I made my first firefox extension!
It adds a handy button to your toolbar for surfing sites on the #merveilles webring.
You can install it from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/merveilles-webring-surfer/
and you can read the source here: https://github.com/aadilayub/webring-extension
snapchat spectacles come to mind but they're hardly inconspicuous...
So I've been working with an activist group to prevent forced evictions/demolitions in Karachi for the last 4 months.
Whenever me and my comrades show up to film the demolitions (and the attendant harassment of residents that comes with it), we get threatened with arrest.
Do folks here have recommendations for inexpensive & inconspicuous recording devices that can be used to surreptitiously record and possibly livestream such events as they're happening?
Cabal, the open-source & p2p group chat I've worked on with friends, is in a quadratic funding pilot experiment run by Open Collective!
What that means for us, as an example: for every 10 USD donated, we get a total of 83 USD
boosts appreciated 🖤
"The logic is striking. A demand for pork drives industrialized farming of pigs, which increases disease transmission. The constant emergence of diseases drives the implementation of new technologies like AI pork farming. These technologies go on to make pork cheap, driving even more availability and demand, as people start to believe pork is a necessary part of their diet. AI is not the balm to any problem -- it is just one piece of the every-hungry quest for scale."
new bad snacks album lives up to its name. can totally take a shower to this
@Bajax @djsumdog something mainstream social media rewards is posting controversial shit, ranting, and generally just looking for things to be upset about. that stuff gets signal boosted like crazy because it’s really good at keeping people engaged.
it’s exhausting, though, and won’t lead to many good interactions on fedi. you will be screaming into a void.
i’ve made more friends here once i started showing more of myself.
so tl;dr i guess: mainstream rewards based on engagement metrics, actual humans reward originality and kindness
one thing i like about fedi is that it’s more like the “old internet” in that you actively have to seek out people instead of being constantly bombarded with suggestions based on what the company that runs the service “knows” about you. it’s a very different process of getting to know people.
most of the mainstream internet is now based on adtech suggestions, and i’m not sure i like the consequences.
like, there’s this growing expectation of getting exactly what you want, and growing distaste for anything else. people seem to have stronger tendencies to just discard anything that isn’t perfectly to their liking, expecting something better to just come their way eventually. this even includes people, with the online dating industry being an example of where things are particularly horrible. the problem of “choice” is being offloaded to bayesian belief networks that can’t make human decisions.
Free the air waves, hack the planet!
Branches are Nature's coat-hooks.
Went for a walk in the woods a few weeks ago and took a few branches from a recently felled alder. Afterward, I whittled them into hooks and mounted them on a scrap piece of beech. I'm now thinking of staining them kind of brownish-red with iron oxide. And then I'll finish it with a bit of linseed-oil-beeswax paste.
@neauoire @eris Can we not simply establish a norm/culture of usage that isn't all shitposts (Probably not. The medium is the message.) a phrase that keeps popping up for me is "stop posting things you don't care about, it's heartless, it's a kind of abuse, it assumes and implicitly asserts that neither you nor your friends should value their attention very highly"
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