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Who am I? I am a translator, webcartoonist and once and future musician/songwriter. Married to an American artist/scholar/teacher who is a mass shooting survivor. Old as dirt, feeling twice as old again. Two stepkids, two dogs, one cat. Politics generally left, philosophically an anarchist. Non-religious, history of undiagnosed depression. Like beer, need coffee. Has a sociopath's palate. Love things that go Zworp.

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Spotify invites me to listen to the new remastered edition of Appetite for Destruction, "expanded with 27 unreleased tracks", and I'm like, 'Look, we KNOW what happens when you pad out a Guns 'n' Roses album with every bit of bullshit you can find. Release Use Your Illusion as a de-expanded, remastered single album under 39 minutes in length and then we'll talk."

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@tom sorry i'm just here at work fucking dying at the idea of trebucheting terfs into a volcano being like, targetted harassment. a credible threat. how is twitter support even real.

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Woah, I'm a bit late on this realisation, but guess what Mastodon *doesn't* have?

Promoted toots.

Wonky non-chronological toot ordering.

"Your friends liked this:"

It took me now to notice because it's *so peaceful* having a timeline system that actually works as expected ❤️

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Re: health, mh (other people) + but also -, self-medication, fatmisia Show more

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Re: mh (other people) + but also -, self-medication Show more

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pexels.com/ Seems like it would be a great reference resource, depending on how easy content is to find.

(From Chris Were's list of Mastodon-related resources: chriswere.neocities.org/links. )

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We could use more musicians today that take a hard stance against poverty, racism, and the exploitation of the working class.

Guthrie’s guitar was emblazoned with the edict “this machine kills fascists”, and boy was he ever on the money.

Everyone talks about the folk singers of the 60s, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and the like. That’s good, they are worth remembering. Ochs’ Mississippi is an absolutely blistering anthem.

But we gotta remember leadbelly.

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Because our government has a documented history of ruining the lives of anyone on the left. Of destabilizing governments that lean too far to the left. Of trying to erase the history of the blues, and of folk music, as instruments of radical activism.

Our government has a long track record of being the bad guys, and we need to remember that.

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Do you know about Josh White? He was a black folk singer, a civil rights leader, a friend of FDRs, and a socialist leaning leftist.

He was one of the most popular recording artists of the 1940s, and he died nearly penniless as the result of a campaign to ruin him during the red scare.

We owe it to the people that came before us, who were ruined by our government for their views, to celebrate their message, and salvage their legacy. We owe it to them to secure their place in history.

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It turns out "draw me a picture of whatever I ask for" is a really hard task for an algorithm. This one will try its best though: t2i.cvalenzuelab.com/

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Just to be on the safe side here, it decided to fill the entire planet with sheep texture.

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Was at work 15 minutes early today but kinda ruined that by knocking over my glass of water first thing. In the zone where my laptop, mouse and headphones were.

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@switchingsocial Please, reconsider promoting @write_as until they actually release their "open source" code openly.

Currently, they are a have a GitHub with nothing _on_ it, which is #openwashing at its most despicable.

When github.com/writeas/Write.as has source code on it, I'm likely to throw my support fully behind it, because I would absolutely love an ActivityPub blog! Until then... no.

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Health-ish, exercise (vigorous) Show more

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Food ruined by tech Show more

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At the top of everyone's computer security threat models should be:

1. Silicon Valley is run by a clique of unaccountable billionaires at least some of whom are actual Nazis, or at least Nazi-curious and find Nazis sympathetic and interesting and worth hearing out because they have important and fun ideas

2. The United States Government, as of 2017, is run by people who are actual Nazis and also Russian Mafia

Yet very few Silicon Valley Best Practices seem to take #1 into account

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I don't like reporting accounts for nudity on commercial social media but a) those are the tools we're given and b) I'm willing to punt on the 'should nudity be allowed' issue when the account in question is verified with a million followers while being obviously run by a complete shitheel AND exploitatively pornographic in nature regardless of wether any taboo body parts are visible.

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