How mastodon changed me
It was just supposed to be another network to make jokes on. Be silly, get laughs.
People were talking about real things, and… no one was berating them for it… that made me dip my toes in, and you beautiful people welcomed me and loved me and accepted me.
I dropped my sarcasm shield and shed my cynic suit and dove in completely. I've met amazing folks, friendships that have changed my life, and experienced authenticity.
You folks make this place great. Thank you.
This rebuttal of all the points in Google's privacy gaslighting post yesterday is a really excellent read.
open source economics
A recent article by Zeynep Tufekci in Wired clued me in to this GitHub thread on core-js adding a donation request to its postinstall script: https://github.com/zloirock/core-js/issues/548
It's kind of incredible to me the amount of self-righteousness and entitlement in that thread. The real tragedy is that unpaid maintainers are doing all this work for free, and big corporations are happily exploiting it without a care in the world.
The weirdest feeling is realizing that I know a bunch of words in english without 1:1 equivalents in hungarian or german and that only hits me when @fubenalvo sometimes asks me for a translation and I have to come up with a definition on the spot.
reminder that there's no such thing as 'hatewatching,' or dragging an ad, or quote-tweeting some racist politician. there's literally an entire school of 'outrage-based advertisting' that seeks to exploit your reactions because hating something enough to yell about it manipulates people into getting more eyes on the thing they're hawking. the idea that you Have To Respond is a brain-divot they're trying to sneak in through.
you know what does work? deplatforming.
Did you know about Magic Wormhole?
It's great. Secure data transfer without prior trust ceremonies.
From Twitter, the new Grandia game’s German translation is hilarious
It translated "miss" (as in, missed shot) by "fraulein" (young lady)