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After complaining about the ways people try to cram long form writing onto birdsite (giant threads & images of text remind me of the old tech support days when users pasted screen shots of errors into Word docs b/c it was the tool they knew) I realized I don't see that so much on Mastodon.

I wonder if it's the culture, just who I'm following, or if the 500-char limit gives people enough room that they don't feel they've already writing a long chain, why not keep going?

hyperborea.org/journal/2018/07

Interesting: UK heat wave is revealing the outline of ancient Roman and older sites under crop fields as plants grow differently with the remnants of ancient walls and moats. The article doesn't make it clear why this is unique to heat waves, though.

bigthink.com/strange-maps/uk-h

Reclaiming RSS

“Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism, there was RSS: Really Simple Syndication … As we move away from the centralised web to the peer web, it’s time to rediscover, re-embrace, and reclaim RSS.”

ar.al/2018/06/29/reclaiming-rs

#ethicaltechnology

"... and everything's horrible and there's nothing we can do."
"Hold on," she said. She stepped off the path to pick up a discarded water bottle.
"What are you doing?" he asked.
"There's a recycling bin a bit further up."
"Oh. Anyway, we're so powerless-"
"Let's do what we can."

The Avengers Canonical Watching Order

The Man In The Robot Suit
Gamma Monster
Return of the Man In The Robot Suit
It Came From Asgard
Frozen In Time
Invasion New York
Bride of the Man In The Robot Suit
An Elf To Remember
The Tentacles of H.Y.D.R.A.
Mods In Space
The Deadly Computer
Operation: Insecticide
The Man In The Robot Suit Punches Back
Time And Magic
Rockers In Space
A Spider's Touch
Gamma Arena
The Invisible City
The War That Never Ends, Part 1
Sting of the Wasp

There was a q on here recently about #plume that was basically "why do we need a federated bog site?"

The reason is that long-form writing is an investment and needs the social component to thrive. We had that with RSS/comments, but Twitter and Facebook killed those.

A federated blog platform would mean: more hosts for users to choose from. Easy feedback loop via mastodon, pleroma, etc.

I'm tired of maintaining my blog, but I would be very interested in porting the content to #plume.

The modern web experience (via /r/aboringdystopia)

This culture of telling people to 'just walk away and they'll stop' when someone is being harassed needs to cease.

I am not responsible for someone's bigotry. I am not responsible to defuse confrontations I didn't not start.

As we've seen many times today, toxic behavior is not going to go way just because you ignore it.

They're just going to harass someone else.

We need to deal with the root, not the symptom.

It's OFFICIAL!

The Lollipop Cloud project is real. Website, source code, chat rooms.

Even better?!? It's wholly self-hosted using the Lollipop Cloud sources!

😁

Inaugural blog post
https://lollipop.holdmybeer.solutions/post/2018/06/hello-there/

Official website
https://lollipop.holdmybeer.solutions/

Contact Page
(including PUBLIC Matrix/XMPP rooms)
https://lollipop.holdmybeer.solutions/page/contact/

So we have Mastodon, pleroma, gnusocial in the messaging space of the fediverse, pixelfed playing in the instaphoto space, and peertube making progress in video. What other non-text AP services are popping up? I want to support as many as I can - with encouragement if not ca$h

@kaniini makes a very good point.

"What is 'lollipop project'"

It's an attempt to lower the friction of self hosting. Preferably on Raspberry Pi's, Orange Pi's and other lean, small ARM mini-computer boards.

I've been quietly working for the last 3 months on building a self-hosted cloud that's rarely online (only to get updates really) as well as provide services for myself and others while 'disconnected'. Services like contact/calendar/gpx track sync. GPX tracking. Blog, more.

As I've worked on the project a few very amazing folks have made suggestions about how it could be used to lower the barrier of 'just self host' for a LOT of people floating around the federverse.

After some thinking and quiet time I realized it's time to make this a real project.

The 'Lollipop Cloud' is born of a desire to self host when nomadic, facilitating sync when 'in the jungle' or just wanting to give 🖕 to the various corporate entities who harvest your data.

A cloud in a very small box is the goal. A box the size of a credit card or as big as a rack mount server. YOU decide.

More will be online/posted soon.

If your daring the current public 'stuff' is at http://git.lollipop.holdmybeer.solutions/

It's not going to be a flashy apocalypse.

It will be a slow decline into the Internet of ISP gatekeeping, and you probably won't even know what neat services and helpful resources you're missing.

Why is the update to an FTP client 100MB?

:blob_pensive: "move fast and break things"
:blobaww: "pet cats and bake things"

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@nolan I saw a post recently by @jk where he talked about how emoting on social media is like being in a play; you have to exaggerate every emotion wildly in order for it to come across.

I think that's true, and I think that emotions like anger and outrage, when dialed up, simply increase in intensity. But subtler emotions like sincerity and humility, when dialed up, register as fake. It seems like the speaker is over-compensating and so we perceive it as covering up for a lack of real sincerity.

To really communicate deep emotion in writing is a skill that takes a lifetime to master and there's a bunch of fancy prizes we give to people who can do it. It doesn't come naturally to us like facial expressions do. It's not realistic to expect every single person expressing themselves on social media to meet that bar. That will always be an inherent limitation of text based media, and why real-life interactions will always be necessary.

When we talk about the right to fork we shouldn't make it a theoretical right, but a practical one that we support with effort, documentation, interop standards, and a way to make connections between people who need technical support to get their communities what they need and those who can provide it.

Again, this is something even big projects often get spectacularly wrong. Stuff is hard. But we should all do better.

Remember

Not everyone can self host software systems.

Not everyone wants to self host software systems.

Not everyone gives a shit about tech

Most people just want to go online, do their thing and move on with their day

If there is a mass exodus from GitHub / GitLab or others we people hosting our own infra need to be good about discovery, community building, community engagement and more.

We also need to figure out how to federate authn/authz. I'll skip over submitting small things if it means yet another account on yet another server run by yet another random.

Centralization isn't great but it does facilitate discovery, community and engagement.

We need to keep this at the back of our mind.