Getting really tired of the Instagram (and FB, for that matter) loginwall. It's a shame that some businesses (restaurants, artists) put all their work up there. Maybe the ease of use and ubiquity makes it worth losing the few of us who refuse to log in to view? =\

Also, what a bait and switch on instagram's part. Blech. Just a bad feel all round.

This holiday season, if you're going to buy friends and family presents, consider skipping Amazon and supporting some of your friendly, independent fedi artists instead!

Grab a beautiful calendar from @sylvia_ritter , a sublime in drawing print from @lila_bliblu an absurdist cult membership from @onan or one of thousands of great pieces of art from tags like #fediart or #mastoart.

Artists (of all descriptions) please post links to where people can buy your stuff in a reply!

Please boost!

Received a job offer this weekend. It's an IT/Systems position at a state university.

Most would call it a career mistake: leaving a huge and universally known technology corporation for significantly lower compensation and possibly less relevant experience.

But I think it will conflict far less with my ethical values, it's local and they seem to care about their people. Plus the job is covered by a union and the healthcare options seem much better.

Anybody want to share some wisdom?

A proposal, dear reader: Create a list of bookmarks linking to websites you find interesting, and publish it for the world to see. It's a bit strange, almost nobody seems to be doing this. Looking through a sample of personal websites, very few of them has links to other personal websites. A hyperlink isn't a marriage proposal. It is enough to find some redeeming quality in a website to link to it.

Starting a repair on my windbreaker. Going for a "visible mending" repair here. I'll do a backstitch all the way around, then stitch it together going over the backstitch for strength. I have some seam sealant (similar to shoe goo) somewhere to make it water resistant again.

Pro tip: don't put your hand in your pocket when it's leashed to a poorly trained doggo!

I do not consent to the use of our planet's resources for joyrides to space.

The coal baggers are getting closer to #Lützerath.
They're only about 200m away now.

This is total nonsense 🤯

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Last month, I did a short talk at

It's about art, technology, activism, the fantasy of carbon capture and direct action.

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I have to wonder if a company could attract better C-levels by offering compensation low enough that it doesn't appeal to the sociopaths, mythomaniacs, and megalomaniacs of the world...

I should probably stop reading anticonsumerist and anticapitalist books. Last time I had this feeling of personal accountability, I had no choice but to drastically alter my lifestyle. 😐

This has been bugging me for ages: how can we fix social and climate brokenness when lots of 'good' people's job hang in the balance? How can we broach the subject "Your role in that corporation is actively bad for the world. The better you do, the worse you make the world." It's not something anyone wants to hear... but highly paid folk voluntarily absorb incredible cognitive dissonance to justify how they pay their mortgage. Stuff like "if I didn't do it, someone else less ethical would"...

"The lifespan of bitcoin mining devices remains limited to just 1.29 years. As a result, we estimate that the whole bitcoin network currently cycles through 30.7 metric kilotons of equipment per year."

It’s done! Now it goes in the vault for around a month, but I’m excited to gift it when the time comes! #watercolor #mastoart #creativetoots #illustration

I remember when I realized I could never contact a human at Microsoft or Google for support.

They make more money by not providing support, so why should they?

That -- except your employer instead.

So many wonderful things to learn and do... the real challenge is picking which to ignore.

Maybe I'm just getting old and grumpy, but technology feels like a distraction any more. Decision paralysis of so many possibilities, plus screwed up motivational priorities from years of instant gratification.

“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small ‘inside’ group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.”

Smedley D. Butler (1935)

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Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.