Noooooooo John Lewis died 😥
American passports are all but worthless now
So much winning 🙄
It might be time to rethink this whole social media thing, broadly.
(Yes, I am aware of the irony of posting this here.)
COVID is doing so many scary things to people. 😬
And watching this country "open up" with no vaccine in sight seems like just the *worst* idea.
GitHub's mysterious secret user repos:
Want your own profile to look like that? Just create a repository that matches your GitHub username and create a README there.
It looks like the 'Open JS Foundation' has got their priorities in a twist.
Let's start off with the elephant in the room, and something they have blown up on their homepage: they support AMP, a 'standard' by Google that has one goal, which is to centralise the web.
Any and all content using AMP, if the user if using Google Search, is actually served from Google's servers.
Even worse: Google are pushing to make a standard that allows them to hide the fact that this is being served from Google, by playing silly buggers with domain names.
So if you Google 'cats', and one of the results uses AMP, you might get 'sent' to cats.com, but actually you're using Google's servers.
Even more surveillance, and centralisation of information.
Moving on to my next grudge:
The 'Open JS Foundation' doesn't actually support the Open Registry, which is an attempt to put Node package management back in the hands of the people.
Open Registry is open source. NPM is not.
Open Registry is hosted by the people, for the people. NPM is not.
Open Registry is looking into decentralisation. NPM is not.
It strikes me as ODD that this foundation chooses to support an obstruction to the freedom of the internet, meanwhile not paying attention to something that could change Node package management forever.
I've emailed them, but have had no response yet. It's a pretty hot topic, and it looks like Google have got their hooks in well this time.
Don't worry, I'll always be fighting for the open web.
If you have 2 minutes, PLEASE email the 'Open JS Foundation', and voice your anger about this support.
See contact details here: https://openjsf.org
Remember: everyone that helps fight for an open web is helping to ensure that their children and grandchildren are not censored, or robbed of personal data online.
US Pol, covid-19 coronavirus pandemic
I keep seeing people trying to clarify that we shouldn’t be mad at the maskless people going out to party at bars or going to eat at fucking olive garden or whatever but instead at the government for failing its handling of everything and like...
no, actually, I’m capable of being mad at both simultaneously, turns out both groups are in the wrong on this one so I won’t be following your guidance on this one, but thanks for your input anyways!
Update: the events of the day broke it further. 😥
"I also got a bad taste in my mouth from Twitter supporting kinds of speech that I don't particularly agree with, and I began to feel like putting my toys and art there was just adding value to the network. For a while I felt that the tradeoff was that the art I published there still enriched my life and the lives of my friends. At some point, though, I started to feel like the balance got out of whack, and I could do more good by putting my work on alternate networks and giving people a reason to get off Twitter. "
All cultural producers with some degree of audience and influence should really think about this: what structures do I validate by my presence? What and whose structures do I reinforce? What other places can I advantage?
A month ago, I offered free editorial services, with priority given to bipoc, lgbtia+, and similar marginalized people. Nobody has taken me up on it, but the offer still stands. I'm a technical writer with a thirty year career, and a ttrpg author and book editor with twenty years of publications across multiple companies. Please help me find relevance by helping you.
God, Angela Davis is a powerful speaker. She commands attention while also being intensely human. She stutters, she misspeaks, she fills gaps with "um," she is not holding herself on a pedestal above the people to whom she is speaking. She educates and empowers.
Go listen to Angela Davis's lectures today.
Still doing #gamedev since 2004, for some reason. Show the way the world could be. 🌹
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