Ro vs. Westworld
I've been watching Westworld again, which I think is very solid show with great writing in spite of it being narrow culturally.
However, it makes me wonder why we never see speculative fiction shows about oppressed people winning.
We have quite a few shows exploring futures where fascists win with even more on the horizon.
When do we get a speculative fiction about Native Americans fending off white people? Or Black folks getting reparations?
It's telling we rarely see this.
mastodon is not just a server (and why that's not necessarily a good thing) https://ktn.fyi/blog/posts/20190208-mastodon-is-not-just-a-server by @kity
The post is about the current trend of having "specialized" AP servers rather than the dream of general, extensible ones where you can swap out frontends using the client-to-server API. Happy to hear more people talking and thinking about this!
Liam Neeson Thing
We need to remember this moment because it so perfectly encapsulates where we (that is, white people) are right now.
This isn't about penance. Liam offers no new insight or aid. His anecdote serves no purpose, aside from making white people feel a little better about abhorrent thoughts by saying "I've been there, too".
This is about expecting forgiveness. We say this kind of shit like it redeems us. We want a stamp of approval, we want to not feel shitty about being shitty.
Biggest one is the #PinebookPro.
*documentary voice*: and over here, we see the white man, already in the midst of the argument. Logic and reasoning are being thrown at him, but we'll see him double down in a moment - there he goes, "but this is the way it's always been done." This does nothing but frustrate the other parties - they will continue the arguments, but since the white man is in charge he does nothing.
So.... Remember all the shit that Eugen gave about invite only instances?
And refusing to list invite only instances on the join mastodon page?
And resisting making an invite system for mastodon at all?
We are utilizing all the feedback from previous discussions to make decisions and move things along.
We will still fork Mastodon’s code, and we’re reaching a decision about the details around that in the end of this week.
We've prepared an org on GitHub, where the work will start.
Mastodon is decentralized
The argument I made when m.s blocked other instances was, we are protecting our users. Our users expect us to protect them like this, that's why they are here and if they are not that audience there are other spaces for them.
This is exactly the same.
It 👏 does 👏 not 👏 matter 👏 which 👏 server 👏 blocks 👏 another 👏 server 👏 its 👏 their 👏 own 👏 god 👏 damn 👏 choice
fediverse dev complaints
open registration: any and all assholes can flood your instance
closed registration: no one can sign up
This is the worst binary and it's ridiculous that we're still stuck with it in 2019.
For the love of all things not shitty, please start making admin-approval ques for signups. That instances for years now have to have a separate form on a separate website to moderate their communities is really silly.
And for the love of fuck, hire an anti-abuse consultant.
Almost every class they would split us up into two groups and you were given a side and you would have to argue back and forth for your side. No pragmatism, and you were told to stick with it no matter what.
This still happens in some small groups for theology I'm in, too. You get put on a side and try to find arguments for your cause.
I've been thinking about this a bit. Personally, I have been privileged because I was homeschooled. I spent almost all my time surrounded by people that don't accept any sort of fighting (namely Mennonites). There were still some culturally grounded ideas about "debate" that I grew up with, though.