‮Zack Weinberg is a user on mastodon.social. You can follow them or interact with them if you have an account anywhere in the fediverse. If you don't, you can sign up here.

‮Zack Weinberg @zwol@mastodon.social

You have not read Kernighan and Ritchie until you have read it in the original Klingon.

A frustrating thing about the push for 2FA, alternate contact modes, verified phone numbers, etc etc etc is that it makes it much harder to maintain a firewalled secondary identity.

hey so why do double-dashes in usernames on tumblr totally break how reblogs show up

that has been a thing for years and it has always baffled me, why would -- in particular glitch the fuck out

one thing i want to bring up about mastodon.social is-- as an artist-- i hope we get some strong rules against content theft in place too. twitter has a big problem with uncredited reposting and that kind of BS and it's harmful to us. best nip it in the bud.

hmm. okay one thing birbsite has that masto doesn't right now is lists. there are a lot of folks i'd like to casually follow, but not necessarily have EVERYONE in my timeline.

could work even in a limited capacity of having "favorite" follows and being able to pin that column and then yeah, follow EVERYONE in my timeline.

The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!" ...and I'll look down, and whisper... Show more

I know I just made this account afew days ago but I'm really fucking scared and desperate for a place to stay while I look for a job. I'm currently in Virginia but I can try to get most places in the US. Even if you can't directly help, please signal boost this.

"Let's play a game to help some of the newcomers make connections: name 5-7 things that interest you but aren't in your profile as tags so they are searchable. Then boost this post or repeat its instructions so others know to do the same"

Hey, I'm Zack, or zwol, take your pick. I've been knocking around the net for a long time but I'm pretty new in these parts.

oh fffffs masto, angle brackets are The Official Way To Delimit URLs In Running Text, why do you get this wrong

Last night me and my sister randomly decided to crash the UMass-Amherst Science Fiction Society <umass.edu/rso/scifi/>'s filk circle and I think many of you will appreciate these pictures of the 1979 edition of the NESFA Hymnal.

(I don't know who Joe Ross or Dick Curtis were, but I knew Jordin Kare as a regular on rec.arts.sf.written in the nineties and I'm not terribly surprised to find him in here.)

mastodon.social/media/plmxb_WS mastodon.social/media/8rZeHrDO mastodon.social/media/QZbjsLZY

Tired: IT'S BEEN

Wired: SomeBODY once told me the world was gonna roll me

Enlightened: Oh, we’re halfway there

Transcendent: Once upon a time there was light in my life, but now there’s only love in the dark

My #FollowFriday #FF particularly for new users is definitely

@Curator which is a fantastic way to find all the various artists on Mastodon and see cool stuff you might now otherwise see.

@dzuk who is working on a really cool emojiset that's really cute looking and encompasses a lot of queer furry scalie stuff

@djsundog who is Mastodon's Cool Grandpa

@vahnj who is consistently a source of goodness out here

@SuricrasiaOnline which is super funny good content and i suggest checking out its website

How to get people to join Mastodon

A guide by... er, me

- Show them a screenshot of your favourite open instance.
- Tell them it works well in browser on mobile.
- Tell them the admins are good people who ban nazis.
- Invite them to join your favourite open instance.
- DO NOT use the words federated, instance, or free and open source.

After they've joined, send them here:

- Cross-poster: crossposter.masto.donte.com.br
- Find your Twitter friends: bridge.joinmastodon.org/

How would you optimize a Mastodon-compatible server intended for single-user instances?

Yes, the economic Right has triumphed massively in the USA and UK since the 1980s.

But if you think the cultural Right considers that 'success', you don't understand that movement at all.

The Right always think they're both humanity's last hope for the survival of individual human conscience, and a movement on the verge of extinction. They live in constant existential dread. That's why they fight so hard, and so dirty.

"Forming the Moon from terrestrial silicate-rich material"
is a pretty boring title for a paper suggesting that the moon was formed after a nuclear explosion at the core-mantle boundary

Okay, here's where I'm leaving the theme for now. You can try it out here: userstyles.org/styles/150282/m (but you'll need to add your instance, and it really only works with tootsuite master right now)

Using a open-source social network like Mastodon changed my mind completely about how they should be build and why they should exist. They need to be about making connections and cherishing communities, and this is not possible when you are trying to monetize everything at all costs.

Mastodon has a lot of problems, of course, and we still need to figure them out. But it's really nice to know there's a way to escape (and maybe even change) the status quo.

Behold Satan hath come among the children of men, to hold some area conferences in the United States.