The serpent accepted the dragon's terms, and so scoured the oceans for three hundred fist sized pearls.
Pleased, the dragon sought dwarves and gnomes to tinker a greenhouse boat, and launched it within weeks, loaded with roses of all fragrances and colors... and a single confused gardener.
The serpent gasped in wonder and excitedly called for the mermaid, who was overjoyed, but returned the gardener to land quite quickly because human gardeners required almost as much care as roses do.
Whenever people (especially people in USA) talk about heritage and ancestry, I feel baffled at how little they know, compared to how much I as a white european know.
I have an ancestor named Niels Christensen born around 1599. Given his surname, his father was very likely named Christen something, and lived in the same century that Christopher Columbus (the great asshole) died (which was in 1506).
That's 400 years of lineage, and I have multiple lines stretching back to the 1600's.
hot take, ActivityPub
the Note type is for plain text.
if you want formatting, use the Article type.
The current situation with some doing formatting in Notes and some ignoring formatting in Notes is bullshit. So shut up and cooperate!
The boy ran into the forest alone. He jumped the creek and ran until the foliage was too thick. He stamped it down.
He stamped down a patch and gathered sticks. The sticks were to be propped up; he was making a den. It would be a place to hide inside. It was a place to cry alone.
A little bird heard the sobs. The little bird came near. It peeped at the den.
'Do you want to hear a story?' it said.
SEEE! Character limits suck and are artificial cruft.
Sure, there's value in imposing artificial restrictions on content when you produce it, but when it's developers who impose the restrictions, it takes away people's choice in the matter, and restrict how they want to communicate. A not-thought-through-at-all alternative would be to instead filter on the receiving end, and if you want microblogging, you only see the short posts.
Chronological timelines, always showing the newest beep?
Sucks. It can destroy our ability to focus and is actively harmful to thoughtful conversation.
Sucks. Literally designed to maximize engagement to give authors more cheap endorphins and encourages creating polished turds that appeal as broadly as possible.
You guessed it; Sucks. Mostly because I'm ranting and want to say that it sucks, but also because it makes it harder to communicate deep thou
hot take, fediverse vs twitter
The fediverse might be better than Twitter in features and in culture, but damn, that does not make it good.
Twitter is actively extremely harmful.
The fediverse is less actively harmful. It's still fucking harmful, though, and it sucks and is nowhere near good.
Why? Because too many devs just want to copy the successful, while ignoring that success is not quality.
#np: Alto Aria - Breaking Apart
from the album "Tides".
I'm listening to the debut album of a previous bandmate of mine, who I just found out released this album on a brand new label that she created with the bassist that replaced me in our previous band.
That's pretty cool.
Also, the music is fascinating, abstract, ethereal, and beautiful - as all her music is at its best.
I like how PHP is slowly gaining optional safety features, such as explicit types for function arguments.
But also frustrating, when it borks libraries I have to use for work.
(Completely unrelatedly, does anyone know of a PDF generating library for PHP that is built to work nicely with PHP 7(.4)?)
Russell Means, Europeanization
"A master’s degree in 'Indian Studies' or in 'education' or in anything else cannot make a person into a human being or provide knowledge into traditional ways. It can only make you into a mental European, an outsider."
This is makes sense but is also difficult. Many people are trying to undergo the messy work of internal decolonization, but the most easily accessible means aren't sufficient. And many people don't have access to elders. The way forward is unclear.
Parent, Feminist, Softwaremaker - in that order
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