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The Guardian discusses writing being an elitist profession.
theguardian.com/books/2019/may

It always has been, although the comparitive degree traditional publishing and self-publishing are has changed in recent years.

What I love about Mastodon: everyone else is affected by the same Firefox addons bug I am, and someone has already posted a solution.

Folks, I’m seeing a lot of people recommend setting xpinstall.signatures.required to false to fix the Firefox extensions issue.

⚠️ DO NOT DO THIS! ⚠️

It disables signature checking on extensions which means that you open yourself up to malicious extensions if you install any new ones or if you have auto updates on.

Either follow the instructions here nixnet.xyz/ by @amolith

Or go the officially recommended (but less private) route: mastodon.ar.al/@aral/102039553

#Firefox

My son is watching something with anxious bird-headed people and dancing people with trees and roses for heads. It makes about as much sense as anything in 2019.

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Who else here plays Game of Dog? The rules are simple: pet the most dogs without getting bitten.

I scored 0 today, but managed 3 in Game of Cat.

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I never wear perfume. No matter how nice, I always prefer fresh air.

The antidote to #BigTech is #SmallTech: a must-read by @aral, footnotes included... ar.al/2019/03/04/small-technol
Or, as @ton puts it, "Small Tech Provides Agency, Big Tech Takes It Away".

Shiloh Walker lays out a plan of action to deal with people who are republishing identical books under new names and copyright details, and tricking readers: shilohwalker.com/website/2019/
Readers deserve books advertised as new to actually be new.

Also, (more wisdom via Spike Trotman) NEVER, EVER sign away lifetime IP rights! That's the most important thing you have as a creator!

If you want to make money from your work, great! Put it on prints, merch! License it! Etc!

But there's really nothing that's worth complete, total, *lifetime* control of your work! Because once you've signed your IP rights away, that's IT.

Ellen Wright's latest podcast features Miz Cracker talking about gender, sexuality, and drag performance. hereslookingatyousite.wordpres

Kilby Blades has an interesting angle on the plagiarism and ghostwriting issue: kilbyblades.com/blog/2019/2/19

It's another case of algorithms shaping what gets bought, and not necessarily to the benefit of readers or writers. A ghostwriting boom doesn't help you pick a book knowing what the author's style will be, and the current Amazon algorithm favours speed over quality.

I suspect Courtney Milan is about to make a plagiarist very sorry:
courtneymilan.com/ramblings/20

It's not clear yet how many other romance authors have been affected.

Scared Silicon Valley billionaire:

Look, you're just not grasping the scale of the AI threat. What if an AI one day is built that decides to harvest large chunks of the Earth's biosphere in order to make some numbers in a financial engine go up slightly? What would we all do then?

Climate change and species loss researchers:

Really? That's a thing that could happen? And people might not believe the predictions? Do go on.

Billionaire:

Well OBVIOUSLY I don't mean it's happening NOW

Roses are dead
Violets are dead
Everything's dead
Climate change

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