It just occurred to me to mention: since Mastodon doesn’t have advertising, check and see if the people running your instance(s) have some way to send them donations to help keep the servers running.
If you can, of course! But even a little bit now and then can help, if as many people do it as possible.
I am not actually an instance administrator or anything; I just want the lights to stay on. And my dollar a month is insufficient by itself.
a MOOC on nuclear terrorism, lead by a former US Sec'try of Defense.
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> The Democratic Party holds only 16 governorships and lost more than 900 state legislative seats during the Obama presidency. Republicans now control the governor’s mansion and both legislative chambers in 25 states, while Democrats control all branches in five.
From a news article today.
US politics is designed around prioritizing rural interests.
majority politics, popular politics, don't win when the rural minority is who holds the keys.
Actually, I'm suddenly wondering if anyone here with kids would like to collaborate on writing "kids stories for 2017". Conscious myths aimed at defanging fascism.
> Trump [snip] is so creepy and bizarre [snip]
welcome to lived facism.
All the blink-182 songs sound the same.
how did I not notice this when I was 17
when did discourse come to mean drama?
After diligently studying the source code to the server web framework, I have some competence in it now.
and that's how I bootstrap into new technologies. After a decade+ of this, I've gotten pretty good at doing that. But boy, it can be a pain when you just want to get rolling.
I have been working with OCaml at home mostly in 2017 (when I've had time to do stuff at home). There are so very few libraries for so many *boring* things, And some of the libraries aren't even that good.
Man, I just want to do some software engineering here with working components. I don't want to *have* to write it all myself.
But I'd rather not use the JVM or fight with Haskell.
It's always surprising how far up the tower of modern programming libraries and toolsets has gotten when you've been at the top for a while.
a common misconception about tilde.town is it's for programmers to chat first and then socializing second.
tilde.town has never been "for" programmers; it is exclusively a place for being vulnerable and socializing with people in a friendly space. sure, we might chat about tech stuff, but it's one of many topics.
hiding out inside a computer is a defensive strategy against the poison nightmare world of web 3.0, not an exclusionary tactic.
to participate, just be open, empathetic, and nice.
"Conservatively, American lawns take up three times as much space as irrigated corn. The authors mapped the entirety of the nation's turf grass, below. You'll notice that it's basically a population density map of the U.S."
A well built tool can always destroy the master's house. Sorry, Ms. Lorde.