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Gentle reminder that being "self-sufficient" and a "self-starter," and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, and even just living on your own and expected to be able to do everything for yourself, is actually a highly unnatural state of affairs for human beings which only became the norm in a small number of countries less than a century ago.

A main benefit to a cold snap is the legitimate excuse to wear my scarf. It's practical now!

Seriously though, the breadth of the fediverse should be about increasing your ability to find new friends, not about increasing your total audience.

Believe it or not, this is not actually subtooting those recent posts about "most influential people in the fediverse", but that sure is super relevant.

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Old cellphones:
☎️ Flip phones, clamshell, candybar, phones shaped like an actual banana 🍌 (why), all kind of fabulous shapes.

Modern cellphones:
📱 It's a rectangle.

Old CRT TVs:
📺 "This TV got a black chassis with false wood grain front, silver chrome knobs and artistic lettering. And that's just one of the option."

Modern TVs:
🖥️ It's a rectangle.

I think we've lost something this decade.

How come every time someone covers "The Locomotion," a very old song about a dance from long ago, they're still allowed to start it with the claim that "everybody's doing a brand new dance, now?"

I went to the eye doctor for the first time in far too long, and ended up with a fresh pair of reading glasses. Fear me and my newly-assisted focus powers.

I'd thought I needed full-time glasses, but it turns out my vision is still 20/20 and the world just looks like that.

"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."

the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."

with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.

I hear if you watch both Fyre Festival documentaries simultaneously while playing a Ja Rule album backwards, several battalions of the mightiest warriors of long-dead civilizations from the time before time will all magically return from the hereafter and follow you on Instagram.

Three years ago today, @gilahava704@twitter and I had our first date here at @alicesteacup@twitter. Now we are happily married, and having our most recent date here.

(Putting the phone away for the evening after I hit send.)

The internet used to be a city: it had its weird bohemian districts, its flea markets, its high-rises and back alleys. Now it's just a shopping mall, and I miss my old city so much

Look at your failures... but only constructively.

Inspect the things the bring joy.

Enter the positive feedback loop.

On leaving the politics out of hacking 

So I guess that sufficient time has passed that I'll tell the story.

At a company I once worked at one of the managers sent out an email. Could anyone volunteer to give some programming classes at one of the local schools? It sounded ok: a bit of outreach and a chance to educate the next generation. Until I looked up what school it was. Turned out it was one of the elite private schools for rich kids only.

One of my co-workers replied, saying that they had also looked up the school and that they were affluent enough that they could just hire a hacker for a few evenings. There are plenty of hackers around who could use a bit of extra income. They also said that volunteering for this would merely help to perpetuate special privileged access to skills or knowledge by the rich, and I agreed. I said it's not a feedback loop that we should be helping to reinforce. If it were a state school it would be a different proposition.

It later turned out that the school in question was where the manager was sending their own children, and this pulled the rug out from their previous often repeated statements about "believing in meritocracy". It made them look like a hypocrite - claiming that anyone could rise while trying to give an already over-privileged class yet more advantages.

In a later meeting when the hypocrisy was pointed out the manager went on a rant about "there will be no more politics at this company". Everyone just looked at them as if they had just said something really unintelligent. Which of course they had.

There is always politics in hacking. Many of the hackers of my generation didn't come from elite schools. They were not "toffs" with special tutors. Most attended state schools and were self-taught on home computers. The "apolitical hacker" is just someone who thinks that their own politics should be hegemonic.

Finally watching MegaZone 23. I keep pausing to check for easter eggs.

I think I've hit the jackpot: Practically every string of text in this picture! :blobaww:

Whoever drew this was seriously into western media at the time.

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