And here's an album of original PC Speaker music! Video + download + *actual program w/ source* https://youtu.be/tUy1MEpqbvk
Gargron/Fediverse hot take (397 words, one swear) Show more
There's a bit from the Folding Ideas video on sketchy YouTube clone Vidme - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3snVCRo_bI - that current events on Mastodon make me think of:
"YouTube is very successful - monolithic even. If you simply try to recreate YouTube, who are your users going to be? Well, generally speaking, it's going to be a lot of users with small to tiny channels and it's going to be the people that were too toxic for YouTube.
"That second one is a far bigger deal than I think most people in the position of platform development really appreciate. If you compete with a monolith, the first people to jump on board will the people who were tossed off the other ship - and most of them were tossed off for a reason."
Mastodon did one thing very right early on: it included and employed the right tools to block Nazis and other horrible people. The core userbase did not become the most toxic parts of Twitter.
The core userbase became the people most angry at and cynical about Twitter. The people Twitter spends so much energy attacking, marginalizing, and gaslighting. The people who hate Twitter's commercialism, data harvesting, and manipulation of UI to drive 'engagement' to the user's harm. The people Twitter stresses out, panics, and harms in the name of keeping the viral posts blowing up.
Mastodon's core userbase, in other words, wants Mastodon to not be Twitter and to never become Twitter. And Mastodon's core userbase has already been burned by a platform chewing them up. (Not even necessarily Twitter. /Most/ platforms have shared large parts of Twitter's flaws.) And Mastodon's core userbase are the morally decent but politically marginalized.
Mastodon is punk. And Gargron is standing around in a suit bewildered that it gets him no respect, and distressed that people in ripped thrift store mishmash telling him he's full of shit get more respect than he does.
In my opinion? He can wear his damn suit all he likes, but he needs to understand that it's worthless here. He needs to understand that the people who made his social media experiment /work/ don't believe in suits, and don't believe in hierarchies. And if he refuses to get that, it's not going to be /his/ social media experiment any more.
If you're an instance admin and want to incorporate democratic decision making from your users into running your instance, Sunbeam City runs a Loomio instance and we can set up a group for your Mastodon instance. I can also help with any questions you might have. Reply or DM me if you're interested.
I’ve been frustrated at how difficult it is to log stuff for debugging when your only video card is currently in use, so I grabbed a null modem cable, connected my *other* 286, a Toshiba T3100e with a very dead hard drive but a working boot floppy, and wrote a dumb serial port byte-banging routine
meta, venting Show more
I'm really upset about how this whole #PayNoelle thing played out.
Don't get me wrong: I appreciate support, and I appreciate people looking out for me.
But it didn't occur to ANYBODY to ask if I needed or wanted looking out for.
You stopped seeing me as a person and started seeing me as a vector to attack Eugen. Your "support" was dehumanizing and has caused me no small amount of anxiety.
And people are still doing it - even after I said we'd worked it out.
Underlines Are Beautiful
invasion day, me grumpt at Socialist group highjacking again Show more
So yeah, another protest where they're asked by WAR not to go round advertising, and another protest where they completely ignore that. Victorian Socialists were at it too >:|
Solidarity's great (and it was well organised this year with a whole bunch of different cultural and political groups marching), but if you actually care you don't hand out recruiting flyers when the protest organisers telling you not too.
Mostly tooting privately?
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