New blog post: "Advice for new bicycle commuters" nolanlawson.com/2019/06/17/adv

Just some stuff I've learned about bike commuting over the past year or so.

Trains are a social good. Trains can underpin building social infrastructure.

A wild new feature appears! You can now click on a service to see all your follows who are on that service. Try it out!

So Gab has decided that their own code that they spent $5M of investor money developing is so unsalvageably bad that they're going to use Mastodon's code instead, with the added bonus of leeching off of our apps (with Gab apps being banned from app stores)

This is an early warning to fellow admins to be vigilant and domain-block them on sight, when/if they appear (unconfirmed whether they intend to federate), and to app devs to consider if blocking Gab's domains from their app is necessary.

ICANN granted Amazon.com the domain '.amazon' today, rather than the entire geographic region of the Amazon Basin.

Acts like this are colonial, obviously, but also a slap in the face to early internet promises of global representation + shared power. Its really sad.

mashable.com/article/amazon-do

#GAFAM #GAFA #amazon

(via everest-pipkin.com/ , thanks ! )

so you know how i've been warning y'all that any secure communication platform that's installed from a corporate app store is vulnerable to the state subverting that corporation, even if we assume the corporation is benevolent in the first place?

trump has now, by *executive order,* forced a major american corporation to lock out a single manufacturer's entire range of devices from all of its services. huawei devices can no longer use any google services, at the command of a one murderous sociopath in the oval office. not congress, not the FCC - the president, alone.

that vulnerability is no longer hypothetical.

It is a mitzvah to visit the grieving. And to help them do the dishes.

Everything is really hard right now, but I'm grateful for my friends.

Question: Doing a series called _Kitty Be of Use_ to help people with adulting shit. Is Craig Pickles a good name for a cat who’s teaching you about credit unions?

(because i think it is, but wtf do i know?)

Friendly reminder: In a world where so many people are cruel for the sake of it, the most punk thing you can do is to be kind without expecting anything in return.

I wrote a ttRPG about an imaginary fighting video game about international conspiracies, and now you can get it for free! Iron Street Combat’s custom hand-to-hand combat subsystem painstakingly replicates the experience of haphazard button-mashing in a game you don’t really understand how to play. drivethrurpg.com/product/27323

Note to self: an hour of ASL followed by an hour and a half of French leaves your brain mush.

Lately, pens. Fountain pens. Great, another, to use my dad's phrase, patrician taste.

That said, writing on paper has been really helpful for my thought processes lately. Ink, pen, and paper is a great combo.

(The ability to seamlessly move between text and diagram or image is particularly powerful, but using nice materials is also powerful. Right now, my paper is my weakest link, so I may upgrade that.)

#AdHackManifesto

1. Advertising shits in your head, it is a form of visual and psychological pollution.

2. Removing/Replacing/Defacing advertising is not vandalism, it is an act of tidying up that is both legally and morally defensible.

3. The Visual Realm is a Public Realm, it is part of the commons, it belongs to everyone, so nobody should be able to own it.

4. Outdoor Advertising can and should be banned, Sao Paulo did it in 2006, Grenoble followed suit in 2015.

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