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My future blog title: I've known this three minutes longer than you

"How ironic that a simple scholar, with no ambition, beyond a modest measure of seclusion, should out of the clear sky, find himself besieged by an army of fellow creatures, all grimly determined to be of service."

-- Dr. Edward Morbius, Forbidden Planet

One of the odd things with assumed identities is how the garment tends to subsume the wearer.

controversial take on rationality Show more

#Discord re-set this flag automatically during the last update. If you don't want it scanning your computer and uploading that info to their servers, check your privacy settings.

This is awful.


Is there a 3-D H-R Diagram, with a time axis?



Note stellar lives frrom ~2my (blue supergiants) to 6gy (Sun). Reed dwarves can last trillions of years.


That' a log scale of 6 , 9, 12.

If your company uses the Degreed learning system and you're offered integration with Pocket. DON'T.

It imports all your Pocket articles (1505) and makes them visible to anyone who can see your profile.

That sex-toy review you saved for your partner? It's there.
That NSFW blog post from a friend? It's there.
Your strong political views? Absolutely.

And if you disable Pocket integration? The articles stay.


A Space Alien Cat's Practical Guide to Essential Browserser Extensions, 2018 Edition

uBlock Origin, uMatrix, Ghostery, Privacy Badger, Stylus


"Get better enemies."

"...By and large, individual people make pretty terrible enemies. Our monkey brains are wired to experience prevailing over an opponent — even just a perceived opponent, and possibly even just a perceived prevailing, if social media is any indication — as pleasurable, but the pleasure is short-lived. You won, great. Now go do everything else you were neglecting in favor of the fight...."

From the incomparable @maradydd


Mental health Show more

i just got a card jacked by a skimmer at a local gas station, and when i dialed the fraud prevention number i got put on hold for 5 minutes and then it was a _robot voice complete with fake throat clearing noises_ and i didn't twig that it was failing the turing test until it berated me to read the full name on my card instead of responding to what i'd said and then condescendingly told me "that's better".

the actual cyberpunk dystopia is so fucking lame.

@dredmorbius the more evenly distributed it becomes, the more i want to burn it to the ground.

This is very important:

"Article 13 of the Copyright Directive will force internet platforms (social networks, video sites, image hosts, etc.) to install upload filters to monitor all user uploads for copyrighted content, including in images – and thus block most memes, which are usually based on copyrighted images.


It will come down to every single vote. (...) The NGO EDRi has made a list of key swing votes: edri.org/files/Copyright_JURI_

This will affect #Fediverse.

.@sullybiker fun fact #2: this uploaded Spiderman meme would get blocked under Article 13.

Call your MEP!


It's like this:

- outside: Normal looking cafe with a kind of spacey name.

- Inside: everything is exposed steel and aluminum and shiny and curved and space-shippy.

-Instead of windows, there are monitors showing video renderings of deep space.

-It's a Cafe! They sell food and drinks. There are tables and a register.

- Normal people are sitting at some of the tables.

- Space Aliens and people in spacefleet uniforms are sitting at some of the tables. (So much more)

Okay, here's some changes I did to joinmastodon.org/

For the individual/for the organization section with calls to action

Updated additional features with things like custom emojis, delete & redraft, focal points, over a million people

Link to the Mastodon bridge below list of servers ("Find Twitter friends")

Added link to masto.host in the "install your own" section (not affiliated)

Replaced "how it works" section with shorter, more concise blurbs

Lop off (or change) the antenna. Go with "morbius" or"dredmorbius" for the text.

By the way, it's probably time to retire this avatar...

Or redesign it a smidge.