"In a git repository, where do your files live?" by @b0rk jvns.ca/blog/2023/09/14/in-a-g

[Announcing] fossilphant — a static-site generator to self-host your posts from Mastodon archives github.com/swaldman/fossilphan

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My current instance is sunsetting, and I want to make sure the banalities I posted here remain forever public.

If you are in similar straits, I'd love it if you gave this a try!

cc @isomorphismes @jpkoning @mattlehrer @paulgp

A rather terrifying view of India from Arundhati Roy. aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/8/ar ht @hapbt

“One of the book’s central claims is that the idea of rights as a political concept is immediately tangible and appealing to the general public. Policy can be endlessly detailed and arcane, including in the implementation of rights. But on the surface, the idea of, say, a right to a job, is readily grasped.” @maxbsawicky on ’s new book. inthesetimes.com/article/biden

what good are green leaves in a dark place?

if it wasn't the right thing to do, there wouldn't be so much money in it.

it’s weird that original sin is the apple, not Abel.

Wow. I just learned that my instance is going to close. No shade on the administrator — stuff happens. I'll move.

But an instance outright shutting down really exposes the hazard in posts being left behind when you move. Unless I archive and rehost them, everything I've written here will be lost.

Even if I do archive and rehost them, anything that linked to stuff I wrote here will be broken.

kava, kratom, kanna, cbd — tonics? indulgences? that seem ubiquitous but still nouveau to me, that i've not yet ever tried.

i finally believe that AI is real.

apple mail now marks just about every e-mail i send (they get bcc'ed back to me) as junk.

you know it's agi when the machine tells you (accurately, at least in my case!) you're an idiot.

dear @mozilla,

it's a good article! but the solution isn't to "ask[] car companies to stop their huge data collection programs" or have readers sign a petition you made up.

the solution is called *regulation* and you should ask people to call their congresspersons.

there is no "voluntary" step that will durably prevent profit-maximizing firms from doing profit-generating things, no matter how creepy.


"Nissan earned its…spot for collecting some of the creepiest categories of data we have ever seen. It’s worth reading the review in full, but you should know it includes your 'sexual activity.' Not to be out done, Kia also mentions they can collect information about your 'sex life' in their privacy policy. Oh, and six car companies say they can collect your 'genetic information' or 'genetic characteristics.' Yes, reading car privacy policies is a scary endeavor." foundation.mozilla.org/en/priv

"As everyone learns in Econ 101, and immediately forgets, the purpose of the financial sector is to facilitate transactions and allocate capital… We don’t need finance to develop elaborate betting games and complex financial instruments. Financial instruments are only useful when they serve the purpose of better facilitating transactions or improving the allocation of capital." @DeanBaker13 cepr.net/crypto-and-finance-ar

spare me your gender ideology i believe in biology anyone who used to work at twitter is a woman they are ex x.

when i was a kid there was this great apple ][ game called robotwars by muse software in baltimore, and it occurs to me that game pretty well sums up how reality would unfold, life as a bitter contest between robots various contenders program, except the arena in the game was just a square like a boxing ring but the real arena turned out to be us.

hurricane ron will take the longest to recover from.

“Facts are statements that we accept as true because they are established by public processes that can be checked — think of the methods of science or traditional journalism. But then the opposite of a fact is not an opinion but a secret: a statement about reality that cannot, and in some cases must not, be verifiable through a public process.” thenewatlantis.com/publication ht @guncelawits

he seems so interested in exposing the wrongdoing of his predecessors. where’s the “Twitter Files” on this, Elon? theguardian.com/world/2023/sep

about last night…

sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Fred Howard Park, Pinellas County, Florida 2023-09-04 sunset over the Gulf of Mexico from Fred Howard Park, Pinellas County, Florida 2023-09-04

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