@Shufei I thought Cynthia Kim may have something on this, and she does
Her general approach:
1. If a rule prevents me from making a spontaneous choice then it’s too restrictive.
2. If a rule negatively impacts someone I love then it’s probably doing more harm than good.
3. If a rule was created more than five years ago then I may have outgrown it.
4. If a rule makes me sad, angry, tired or anxious then I need to question its origins.
Twitter, autism, neurodiversity Show more
Two good discourse threads:
1) On the risks involved with masking autism and other neurodiverse behaviors/thoughts
2) On how anti-neurodiversity trolls hammer on the "you lack empathy" point, while not understanding what that even means, or how it's contested
tech, us journalism and ad blocking Show more
The Washington Post website has a guilt-message up if they think you’re blocking ads, but I’m only blocking third party tracking cookies. So I left them an annoyed note:
Your website's claim that I'm blocking ads is disingenuous and dishonest. If you simply wanted to show me ads, there would be no problem. The fact that you want to show me ads that track my behavior is the problem. I'm not signing up for that, and nobody else should, either.
The frustrating thing to me isn’t the difficulty in parsing compressed text, nor the novelty of the form. I have trouble understanding the usually oblique, “ironic” tone of its content. I’m honestly unsure what its speakers mean and to what purpose.
Traditional Morse or RTTY radio culture, by contrast, compresses text even more. But the strings are precise, usually formalized, and direct in intention.
I’m not sure what to make of this, save to invoke a Carrollian “Curiouser and curiouser...”
I discovered a curious alternate internet where, in addition to a heavy use of SMS conventions, people don’t use periods or capital letters. Seldom do people send any strings of text longer than a few words or symbols. 🤔
Alt-right radicalization, misogyny, harassment, Montreal Show more
"For many of these young men, the gateway to the alt-right began with a slow-burning hatred of women."
A great, perceptive piece in the Montreal Gazette about how online misogynist subcultures, from Gamergate and its predecessors to PUAs and incels, draw young men into white nationalism. I've been harping on this shit for years lol http://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/alt-right-in-montreal-the-war-against-women (Via @JordiGH)
ugh i really hope crossposters don't slowly choke mastodon like they did to diaspora*
if you're just crossposting everything you tweet on birdsite then what even is the point of making a mastodon account? that's glorified spam at worst, and a recipe for abandonment.
I watched a gym competition yesterday. Those girls walked, turned & twisted with ease. It was beautiful and the wobbles and falls were also a wonderful reminder of the difficulty of even the "easy" bits despite *all* of those hours spent in practice.
Maybe balance gets easier with practice, but never "easy." Maybe what takes the most courage is to progress to even more difficult skills, despite knowing that none of it can ever be completely mastered. Maybe that's also part of the beauty.
And here I have been wondering where the 'wheel' group name came from:
WHEEL n. 1. A privilege bit that canonically allows the possessor to perform any operation on a timesharing system, such as read or write any file on the system regardless of protections, change or or look at any address in the running monitor, crash or reload the system, and kill/create jobs and user accounts. The term was invented on the TENEX operating system, and carried over to TOPS-20, Xerox-IFS and others. 1/2