Hey all, if you see a particular instance being a source of *bad stuff*, consider reporting them to the admins of your instance for possible blacklisting.

We need to cut this stuff out at the root.

i like the idea of using colors to distinguish instances but please consider:

i am colorblind

I find myself tooting more on @mattlatailor than here, currently. Ah, the productivity of limitations.

("only" there should come with an asterisk, I don't make a categorical exclusion, especially when teaching for a narrow audience. but "only open source" is my guiding principle)

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I teach tech and I'm often asked why I don't teach some allegedly time-saving proprietary tool/environment/whatever. the answer is that the risk of that proprietary tool just ceasing to exist are really high, and when that happens, the time I spend developing curricula against the tool goes up in smoke. by contrast, notes I wrote for, e.g., python text processing are just as good today as they were ten years ago. over the long run, I think I save a lot of time by teaching only open source tools.

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I was doing a workshop last weekend and while I was showing my work I discovered that two of the pieces in my portfolio are just... dead links. both pieces were made on commission for organizations that no longer exist, and I was reminded of the fact that if you want something on the internet to last you have to host it yourself.

(this is why I'm a mastodon fan. not that I'm hosting my own account right now, but it's good to know that I could!)

Make your own glitchy images w/ audacity!

- Save to an uncompressed format (.bmp works great!)
- import into audacity as Raw Input w/ Encoding: U-Law and Byte Order; Big Endian
- Play with effects on all but the first quarter second or so (to avoid messing up headers)
- export to format "Other uncompressed files" and click options, set Header to RAW and encoding to U-Law. If you have issues, rename from .raw to .bmp!

Example image:


Do you like my toots but wish I'd stop using the letter 'e'? Check out @mattlatailor

"ok but what's mastodon's business plan"
posts are now toots
timeline goes chronological


You can tell I spend too much time thinking about Python and not enough time thinking about my poor little computer

brb, adding features and switching to lost pig!

@qonnyr Out of curiosity, would you be interested in posting a version of @adventure on oulipo.social that runs Nick Montfort's Ad Verbum?

Although it occurs to me that not *all* commands can be entered sans e, so I guess that wouldn't work.

Rats, I really talked myself out of this one.

I don't think follow bots are a good idea, because they make the federated timeline the same on every node. Without them, the federated timeline is still an expression of the interests of the node's users.

Spring Thing, a yearly #interactivefiction festival, has launched for the year with a huge number of free games and stories: springthing.net/2017/play.html


my pals and i are very interested in making art bots that address the ethical and social challenges of bots in social media and beyond. we're always talking about about these sorts of things, and it's why i decided to make my bot's tweets unlisted by default. botsin.space mentions one of our common principals, "Bots Should Punch Up" crummy.com/2013/11/27/0 If you would like to chat w/ or other bot makers like me look for the #botAlly hashag. :grin:

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