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hey if you dont like mastodon and you're on mastodon.social... maybe try another instance before giving up on it entirely?

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@inkdroid i think my view is that it's impossible— well, no ok, that's not fair - let's just say very difficult—to truly subvert from within something that draws its power from your participation the way that twitfacegoogle does.

i mean, i think there's room for telling people they ought to quit those spaces in those spaces, but for me i think the only stance with regards to most of them that has any effect is to just remove myself as a node.

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It seems to me that one way of helping grow the (already amazing) Mastodon network is not to quit corporate/single-point-of-failure social media entirely, but to subvert it.

For example it could be good to link your Twitter profile to Mastodon, and try having similar conversations in both spaces (not auto-posting tweets here though).

Does a list of ways to subvert corporate social media already exist? If not should we start one?

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@jk @friskywhiskers yeah. the weird thing is that i have a lot of respect for the properties of actually-working systems that have evolved over time, even though they usually have absurd complexities that no one would ever have designed in on purpose if they had been able to tell what was going to happen.

but the software of now has become something way above and beyond that. we are extruding totally ludicrous intentional complexity at a rate that's almost impossible to fathom.

My top 3 artists this week: Arovane & Hior Chronik (24), øjeRum (18), Peter Gabriel (12)

I can't help but daydream about what would happen if they inverted the criteria: keep everything open except the military. Just turn the whole damn war machine off, and see what happens.


There's nothing quite like the ignominy of being labeled "non-essential" during a government shutdown.

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Being an open-source maintainer is really hard. A lot of people tend to act very entitled towards you, as if you "owe" them your time or your attention.

It's totally illogical: you put something out there for free, and now because of that, folks feel like they deserve more of it! And yet this is often the prevailing mood in OSS communities.

At the same time, you may start to believe this logic yourself, leading to "open-source guilt." This often ends in burnout.

I wrote a thing about data justice and desire. It's more like a note to myself I guess:


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"The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm In 2018" buzzfeed.com/tomphillips/twitt

This is so good I had to read it twice. /ht @colin_howells

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Webdevs, you hop into a new-to-you codebase, how do you figure out how it's all stitched together?

Ok, sleep got delayed because I got lost in the catalog of podcasts available at podcasts.ox.ac.uk/

Taking the dog for a walk through the cold winter night. Scarf. Knit hat. Warm gloves. Trudging through snow, slipping on ice, while listening to Bjarne Stroustrup talk about the evolution of C++. Returning home. Brushing the snow from 4 paws. Making tea. Typing. Sleep.


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This wikipedia article about critical-data-studies could use a lot of TLC. I couldn't believe that it didn't even mention boyd & Crawford's Critical Questions for Big Data.


Still it's cool to see that it was started by a student in a class at Clarleton University.


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