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This One Trick Will Revolutionize Your Use of Social Media: Block fuckwits.

On social media, the advantage is that a large userbase and participation. The disadvantage: it's 99.9999% crap.

What's working for me is to filter ruthlessly. If someone is disruptive, ideological, insane, or crazy-making, I'll block them without thought (I used to agonize over that, I don't any more).

High signal is rare, but odds of missing out by blocking idiots are low.

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My present Recaptcha policy:

Request audio.

Respond "Fuck you Google"

Repeat until access granted, or the joy fades.

Bonus: All audio AI parsing tends to "Fuck you Google".

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My current policy for "Cookie Consent" dialogues:

1. Fire up uMatrix and globally block cookies for domain.

2. Fire up uBlock Origin to block element on page.

3. Self-Destructing Cookies for edge case motherfuckers.

Remember, boys and girls and all that lieth betwixt and beyond: FIRST pillage THEN burn!

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"Pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures -- for good reason."

- Alma Whitten, former Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google

"Relatedly, contemporary fediverse interfaces borrow from surveillance-capitalism based popular social networks by focusing on breadth of relationships rather than depth. [...] What if instead of focusing on how many people we can connect to we instead focused on the depth of our relationships?"

-- @cwebber (

yes amen

On not talking to Nazis 

Technological Archaeologist

Tactical Semiotician


On not talking to Nazis 

.... at which point I'm fairly run out.

Additional charactersets, hand-lettering, Initials (e.g., drop-caps or illuminated characters), fold-outs, pop-ups, media (animations, audio, video, interactives), are other elements.

There's the question of document interactivity (comments, responses, versioning), which I'll leave off of this.

LTR/RTL texts and accessibility assists would count.

Also document structure: sections, chapters, parts, etc.

More thoughts?


and : I've just mentioned as an exemplar of high-context, high-content, layout. In the sense of "what levels of typographic specification are needed to achieve some specific goal", I'm wondering where Tufte lands.

Previously I've suggested a basic hierarchy of: letters, whitespace, paragraphs, emphaisis (usu. italic, bold, underscore), super/subscript, lists (bullets, numbers, definitions), tables, figures, equations, graphics, callouts, notes.

@dredmorbius it took me a while to understand that you're recommending

I have once again awoken on the wrong side of the mobius strip.

It's spelled "", but it's pronounced "Fuck no I'm not enabling Javascript on your fucking pants so-called Website".

Network engineers should be issued regulation, mandated patches which read "Leveling the Odds for Team Squirrel/Backhoe"

software shadow goals 

*‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims*

"More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region."

"The students booked their tickets home at the end of the semester, hoping for a relaxing break after exams and a summer of happy reunions with family in China’s far west.

Instead, they would soon be told that their parents were gone, relatives had vanished and neighbors were missing — all of them locked up in an expanding network of detention camps built to hold Muslim ethnic minorities.

The authorities in the Xinjiang region worried the situation was a powder keg. And so they prepared.

The leadership distributed a classified directive advising local officials to corner returning students as soon as they arrived and keep them quiet. It included a chillingly bureaucratic guide for how to handle their anguished questions, beginning with the most obvious: Where is my family? …"

#China #Xinjiang #Uyghurs #HumanRights

A new report from @FinancialTimes says "When you visit WebMD & enter your stuffy nose & sore throat into its 'symptom finder,' & then get a diagnosis (it's lupus!), [ad platforms including] Facebook, thanks to a data-sharing agreement, know about it."

"collapse" joins "submit" in the list of verbs I would rather my web browser not use

>nearly 500 homes lost
>not even summer yet

Remember, our corporate political sponsors don't benefit from climate change, so it can't exist.

I feel like there's a relevant RATM song for this.

Friendly reminder that your DMs and "followers only" posts are all visible to your instance administrator, who (in addition to their hosting provider) can be compelled with a warrant to disclose the contents to law enforcement.

If you want to organize political protests or engage in activities that law enforcement would take an interest in, fediverse servers are not the right place to do that.

Banning cop/law enforcement accounts literally does nothing to help you, just FYI.

Proof-of-Concept of the new signalling system done without removing the old one.

Can anyone test on Safari please? Open a new tab, open the JS console, and navigate here:

Then, reload (so that the service worker kicks in); you should see "ServiceWorker: yes" in orange.

Make sure that you see this commit ID in the console and in both places at the page bottom: c223b08c

If all of this is true, check if in the console you have messages saying: "SamizdatInfo received!"

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:

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.

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Generalistic and moderated instance.