Show more

I'm still adding things to my website which means re-exploring an old story with enforced extreme care.

We've been watching Brooklyn 99 and seeing two prominent black characters talk who aren't criminals really makes you realise how depressingly unusual that is on screen

Can we have an adjunct to the Bechdel Test that requires that:
1. There be two named black characters
2. Who have a conversation
3. About something other than committing a crime

And these tend to grow more ornate over the life of the podcast, until every episode begins with a 5 minute bit that needs to be carefully enacted before anything else can happen.

Which is particularly interesting in a medium that (without much commercial incentive or pressure) doesn't formally require much of anything. Any tv show or commercial radio programme will have both formal requirements and (almost as stringent) generic expectations to abide by, which will naturally lend it a feeling of constancy. Podcasts instead have to summon rituals (in order to be able to adhere to them, in order to feel familiar).

a lot of podcasts – and i'm thinking of those that exist at the shaggier/looser/less polished & edited end of the spectrum –evidently exist to be comfortable, to reassure, like the artistic equivalent of an easy chat with friends you see all of the time. So a lot of their strength derives from creating familiarity, and as they proceed through their runs they accrete habits/bits/in-jokes.

Reading the book set as a book for the first time

i need to follow more people who toot during UK working hours

@Ranjit she gives the impression of great wisdom when she’s not losing her shit about some dog on the other side of the street

@jplebreton It's such a barrier to entry as well – you need to pick an instance to get started but until you start you really don't have any good information about why you would pick one instance over another. The worry is you'll pick wrong and then be stuck.

Why should I let the toad *work*
Squat on my life?
Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork
And drive the brute off?

– from Philip Larkin, ‘Toads’

Mastodon meta and the word 'fuck' Show more

Everything takes time we don't have, and our lives are nothing but open expanses of time we barely know how to fill, and these two problems run parallel to each other and neither solves the other

Show more

Server run by the main developers of the project 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!