"How to clean ears before ear mold?" does not mean what I briefly thought it meant.

Aral Balkan ( @aral ) at the European Parliament to talk about Facebook, Small Techs, Surveillance Capitalism, Mastodon and the Fediverse, with slides and English (and soon French) subtitles is now here :


lewd adjacent 

William Shatner pulled the neural shunt out from the port at the base of his skull.

"There's too many layers of Ice to hack through," he grumbled, "I'll never find that Mastodon account"

I wish the billions (trillions?) that were being spent on self driving cars was being spent on public transit.

my usual caffeine delivery mechanism is jose's coffee from costco

last trip i wanted to mix it up a bit and try something different

figured slightly more expensive costco medium roast house blend "roasted by starbucks" shouldn't be too different

what a huge mistake

i'm no connoisseur but i really wonder how people's tastes can vary so wildly that lots of people enjoy this stuff. it's awful!

Ask a question on IRC then immediately figure out the answer on your own Driven Development

Great keynotes today at #seagl2019! First @mako rocked it giving us a thoughtful snapshot on where the #softwarefreedom movement is and where we need to go, and now Sage Sharp is getting started on how we can change our culture to reduce #impotersyndrome

Brave is showing up in my newsfeeds again, so

Periodic reminder that Brendan Eich, the CEO of Brave Software, is a homophobe who donates to anti-LGBT organizations.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't use the browser. But you should probably be wary of any monetization attempts, since we know where that money will go.

#seagl2019 Mako at the helm. "Strategic openness is strategic closedness"

It's about that time of year when people start wondering things like "hey, why isn't DECEMber the tenth month of the year?"

So it's time for my little lecture on Romans, calendars, and our friend Gaius Julius Caesar.

I'll be posting it as a tootchain replying to this one, but if you're impatient, here's the whole thing: gist.github.com/joyeusenoelle/

So: “Why isn’t the new year on winter solstice?”

The answer, honestly, is that the Romans had no fucking idea how to run a calendar.



> Making money & making tech are very different skills, often fundamentally at odds: good tech is very often not profitable and the most profitable tech is just varying reframings of rentseeking. Very few people can do both well, and SV has a bias toward profit.

Maybe something even more significant comes in the next 8 messages, but so far this is the high point.

reverse daylight savings time with quarterly adjustments where you often go to work in the dark but the sun consistently sets around 9pm year-round

officer: you're under arrest
me: you too!
*later in jail, trying to sleep*
i have never been so embarrassed i can never go back to that crime

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