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"Critics of the big tech companies are often told, 'If you don’t like the company, don’t use its products.' I did this experiment to find out if that is possible, and I found out that it’s not—with the exception of Apple."

What happened when a reporter blocks blocked Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple for a week.

- Onionshare
- Jitsi
- Purism laptop
- Nokia phone
- physical maps, calendar, and books
- cash

I bought Marie Kondo’s book a few years back, and I did her method when I moved from my big place in Ohio to this smaller place in New York, and it really did change my entire outlook.

Also every time she does the meditation “greeting” the house I get emotional and I have no idea why but it really really works on me.

Also love how when she sees a mess, she gets so happy, because she sees so much room for improvement. It’s such an inspiring attitude.

I really like this Marie Kondo show. There’s something really satisfying about a hit tv show that celebrates owning LESS stuff, not more.

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the sharing-links-to-things-you-haven't-read lobby is entirely supporting the writing-about-subjects-you-haven't-bothered-to-research industry

In case you were curious about how I stay on top of my inbox, try this:
- Create folder called "Needs Follow-Up"
- Go to Inbox.
- Select all.
- Move all to "Needs Follow-Up."
- Inbox zero!

Tune in possibly never for tips on how to manage your "Needs Follow-Up" folder!!

This is one of my favorite videos on the internet: Kaki King performing the opening monologue from Dune.

I ask this because I HAVE to imagine there is a space where sports nerds and Harry Potter nerds intersect and maximize the joy of over-analyzing both things.

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the NYer profile of the publishing grifter (Dan Mallory) upset me the same way the Fyre fest docs did. Media/art/publishing institutions hand opportunities to people like that. Gatekeepers have been trained to eat up that kind of toxic charisma, while actual talent — modestly packaged — has very little chance of going anywhere.

Can anyone point me to an actual defense of Quidditch's seemingly-pointlessly-complex rules?

In case it is something you’d be interested in: I am on a podcast today about the movie “Groundhog Day” and its religious significance to me as an ostensibly non-religious / formerly religious person.

It’s possible this snow is only going to last a few minutes, so I took a break between meetings to get out in it.

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so why are we so cruel to sensitive people? why can’t we extend the respect and value we place on frogs within an ecosystem, to the sensitive individuals around us and the ecosystems of online communication?

Overheard a woman at the diner trying to describe her slightly-late breakfast over the phone: “it’s like brunch, but without the excessive alcohol.”

Today in Central Park, new birding friend Kathleen gave me a few peanuts to share with this other new birding friend, a chickadee.

I found a new place for Dominican breakfast near me!

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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 @deerful

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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