Middle-aged, US expat in W. Europe. Married to Loving Spouse. Share custody of 2 adult cats and many interests accruing from 30+ years of marriage.
Lots of my interests are listed in my profile, but it's not exhaustive. I'm comfortable in my cis-het being, but try to be sympathetic to all types; It's hard being human.
I curate followers pretty hard, but if you like what you see, you'll improve your chances if you drop me a line to start a conversation.
I had a short stint at a national lab during my first go at grad school. One time a scientist in a different group came by to tour the observatory and he randomly started telling us about how he studied bees and radioactivity. He’d accidentally let the hive get too big and the hive divided and half of his radioactive bees flew away never to be seen again. I think about those bees a lot. Like, how to you even begin to describe that in a paper? “Oops, lost my radioactive bees.”
Kept seeing this in the Mozilla suggestion page and while I want to say "duh!" it would actually be pretty great if everyone read it.
That's no good and a reminder of how vital decentralized content is to the future https://twitter.com/internetarchive/status/1143378990826004480 #internetarchive #savetheweb #ipfs
Despite being free software, Mastodon as a project takes a hardline stance against nazis
The covenant has been added approx. one month ago so that for the first time in Mastodon's history, our project could make "no nazis" a part of our branding.
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People are laughing at the steaming pile of shit that is Gab's new "platform", and rightfully so ..
However, let's keep in mind that Gandhi famously said:
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."
Don't belittle their efforts too much, don't give them space because they appear to be going nowhere.
Stay vigilant, stay alert, support the attacked and vilified.
Don't underestimate them.
They have nothing to lose.
We have everything to lose. ✊
"Explore Fushimi Inari" is an explorable environment, a painstakingly well-executed recreation of a real shrine in Japan. The 3D work here is professional quality; I'm not sure what combination of photogrammetry (if any) and conventional modeling and texturing went into it but it's very impressive as a small project by one person.
Our stance on Gab, nazis, fascists and harassers in general Show more
As most of you already know, Gab is coming to Fedi soon.
We consider the only sensible move is to block them preventively anywhere we can.
As such, we are strongly supporting all fedi admins, members and software developers who are working to do so.
We want it to be loud and clear that we won’t tolerate nazis, fascists or “free speech” advocates in our spaces.
We also won’t accept harassment against our moderators. Ginny is one of them, and we’ve had enough of your constant threats, discourse, subtoots and attacks.
Also: this is a statement, not an invitation to debate any of the points mentioned above.
so, yesterday, i put together a list of nazi instances i had blocked. that post has been boosted over 60 times. that's cool, i'm glad i did something useful.
but i can't do that kind of thing if i can't eat. my post about needing money for food has been boosted ten times.
if you appreciate and value the work i put into notifying everyone about where the fash are and you have some money to spare, please pay me.
if you can't give, please always boost.
An interesting parallel drawn... between the handling meted out to prisoners of the Korean War and survivors of domestic abuse.
Was talking about Mastodon with an old-school sysadmin guy. We reached the realization that defederating from instances with no/bad moderation is essentially the same thing as blocking open relays back when you ran your own email server: open relays always end up getting used for spam, you block 'em to protect your users.
Email was and still is the first federated social network, so it already faced a lot of the same problems; we should study its solutions (and its failures).
Animal death, asking for financial help Show more
Today, we had to help our beloved cat, Miko, end her suffering and die. She was 12 years old. She had a long, interesting life for a cat and came with us to Germany all the way from America. She was our emotional support animal and we will miss her dearly.
She had a major infection in a milk duct, which eventually spread and left her unable to walk. We did our best to treat the infection, but she was quite old and unresponsive to treatment. Unfortunately, she accrued significant vet bills which I'm unable to pay off at this time.
The total bills come to 311 euros (351 USD). If anybody has anything they can spare to help, the best way is through paypal at paypal dot me / arrix Any additional funds we receive will be put towards adopting a new emotional support animal from a local, reputable shelter and related expenses.
Goodbye, Miko. You were the best.
Fundraiser link, uspol, concentration camps Show more
Interesting read: Misinformation & propaganda are guaranteed to spring up around pandemics, but they won't have quite the same political baggage as elections. Any solutions & mitigations for pandemics should help against political disinformation too.
For those interested in archeology, Japan, and historical transmission of systems of weight measurement...
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.