One of the unexpected joys of the fediverse over other places is the addition of weird domains appended on to everyone's usernames.
It makes the web feel like more than just four websites again.
It's both a signal of a smaller more intimate internet and also a larger and far more diverse internet at the same time!
Something @FirstProgenitor said yesterday reminded me of the time one of my tweets caught the eye of the conservative loudmouth crowd and I got used as an example of "the left eating itself" for a week or so.
Hi! mastodon.social is being slow right now, as far as I can tell because there's twice as many people using it at the same time as ever have; I'm working on making it go fast again, but in the meantime, do remember to invite people to joinmastodon.org instead of directly to mastodon.social. People don't have to be on the same server to follow you! Thanks!
Y'all, I'm begging you. If you read this, I want you to look up the voice cast of Fallout 1. Every time I remember who is in it I am absolutely stunned at the fact that this low-budget mid 90s CD rom game managed to get the level of talent that they did.
Did somebody just have hella good connects and called in every favor or what?
protocols are hard. interoperation is hard. engineering is hard! but there's just... clearly no resources being put into it anymore. the parts of the internet that are interoperable (email, the web) were all designed before everything was stripmined by capitalists. nothing new is being built for interoperation anymore. there is not an engineering reason to be doing this, this is all deficient engineering. there are only market reasons, only capitalism to blame.
Sci-fi short story
They invented general artificial intelligence
At great expense
Years of research, vast resources expended
But they succeeded
A computer programme—the seat of subjectivity, a being with moral status
All because a billionaire wanted to kill something in his video game that could suffer,
And so he could do something profoundly
Ursula K. Le Guin on "technology"
"Technology is the active human interface with the material world.
But the word is consistently misused to mean only the enormously complex and specialised technologies of the past few decades, supported by massive exploitation both of natural and human resources.
This is not an acceptable use of the word. "Technology" and "hi tech" are not synonymous, and a technology that isn't "hi," isn't necessarily "low" in any meaningful sense.
We have been so desensitized by a hundred and fifty years of ceaselessly expanding technical prowess that we think nothing less complex and showy than a computer or a jet bomber deserves to be called "technology " at all. As if linen were the same thing as flax — as if paper, ink, wheels, knives, clocks, chairs, aspirin pills, were natural objects, born with us like our teeth and fingers -- as if steel saucepans with copper bottoms and fleece vests spun from recycled glass grew on trees, and we just picked them when they were ripe..."