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.

@sixohsix I've carried a pair of chopsticks in a lovely little chopstick case in my backpack for years.

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!

@ada My designer friends say to tell you "Anything by Rachel Andrew or Jen Simmons, and maybe search for 'intrinsic web design' as it's the New Term to look into."

I hope that's more than zero helpful!

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.

pet loss 

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.

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