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For those unfamiliar, let me explain the sad prevalence of IE11:

1. FooCorp has 10 websites that their employees need to use, one of which was built in 2005 and only supports IE11

2. IT is a cost center for FooCorp

3. IE11 supports all 10 websites. Yay IE!

4. Employees are blocked by Windows Group Policy from using any other browser

5. Switching browsers means reprinting hundreds of training documents and retraining their employees ($$$)

6. IE11 lives for years and years.

Using the cape power-up in Super Mario World is the opposite of riding a bike: every time I do it I am terrible at it, as if it was the very first time.

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Game idea: Character Creation Creation Simulator. (h/t @staticsafe)

The game allows the player to start with a basic character creator and level the character creation process up to add additional functionality, improved graphics, etc. Submit your favorite character creators you create to the Character Creation Creation Simulator Gallery for others to experience your character creation creation.

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Pastry Chef Attempts to Make Gourmet Acetaminophen

brands, twitter 

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sort of wish there was a way that i could... uh, "subscribe" to other admins' instance blocks so that I didn't have to hunt through my TL if I remembered seeing posts about instances I needed to block. I'm sure that I've missed a bunch of blocks because of this. I don't even know how this would work - maybe an export from the instance like with accounts? Does that already exist?

Day two of trying to learn Arabic: I now know approximately three letters, four vowels, and no words.

Usually when I feel like the work is too hard, it's actually because the work is disorganized.

I am trying to be responsible with money and not buy new things if I don't need them, but also I really want to play Breath of the Wild, and Mario Maker 2, and Skyrim on the bus.

FYI I have made an Oulipo account, and I intend to be quite a doofus over there.

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I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.

Lucky has found that the tile in the bathroom is the coolest spot to cat nap, but he has also learned he doesn't like it when I step over him. We are at loggerheads.

park shenanigans 

Weirdly thinking about making a zine about process improvement and data collection for non-profits, because I love incongruities.

I am "all our interns look like actual children" years old.

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

Got a sunburn and a workout legal observing at Trans Day of Action today. Also I saw how great it is when people who often feel unsafe get to feel safe, but also how hard it is out here for so many people. Seriously honored to be a legal observer at these kinds of events.

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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 * 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! Our beautiful icon is based on photo3idea_studio from, licensed CC 3.0 BY. It has been modified by!