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advice for newbies 

If you're new to the and have decided to follow me, please allow me to offer a bit of advice.

1. Fill out your profile.
2. Pick out an avatar that isn't an anime character. :smirk:
3. Read the "Mastodon Guide" by @noelle at <>
4. Post an introduction on the hashtag and pin it.
5. Bear in mind that this isn't :birdsite: or :facebook:.

Welcome, good luck, and have fun. I hope you find your niche here.

My auto-toot didn't go through, so I'll do this the hard way.

BSDCan 2020 is having a virtual auction, to benefit the Ottawa Mission.


If we slip into a military dictatorship, remember the words #GeneralStrike.

If you want to be free, remember the words #GeneralStrike.

The first of every month, remember the words #GeneralStrike.

Every day today until we win, remember the words #GeneralStrike.



Don't talk to the police.
Don't answer questions on the stand.
Take the Fifth every time.

"I respectfully decline to answer on the basis of the Fifth Amendment, which—according to the United States Supreme Court—protects everyone, even innocent people, from the need to answer questions if the truth might be used to help create the misleading impression that they were somehow involved in a crime that they did not commit."

nerdy shit 

My computer now has a 1TB SSD as its primary drive, and I've got it running .

I should probably log off and go to sleep before I do something stupid and break my install. :)


In a world without cops, at least as I have come to understand it, we would probably still have things like detectives, protective services, traffic patrols, and even public security guards.

The difference is: these functions would not be performed by the same people, they wouldn't have military organization or equipment, they wouldn't be out bungling tasks better suited for social workers, and, most importantly, we wouldn't let them use those jobs as an excuse to go out cruising for trouble to shoot.


as y’all holler “ACAB” and the like let’s not forget Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin and those lost specifically to *white civilian vigilantism*


gigantic collection of free texts, amazing: "i am trying to make black revolutionary texts more available. i know not everyone has access and i wanted to try to help bridge that gap. if you are feeling outraged/overwhelmed/hopeless, lean into black art & look toward those who fought before us."

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About to shut down my big machine so I can add a SSD as primary (and keep the old 2TB spinning rust drive for storage).

Already upgraded my wife's computer. Now she's got 32GB of RAM (up from 8GB), a 250GB SSD as her system drive (which came with the computer) and a 1TB SSD for storage.

free computer parts, memory 

Here's a photo of the old RAM. None of it was actually made by Crucial; I'm just reusing the packaging.

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free computer parts, memory 

I've got 8 2GB 10600U DIMMs that I no longer need if anybody wants them. They're suitable for desktop PCs. I can pay to ship them anywhere in the continental US.

If you're looking to upgrade a PC that only has 1-2GB of RAM, maybe these will help you.

If you're interested, and are willing to trust me, please DM me with a postal address.

uspol, religion, randism 

The "Benedict option" is just US Xtian-speak for going Galt.

I don't think I'll ever need to update this again.

I've pulled everything down except downloads of my old and out-of-print novels.

Any subsequent online presence I build will be pseudonymous and most likely be on either or .

We probably have to finally recognize that those who have been left out of the social contract, find no reason to adhere to a social contract, which is why you're seeing protests turning into riots.

Do you like #gopher and #gemini? Are you in open revolt against the devilish mainstream internet, renouncing Web 2.0 and all its works?

If you use terminal colours via internet, please hit me up, here or on the textnet. I’m trying to make a central depot for gopher and Gemini colour sites, especially any artists doing ASCII/UTF8/BIG5 &c.


What can I say; I’m a bbs kid. I like CLI text. I like pretty primary colours.

Whenever I get into "Fuck capitalism" mode I wanna go play The Outer Worlds because it's like this Firefly (read: corporate colonialist space opera based on the American War of Independence) setting that I play like a Django Unchained thing, where I basically just go into anywhere I think is enslaving people and clean it out with firepower.

But right now I gotta play Mutant Year Zero.

Anyway don't you think it's funny that Americans fought this huge war they're so proud of in 1776, and then they've absolutely and completely betrayed every single thing they actually fought for?

I know we all tend to get hung up on the slavery issue, and yeah it's fucking barbaric, but what you have to remember is that slavery was something they *kept* from when they were a *colonial colony.*

That's because the entire colonial system was basically set up to milk value out of distant lands, every penny, no matter how many people got sick, died, rotted away, no matter how much the land was ruined and defiled, no matter how much expression was stifled and human life was cheapened. It was a modus operandi intended for dealing with civilizations of "savages."

But the Americans were European immigrants, and descendents of European immigrants, so they'd seen that system from the other side. Whereas the poor Native Americans, who had no concept of the atrocious evils of mercantilism/corporate capitalism, got screwed out of their land hard, the Americans saw it coming so far in advance that they threw a hissy fit about some tea tax.

We boil this down to "Hurr durr it was about rich white landowners not wanting to pay taxes" and that's about as much as you can discover with useless lenses based on intersectional Marxist theology, but as much as that's a perfectly valid critique of the unchallenged racial factors at play in the time, it's *not the whole story.*

The American revolution genuinely was about self-determination as a people. It was about saying "we refuse to exist solely to provide revenue to you, we refuse to orient our lives around your need, 3000 miles distant, to be rich men."

And yet now the descendents of those very revolutionaries, and the immigrants who flocked to that land to join their vision or escape persecution, defend the exact same evils merely because they are enacted on them domesticaly. They defend the choke and stranglehold of corporations like Walmart, that roll into small towns and effectively destroy all alternate commerce, turning the town into a "walmart town" where it's the big place to work, squashing any means of unionising and resisting, turning them into de facto "company towns."

It is the exact same model as corporate colonialism. But because there's no overt racial or national dichotomy to it, it's invisible. A blind eye is turned utterly to the trend of rich and powerful people appointing themselves as rulers and pulling the strings of desperate, tiny men and women like puppets, making them toil for nothing.

How unfortunate and shameful. Change the colours from "government" to "business" and the same outfit is worn without a single complaint by the same people as they crush the same throats.

"Just Don't Call It Government™"

I kinda wish the billionaires would hurry up and GTFO out of my star system.

Pattern that gets under my skin:

Join? [Yes! | Maybe Later.]

how about [No.] or [Never ask me again.] because it's a yes or no question and not a yes/yes question.

I find it really aggravating, especially when it's modal.

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