Yesterday I was in a conversation with some folks about how to detect a toxic culture. I said "Ask them how they make decisions".

@yoyoel, Twitter's former head of Safety, said it more eloquently in his NPR interview, transcribed here:

You've heard of "minimum viable product"?

I think we should flip that on its head:

"Maximum Viable Product" ...

... i.e., once a piece of consumer software is truly robust, stop adding features -- before it gets ruined

My essay on the subject:

(If you're not a Medium subscriber, here's a "friend" link:

@bjornrust @miaanastacio Peter Singer is the "father" of effective altruism & also advocates for infanticide of disabled people. To really understand EA, you don't go to the privileged white men who created it while talking about "saving" the rest of us, you go to the groups who've been negatively impacted by what they've been doing, like the women who've experienced sexual assault & have discussed the disturbing predatory behaviors of the cult, among many other issues we haven't even scratched.

In preparation of Elon Musk's report on the Hunter Biden laptop and Twitter, please read my original piece on the laptop. The big issue was that the NY Post & Rudy Giuliani were using the existence of the laptop & iffy material on it to advance Russian disinfo that had been concocted to hurt Biden & help Trump. Giuliani was even working with a Russian agent to spread this false info. The laptop was part of this larger op.

please understand that when I say "the arabs invented nothing" I mean that they pioneered the mathematical concept of zero and I am very proud of it

About 4,000 engraved slate plaques resembling owls—with two engraved circles for eyes and a body outlined below and dating from the Copper Age between 5,500 and 4,750 years ago—have been found in tombs and pits across the Iberian Peninsula.
A new study suggests that these plaques may have been crafted by young people and have been used as dolls, toys, or amulets.

Owl-like plaques of the Copper Age and the involvement of children.

Always entertaining when you see your own email contained in a public records request.

Though seeing answers to your questions redacted by general counsel is a little less so.

"Generally, I don’t think rich people believe anything besides: 1. they are basically good; 2. they deserve their money and no one should take it; and 3. anything that threatens ideas 1. and 2. is bad. Everything else is pretty flexible."

-Elizabeth Lopatto

If rail workers do end up engaging in a wildcat or otherwise illegal strike, PLEASE remember that strikes are meant to be disruptive. If you see someone talking about the rail strike and how it's having such a huge impact, say things like "Yeah, it's crazy how much of our economy relies on them. That's why they deserve good health care."

Don't give in to anti-labour rhetoric. Combat false narratives. Solidarity Forever.

I can’t with these essays on leaving Twitter—the digital paradise—that fully paper over *years of harassment* organized on the platform (gamergate, yourslip, countless other examples). the company finally addressed harassment several years back (because advertisers were complaining) and progressively tweaked measures but it was by no means flawless by 2022.

Just registered for my first NICAR conference! I'll be running a workshop on finding undocumented API's that I've wanted to do for a long time. Hope to see some of you there.

Finally, let's go to this year, when the Sears Catalog no longer exists and see what it does.

Amazingly, it *still* nails period catalog design, features a diverse set of models for the first time, and the first appearance of the actual Star Wars logo which *also feels accurate* because IP rules everything around us now.

"a spread from the 2022 Sears Catalog featuring Star Wars themed back-to-school clothing for teens"

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@Meyerweb for some reason the bot can absolutely nail super subtle details but when it comes to hands and legs it's like "fuck it I have no idea"

I asked the AI to draw me spreads from the Sears Catalog over the years featuring Star Wars-themed back-to-school fashion for teens.

Not only did it do an incredible job of understanding how to create clothing inspired by a very specific look, it also nailed time period fashion and print layouts.

First up, "a spread from the 1935 Sears Catalog featuring Star Wars themed back-to-school clothing for teens"

I need a Mastodon bot that just generates increasingly bizarre AI-generated ads so I can relive what Twitter advertising became near the end

Tonight I've asked Stable Diffusion to generate 250 different pages from the 1987 Radio Shack catalog.

Man, the combination of Launch and Seize in the game Control is fun as hell

If you're like me, then you were really happy to learn about Mastodon's enthusiastic support for image descriptions, and you were really eager to join in.

Then you went to actually write something and realized you have no idea how to present visual information in a way that is helpful/enjoyable to those who are #VisuallyImpaired or #Blind.

I found this guide really informative:

Of course, I'd also love to hear any additional tips y'all might have!


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