intros:

Hi y'all, I'm a queer techy who'll probably mostly end up talking fanfic and posting pics from fav fandoms here, if I'm gonna be entirely honest.

If I did the same things here as twitter it'd be variously about npm, javascript and other web-techy things. And mabye I'll do some of those too. Possibly.

Anyway, hiii! 👋

Also NieA_7, which was obscure, and of variable quality as a show, but had lovely, lovely artwork. Also bonus for being a slice of life about adults. (Albeit younger adults, but still.) It had a whole Alien Nation thing going on that was used as a way to comment on immigration and integration in Japan. mastodon.social/media/6trDh7Tm

If you couldn't tell, I just ran across my 2001-era scans of an Utena art book. I'm pretty sure I still have it around somewhere, maybe I should scan it again at modern resolutions... step one, get scanner. 😆 mastodon.social/media/oRhVWUkK

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(cont'd) You'll note that thoughout this I've been using "agency" and not "liberty" but you could almost swap them out. I like the former better it's focused on what you _can_ do, not what you're _allowed_ to do. You can (and often do) have liberty but no agency.

Consider the classic line about freedom of the press being only for those who own presses. "freedom of the press" is liberty, "owning presses" is agency.

(cont'd) That F/OSS is often collaborative is a bonus for similar reasons. It being collaborative leaves open the opportunity to shape that software. Without that collaboration, I can make changes but I have patch them forward forever. It's vastly more limiting. That collaboration often produces better software is really just a bonus. It doesn't always, but it usually still gives me more agency.

I'm not a GNU purist. I publish all my stuff under ISC. But ultimately Free Software impacts me most because it increases my agency as a person.

By agency I mean my facility to meaningfully make decisions about my life. This is true because of how deeply and intimately software is tied up in my life

Meanwhile, I've been producing summaries of activity in the fandom, because um... it was relaxing?

Anyway, that looks like this:
shared.by.re-becca.org/misc/wo

I have finally gotten to dip my toes back into fandom properly. npm5 release kind of sucked my creativity away for a few weeks. It's all good though. My last post got constructive feedback from two of my fav fandom writers. 😍

Theory: There is an inverse relationship between the number of words in freeform ao3 tags and the length of a fic.

My mind is like a stone skipping on the surface of a lake today.

> “That’s just your internalised misogyny talking,” Lin said primly. “But we can argue about that later.”

And this is why this is my fav fic.

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there's something magical about being curled up in bed under the covers, while the rain drowns out the noise of the city with its soft rattle

We had the little-golden-book version, so I knew what would happen.

It was a v small school. Graduating class of 6 people. My one friend was also my "next door" neighbor (1/4 mile through dense forest) listed solely me in "admired people". Also fighting with me as a pet peeve. I by contrast made no mention of them. I feel bad, lol!

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My mother found the yearbook from my second year in school, when I went to a k-12 free school.

Apparently I was all about baby deer, as Ilisted them as my fav for pretend play.

Whiiiich, maybe explains why I refused to see Bambi.

My unroll.me hot take: 

> We built [business] as decent humans and it has to our best efforts always been run that way.

If you can't make a business without engaging in things broadly considered unethical, maybe don't make that business? It's not too much to ask that your business model not be actively evil.

Being a "decent human" isn't enough. When you create a system it needs to be structurally resistant to unethical uses. Trusting people doesn't work, because there's always someone new.

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