@lrhodes Here's some in Finnish:

Apulanta – Armo, Jumala, Usko, Pahempi Toistaan

CMX – a lot of great examples, but especially the album Talvikuningas, which is an album-length science fantasy epic; Aion is a great album

The power of game design is to get you emotionally invested in how dicerolls will affect spreadsheets

we are now in the phase of hating computers so much we started making fantasy computers inside our computers

Something a little different from Existential Comics: existentialism for those into fantasy.


@Cyborgneticz Actually should've said: firstnamelastname.com is probably the academic domain you want, if you want one. They're like 15 $ / year, so it's not a big investment.

@Cyborgneticz Lowest amount of effort is going with a free WordPress. If you want to be slightly more professional (and have money to spare), buy yourself a domain (cyborgneticz.com is probably free) and point that to your WordPress.

@mirandabriseno If you come across some good (news) articles or analysis of this, I would love to read them.

blockchain, n.

The interconnected group of douche bros that you have blocked from your social media accounts

β€œWe examined more than 15,000 recent popular queries and found that Google devoted 41 percent of the first page of search results on mobile devices to its own properties and what it calls β€˜direct answers,’ which are populated with information copied from other sources, sometimes without their knowledge or consent.”


Why do I feel so strongly positive aabout this action? Data breaches or modification have huge externalities, and insecure-by-default deployments are a huge part of the problem:

One of the first publicly known examples of a Meow attack is an Elasticsearch database belonging to a VPN provider that claimed not to keep any logs.


Other targets include #MongoDB #Cassandra #CouchDB #Redis #Hadoop #Jenkins, and unsecured network-attached storage devices (NAS).

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I just can't get over how great StreetComplete is. It looks fantastic, is incredibly easy to use, and actually makes it fun to contribute data about the Real World for the benefit of everyone.

If you run Android, be sure to give it a try: github.com/westnordost/StreetC #OpenStreetMap #StreetComplete

Yes, Jeff Bezos could unilaterally end all kinds of poverty and homelessness issues, probably with a few key presses, but the planet brain version is that even the world's richest oligarch is a puppet of the general forces of capitalism. If he gave away his wealth then some other oligarch would rise to replace him and without more systemic changes the inequality would soon return again.

Overcoming the current paradigm is not so much about getting rid of Bezos - as tempting as that may be - it requires more general changes in attitudes and beliefs. A loss of faith in the old gods.

"So Much for the Decentralized Internet" by Ian Bogost theatlantic.com/technology/arc

No mention of Mastodon, the fediverse, Scuttlebutt, etc. I guess nobody is trying to solve the problem of centralized social media! The rest of the article is good though.

Now that I think about it

A gender-swapped Jessica Rabbit

Would just be a colourized Tom of Finland illustration

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After a couple of days of figuring things out, I noticed on problem with the setup: devices on our guest network don't benefit from the pihole filtering. As far as I can tell, the guest network wifi just ignores whatever DNS settings I use.

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@nikoheikkila I've been using Privacy Badger for quite a while and mostly things just work. I would expect the situation to be similar – it uses the same format for listing domains as uBlock etc. Ask me again in a couple of weeks!

@esvrld I don't think works, because social punishments for undesirable behaviour only works if it comes from people's in-circle, and this is almost never the case on social media.

I had a Raspberry Pi lying around that I wasn't using, so I tried installing Pi-hole on it. It blocks ads on the network level, so all devices on our home network should benefit from it. The installation was really easy.


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