#RIP D. C. Fontana, the groundbreaking #StarTrek screenwriter who wrote a lot of early Trek episodes and developed Spock's personality and backstory: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/arts/dc-fontana-star-trek.html / http://web.archive.org/web/20191204004004/https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/arts/dc-fontana-star-trek.html
One of very few women TV writers at the time, she used her initials to disguise her identity (similar to contemporary sf writers Andre Norton and James Tiptree, Jr., among others).
Today is my birthday, which I dubbed "Cathalmas" and use as a calander bulwark against the excessively early Yule we suffer under capitalism. When the kids start carolling on November 1st they are admonished "Stop! It's not even Cathalmas yet!"
Now it has momentum, and they wish me "Happy Cathalmas!" on this day. The day before is "Cathalmas eve"
I am not even a little self conscious. Let me be remembered on this feast day for centuries to come.
NB: "Cathal" is pronounced ~= "Kahal"
There are tons of updates coming to Pixelfed
There are so many updates coming into a very-near Pixelfed release, it's going to make your head spin. Instagram, eat your heart out. https://wedistribute.org/2019/11/pixelfed-latest-updates/
Version 1.0.0 of Ivory, my Mastodon automoderator, is now available! This release uses the Mastodon API exclusively now, and has new rules for handling those pesky link-in-bio spammers. Check it out, and let me know if you have any questions:
Just finished preparing my presentation for the European Parliament on Tuesday. I’m representing @Mastodon and small technology there on a panel to discuss the future of the Internet and I hope we can get the regulators to at least not fuck things up for our ethical alternatives.
My slides (not hugely meaningful without the narrative but in case you’re curious) are here:
Remind me again why I let you talk me into this, @Gargron? ;P
"The data regulator most feared by [big tech] is Ireland's data protection commissioner Helen Dixon… She can in theory impose fines upto 4% of turnover… I ask her why, 18 months after GDPR came in, she's yet to wield [that power]" - BBC Tech Tent Podcast https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csymt7
No. This is too much. Noooope. The Lord would not agree with that. #cultistlevel5
A Furby Necronomicon 🎃
Sesame Street, a show created for public access television to help kids from low-income families learn to read and write, is being put being a paywall which will prevent the kids who most need it from accessing it.
The past 50 seasons are also included in that so they can't be streamed anywhere else.
Pirate Sesame Street.
For the first time ever, people all over the world can instantly buy the new issue of 2600 & have it downloaded with no restrictions! We're hoping to reestablish contact with readers everywhere!
Well, fuck. WBAI has been shut down. @HackerRadioShow https://twitter.com/aurbelis/status/1181212220568588288?s=19
System76 Preparing To Roll Out Their First Coreboot-Enabled Laptop
Eating those little Silica gel packs since 1983. Whether a boost is an endorsement is left as an exercise for the reader.
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