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

Kingdom: Ashin of the North spoiler 

I just finished watching all of Kingdom and then Ashin of the North and holy fuck, do I **love** a vengeance villain story.

Decentralization without a concept of politics is no different from current centralization.

Going further, decentralization without a concept of people-centric/communal politics is doomed to repeat and reform itself into a centralized system (see the Internet, e-mail, etc)

First kickstarter campaign for FOSS illustration/animation software VGC (vgc.io/) is going to launch in around 2 weeks. \o/ Way up on top of my list for most anticipated software in 2021 and I'll pop open the champagne when I get my hands on the first beta. :think_starry_eyes:

At vpaint.org/ one can find the (crude but exciting) technology demo that lays the basis for what's to come in VGC!

Ugh, I got excited cause the Netflix loading screen showed Luna Nera and I forgot for half a second that they still have Sense8 showing up there a lot, and thought a new season was out.

"Why is the rust compiler so rude :("

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Bad meme ref 

@trueneutralocto horrifying screams into the night, mostly

Asking LGBTQ+ people only:

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

Boosts appreciated for sample size :)

i remember when i first joined the fediverse a few years ago i wasn't expecting much

but then i made my first post & the lovely people of weirder.earth (which still had its "a" back then) started responding immediately! i was shocked!

on most social networks, it feels like you're posting into the void until you build up a community yourself

joining a small mastodon instance is like joining a pre-existing community. i think that's special. and the local tl is largely what allows that to exist.

i would like everyone to know that Ally bank waived their overdraft fees during the height of the pandemic and decided to permanently do away with them for all accounts, citing them as both unnecessary and unethical.

being an online only bank means you need to use another banks' ATM if you need cash, but Ally reimburses you the fees for that too.

just in case you needed a bank that's a lil less predatory.

Apparently, there was a lot of controversy with the show. Which is sad, because like Sense8, Netflix seems to have cancelled it because of it's multi-national filming locations. There was also criticism from Islamic sources, but I don't think it was as much as shows like Homeland got, and stuff like not filming on famous mosques is an easy fix.

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Also, great quote from the show, "What was Jesus besides a populist politician, going around doing tricks, with an axe to grind against the Roman empire?"

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The qualms I had were, obviously portraying the CIA/FBI leadership as diverse is lulz. Also, they referenced this guy who hacked the stock exchange as a "terrorist known to support anticapitalism and civil disobedience" and like, really? laughable.

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I didn't want to like this show, Messiah, on Netflix, but it was actually really good and I binged it all at once.

It's a chaotic mess of events, but the filmography was great, I like the multicultural portrayal.

// me winning three games of Apex in a row

Am I in the matrix?

I kind of want to design a game that can only be played in sporadic bursts, kind of in line with the Pomodoro Timer Method, to satiate my inability to focus.

reminder that if you're interested in experimenting with Gemini, you can create a site via web interface on flounder.online/ -- it's free and always will be! (also supports SFTP uploads and custom domains)

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