Well we have made an instance for anyone who wants to exist adjacent to Idle Thumbs stuff. I recommend it! From now on you can find me at @ja2ke@idlethumbs.social!

I think the idea that a new Mastodon user is supposed to pick an instance based on affinity/interest is the number one thing that prevents people from joining. I think there needs to be a retooling of the messaging to make it about trust.

People don't join email services because of affinity. They do because they trust. They trust Google will be around for a long time. Or that hushmail won't sell their data. Or that Hotmail is easy to use. Etc etc.

Sorry the only version of that sunset photo I can find is my lock screen. True top shelf content here.

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We landed an outrageous apartment when we lived in Oakland - right across the street from Lake Merritt, directly across the lake from downtown - and I miss it (and being in Oakland) a lot.

Being on Mastodon — a far quieter place than Twitter especially for newcomers — reminds me through its quietness, of how little content I create on social media, and how much I consume.

Announcement: I've ported "As the Film Ends", one of my most popular and longest running bots, over to Mastodon. Follow it at mastodon.social/@endingsummary
To get a sense of its past output on the hellbird site, see here: twitter.com/endingsummary

Ran a live test of my Acrophobia clone on Twitch tonight with 8 contestants! It totally ate shit because something is wrong with my acronym submission validator. It works when I test by myself or with two users but not in a live setting. But... it was fun anyway! Bodes well. twitch.tv/videos/216499988

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Updated the Game Tourism page, a collection of info, links, and mods I've made for turning combat or horror games into exploration games: vectorpoem.com/tourism

#MASTODON POST PRIVACY - who can see your post?

Anyone can see and boost your post everywhere.

✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
✅ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
✅ Boostable

✅ Tagged people
✅ Followers
❌ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable

✅ Tagged people
❌ Followers
❌ People who look for it
❌ Local and federated timelines
❌ Boostable

cybre.space/media/J-amFmXPvb_M #tutorial #howto

On Friday my creative tech studio released Shortcut, our podcast clipping and sharing software, as an open source project! Podcast creators, please take a look, you might be pleasantly surprised. We're trying to build for podcasts what animated gifs are for YouTube.

Blog post: feeltrain.com/blog/shortcut/
Code/Docs: github.com/FeelTrainCoop/short
Live example: shortcut.thisamericanlife.org/

Twitter's tagline "more of what's happening" sounds so funny. Like any of that which is happening is so good that we'd want more of it

My #1 and #2 Mastodon dreams:
1) Ability to transfer your account from one instance to another painlessly as part of the main feature set.
2) Edit button.

A couple days ago this wasn't here, which means in the last 48 hours or so, someone waded out into Lake Merritt to construct this Lordly Bird Perch.

At some point I lost the SCSI hard drive for my childhood Apple IIgs and whenever I remember this fact it is a source of sadness. After that sad thought, here is a video of the Photonix disc copying program by the French IIgs software group and demo scenesters FTA to lighten the mood. youtube.com/watch?v=6-pTW_GlbX

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