quote from tumblr re: friendships ending
"one thing i hate about media is how there’s no sort of representation for how badly friendship break ups fuck you up. like there are a million and one films about romantic break ups but i have yet to see a film or television show that accurately depicts how difficult friendships falling apart can be and how that stuff can really leave you with wounds and behaviors that take ages to heal"
ouch. this. so much this.
some thoughts about "OK Boomer" from a GenX perspective
honestly, given the reactions that the phrase "OK, Boomer" have been getting in the media, you'd think packs of teens have been systematically targeting elderly people for brutal street muggings or something. but, no... it's just a phrase, and a mild one at that. why is it so upsetting?
because it's not rebellious or confrontational, which are things older people are used to getting from younger people. it's straight-up *dismissive*. and it's not something we, GenX, the first-generation children of the Boomers, ever had the chance to express.
our rebellion was taken away, repackaged, and sold back to us when we were too young to know what it was for or why it could be powerful. we grew up feeling helpless and hopeless, trapped in a world where we had nothing meaningful to say and nothing useful to do because Doom was Nigh--the ozone layer, nuclear war, the Y2K bug, politicians that hated us sending us off to wars for blatant lies. Boomers got to have their Swinging 60s--we grew up under the specter of AIDS. we were isolated from each other, so we never realized that we weren't alone. and when we were finally able to get our own voice out into the popular culture, we spoke obliquely of isolation, depression, inward-turned knives.
I think there's a lot of potential to create a versatile and easy-to-use RSS client and pitch it to people as "all your feeds in one place!"
Quit making accounts and remembering passwords and endlessly reloading all these different sites. Now you can just export your existing follower lists, delete your old accounts, and see everything all in one convenient package! (and we'll keep away the trackers and ads for you too)
I think you could get a good amount of people onboard if you use the right angle. And hey, maybe build in ActivityPub support so the users can interact too, as long as it's on the fediverse
@TheAdmin When you have technical difficulties, please inform your users. Your Twitter account had no news about the problem.
In Japan, companies are often silent when they have problems, because they are embarrassed.
Europe and America are different. You must announce problems. Reassure people. If not, your reputation will suffer.
There is no feasible way to avoid climate catastrophe while maintaining economic growth.
Our entire way of life will have to radically change, either by climate catastrophe or the monumental shift to a sustainable civilization.
Let us stand against cynicism and make these incredible changes manifest as a great turn away from greed and toward universal compassion.
like, beyond the fact that skill is a fucked up and stupid idea, we have hours of video evidence that show tremendous skill and labour went into pollocks artworks. no ones been able to replicate rothko. no ones been able to replicate Barnett newman. the lot of you are clowns for repeating wine mom platitudes like they're your own opinions and not uninteresting expressions of a reactionary ideology
So, what’s the alternative?
I can’t answer that. Almost any alternative I can think of would require us to restructure society.
There are certain parts of a system you can’t fix without rearranging the entire system. Every computer programmer can tell you about that.
Seen as a system, society lacks a method for refactoring itself. There is no “cleanup month” where we all go through how we run it all and tie up the loose ends.
A bunch of MS-DOS games are free on archive.org and are playable right within the browser! This includes Microsoft Flight Simulator, The Elder Scrolls: Redguard, and Descent!
Go nuts and have fun! https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games?sort=-publicdate
This. The whole 'don't at me' thing on modern social media really baffles me, being of That Certain Net 1.0 Age who got into BBSes and then Usenet and the Web as they were being invented, where the whole big hurdle to get over WAS THE FEAR of 'but I'm not invited to this conversation how can I possibly comment???'
So the first thing all our generation had to learn about the Internet was 'no, IT'S OK to at strangers'
but now after decades suddenly it's not, because.... huh?
You know, as we worry about the future of international travel, I'll just put this out there- give me a solid wifi connection and some actual elbow room, and I'd happily spend a couple of days flying home on a solar powered zeppelin instead of taking a jet.
Can you imagine how quiet it would be too?
Like taking a sleeper train through the sky. I'm really about this idea.
Hello Fediworld 👋
most of the #switchingsocial website is restored - have a look:
> For future reference, whenever a techbro talks about “disrupting an industry,” they mean: “replicating an already existing industry, but subsidizing it heavily with venture capital, and externalizing its costs at the expense of the public or potential workers by circumventing consumer-, worker- or public-protection laws in order to hopefully undercut the competition long enough to bring about regulatory capture.”
♲ @email@example.com: via @typhlosion: for #tinnitus sufferers, try placing your palms on your ears with your fingers toward the back of your head (like you're taking off a helmet) and drum on the hollow spot at the back of your head (where your spine enters your skull) with your fingers for 15-30 seconds.
I tried this about five minutes ago and my tinnitus still hasn't come back. :o
Google Reader’s death gave life back to RSS newsreaders https://finertech.com/2019/09/16/google-readers-death-gave-life-back-to-rss-newsreaders/
Reader sucked the air out of the market. We have so many better, more diverse, and innovative options now.