Tracy asks “is blogging self indulgent?”, which may be the first counterexample to Betteridge’s law of headlines I’ve ever seen. However, my answer would be a “yes, but…”—IMO, all blogging is fundamentally self-indulgent, but that doesn’t mean that it’s without value, even if it’s not “worthwhile” (whatever that means).


I’m out. Twitter is irreparably broken.


Ouch: “What’s the point of paying for a status symbol that announces your status as pathetic?”


Tell me this version of Popcorn wouldn’t be great music for a Castlevania stage.


Potentially controversial opinion: Andor is the best Star Wars ever made. (Also, the post-credits scene in the season one finale is *chef’s kiss*.)

Toot reply to Ben Buchanan:

@200ok Yeah, possibly. But even then I'd bet you'd still get a pretty significant number of people who'd take the severance. Regardless of circumstance, it's still a dick move.


Seeing a ton of Aus peeps showing up on Mastodon, which is pretty rad.

Retweet from Ben Werdmuller:

“If you allow people to not be in the office all the time, they actually feel like they belong in the office culture more.” “Nobody loves the office like a white dude without caregiving responsibilities.” - @annehelen #19threpresents #futureofwork


I muted the word “Musk” on Twitter, and now my timeline only has like 3 tweets in it. Can’t tell if Twitter is busted or if he’s the only thing everyone is tweeting about. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Either option is pretty sad.


Is anyone surprised with the outcome of Mr-Free-Speech-Absolutist-But-I’ll-Fire-You-If-You-Criticize-Me’s ultimatum? Anyone? Yeah, me neither.

Retoot from Stephen Fry:

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From a colleague this morning via Slack: “I asked a friend who works at Twitter how they’re doing. They said they can’t complain.” (Too soon? But also, 😆😆😆)


From a colleague this morning via Slack: “I asked a friend who works at Twitter how they’re doing. They said they can’t complain.” (Too soon? But also, 😆😆😆)

Post: November 16 2022, 2:35pmCollected Links, (Mid) November 2022 Edition

Some more links; unsurprisingly, there have been a few articles about Mastodon open in my browser recently. I’ve been on Mastodon since August 2019, but haven’t really paid much attention to it until recently. It’s always been quieter than Twitter (obvs!) but I like it a lot because of that. Way fewer people trying to be “thought leaders” 🤢 and—generally—way more kindness being shown to others. I hope that doesn’t change with the influx os new people (but I’m not hopeful, TBH… as a group, we don’t tend to look after nice things).

Read more…


To borrow a phrase from Liz Lemon: “I want to go to there.


I found myself nodding along with everything Kailash Nadh had to say about the “web3” thing. But let’s set aside for a moment the fact that “web3” is a completely meaningless umbrella term for a collection of mostly user-hostile technologies and skip to the important bit:

To think that web3 (whatever it really is) or any other technology will fix deep rooted human and societal problems is to delude ourselves and to rob ourselves of valuable energy—like some distributed ledger technologies do—that could be used elsewhere meaningfully. We need to put human-first thinking way way above technology-first thinking lest we develop a dangerous tunnel vision that reduces and abstracts human problems into mere technology features and transactions, reduce humans to mere numbers and hashes stored in databases. This is already happening at a large scale around the globe with states increasingly deploying bigger and bigger technologies for (on) citizens. We really ought to apply critical thinking and common sense and read a bit of history to truly understand ourselves before we look to distributed ledgers to fix us. (Emphasis mine.)

That last sentence is pretty much perfect; no amount of decentralization or immutability is going to correct for human shitheadedness… the technology alone will solve nothing. There is nothing inherently wrong with the technology that sits behind the web we have—all of the terrible outcomes we see have been the result of a conscious decision to use that technology to design systems that deliver those terrible outcomes because it’s profitable to do so.

And guess what? Exactly the same thing can happen (and arguably already is happening) with “web3”. There is nothing about “web3” that will prevent people from doing shitty things to other people; anyone saying otherwise is either incredibly naïve or just straight-up lying.

Retoot from AJ Sadauskas:

The thing about Twitter is that it really lacks a lot of the features you'd expect from a true Mastodon replacement.

For example, there's no way to edit your toots (which they, confusingly call "tweets"—let's face it, it's a bit of a silly name that's difficult to take seriously).

"Tweets" can't be covered by a content warning. There's no way to let the poster know you like their tweet without also sharing it, and no bookmark feature.

There's no way to set up your own instance, and you're basically stuck on a single instance of Twitter. That means there's no community moderators you can reach out to to quickly resolve issues. Also, you can't de-federate instances with a lot of problematic content.

It also doesn't Integrate with other fediverse platforms, and I couldn't find the option to turn the ads off.

Really, Twitter has made a good start, but it will need to add a lot of additional features before it gets to the point where it becomes a true Mastodon replacement for most users.

#twitter #mastodon #twittermigration



A screen capture from the Guardian article, highlighting the "accidental" mis-spelling of the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer's name


Who wouldn’t want a 10,001-piece, (almost-) 5-foot-tall LEGO Eiffel Tower?

Retoot from DugRay:

This article on what the author calls the "antiviral" design of Mastodon is a good explanation of why Mastodon feels different from Twitter, and why, if you're looking for a 1:1 Twitter replacement, Mastodon might not be what you're looking for.