Why I sometimes reply with image descriptions
Sometimes when I see a toot with an image I like but it doesn't have a description, I reply with a description. Here's why, if you're curious about that!
(It got too long for toots.)
This piece on citizen's assemblies is fascinating: https://newint.org/features/2021/02/08/defibrillating-democracy
Citizen's assemblies are described as groups of ~100 people put together to be representative of the diversity of a particular place (city, country, etc.), which are brought together to discuss a difficult or contentious issue.
When I hear people loudly agreeing with each other about the evils of a particular person, group, or institution, I think one of my knee-jerk reactions is "who exactly are you all fighting against?"
What I realized during the latest cycle of RMS-related drama is that there are actually several possible answers to that question.
1) Everyone is blowing off steam following engagement on a different forum where ther are people loudly engaging in the opposite (and often more sinister) argument. The situation only looks like bashing and scapegoating because I'm not on the other forum and so don't see the other side.
2) In a context like Mastodon or Twitter, the other side of the argument is actively raging but outside of my social horizons, and I'm literally only seeing one side of an active argument.
3) What I'm seeing really is bashing and scapegoating.
There are probably other possibilities too, and I imagine the most likely answer is really some combination of all of the above.
It’s funny how Y2K is remembered as an overblown hoax and not as “for fucking once we saw a problem coming in advance, actually dedicated sufficient time and resources to solving it, and a crisis was averted before it happened.” Makes me wonder how people would think of Covid if we had handled it well.
bulwarks against the ravages of time, made manifest by the desert sand encroaching on my works and empire $150
plinth durability research $6000
someone who is good at the economy please help me budget this. nothing beside remains
im trying to get youtube to Algorithm the fuck out of this video that was posted in 2011 and has 500 views
I've run a big text adventure for thirteen years (at one point briefly it was the biggest text adventure!) and if there's one thing I've about managing a big online community in that time that I'd choose to pass on as a warning to others, it's this: remove the people who don't like being there.
Some folks just don't like the place, or they liked it once and they don't anymore, and that's fine.
You'd think they'd just go somewhere else, and most do, but some don't, and those folks are AWFUL.
(Reposting a beginner sewing guide that I made on cooler mom.)
I thought since there are probably a lot of people who didn't learn the basics of sewing, and since it is such a useful skill and I know a bit about it, I'll share what I know.
Here are what I use the most in my sewing kit:
Sewing needles, seam ripper, nippers, beeswax, and thread.
Kyle Mitchell has published a new, decentralized type of contributor license agreement called Cross License Foundations:
This would allow all the contributors to e.g. a software project to vote on relicensing the project -- without having to get *everyone* to agree (since it is often impossible to even contact everyone in even mid-size projects.)
It's still in an early version, but check it out if you're taking contributions on an early-stage project.
"If we insulate our houses, why not our cooking pots?"
A long read on various attempts to improve the energy efficiency of cooking, which is a surprisingly large part of the average person's energy expenditures.
The "fireless cooker" (just an insulated box for the simmering portion of cooking a stew) makes a hell of a lot of sense and I'm giving it a try tonight.
A fantastic illustration of wealth disparity in the United States. I consider myself pretty numerically savvy, but *wow* I was not prepared for this:
Testing some png files on the #M5Paper, using the source material of choice in this corner of the fediverse.
It'll obviously never be anyone's multimedia player of choice unless they really like watching movies in a halting, dithered, almost rotoscoped, moving comic book style format.
so, if you need me, you know where I'll be for the next hour and a half: optimizing for that use case.
Alt of @varx -- less tech talk on this account, maybe.