A warm welcome to Ginny! https://blog.funkwhale.audio/~/Announcements/a-warm-welcome-to-ginny/
content moderation, trauma
"Encountering hate online is an everyday reality. But if some spaces appear devoid of such abuse, it is because there are women absorbing still more negative affect in order to preserve a zombie version of liberal civility."
Apparently Renegades, from Australia, were in Poland for two or three weeks prior to the major for practice, which is abnormal. Usually teams just show up for tourneys in the days prior afaik. Seems to confirm the theory that if you travel a lot before competitive play you're going to have a bad time
Which explains why EU teams have such a hard time at tournaments in the Pacific region, and AU teams haven't made it past groups before
Addendum: if Renegades hadn't faced Astralis (defending champion, current ranked #1 in the world) in the second stage, they would have gone 3-0. Maybe even undefeated in maps across the major to this point.
Then full irony would be achieved.
No shade to Renegades though, they've evidently put in a ton of hard work and practice and it's finally paying off
Of the two teams that went 3-0 in the qualifiers, one (NRG) had faced all teams that didn't qualify and the other (Renegades) faced teams that all qualified. Guess which team immediately went 0-3 in the following stage 🤔🤔🤔
I'm kinda surprised that everyone is so surprised by this since they didn't really prove themselves but it's w/e
re: new dialup express instance block
**'Rule of law' in the Trudeau era**
"A major scandal has hit Trudeau's cabinet and is destroying the Liberal Party's 'progressive' credentials."
If last year was the tipping point, this year the final shoe dropped: With Nielsen numbers to boot, hip-hop has proven it needs the Grammys less than the Grammys need it.
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.