2020 is being such a shitty year that I just had a golden age syndrome attack watching 10000 Maniacs videos on YouTube...

A question for you professionals: when you’re designing a set of characters, how do you make sure that they’re consistent in terms of style one with the other? I’ve been drawing some animal characters and it’s hard to make them all look like they belong to the same bunch.

Ok, that meme about us owing an apology to 2019 for what we said about it is funny, but it’s COVID-19–not COVID-20–for a reason...

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A search engine for #peertube

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#peertube #searchengine #index #search

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Remember when a Google #search used to lead you somewhere?

Now it increasingly just keeps you on Google. In fact, Google results take up 62.6% of the first screen of search results in a sample of 15,000 searches.

#Google is building a walled garden that encompasses some of the most accessed information on the internet with no recourse for businesses who are suddenly finding themselves on the wrong side, cut off from their users.


#privacyMatters #searchengine

There’s no use in try to fool yourself saying that it’s just a matter of self-control. It isn’t and it isn’t really news for those who have been paying attention.

If you are really struggling to concentrate, put your phone face down, but no matter what it takes, limit yourself to just glancing at the blocked screen and checking there if that notification that is in fact important has arrived. And if it hasn’t you just get back to what you were doing without running the risk of ending up scrolling through your feed.

When you’re waiting for a reply, you may be tempted to check much more frequently if your notifications are off. And then fall into the feed black hole and be trapped there for god knows how long.
I believe that for these people the right balance is notifications on, but without any sound at all.

It seems to me that these people will get notifications, possibly more than one or two, whenever they check in on, say, Twitter. But for those who tend to use social media in “read-only mode” it doesn’t make any sense - and I would argue that read-only mode is a form of social media addiction in its own right. The problem is that the read-only people once in a while engage in an interaction. And then turning notifications off can have the opposite effect.

- you won’t decide to check in on social media each five minutes to see if anything new has happened... or maybe you’ll suddenly become a champion of self-control and only check your social media accounts once in the morning, five minutes after lunch and then once before dinner...
I totally get that it makes all the sense for someone who interacts a lot on social media.

In the film itself they talk about turning notifications off and Tristan Harris has been saying this for years. As the reasoning goes, the moment you turn off your notifications you’re back at the steering wheel of your life. Your phone won’t be pinging you all the time and you’ll decide when you’re going to check your notifications! Hopefully - and this part of the equation doesn’t receive as much consideration there

The case for leaving your phone’s notifications on

With everybody watching The Social Dilemma and (finally) realizing how huge the mess is - something that would be nothing new if they were paying attention to what they do and dedicating just a bit of thought to the fact that it takes money to keep the lights on at Google, Facebook and the like - a lot of talk about notifications has been going on.

With The Social Dilemma film bringing the discussion into the mainstream, some who had already been thinking about these issues for a while are suggesting that federation - not regulation - is the solution. I agree that regulation creates further distortions and pushes into the centralized dystopia and I think federation is great for many things, but can it really solve the filter bubble effect? I doubt it.

I just heard about @pixelfed and of course it picked my interest. What I couldn’t find is how it’s supported financially apart from donations, Patreon etc. Or is that all? Is this enough?

Hi! How are you doing? Hope you’re hanging in there during these tough times. I just tagged you on a toot I made, but now realized you’re using this profile, and I tagged the one from .art...

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