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Anyway no big deal but here's a demonstration of Mozilla's serverless. client-side-only live text translation technology.

Persian street food, incidentally vegan 

Came across this article that describes Persian grilled corn (balal) and what makes it uniquely delicious. In short, you shuck the corn, cook it directly on hot coals until almost blackened, then give it a bath in salt water for ten minutes or more.

I grew up eating this stuff and make it at least once each summer. Attached is a video of me making it a few summers ago.

Economic Models in Social Media and a Better Way Forward

Some thoughts about how services like Mastodon, Cohost, and other startups, for-profits, co-ops, and even non-profits can improve our social media experiences.

h/t: @ariadne @manton @darius

Pdxpol, pro landlord propaganda 

Thanks, The Oregonian. What the fuck. These poor landlords required to keep track of "minutiae" such as... the date an application was submitted?? Sorry that you've chosen to run a business my dudes??

@darius I think there might be a backup (and actually, higher resolution) favicon that always shows "31" (which it used to show every day), and it might have shown that until it completed loading the new one

@darius i think that's the default favicon before Google 31 has fully loaded

Just a little thing I noticed this morning -- the favicon on Google Calendar tabs always shows the day of the month. This morning I came back to my laptop and my calendar tab had been in some kind of sleep state so it read "30". I went and reloaded the page and interestingly, instead of going straight to "1", it went to "31" for half a second and then refreshed itself to "1". Which means there must be some code somewhere that says "increment the day by 1. then check to see if that's correct."

Ok I am on Cohost now. I expect to mostly lurk and test out features but if you wanna follow me there, I'm there!

I started writing this in late April and finished it over the weekend. One of those things I wish I didn’t feel the need to write. My Instagram is where my poetry generally shows up, hence the tag.

cohost + 

I say this sincerely, and as someone who appreciates and develops open source software: one advantage to making your social media platform closed source is that it's not immediately overrun with people posting about free open source software.

It honestly might be a better move to start closed source, grow your user base, and *then* make it open source so the FLOSS nerds you attract can't overwhelm the platform

terfs & language 

So apparently, terfs now consider “gender critical” a term they until recently preferred to be a slur. It’s like any label that can be used to identify them they don’t like. Which I think makes sense they don’t want to have a label they just want to be the unspoken status quo because they know anytime their views are examined they are rejected

I've built these things and run them for tens of thousands of people and even at that small (felt very big at the time) size, they just fell apart so quickly. you need them to be community run and to limit the need for wide moderation.

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Friend Camp

Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.