MASTODON UX IS BETTER: I actually understand how stuff shows up on my feed. If I don't like it, I can make it change in a few clicks.

So here in the states, some rednecks looking to cut the power to a drag show have vibrantly illustrated how fragile local electrical grids can be. How are things out in the civilized world?

If rail workers do end up engaging in a wildcat or otherwise illegal strike, PLEASE remember that strikes are meant to be disruptive. If you see someone talking about the rail strike and how it's having such a huge impact, say things like "Yeah, it's crazy how much of our economy relies on them. That's why they deserve good health care."

Don't give in to anti-labour rhetoric. Combat false narratives. Solidarity Forever.

Fun thought exercise. If you were tasked with coming up with a means of advertising that people would actually engage with, what would you do. (aside from question the life choices that led to you being in that position)

Traditional commercials both TV & Radio are basically just waiting for their target audience to age out of the population.

Billboards and Banner Ads are nothing but noise to be filtered out either mentally or via tech tools.

"Viral" marketing has lost its buzz.

What's next?

It’s that magical time of year when our Spotify stats give us an opportunity to worry that we’re getting old and too stuck in our ways. 😃

I did listen to 1,630 song by 720 different artists across 27 genres. So the fact that my top 5 artists are crazy predictable shouldn’t bug me. Hell, my number 1 song was only listened to 17 times all year.

Had told video store manager me *cough* years ago that 1 day there would be no video stores due to vast on-demand options, I would have believed you.

If you had then told me that at the same time, there would be a successful chain of toast restaurants I would have told you to get the hell out of my store.

Though, if I'm being fair. It would be the franchise element that would get under my skin. 1997 me would be all about a quirky little indie shop run by oddly intense toast enthusiasts.

N@zis and Political Violence 

There are plenty of cases of outreach and engagement being effective in deprogramming people from hate groups.

That is important work. What I am talking about here is holding the line. Protecting safe or at least neutral spaces from corruption by hate groups.

Now is not the time to cede territory to those fuckers. I’m talking here about Masto, not Twitter. Twitter is a money making venture that can be starved to death. Masto is some better and should be protected

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N@zis and Political Violence 

When protecting existing spaces, force is the only thing N@zis and Fascists understand. Appeasement or avoidance only serve as encouragement.

I say this from experience keeping spaces N@zi free BITD. The policy was one shot at reasoning with them. (Which never worked) Then physical ejection (the online equivalent would be a ban). Then if they persisted (back when they weren’t a bunch of litigious poseurs) a good old fashioned beat down.

🎂 It’s hard for me to admit it. But I need your help. Please follow my soon-to-premier podcast #BookedUp and listen to our trailer.

Let’s prove that I don’t need to be on Twitter to promote the inaugural episode that drops on my birthday — December 4. First guest is Dahlia Lithwick who will talk about LADY JUSTICE, chaos muppets, bobbins, and wearing Ax body spray.

Traditional “Clean as you go” - “This kitchen starts tidy and will be just as tidy when the meal is complete.”

My version - “After a week of absolute minimal effort this kitchen is a goddamn dumpster fire but I have a 4 course meal to prepare so as I cook, I will also get the kitchen looking better than it has in a while. I will also drink a large amount of brandy.”

Not sure what flavor of this indicates, but here we are. :anarchy:

I have a chrombook in my house which I long ago "liberated" and has been running galliumOS ever since.

It looks like that project is no longer maintained, and I'm interested in switching to something that will continue to exist.

While I'm fairly nerd savvy, this device is intended for a user who's got nearly zero time for tinkering.

Thus, I'm looking for a recommendation for whatever is the "not ubuntu new hotness" that is suitable for a *non-technical* user.

Your geeky opinion is welcomed.

It’s probably dangerous for me to follow this thread as my Chromebook is ~fine~ for its intended purpose and these sorts of things tend to get a bit fussy when I jailbreak them, but now I’m kind of interested to hear what recs are out there.

Listening to Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Always prompts me to fondly remember seeing them play The Mann in Philadelphia. The way they transformed Jubilee Street into a straight-up rager that blew the roof off of an outdoor amphitheater is one of my favorite concert memories.

David Lynch Made a Disturbing Web Sitcom Called "Rabbits": It’s Now Used by Psychologists to Induce a Sense of Existential Crisis in Research Subjects

Mastodon Migration Question 

Trying to help some FB peeps hop into the warm waters of Mastodon (recommending that they wait a week or so to give admins some time to adjust to the current influx).

Looking for some that might be good for a hardcore enthusiast and podcaster in particular. Also, is there an instance that I've somehow missed?

TV, Pilot, Rules 

Since pilots, specifically original pilots, have become the standard "audition" for wannabe TV writers, I'm going to try and do a set of rules for them that mimics the one I've done for showrunning (can be found here -->

Please know these rules exist a) for me to work them out for myself b) as a jumping off point for discussion and c) as a set of precepts to abandon and improve upon once you've got it figured out.

So, without further ado...

A gentle reminder to folks who are new to Mastodon. In solidarity with those in the disabled community who rely on screen readers, we ask that you:

* Add alt text/image descriptions when you post media
* Capitalize the first letter of every word in a hashtag #LikeThis
* Avoid emojis in your display name

UPDATE: So many great questions! Please check the replies to see if your question has been asked and answered ❤️

#StrongerTogether #Accessibility #AltText #Disability #Solidarity #FediTips

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