to lay off 2/3rds of its staff within the next few days, if it keeps losing money. Info from several Indonesian & int'l journos.

Not dismissing possibility it may even have to declare bankrupcy.

A one-year Premium Digital subscription is Rp600.000 right now. Consider subscribing if you can.

I think I'm switching my primary Mastodon account back to my Mastodon.Cloud account again:



Hoodlum: "What the hell are you supposed to be!?"


Batman: "I'm vengeance."

A quieter flute. That's what I need, yeah.

A quiet guitar would be nice too I guess.

Sometimes when I'm helping a non-techie with computer issues, and the best advice I can give them is "did you try turning it off and back on again," I wonder if they think I'm not really trying to help them, or that I'm withholding some secret computer science knowledge from them. But no – this is the big insight! When you're a programmer, you realize that programmers don't really know what they're doing. All software is terrible. And our collective misfortune, as users, is to do battle with it

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Too tired to make an actual post here.

Spent too much energy posting several elsewheres

I'm thinking of going back to Mastodon Cloud.

Kinda looks like their new servers are kinda-sorta more stable right now after the change in ownership.

On the other hand though if we're talking about service record Masto Social has proven more robust I think..?

Cute... 🀣🀣 /via various sources among them Bruce Sterling and Cory Doctorow on Tumblr

Like, fireworks factory fire meets fertilizer factory, downtown in a dense urban area. Sheesh, right.

Not to mention in the middle of a pandemic, and political & economic upheaval.

When even the business guys in The Globe and Mail are entertaining the idea of breaking up Big Tech, you know it's serious.

From an article titled, "Big Tech is a big failure at policing the public square". Paywalled, so I won't link it.

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