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Since it's that time of year where people everywhere start asking me whether I'm coming to , here's my answer:

No, it is not possible for me to come, because the orga has chosen not to implement any COVID safety precautions, forcing me to choose between "keeping my kidneys working" and "attending a hacker event".

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Why I do not like hanging around liberals anymore 

Because they're like oppression lootboxes.

The liberal viewpoint is not one of intersectionality; they might sound very progressive and recognize one or more types of oppression, but do not (wish to) recognize the way these interact, or the structure and patterns that underlie all of them.

This means that it's only a matter of time before I hear them say some extremely shitty and/or bigoted stuff about a topic that they don't recognize as a form of oppression, but I can't know upfront which topic it will be, or when it'll happen.

With my intersectional friends, I could then just point out that it's a form of oppression, and they will take it seriously, introspect, and work (over time) to understand it. Mistakes happen, but they will try to learn. All I need to do, is remind them.

With liberals, however... they do not recognize it as another occurrence of the same thing, and so I am left having to "prove" from whole cloth that yes, it really is a form of oppression, before they are even willing to put in *any* effort to understand the problem.

Every time this happens, it takes hours of my time, and energy that I do not have to spare.

I am already running on fumes most of the time, and I honestly just don't really want to hang around people who put that sort of price on not being shitty.

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Why don't you just use XMPP? 

(Leaving this here as a FAQ since I get this 'question' entirely too often.)

Because every single time I engage in a discussion with an XMPP proponent, it takes less than 5 minutes to get to "XMPP is fine, you just need to adjust your expectations/requirements", and this FOSSbro attitude is *exactly* why I jumped ship from the XMPP community years ago.

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A reminder that if you are on,, or (and a couple other less common instances), I will not see your replies!

These servers are silenced here because while there are a fair amount of nice folks on there, they *also* have moderation issues or a set of policies that's just not compatible with that of

If you want to make sure that your replies arrive here, I would recommend moving to a smaller instance with better moderation and vibes :) Preferably one where you (can get to) know the people running it!

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I've actually been here for a while already, though mostly inactive! The Birdsite Situation prompted me to pop in here again. And I'm terrible at writing introductions, so I usually just say "I do stuff on the internet".

But uh, I do all sorts of activist-y stuff, work on radical FOSS (see, write (educational) stuff, am more or less a lonely polyamorous gender blob of indeterminate sexuality who likes both cuddles and kinky things, and I always have 10 times as many projects as I have time for, as is customary with ADHD brain :) Sometimes I even finish some of them!

While I'm an introvert and need plenty of time to myself, I *am* happy to meet like-minded people and spend time with them, and as long as you're not a bigot or apologist, you should feel free to interact with me and/or follow me!

Also, I live in Rosmalen (near Den Bosch) in the Netherlands, and honestly would like to get to know more local folks, and I also have some vague intention to start a queer hackerspace around here if I can find enough interested people. Eventually!

writing prompt: you are overworking yourself and suffering. your robot roommate decides that this requires action under the first law of robotics and takes you to town to enjoy fun activities.

title: "if you don't schedule time for selfcare, your machine will schedule it for you"

Sinds een artikel van de Correspondent benoemde hoe berichtgeving over verkeersongelukken altijd de nadruk legt op de fietser/voetganger maar nooit op de bestuurder van het motorvoertuig, al dan niet via passief taalgebruik, kan ik het niet meer ont-zien.

Echt bizar hoe wijdverspreid dit fenomeen is. Nagenoeg 100% van de nieuwsberichten, zelfs van de partijen die *niet* van het ANP overnemen, heeft dit probleem.

musings about how the web used to be better, long 

I often see people musing about how the web used to be so much better two decades ago, and while I don't disagree...

I think it's important to realize that we're remembering the *good* parts of the web back then; the parts that provided us with community and a sense of togetherness.

But there was widespread corporate meddling in communities back then, too. There was plenty of co-opting going on, too. There were a ton of unsustainable exploitative tech companies too - that's what the dotcom bubble *was*. Even the oft-lauded things like webrings often had commercial encroachment going on.

What made the web good back then wasn't the absence of shitty corporations. It was people building and finding community *in spite of* shitty corporations and hostile environments.

Yes, there's a subtly different set of problems on the web today. But what really makes the situation different isn't that the environment is more hostile now; it's that people have, by and large, given into it.

The way we fix the web is not by musing about former greatness, or by trying to replicate old protocols. We fix the web by *taking* it back, and that goes well beyond "being on the fediverse". It means taking on a subversive attitude towards the established systems again, and deliberately not playing along with them, in every way we can.

And, ultimately, making it so that we don't *need* corporations anymore to keep communities alive, make them obsolete. And hopefully fix things for the long term, this time. And yes, that is going to involve anti-capitalism somewhere along the way.

The fediverse is a good first step. But it is only that. And now it is time to organize further.

The results are in for the #4DayWeek (i.e. paying employees the same dollar amount for 32 hours of work instead of 40).

For individuals (n=3500):

* 71% reported decreased burnout.
* More than 40% reported improvements across mental health, sleep quality, and fatigue.
* Workers are not using their day off to take paid work elsewhere, but instead for hobbies, leisure, housework, caring, and personal maintenance.
* 90% of people want to continue.

For businesses (n=91):

* YoY revenue up by 35% during trial period.
* Employee attrition down by 57%.
* 91% of companies immediately established the 4-day week permanently.
* Another 4% are leaning toward continuing.

Report available here:



Ik zou graag eens wat meer analyse zien over *waarom* er schijnbaar meer geweldsincidenten in treinen plaatsvinden, i.p.v. alleen maar observeren dat het zo is en het omschrijven alsof het een regenbui is waar je nu eenmaal niets preventief aan kunt doen...

Tot zover lijkt de NS zich redelijk in te houden qua roep om meer 'tegengeweld', maar dat lijkt wel de richting te zijn waar het publieke debat nu naartoe schuift, en daar gaat niemand beter van worden

LLMs, dark humour 

The future is search engines and "AI assistants" that are forever stuck in "the web of knowledge as we knew it in 2022" in a desperate attempt to evade LLM garbage, like we're all collectively stuck in some sort of Wayback Machine world and nobody can find the adjustment dial

De daadwerkelijke redenen zijn dat a) plastic sorteren geld kost, b) vers plastic goedkoper is dan gerecycled plastic, en c) er onvoldoende is geinvesteerd in recycletechnieken om het rendabel te maken.

Er is meer dan voldoende plastic voorhanden, zoveel zelfs dat het de recycle-capaciteit ver te boven gaat. Het gaat gewoon weer om de winst.

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Zo te zien draait de greenwashing-afdeling bij de Albert Heijn weer op volle toeren, getuige de marketingrotzooi die ik net binnenkrijg... "er is niet genoeg recyclemateriaal voorhanden, daarom zijn niet alle verpakkingen helemaal gerecycled", rot toch op met je leugens

Hey @RWSverkeersinfo waarom staat dit bericht over de afsluiting van de #A7 niet op Mastodon maar wel op #TwitterX ?

Nu hoef ik vandaag toevallig niet over de afsluitdijk, maar ik hoorde via een ander kanaal van een bericht op twitter.

Als hier niet ALLE berichten van de verkeersinfo komen, dan is deze informatiestroom niet betrouwbaar.

#hoezithet ?

Dear furry artists,

Art is a luxury good, produced by those who have invested time in their artistic skills.

Your prices are only "too high" if you're not getting commissions. Charge more.

hey is COVID "gone" or is it "here to stay"? is multiple waves per year "seasonal" or does that just "not count"? are we supposed to "learn to live with it (no Not Like That)" or just "live your best life (no Not Like That)"? i'll keep up the precautions until someone can clarify all this contradiction, thanks

LLMs, dark humour 

The future is search engines and "AI assistants" that are forever stuck in "the web of knowledge as we knew it in 2022" in a desperate attempt to evade LLM garbage, like we're all collectively stuck in some sort of Wayback Machine world and nobody can find the adjustment dial

why in the name of everything that's good and holy would you cut your grass to a few cm when you can have this?

and this is for a week or two. before and after that, you'll see other flowers. it's like netflix for flowers but you don't need to pay. all you need to do is NOT doing something.

trump, disability, fatigue 

stop making me defend Donald Trump with all your shit “wow he fell asleep so incompetent”

I’d absolutely fall asleep at my own trial

Stay criticising him for his crimes, not his bodily functions/appearance/your wild accusations of his potential mental illnesses

One of the best things about the train is included in your ticket price comes a free high speed gallery tour of local artists all using one medium in a thousand different ways to express themselves

I fucking love graffiti for real

Hey #WritingCommunity, you know you can write off all your advertising expenses, all your editors, and all your paid proofreaders, right?

hackernews, kagi 

It's always mind-boggling how little HN commenters seem to understand about topics that they express themselves so confidently about.

"A small company like Kagi is allowed to spend money on silly things, why is everyone so upset about the t-shirts? It's the business owner's choice how to run the business."

Well, maybe because if you market your subscriptions as "help us build a nice thing by paying for it in an incomplete state" and other participatory slogans, people are going to expect to have involvement in the direction of the company...? And for the money to not be spent on unrelated things?

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