hi all,

this account has moved -- it's now at spinnerring@octodon.social. i don't plan to be on there much, but i'm gonna use it for when i want to talk about software and crap. now you know. ✌🏽

@djsundog @RussSharek I've always said "my talent is talents" ... but upon reflection it just means I know how to learn and demonstrate motivation and stubbornness in equal measure.

For example, which of the two things I do below is "shocking/surprising" or "obvious" changes depending on who I'm with:

1) balance a 6 foot aluminum ladder on my face.
2) create/generate/parse datasets with queries, python, and bash.

EVERY MORNING I WAKE UP AND OPEN PALM SLAM A VHS INTO THE SLOT. ITS THREADED INTERPRETIVE LANGUAGES AND RIGHT THEN AND THERE I START DOING THE MOVES ALONGSIDE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER, Z80.

Preface to "Threaded Interpretive Languages" by R.G. Loeliger 

time to sit in a dark room and cry every time Carrie Fisher is projected on the wall #thelastjedi

I am not saying that this is a road map to building a successful local mesh network or internet replacement for the world.

I am saying that building communities often follows patterns and works as a decent analogue for a starter business plan if your goal is to get people connected to people.

a few more:

- offering free web hosting services for local non-profit organizations and working with them to provide a way for them to reach their audience
- sharing successful experiences with other small local ISPs in our region cooperatively rather than trying to have some secret competitive edge
- not offering confusing tiered pricing (you either had an account or you didn't)

things that helped me and my partners start a successful small local ISP in the nineties:

- using our largest room in our offices as a classroom to teach free classes on how email, gopher, web, and newsgroups worked and could be created by our customers
- offering on-site assistance at customer homes whenever it made more sense than trying to explain something over the phone
- not trying to expand geographically outside of our small city
- charging more than our larger competitors (no, really)

ok, that's quite enough from me. back to lurking. ciao

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Become the most terrifying version of yourself

Another questioner is kind of flailing around the question of why programmers, as a class, have hardly any political consciousness and are therefore willing to build this shit in the first place. (Speaker did not answer this question.)

something I really like about mastodon is that while it is possible to go viral, the nature of federation and the varying content policies of the different instances seems to slow it a bit so you're less liable to have the world in your mentions yelling at you because you had the temerity to have a thought that too many people felt like boosting

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