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Really wanna dive into learning more about using Firebase, but am instead super tired. Maybe this weekend.


Hi, I'm Jess! In my day job, I make games, do game research, and teach game design from middle school all the way up to postgraduate work. In the rest of my life, I read voraciously, sing, embroider, foster assorted cats, and spend time with my awesome family.

I'm hoping to reach folks who know me from G+, so please boost if you can. I'm also excited to meet new people in this community. Maybe it'll become my new home!

🎵 telling boys to go to therapy 🎶

the magical power of having someone who will reflect your feelings back at you with the self-serving bullshit stripped off, and then talk with you about how to handle those feelings, cannot be understated

I think I'm really getting mastodon now. It's an amazing feeling to read my feed and go "wow, I'm all caught up" and then put it away. I think this type of usage is the future of social media as well as the past.

Anyone interested in #linguistics looking for people to follow (boost if you please)

It’s a delight seeing all these old familiar faces around here. I am confident we can get some good conversation about games going.

listen, i'm glad everyone is here/back but platform metacommentary alone won't be enough to make this stick. you need to start posting inane nonsense

what did you eat today. did you see any cool bugs

1st day on Mastodon: hi everyone, I'm interested in art, architecture, and cat pics!! 😊

3rd day on Mastodon: gonna find bigfoot and fuck him

Righto, here’s my fedi-tips:

- it’s slower here, less addictive than corp social media. This is a good thing, try and enjoy it.
- you see what you follow. No ads, no obscure reshuffling, no manipulating your emotions. Enjoy that too.
- please consider using CWs. Could it hurt, shock, upset, harm?
- please describe your pictures if you can
- give benefit of the doubt: text easily misleads
- shared something negative? Maybe follow with positive action.
- fash, queerphobes, bigots: fuck off 💚

In a way that, you might notice, mirrors a well-functioning human society: the direct consequence of an absence of trust is a tectonic amount of wasted and redundant effort. That’s what zero-trust systems are. Waste.

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Once you make even the slightest concession to the notion that trust might matter, the entire cryptocurrency exercise just… dissolves into meaninglessness. If you admit that the double spend solution only needs to be good enough, you can run the whole bitcoin exercise on five year old Android phones, thousands of times faster and for a vanishing fraction of the energy cost.

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A couple of things that have been proven true in practice recently: first, the people who benefit most from zero-trust systems are people who shouldn’t be trusted. The primary utility of these systems is to give people who are not trustworthy a way to claim their untrustworthiness doesn’t really matter. That claim is demonstrably false.

It's only art if it comes from the Artois region of France; otherwise it's just sparkling creativity.

Dan Fixes Coin-Ops (welcome to fedi @ifixcoinops !) put up a great thread earlier today on online community-connecting and mutual support. I'd strongly encourage anyone to read it:

I have a couple of reactions to it, which I will refrain from dumping into Dan's mentions and share here, instead.

How you used to get people looking at your website before "going viral" was a thing, in the Web 1.0 days when people surfed the information superhighway by clicking on links to go from site to site.

1. The "Links" page! Every site had a page that was just links to other websites that the site owner thought were cool. You could email other site owners whose sites you thought were cool and ask if they thought your site was cool too, and they'd link back to you.

Content warnings 

Found them in the “official” app. That’s something at least! Still miss the local and federated timelines though.

religion, state violence, holiday 

tbh I feel like Good Friday is the one we should have secularized

(not, uh, that Ostara was secularized, but... well it just took me this long to write this thought out XD)

I think there would be a lot of potential good works derived from a widely-observed date centered around the idea that the justice system can get it extremely wrong, that executions are cruel and beneath us, that a state should not have the power to silence its opponents in this way.

I really dislike joking and such about the crucifixion, by itself, because if we assume the person Jesus actually existed, we have that one day which marks a painful and prolonged unjust death and grief from those who lost a good friend who tried to do good things. If you don't believe in the resurrection and ascension bits, the whole affair is extremely sad and also becomes senseless, a testament to our cruelty and a call to action.

We could be using that day to call for the release of political prisoners, honor victims of lynching, reassess whether our laws can reflect our hearts. Every year, around the world, leaders could commute sentences, grant pardons, introduce initiatives to transform the justice system, call for the striking down of unjust laws.

The crowd saving Barabbas twists the story and takehome point somewhat. Because we don't know anything about Barabbas, other than that he opposed the state. Maybe he led a prison escape or protected against overpolicing. Maybe he sponsored political candidates calling for reform. We don't know... he was an "insurrectionist." We have only the Bible implying that when the crowd made the (likely ahistorical) choice to free him, their choice was a wrong one. This is taught to young kids; that's where I internalized it. "They got our guy, and let the actual criminal go in some sort of mass bad judgment." I think as an adult of faith, I'd read that as "Jesus' sacrifice would be willing even if just so that one man could live" (and I think I'd end up a confused adult and wondering a lot about the others killed).

Anyway I sent some letters in the spirit of this line of thinking. We need more mercy in the world.

I also understand the reason for boiling Masto down to the main timeline in the iPadOS/iOS app, but “neighborhood” and “world you can see from here” are both great ways to discover more folks, imo. I do lament that they’re not available at _all_ in this app.

CW: testing Mastodon iPad app

I can’t find where to make CWs in the new app. That’s really central to my experience of Masto! (As are image descriptions, but we’ll get there.) I hope I’m missing something obvious!

Had to drop Allie off at an appointment downtown. It’s right near this cute café with tons of ambiance I’ve wanted to check out. And the café is great, it’s where I am right now.

But to get here, we cannot but be reminded of the extent of homelessness in Vancouver. Acutely, I’m thinking of the fire in the SRO hotel near here the other day. So many folks suffering. I’m still trying to learn what I can do to help here.

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