vaguely related to current masto meta 

frankly the only reason i’m still posting from m.s is i have no idea how to pick another instance to move to

masto meta 

one thing I hate about twitter is having zero control of your posts’ reach. it strips agency, flattens context, contributes to uncontrollable harassment in the service of “connection”. imo mastodon’s insistence on following the same value of maximization, removing any ability to foster small local community, is equally harmful. if decentralization is about control then why strip that at the individual and community level? it’s no better than twitter. glad to be on the hometown fork

Asking LGBTQ+ people only:

What's your view of the word "queer" in the context of describing LGBTQ+ people?

Boosts appreciated for sample size :)

5. Magick

I understand why Aleister Crowley wanted to coin a term with which to distinguish his variety of paranormal magic from stage magic, but I cannot take his coinage seriously. It has too much of the Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe nature.

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4. Gnosticism

I am very much in favor of prioritizing personal spiritual experience over the teachings of an established priesthood, no matter what the established doctrines are.

I do not care for the idea that the material world is inherently evil or even just flawed. I can appreciate the perspective from which incarnate existence inherently involves suffering, but I think the Buddhists have a more humane way of understanding and coming to terms with that.

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'Irreconcilable Differences' by me

My thoughts on the Mastodon iOS app and the frustrations within with a side of our long standing problems with Gargron.

If I keep getting likes I'm going to keep going through these in order, but please feel free to reply and ask for a specific one.

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3. Michel Foucault

I've never actually read any of his writing. Having skimmed his Wikipedia article, I can see why a lot of extremely online people have strong opinions about him, and I do not think I will join them.

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1. UFOs

The universe is way too big for us to be the only intelligent life form out there. There are 10**21 stars in the observable universe. More than one of them has a planet whose inhabitants have built a radio telescope.

However, I don't think it's plausible at all that extraterrestrial aliens have come to visit us *here*. The rocket equation is a harsh mistress.

So what *are* those unidentified flying objects? I'm betting on experimental military aircraft, me. We know that does happen.

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@zacchiro i can't find the original source any more, but i think somebody made this for me

ok somehow it's my birthday AGAIN so I'm doing what I did last time this happened: if you're one of the first five people to send me a receipt for at least $300 donated to one of the orgs listed below I'll send you one of these weird handmade mechanical keyboards I build

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Anti-abuse tools which rely on centralized, wholesale surveillance, particularly when such a mechanism is the primary revenue model of that centralized system, can only get more and more abusive to users over time.

Does anyone know where I can order replacement "scissor" hinges for a PinebookPro keyboard? Got no help on their forums, and ordering an entire second keyboard to cannibalize, when all I need is four tiny pieces of plastic, seems unacceptably wasteful.

if I'm reading this right, it sounds like GPU designers are in the process of giving up on VLIW. 20-years-ago me feels oddly vindicated.

my afternoon in commit messages (oldest first):

eed1dc2 [fixup] correct config
c8a1a40 [fixup] don’t pass --version
1f30b26 [fixup] --help exits unsuccessfully?!
fd849bf fixup
181e9fd this time for sure
e61af9f that trick never works
eeca666 nope it didn’t work
a24e5dc it’s my own damn fault
734b536 remove debuggging code, typo fix

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