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#FocusTime is a structure for companiable support with getting stuff done -- work or side projects or admin or whatever you find difficult to stick with.
The basic structure is: ten minutes of checking-in and planning at the top of the hour, then 50 minutes of actually doing things, repeated for up to 3 hours.
More on the structure, plus an example:
I expect I'll be using this hashtag a lot, so you may wish to mute it if it's boring to you. I will CW my toots though.
"Apologies for the intrusion," said a strange voice in my head. "We are telepaths on a distant planet, and usually tune humanity out as background noise. But so many of you ask, all the time, so we checked: yes, there are others like you, and yes, you can be loved. Okay?"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Just found this via a post by @lindner: "Algorithmic glass ceiling in social networks: the effects of social recommendations on network diversity" https://blog.acolyer.org/2018/05/24/algorithmic-glass-ceiling-in-social-networks-the-effects-of-recommendation-on-social-diversity/
"Our mathematical analysis demonstrates the existence of an algorithmic glass ceiling that exhibits all the properties of the metaphorical social barrier that hinders groups like women or people of colour from attaining equal representation."
Must read more...
Interested in hearing opinions on how - or if - the fediverse is considering waus to get around the problem being so computer-based, as opposed to embracing smartphone users.
I live in Africa, where just about everyone uses phones and very few even possess desktop/laptop resources. (Access to electricity is a real issue.)
It threatens to make the fediverse very exclusionary to the Third World.
Hivemind! Easy, sea/naval-themed solo organ pieces for a memorial service, please?
Well, it's there, it's all out in the world, that album is coming out July 26th, and the single is out NOW! Woah.
a labor shortage can be a material condition. i'd say communities characterized by volunteers experience labor shortages which are very much not made up, even if the notion of a community is a social construct -- "made up"
but labor shortages as characterized by capitalists are rather a belief that labor is *not cheap enough*, not that it is not available. dispelling that myth is important.
A friend tried to tell me the labour shortage was made up and I held up a quarter and I said "what do you think gives this value?"
Cue silence for a few seconds.
"I know, but,"
"yeah, it's economics, it's all made up"
dialpunk where all tech is still based around audio communication over phone networks. the most proficient hackers aren't taught code, but pitch-perfect whistling
Must get on. Sorry to bail on a few conversations. Back later!
TIL there are more cat cafes in the Tyneside area than there are in London. Newcastle has two (Mog on the Tyne and Catpawcino) and there's a cat shelter in South Shields which does a cafe every Monday lunchtime; London seems to now only have Lady Dinah's, the London Cat Village having undergone two name changes (it's now This Is a Coffee Shop) and the loss of all its cats.
Is Newcastle otherwise noted for having an especial fondness for felines?
Time to dust off the ol' transcription brain and seek out some podcasters to see if they want transcripts.
If you want transcripts or know anyone who does, let me know! Looking for work in this area!
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Maybe it's because I spent my summers on the prairies but I am way more worried about the lack of rain than about the heat. It has been such a dry year. Grass has gone crunchy -- it's fine, it goes dormant -- but what does this mean for crops?
A bad harvest right before Brexit (which is only ever going to be bad with the current right wingers in charge) seems like a recipe for a really bad time, and I'm worried.
So, um, someone is interviewing me on Thursday for a podcast, any tips?
I am asking for some questions beforehand so I can think about the answers.
wait... Venice was run by a duke, or "Doge"
doe that mean Venice
was run by
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I wish everybody who protested against Trump yesterday had resisted Brexit as vigorously. I wish they understood that what's easy for them to mock or scorn in America is not so distant: it's happening in their country, almost entirely unchallenged thanks to the lack of an official opposition in Parliament.
Brits can't directly do much about Trump, but the same fascist hydra has another head here and we should be cutting it off.