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Tentative title is "Pandora Downloaded". It's about AIs, androids, a detective with a memory malfunction (brain implants screw you up) and a mysterious murder whose main culprit is a rogue android, in a "Blade Runner meets Ghost in the Shell" style.
Chapter 1 available here:
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Gen-Xer born in #Mexico; since kid I was a #computer #nerd and liked #anime and #scifi, so it was logical I'd eventually discover the #cyberpunk genre (#ghostintheshell, #akira, #neuromancer, #bubblegumcrisis, #parasitedolls, #lain...)
The internet has ushered in an era of unprecedented invasive surveillance. Commercial operators large and small spy on us in every way and sell and give away and leak our data to criminals, cops, spies, advertisers and stalkers.
This isn't because you're not paying for "the product," which makes *you* the product. Companies that *can* abuse you *do*.
Asking for financial help, boosts welcome
#MutualAid Hey there, I’m kind of in a pinch here, I’m out of money for the week until I get paid, and I’m actually slightly overdrafted on my account
I should be fine with supplies but I could really use some money to
- fill up that overdraft asap so fees don’t penalize me too much
- make sure that I can pay rent and afford food for the entirety of next month without falling back into overdraft
Donate if you can, but either way boosts also help a ton, so don’t hesitate to do at least that <3
#feditips New users; PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fill out your bio before you start following people!
I'm sure you are excited to get started, but please take a minute to let everyone know what you are about before you start following people. Look at some other people's bios for inspiration if you like like; but I can assure you that you will have a better time, and better interactions if you have something in your bio.
Maybe even consider writing a pinned intro post if you are feeling really motivated
@sng @ljwrites The NFL had a similar problem for a long time: Black people were considered "not intelligent enough" and "couldnt think quick on their feet enough" to be lead quarterback. So starting quarterback positions would consistently be handed to White men who performed at half the rate.
Which meant half the wins.
Which meant half the fans.
Which meant half the money.
And *THEN* coaches started changing their tune.
But just barely
"These aren't accidents, these are results." -- Tom Flood
Or as Jessie Singer points out, "accidents" seem random only because we solely look at the last person to make a mistake, not the design that made it easy for that mistake to become a fatality.
@welshpixie I believe that Big social media is designed to be passively engaged with by the Algorithm.
If you follow 13,000 people on mastodon, the firehose of posts would be completely overwhelming. It would be unusable.
But on basically any social media, the Algorithm will distill any number of follows/subscriptions/whatever into a comprehensible home feed.
The result is that people don't see "subscribe/follow" as a button that functions as "I want to see all of this person's stuff" but instead "I want to include some of this person's stuff in the background hum of my life while I'm scrolling through a mind-numbing feed to distract myself from my life"
tens of thousands of followers on a Big Social Media equates to fewer eyes on your stuff than hundreds or even dozens of followers on masto, and masto followers engage with other people's stuff actively rather than passively.
Crowdfunding, hospitalization, unemployment rejection
So I talked before about how I was hospitalized on Sunday due to chest pain. While I don't have heart disease and have been given a prescription, I need to try to take it easy for this week and beyond. Also I have received news that I have been rejected from unemployment and am trying to appeal it. So I could use some help.
Please share, and pitch in to my Paypal, Venmo or Cashapp if you can.
Paypal: (deadname warning): paypal.me/farahth
Thank you very much. ❤️
long story, lost media
let me throw this into the ether again, I've been at this search in fits and starts for decades!and this is really anecdotal so maybe it wasn't exactly like I remember it;
in the 90s when I was in my late teens or early 20s I was up late watching TV on March 31st, the clock ticked over to April 1st.
channel surfing I found a documentary some weird WW2 technology and it seemed interesting so I tuned in.
the documentary was insane; it covered a machine that theoretically could alter fate, it could turn luck around and weaponize it and I lost my mind watching it, I couldn't believe it. how had I not heard of this thing? I had a lot of info on weird war weaponry and none of it mentioned this. I got really worked up, it was wild.
I'm still taking notes when the credits roll, because this is early days of the Internet at best so I had a lot of research to do.
and then bam...
I'd never laughed so hard in my life. they got teenage me so good, completely sucked in, to the point of being anxious that such a thing could exist. they played it to the hilt and it was glorious.
I haven't been able to find the documentary since and I worry it's lost forever.
Thoughts on donations in social media
I'm watching a friend ask for donations. She is a very kind person, and it shatters me to see her thank for every little donation given to her. Why? Because it's almost a day since she requested it, and donations haven't passed 20% of what she needs.
Even if your post gets 500 boosts, no more than 10 people donate, and of those, it's 1 or 2 who make the most contributions.
If 100 people donated $4 or $5 each, that would be HUGE. But usually it's 2 people donating $50 or $100.
Unfortunately "short-lived" is a characteristic of social media. So anyone seeking donations has to ask every day, again, and again.
The whole thing is mentally exhausting and emotionally heartbreaking.
Neurodivergent Futures explores why so many neurodivergent people connect with many science fiction and fantasy works
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