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Mastodon in 6 static files
A very simple demonstration of federating via ActivityPub with the simplest possible thing
2022-12-06 activitypub • mastodon • code • server • socialmedia
danah boyd on Twitter
Thoughtful media researcher shares insights about failing social networks
2022-12-05 twitter • danah • socialmedia • myspace • research • via:metafilter
Proud Boys in Columbus
Details from the fascist attack on a children's story hour in Ohio. Masked, armed men show up with weapons.
2022-12-05 fascism • lgbt • proudboys • terrorism • gay • accelerationism
European power grid
Nice interactive story explaining power exports and the energy crisis in Europe
2022-12-03 energy • politics • electricity • grid • visualization • via:benfry
Twitter exodus
Some stats on where people are going and how fast now that Twitter sucks
2022-12-02 mastodon • socialmedia • twitter • hive • post • tumblr • data
Same sex couple US census
Update from the census survey about same sex households in the US
2022-12-02 census • lgbt • gay • civilrights • america • usa
playersexual
When a video game has romance options where someone is attracted to you no matter what gender your character is.
2022-12-02 funny • gay • lgbt • games • romance • lazy
Classless CSS
A list of stylesheets that make ordinary HTML look better
2022-12-01 design • css • web • simple • minimal • reset
Pattern Collider
Neat interactive tool for generating quasiperiodic tilings
2022-12-01 via:metafilter • tiles • tesselation • penrosetiles • art • geometry
rinetd
A Unix tool to redirect network connections; sort of like ssh tunnels but much simpler
2022-12-01 networking • ssh • tunnelling • portforwarding • cgnat • nat • isp • internet
Starlink speeds fall
New data from Ookla
2022-12-01 starlink • congestion • spacex • isp • internet
FTX was a crime
Crypto industry publication hits back at the narrative FTX was just a victim of bad luck or something
2022-11-30 ftx • scam • crypto • cryptocurrency • fraud • sbf
Gay life in Tehran
Details of gay men living their lives despite an oppressive society
2022-11-30 gay • lgbt • resistance • tehran • iran • cruising
Eli Lilly parody
The guy behind the hoax tweet explaining how his effective parody tweet was created and giving more context
2022-11-30 elililly • twitter • medicine • parody • politics • diabetes • insulin
DNS signing ceremony
Details of how the root keys are kept safe; multiple actors required, locked rooms, safes...
2022-11-30 dns • security • ceremony • ritual • cryptography
FTX Republican donations
Sam Bankman-Fried gave more money to Republicans than known before, he just hid it
2022-11-30 politics • sbf • ftx • cryptocurrency • crypto • scam
home sweet homepage
An endearing web comic about a girl growing up and her Geocities page
2022-11-29 comics • amy • sailorhg • computing • life • geocities • web
Nemik's Manifesto
Spoilers: Andor's Trotsky-like character's political texts in a very nice little edit
2022-11-28 andor • starwars • tv • trotsky • revolution
Boring Company failure
Another Musk company with a string of unfulfilled promises
2022-11-28 elonmusk • transport • transit • tunnel • lasvegas • scam • transportation
Island of Hawai'i map
An excellent USGS map from 1995
2022-11-28 maps • hawaii • geology • orange
Old cartograms
Remarkable roundup of a map data visualization technique
2022-11-28 visualization • maps • cartograms • data
against post.news
Some relevant if cranky criticisms of post.news
2022-11-27 socialmedia • postnews • post.news • pmarca • web • opensystems
Movetodon
Another Twitter / Mastodon migration tool. This one has very nice UI
2022-11-27 mastodon • twitter • socialmedia
NixOS
Lot of buzz for this package / system management tool. It's a fancy package manager that lets you do a lot of things you'd otherwise use a container like Docker for
2022-11-27 sysadmin • devops • programming • nixos • containers
Octavia Butler's life
Detailed biographical article about the science fiction writer
2022-11-26 books • novels • scifi • octaviabutler • writing • biography
Fediverse scaling
Some notes on scaling problems with popular posts and bigger instances
2022-11-26 scaling • mastodon • code
Charts.css
Make simple graphs of data purely in HTML and CSS, styling table data
2022-11-26 charts • carting • graphics • visualization • css • via:sebastian
Jodorowsky's Tron
An excellent AI art project imagining what could be
2022-11-26 Jodorowsky • Tron • movies • ai • gan • generative
fediverse.space
A visualization of Mastodon network stats
2022-11-26 fediverse • mastodon • activitypub • statistics • users • data
Black Twitter's future
What to do now that white supremacy is back on Twitter
2022-11-26 twitter • culture • black • africanamerican • blacktwitter • politics
Finding Auwo
Joyful moment of researchers in Papua New Guinea finding evidence of a bird thought extinct
2022-11-26 auwo • png • birds • science • joy • discovery
Trump's Nazi guest
Details of Trump's private intimate dinner with Nick Fuentes
2022-11-26 politics • trump • fascism • fuentes • nazi • racism
Guns at protests
A brightly lit sign of increasing fascism in America
2022-11-26 politics • guns • accelerationism • protest • fascism
Cork taint
A remarkably detailed article on a problem that affects a surprising amount of wine
2022-11-25 wine • food • alcohol • cork • contamination
Musk's radicalization
An essay tracing Musk's increasing embrace of white nationalism and anti-LGBT rhetoric
2022-11-25 musk • elonmusk • politics • twitter • radicalization
Elon Musk's first wife
Justine Musk's essay about what it was like being married to Elon. (From Oct 2021)
2022-11-25 musk • elonmusk • marriage • divorce • twitter • tirefire
Ballad of Jari and Somr
Tiny spoilers for God of War: Ragnarok. An in-game tribute to a man's love who passed away as a little side quest / small area in the game.
2022-11-25 games • godofwar • gay • lgbt • romance • spoilers
exodus Linux binaries
Copy a Linux binary and all its dependencies to a new machine, ready to run
2022-11-25 linux • programming • containers • devops • hack • software
Factorio arm64 native
Mac port to native hardware. What's interesting is how little gain they got; Apple's emulator is remarkably efficient.
2022-11-25 apple • macos • arm64 • x64 • architecture • rosetta • emulation • games
Low vibrational plate
Michael Harriot on a proper plate of Thanksgiving food
2022-11-23 funny • blacktwitter • africanamerican • thanksgiving • food • generosity • plate
Ambient 1 / Six Hours
Eno's classic piece from Music for Airports stretched to a six hour track. Compelling if you know the original piece.
2022-11-23 music • eno • brianeno • ambient
PTP at Facebook
Nanosecond timekeeping in a datacenter
2022-11-21 facebook • meta • time • ntp • ptp • gps • clock
Andor 1975
Excellent spoof trailer if Andor were released in 1975 (mild spoilers)
2022-11-21 funny • parody • starwars • andor • 1970s • buckrogers
Named color picker
Hilarious little interactive lets you pick colors from a wheel, but only ones with CSS names
2022-11-21 funny • colors • via:hackernews • x11 • color
Raffi Krikorian
A podcast with my friend talking about his tech career and his goal of looking for high impact work. (formerly at Twitter, Uber, DNC, now Emerson Collective.)
2022-11-20 raffi • cto • podcast • socialgood • work
Cruising the Village
An anthropology PhD thesis on gay cruising in Manchester. Interesting multimedia, lots of graphic novels, etc
2022-11-20 gay • lgbt • manchester • cruising • sex • phd • academic • anthropology
For the love of DILFs
A gay dating show hosted by a woman famous for having Donald Trump as a john
2022-11-19 lgbt • stormydaniels • donaldtrump • trump • politics • gay • dating • pandering
Cistercian Numeral Demo
Javascript / browser hack for an interesting way to write numbers
2022-11-19 numbers • writing • history • plotter • cistercian • math • javascript
Truffle scams
Many dishes are flavored artificially and have "decorative truffles" with no flavor to trick you
2022-11-19 food • cooking • scam • truffles • via:hackernews
Alito court leaks
A Alito-authored Supreme Court decision leaked back in 2014. Along with this year's leak it sure looks like Alito could be dirty.
2022-11-19 supremecourt • politics • civilrights • abortion • contraception • corruption
Newsie Social
A Mastodon instance for the news business
2022-11-18 news • journalism • mastodon • socialmedia
Leap seconds cancelled
At least until 2035, clocks are going to be a little simpler
2022-11-18 time • ntp • leapsecond • utc • ut1
Fedi.Tips
Mastodon guide, approachable for new users
2022-11-18 mastodon • fediverse • guide • twitter • onboarding • socialmedia
Octavia Butler
Nice NYT appreciation of the fantastic sci-fi author
2022-11-18 scifi • writing • butler • octaviabutler • kindred • books
Z-Library arrest
US Government arranges for arrest of two Russian nationals for the unlicensed book download site
2022-11-17 books • zlibrary • piracy • ebooks • library • knowledge
Pronatalism
Narcissism meets racism in this modern eugenics program from tech idiots
2022-11-17 eugenics • racism • children • breeding • population • elonmusk
What to do in Rachel, NV
Random tourist guide from a small hotel in the middle of nowhere in Nevada.
2022-11-17 nevada • tourism • area51 • aliens • nowhere
yamanote bookmarks
A new personal bookmarking system that also archives pages and allows private notations
2022-11-16 bookmarks • pinboard • linkblog • via:simonw • code • server
Groups.io engineering
A more elegant devops toolset from a more civilized age
2022-11-16 devops • engineering • servers • scaling • linode • golang • groupsio • email
Lima Linux VMs
A system kind of like WSL2, aimed mostly at MacOS. Launches lightweight Linux VMs
2022-11-16 linux • macos • wsl • containers • programming
Twitter new Blue data
A summary of Travis Brown's work characterizing the signups for Twitter's new disastrous not-verified checkmark
2022-11-16 twitter • verified • elonmusk • musk • debacle
Monuments to the Unthinkable
Excellent piece by an African American writer and scholar about how Germans are remembering the Holocaust with reflections on what an American version of that about slavery would be
2022-11-16 holocaust • slavery • memorial • museum • germany • nazi • america
Mormon church supports gay marriage
Major about-face for LDS; supporting a federal right to gay marriage
2022-11-15 lgbt • gay • gaymarriage • civilrights • religion • mormon • lds • politics
Twitter archive improver
A Python tool to download images, replace t.co links with real links, etc
2022-11-15 twitter • archive • socialmedia
Twitter is Going Great!
A collection of stories about problems Musk has caused at Twitter
2022-11-15 twitter • musk • elonmusk • chaos • debacle
gallery-dl
A script to download image galleries from a bunch of different site
2022-11-15 download • scrape • archive • images • pictures • twitter
GDP Cartogram
Visualization of countries' economic output; see the second image for a version normalized by purchasing power parity
2022-11-15 visualization • maps • economics • politics • gdp • ppp
Musk as boss
Long detailed article on mistreatment of employees
2022-11-14 elonmusk • twitter • labor • spacex • tesla
Fuller Projection IP
A deep dive into some spurious claims of ownership of a map projection
2022-11-14 fuller • buckminsterfuller • dymaxion • maps • projections • copyright • patent • legal
Merino wool processing
Animated ad has some neat visualizations of how wool is processed into yarn and fabric
2022-11-14 wool • industrial • animation • fiber
Jordane Saget
Parisian street artist; geometric designs, often temporary chalk
2022-11-13 art • streetart • paris • saget • jordanesaget • geometric
New SF parks
A positive architectural review of seven new parks in San Francisco
2022-11-13 parks • sanfrancisco • recreation • urbanplanning • architecture
Delightful Fediverse Apps
Yet another list of projects for Mastodon, ActivityPub, etc; this one seems recently updated
2022-11-12 fediverse • mastodon • activitypub • code • socialmedia
Biggest political donors
A list of political donations made by individuals to PACs, candidates, etc. Presumably doesn't include dark money donations.
2022-11-12 politics • corruption • sbf • elections
SBF's political donations
Down to earth story on the cryptoscammer's political donations; much less than rumored
2022-11-12 sbf • fraud • crypto • scam • politics • donations • elections
SBF is bad at LoL
Deep dive on the cryptoscammer's alleged League of Legends career. He's a Bronzie, bottom 20% of players.
2022-11-12 sbf • crypto • ftx • scam • lol • leagueoflegends • games
Tesla Solar cancelling
The failing solar company Musk bought from himself is now failing as a Tesla subdivision
2022-11-11 tesla • solar • musk • corruption • solarcity
CA solar rate plan
New proposal for NEM 3.0 makes solar less attractive but still viable in California, heavily encourages homes to install batteries along with solar panels
2022-11-11 solar • cpuc • pge • globalwarming • energy • nem
Twitter legal risks
Internal Slack message leaks of a Twitter lawyer being explicit about the risks Musk is taking
2022-11-10 musk • elonmusk • twitter • legal • privacy • ftc • ethics
Saturn in daytime
Remarkable amateur astrophotography
2022-11-10 saturn • space • astronomoy • photography • photos • stacking
shaarli
A self hosted bookmarking service
2022-11-10 pinboard • bookmarks • web • linkblog
Rosetta 2 speed
Details of Apple's x86 emulator for ARM. They transpile ahead of time instead of JIT, lots of other optimizations
2022-11-09 via:hackernews • apple • rosetta • x86 • arm • jit • code • optimization
BookWyrm
Social book reading and reviewing, via ActivityPub / like Mastodon
2022-11-09 books • reading • goodreads • bookwyrm • federated • activitypub • mastodon
LGP-30 computer
A 1956 computer developed at Caltech, a rarity
2022-11-09 computers • history • caltech • computing • lgp30 • reddit
War of the Worlds redone
Classic rock musical was re-recorded in 2012 with Liam Neeson and the 1980s throwback Casio Keyboard orchestra
2022-11-09 music • waroftheworlds • rockopera • rockmusical • jeffwayne • hgwells
Pinafore Wellness
Interesting UI choices "to reduce the addictive or anxiety-inducing aspets of social media"
2022-11-09 socialmedia • mastodon • pinafore • favorites • gamification
Needle shower
100 years ago some of the first home showers featured body sprays. AKA "rib cage shower".
2022-11-08 plumbing • shower • bathroom • 1920s
ActivityPub projects
A list of useful links for the protocol behind Mastodon
2022-11-07 activitypub • socialmedia • mastodon • federation • fediverse • code
Slave trade timelapse
Animation of the shipment of enslaved peoples from Africa to the New World
2022-11-07 slavery • history • visualization • maps • via:reddit
Alaa Abdel Fattah water strike
Egyptian software developer / blogger has been a political prisoner for 9 years. On hunter strike for 200 days, now no water.
2022-11-06 alaa • egypt • civilrights • politics • cop27
China Covid detention
UK journalist's experience in a temporary Covid isolation unit for people who were exposed but not tested postive
2022-11-06 covid • china • detention • publichealth • civilrights • healthbar
GOP Pelosi lies
How misinformation about an attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband was created and amplified by Republicans, Elon Musk, etc
2022-11-05 politics • rumor • lies • pelosi • propaganda • elonmusk • misinformation
Drag doughnut firebombing
Fascists attack a Tampa doughnut shop and leave anti-LGBT propaganda
2022-11-05 fascism • gay • drag • lgbt • politics
Simon Willison on Mastodon
Excellent data hacker tries Mastodon, likes it, has a lot of thoughtful comments
2022-11-05 mastodon • twitter • fediverse • programming • hacking • socialmedia
Starlink degradation
Details on the ISP greatly reducing service levels
2022-11-04 starlink • isp • congestion • spacex • datacap
Twitter layoff chaos
A definitive accounting of Musk's cruel and badly organized firing of half of Twitter's staff
2022-11-04 twitter • elonmusk • cruelty • employment • tirefire • tech
Hemingway Editor
A text editor that highlights overly complicated English language
2022-11-04 writing • simplification • editing • tools
Starlink terminates Ukraine Internet
1300 military Internet terminals turned off for lack of payment, despite Musk saying he wasn't going to do that
2022-11-04 musk • ukraine • starlink • politics
Twittoons
Cartoonist / Twitter employee with some poignant illustrations about Musk's takeover of Twitter
2022-11-04 twitter • elonmusk • cartoon • parody • funny
Z-Library mirror
Popular unlicensed book site has been taken down but someone recently made a full mirror
2022-11-04 library • ebooks • books • reading • knowledge