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 #DoctorWho 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.
☎️ Flip phones, clamshell, candybar, phones shaped like an actual banana 🍌 (why), all kind of fabulous shapes.
📱 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."
🖥️ It's a rectangle.
I think we've lost something this decade.
Ars article on LiveJournal and Martin leaving:
"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.
On leaving the politics out of hacking
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