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"The Welfare Marketplace: Privatization and Welfare Reform" by Mary Bryna Sanger.

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Hello! I'm Stephen. Here's a real :

I've been a lawyer for ~8 years. For 6 years I represented marginalized folks in Ohio's courts, mostly appeals. For the last 2 years I've worked in systems and data for public defenders. Now I live in NYC and work in the Bronx.

I work with , , process/systems improvement, , , , and where all of that intersects. Let me know if you want to talk about any of that! (Also into , , , my cat)

Tonight me and my Discord movie friends watched "Jingle All the Way" and "Brazil." I definitely forgot how good "Brazil" is. (I have nothing to say about "Jingle All the Way.")

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It's possible we screwed up by allowing a word as neutral as "platform" to represent what Waypoint's Artifact review here pretty persuasively calls "the dominant economic form of our era". When controlled privately by for-profit entities, platforms are /fiefdoms/ and all of us - workers, creators, customers alike - are their serfs.

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@emma Foley Rae Jepsen? That is nothing, I'm sorry

I could watch videos of Foley artists doing their work all day long.

Taking a long distance train for the first time in more than a decade. It’s still great!

I just learned about this: Banksy painted a mural called "The Mild Mild West," and an anti-graffiti group graffiti'd it in protest, so the town came together and repaired the original painting. Seems like nobody knows what graffiti even is anymore.

I see people talk about monetizing their side-projects and hobbies, and all I can think is “how do I best enact my anti-capitalist and social-justice values while making a bunch of electronic buzzing noises with a Sepak-and-Spell?”

Also I’ll keep posting video on Instagram as I keep messing with this stuff, if that’s something you are interested in.

I made an annoying drone oscillator tonight! And I already have ideas for some improvements. Here are some snaps from the process.

Firefox just sent me an email notification that they've "teamed up" with Live Nation to present a "free" concert series. When I unsubscribed, they characterized the original promotional email as one in "a series of emails about setting up your account." So in short, no company, no matter how good, is immune to this weird internet ecosystem we have created.

Obviously I'm not in love with the increasing commercialization of the McElroy empire, but I am very into their generic podcast merch.

the best parts of every Band Aid iteration of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Show more

Friends, I am a big holiday-season fan, and I like to listen to holiday music basically perpetually all through December. Please share your recommendations / playlists with me!

This youtube video I'm watching just said that Nickelodeon's branding strategy was to feel like it was a television network FOR kids that was actually RUN by kids, unlike its more corporate counterparts (e.g. Disney), and that feels really accurate to me.

I have seriously compromised on my ethics: I turned YouTube watch history back on. I was just tired of being recommended videos I've already watched a bunch of times. I'm not proud.

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Friend Camp

The decentralized web is about trust. You should only join Friend Camp if you personally trust Darius Kazemi with your social media data. You probably only have that level of trust if we are IRL friends or have been internet friends for a long time. Generally speaking this is a small, closed community. In the end, Darius is the arbiter of what is allowed here. If you don't have a good idea of the kind of behavior that flies with Darius, again, you probably shouldn't join this instance. In the interest of specificity, we do have a code of conduct and privacy policy which you should read.

Friend Camp features several modifications that were requested by our users.

  • you can log in via any subdomain, which means you can log in to multiple accounts in the same browser session (for example, log in once on and then as another user on
  • they are no longer called "toots", they are now "posts"
  • if you have a locked account and you get a follow request, a reminder appears under your "post" button (on normal Mastodon mobile it is otherwise buried in a sub-menu and you might not see it for a long time)
  • the emoji dropdown is a neutral smiley face instead of the cry-laughing smiley
  • @mentions are rendered as "@user" for a Friend Camp user and "@user@domain" for remote users. This helps clear up when you follow two people who have the same username on different servers.
  • there is a "never ask me again" checkbox on the confirmation for clearing your notifications -- more info here
  • images in a CW'ed post are collapsed behind the CW. When you expand the CW, you can see the whole image immediately. more info here
  • When an mp3 link is in a post, we also embed an inline mp3 player. git commit here
  • 500 characters of profile text git commit here, requested by @emma

Important Bit from the Privacy Docs

If you want decent privacy (the info doesn't leave this server), the only way to do that is to set your account to private, only accept friend requests from other users, and only ever @ mention other users. Once you start talking to people on other servers, all bets are off. Any private message you send to someone on another server could be looked at by the admin of a different server. This is kind of like email: if you are on a private email server, and you send an unencrypted email to a gmail account, congrats, Google now has the content of that email. But also, you do this every day, so, hey. The internet!

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