Modern Star Trek Needs More Technobabble: Okay, fine. Because absolutely nobody asked for yet another Star Trek hot take from some random nobody on the internet, here we go. This is the stuff that I don't like about modern Trek.

I've realized that I have been entirely inconsistent in tagging the Philip K. Dick Award for over on Twitter…and then didn't know which hashtag to use here.

For those (very few) people who follow me here, what's your preferred tag?

Pro tip: If your computer has a sudden glitch that kills its WiFi capability (temporarily, thankfully, and fixed by a reboot), it won't fall back to Ethernet if you never actually plugged the Ethernet cable in when you last rearranged your desk.

(Pretty sure that WiFi should be the fallback and the hardline Ethernet the primary connection anyway, and I'm amused and annoyed at myself for having had that cable unplugged for months.)

FYI for newbies 

Twitter has algorithms to get you engaged. Mastodon does not. So in order to enjoy Mastodon you have to take some time to reach out and find content and follow folks that you enjoy. Don't expect Mastodon to send you random popular posts to keep you engaged, you have to curate your own feed. But this is good! It gives you control.


Mastodon still kind of confuses me, but I at least figured out how to get back in and update my profile again. That's progress, right?

Many of my friends tell me that they have no interest in Mastodon because it "won't help their brand or business."

Good. Excellent. Wonderful. Social networks are for people.

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Last day of work before heading off to four days of SF/F geekery at Norwescon. Hour and a half to go…I can make it! I think.

It's a little sad that I'm skeptical of there being enough people in the Norwescon community who would actually use it to make setting up a NWC-specific Mastodon instance useful. We're a freaking SF/F con with geeks of all flavors, but even there, institutional inertia (and, okay, yes, not every geek is a tech-oriented geek) is so strong that I just don't see it really being useful.

(And I don't have the time/energy to devote to setting it up, so there's that, too.)

Oh, right, I have this. :) Maybe finding the iOS client will help me remember to check in here every so often?

Okay, so…"federated" timeline is the basic public "everything" timeline, right? And "local" is…some subset? Is that actually location-based? Or relationship/friends-of-friends based? Something else? I'm finding the terminology a little obtuse, and without help or docs beyond the terms in Extended Information, it's not very clear to a no0b.

First post here. Because that's what you're supposed to say in your first post somewhere, right? Well, that or "Hello, world!" So now I've got them both covered.


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