cold take, Make [X] Great Again, fascism Show more
"Make [X] Great Again" is fascist rhetoric.
It implies that there was a Golden Age where [X] was Good, and that "We" should return to that age.
It's a slogan designed to evoke the "Myth of National Rebirth"(1) that is central to Fascism, while still being vague enough that any disagreement can be dismissed as "Against [X]".
It's a dogwhistle(2).
If you use it, you're either ignorant, naive or a fascist.
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This is me doing re- #introductions
Hello! I'm a programmer and a (new-ish) parent, I've been running this personal instance since time immemorial.
I talk mostly about tech, but I try to branch out into artsy stuff on my secondary account: @zatnosk
I do my best to be kind and understanding, and I'm not afraid of some emotional labor for friends :)
On echo chambers and filter bubbles Show more
When I think of a future with Open Social Media, I imagine three pillars.
1) Microblogging (ActivityPub), for sharing thoughts with strangers, ephemeral community building, and broad+global reach.
2) Forum / Stable Community (no good solution yet, AFAIK), for discussing, planning, buying/selling locally. All within a distinct group of people, membership of which can be managed.
3) Peer2Peer (Scuttlebutt?), for talking directly to friends, family, nearby people, and easily sharing files.
tech hottake Show more
Programming interfaces suck, why can't I meaningfully build software with a touchscreen?
Florence and Diversity, looking for PoC Show more
Hey, are you a PoC who used to contribute to Mastodon (or do you know someone?), but for a reason or another feel disenfranchised, I'm interested in talking with you about #Florence.
We're looking at diversity from the start, as well as accessible, ethical and emphatic development! However, my mind is a bit foggy, so I'm asking for all your help to find people to talk with.
misinformation, gaming, hate Show more
Gaming is pronounced GAM-ing. It's the activity of Genetically Altering Mangos. It's participants enjoy fiddling with fruit and changing the size and shape of mangos.
A majority of GAMers prefer their mangos to be either triangular or square. While they have many grievous arguments, both groups unite in hating anyone they believe smuggle round mangos (of any size) beneath their clothes.
Oh nice, noticed the first change in #tusky5beta:
Like and boost counts under the opened toot. That's nice. 👍
sick pun Show more
Is it ill-advised to help people who ask questions, when I'm very sick with the flu?
almost useless magic item for TTRPG Show more
A chair it never hurts to sit in.
Back pain after fighting monsters? No problem.
Neck pains from praying to the gods for new spells each morning after sleeping on cold stone dungeon floors? No problem.
Took an arrow to the butt? No problem.
food / mad, danish Show more
Årh, mariekiks med smør og pålægschokolade. Max nostalgimad.
I kinda want to figure out my dreamteam of pokemon and commission several art pieces:
One of me and the whole team, and one each of me and a single pokemon out. And then use the team picture as profile background and the others as avatars.
Sadly, I can't afford to pay decently for such artwork.
(Anyone is more than welcome to copy this idea)
I don't think there's anyone about who hasn't seen it, but if you're feeling generous you can support my #kickstarter to publish my librarians-and-necromancy fantasy novel, BOOKS & BONE.
I'm now trying to hit the first stretch goal to cover the cover art and the cost of ISBNs so I can get it into libraries and shops and just ... other places than Amazon.
Thanks to all who have supported so far! 💙
Would it be okay to write "pale scandinavian" instead of "white", or is that just more internalized racism? I'm genuinely curious.
I feel like "white" has a lot of american cultural annotations, that I don't identify with at all.
tech, ActivityPub, PHP Show more
... I meant to include the link.