Imperceptibly, over the last month or so Mastodon has gone from a niche place where I feel like I'm shouting into a void, to a social place where interesting and varied things are being posted in a live stream and random posts of mine actually get a react or two.

I know it's highly personalized but this feels like Twitter circa 2007. Which means we gotta get real serious real quick about moderation/spam/abuse/discovery/curation tooling.

@GNUxeava also why you should move away from any platforms hosted in the US

US export control law basically means you're, as a company, *legally bound* to ghost someone who has any connections to Iran

Plitvice Lakes were a good idea on New Year's Day. None of the people, all of the beautifulness.

@cadey
Hey! I saw your recent post about going off kubernetes, and I was wondering if you'd considered the possibility of switching to an ARM based setup. I've been running a surprising amount of things on a pi 4 on mythic beasts, and even 3 of those come out cheaper than a modern dedicated server.

Iceland has also been a great trip of birb observation and playing with creating a mini series of photo featuring them and the ocean while they fly.

It was a great (great as in it took many hours) challenge. Under the rain, the snow, the sun and against the wind.

#iceland #photography #birds

how was everything even tangentially related to oberon the most beautiful thing ive ever seen (these are the ceres and lilith workstations, thanks eris!!)

@matt hey!! How do you make that w. look like your company's logo in your bio?

This semester 

But yea, that's gone away. I suspect the lazy college student caricature has even less basis in fact then most people imagine.

My roommate last year used to play games most of the day, mostly cause that's the only way for him to socialise with his friends elsewhere...

Yea, lots of people I need to apologize to, thank the gods I was civil enough to never be particularly mean.

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This semester 

On the other hand, I finally learnt to draw, and that went really well.

Plus, it's sort of humbling. Earlier in undergrad I was a bit bratty in em and optics, because stuff just came to me easily and I was getting double the class average easily.

I kinda just used to figure others just didn't belong or were lazy, never explicitly, but I did implicitly think that. Sorta went away after I studied with someone I'd thought of that way last sem and she saw stuff I mostly didnt...

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This semester 

Last time I felt like this is at the end of 6 months of fairly intense chess practice, in which I went up like 100 points from 1400-1500.

Feels bad, almost wish I hadn't studied so atleast I'd have ego shielding plausible deniability.

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This semester 

So grades are mostly out. It's really weird for me getting average/below average results :/. I tried too, pretty much as hard as I could.

Probably f'd my grad school chances, which sucks. But I was kinda reconsidering that path anyway?

I'm pretty lucky, so not really worried about my future insofar as money or anything. Just... idk.

undergrads remember to be kind, covid 

It's not great that the people universities are prioritizing, undergraduates cause $$$$, are being treated terribly.
I encourage everyone who is an undergrad to have some grace for their professors, staff, and grad students.
A lot of grad students may have to drop out because funding isn't being renewed and their research can't happen because of covid.
Faculty, staff, grad students are now having to teach their children as well as do their regular jobs.
1/

But why?

Not only because they're a monopoly, but more so because they're a monopsony. The only buyer in town. And that brings even greater power over entire supply chains, the ramifications of which quickly spread out and compound.

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It warms my heart that "iloveyou" is so high up in the list of common passwords. Everyone out there just trying to profess their love.

gist.github.com/roycewilliams/

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