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Everyone talks about technologies that don't scale (up), but what about those that don't scale *down*? Imagine wanting to buy a city car but all you can find in dealerships is an 18-wheeler.

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The point is not to _remove the need for trust_ but to _develop mechanisms for demonstrating trust_.

Trust-less systems are not safe systems; trust-full systems are. So much of engineering effort is about navigating low/no trust systems; as opposed to developing systems that _generate_ trust.

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Modest proposal to reconcile British and American spelling: we could simply remember that the separation was forced in the first place and learn to mix them up freely again. Of course, we'd first have to fix spell checkers...

I noticed people using emoji in their Gemini capsules, and started doing the same. I should do it here, too, in fact. Emoji are nice. A spot of color.

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Re-linking to this blog post from a couple of years back for, oh, no specific reason...

Free Software and Failed Ideals

hyperborea.org/journal/2019/09

Hmm, it's one of the posts I've already imported to my gemlog too...

gemini://hyperborea.org/log/2019-09-19-free-software-failed-ideals.gmi

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To imply that every human interaction is a value transaction is to reduce the human experience to a spreadsheet.

#blockchain

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Kids, always remember:

"You wouldn't download an education."

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Has anyone else noticed the recent trend of ending page titles with a period? I started spotting it in online newspaper articles a few short years ago. Now it's everywhere. Am I getting old?

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Things autism research could be about:

- How does autism radar work?
- Do we have an easier time communucating with other autistics because our ways of communication are similar, or because we've all had to learn to accomodate the people we're talking to?
- What can be done to prevent and treat autistic burnout?
- What even *is* autistic burnout exactly?
- What effects does masking have on your mental health?
- What autistic traits are actually traits of autism, and which ones are trauma responses?
- How is a non-traumatized autistic brain work?
- How can we better accomodate autistic people?

What autism research is about:
- How do we make the autistic people stop existing?

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New blog post, More Clocks than Time, inspired by having to change so many of them last night for the switch to DST.

Cross-posted to both web and gemini.

hyperborea.org/journal/2021/03

gemini://hyperborea.org/log/2021-03-14-clocks.gmi

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People who complain or joke about "distractions" from writing worry me. If you lack the self-discipline to abstain from browsing the web for one hour while you type in a book page, you have a problem.

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There's a reason racists invariably seem to be misogynists as well. And homophobes. Those are all variations on seeing others as less than human.

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updated 2021 suggested fediverse success metrics 

- lessons learned from marginalized people
- friendships formed and maintained
- worthwhile conversations had
- comments remembered months or years later
- support and validation given and received
- honesty entrusted to one's social circle
- furries petted
- pets received
- stress levels associated with reading home timeline and notifications
- pleasure derived from same
- neat creations shared
- acceptance felt

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> You want to make a webpage because they are cool.
> You want to make it yourself, by hand and for free, because *you* are cool.
> This zine is for those who have not made a site before, especially those who don’t consider themselves coders.

solarpunk.cool/zines/web-zine-

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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.