There's no systemic racism but weirdly every time we train an AI on public data sets it becomes very racist.

Shared by my Daughter
"I need privacy, not because my actions are questionable, but because your judgement and intentions are"

In response to "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear"

I guess I’m writing an #introduction post. I’m from #australia and I’ve come over with the #twittermigration but also been suspended over there. So it’s hard to find my #auspol tweeps. I’m also not on the #ausSocial server and not sure whether to move over or not. I’m a #sassy #feminist interested in #climateaction #politics #socialjustice #transrights #humanrights #CovidIsNotOver and #changingthegodadamnworld. I’m #sweary and I’ll finish with a #fuckthepatriarchy for good measure.

Mortgage holders: Your mission today is to call your bank and tell them if they don't drop your rate you'll refinance with someone else.

I called mine on Tuesday and they've just discounted my rate by 0.7%, which more than adequately compensates for the last two and a bit rate rises.

New business is hard for them to find, and they're trying to defend old business. Make them say, "Uncle."

No one wants the economy to shut down so close to a big commercial holiday. But if that's what it takes to make it clear that this country is for everyone, not just the owner class, then we should do it.

We've had Tawny Frogmouth living in our neighbour's tree for the last month.
They blend into the bark so well.

How many can you see? 😁🦉

If I had maybe five dollars every time someone suggested "build your own instance" as a solution to any problem encountered on the fediverse, I might not need student loan forgiveness.

That aside, before you're tempted to respond to a critique of the fediverse with "build your own instance," consider that the suggestion is a polite way of saying "go the fuck away?"

For fucks sakes, fellow white people.

If someone, particularly Black people, Indigenous People or other PoC, say an instance makes them feel unsafe, than *stop telling them to just go to a different instance*.

If an instance makes them feel unsafe and they leave, then as proper allies, we should leave too, or work to *make that instance safer for all*.

Telling someone 'just go elsewhere', solves *nothing* and ignores the problem.

That makes us complicit. Stop it.

Plague 

Whole family has come down with COVID.
Physically/medically, we're all handling it as well as can be expected - not surprising as we're all fairly healthy and had all our jabs (except Mr 2yo - The jab for under 5s is only recommended for those with pre-existing conditions)

What really sucks is the timing. We had plans to see family up north for a wedding. Plus a few extra days holiday to take the kids to the beach.
No chance of that now ☹️

We could really have used the break...

Police Brutality, Protest 

TODAY 5.30pm SURRY HILLS POLICE STATION: Protest the police brutality against Sydney Icon Danny Lim who remains in hospital after he was body slammed to the ground by NSW Police Yesterday. Danny Lim is a friend and peace & love sharing amazing human who inspires and delights Sydneysiders wherever he goes.

Trans rights are human rights.

Black lives matter.

No human is illegal.

Love is love.

Their body, their choice.

Science is real.

Kindness is everything.

P.S. If you started following me due to this post, PLEASE look at my profile and decide if it's for you.

Make sure general nerdiness, tabletop roleplay, and other related pursuits are the kind of content you want to see in your timeline.

Our values obviously align, but our interests/hobbies might not. No hard feelings if you unfollow. 😉

QUT strike 

Along with fellow #QUT workers I am on #strike today and picketting for better conditions and pay. Australian #universities are grossly unequal workplaces, with incredibly rich managers at one end and very poor and precarious sessionals doing most of the teaching at the other end.

I’m somewhere in the middle, closer to the privileged end. I have ongoing work and a relatively fair teaching load (mostly thanks to the research points earned on my decra; an outrageous system that punishes a lack of research performance with more teaching). I also track my work hours very closely. Even then, I have overworked already 62 hours this year. That’s nearly a fortnight of unpaid work I have done for the #university.

It’s worse for my colleagues. Some are on perpetual 1-year contracts. Unsure every Christmas if they’ll be hired again the next year, despite the work they do needing doing every year. My tutors in one unit this year were told they wouldn’t be paid to attend lecture since they saw them the previous year. They attended anyway, unpaid, for the students’ sake.

Meanwhile, university management protects bullies in multiple schools around the uni, but HR confidentiality agreements exist so let’s not talk about that. 😌

If you’re an #academic in Australia, join the #union and help us fight to make our workplaces fairer and safer for all our colleagues and students.

Okay y'all, my notifications are totally blowing up. The Union Place is officially ready to get started. There's still some dust and I may have to futz with scaling, but it should be good to start receiving users!

union.place - registration is currently wide open, I will probably require approval in the not-too-distant future but I'm willing to try open to get started.

Someone managed to wipe $16 billion off of Eli Lilly's valuation by paying $8 to verify a parody account, then tweeting that they're making insulin free

Not all construction work is equally enjoyable. For example, enlarging a drilled hole is boring, but fastening pieces of metal together is riveting.

Roll call! 📣

Raise your hand and boost this toot if you’re from #Melbourne (Naarm)!

Then check the comments for people you know.

♥️

Union activity ✊ 

ABC staff are demanding a fair deal from management. We want salary certainty, pay for the work we do when acting up, and better access to career progression. (And pay that doesn’t go backwards so fast would be nice.) We will be voting NO to management’s insulting offer and preparing for industrial action. #DontDiscountABC

The media has been reporting a lot on mastodon, but often reports as though mastodon is the fediverse. I saw a well-intentioned article today that the platform started six years ago, but this erases the immense amount of work that many put into ActivityPub.

Having done standards work myself and learning that I am unable to manage the immense social pressures of coordinating divergent goals and stay happy, my hat's off to the dedicated folks who made the fediverse happen.

@cwebber 👏

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Consider this a friendly, local pub. Make yourself at home, bring your friends, have a good time! Meet new people, have a laugh, enjoy the ambience, and the Oxford commas.