TIL: Akamai Nominum is blocking mastodon.social because of "malware and phishing".

I wish the switching cost to literally anything else wasn't so high, but I have so many years of automation baked into this stupid setup at this point that even the idea of switching makes me break out in hives...

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Ah, Fedora upgrade day, my regularly-scheduled journey of discovery into what broke with puppet/hiera/ruby in this release.

Fedora 36 edition: the *very first line* of puppet DSL blows up (a `lookup` call)

I hate computers so much.

Who called it "malloc()" and not "see_you_later_allocator()" ?

Staring at Android logcat and a thing that is always interesting to me is when we have managed to recreate human anxiety conditions in a computer

I'm agnostic about the giants. they *could* be giants, but who am i to say?

miss me with that wishy washy bullshit. they ARE giants. get the fuck out

I suppose it doesn't help that the entire plot was a long string of macguffins, held together by performances that felt rushed, delivered by actors who didn't want to be there and were dreaming of the sweet release of the end of their contracts

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I'm struggling to understand why Guardians of the Galaxy (and later Thor appearances) worked so well for me as a huge departure in tone from most of the MCU, but my gut reaction to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness was that it was just...bad.

I really like Sam Raimi too! Boomstick! Campy horror! Etc! And WandaVision (which is almost required viewing for this film, and was a similarly abrupt departure in tone) was amazing. But this was just a hot mess, to me.

Ouch, "Bandcamp Friday" has wiped me out this month. 💳

Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed (pixelfed.org) is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube (joinpeertube.org) is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm (joinbookwyrm.com) is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...


If you created your account a long time ago, you may be seeing Mastodon's advanced web interface (multiple columns). That interface has not been the default for years now. You can control which one you see from Preferences.

(re: firefox sync, I realized it was working perfectly behind the scenes when the "librewolf updater" extension sync'd to a still-running version of Firefox and let me know it was not the current version of Librewolf 😉)

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I gave @librewolf a try, after @mozilla decided the Firefox release notes should be ad space instead. No telemetry? Smarter privacy defaults? Yes, please.

On both Fedora and Windows, it turned out to be exactly what I wanted. My Firefox profile copied right over, and I only had to make a couple of tweaks to get things the way I wanted. Even Firefox sync works.

I'm hesitantly optimistic; I've seen forks like this vanish when the initial fervor wears off, but if they can keep up momentum, 👍.

the boys are back in town, but not only has the town been irreversibly changed, so too have the boys. the boys can never truly return to town.

Duo tries very hard to convince you that you're better at something than you actually are.

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