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I feel like people have to say this again and again about a million things.

Don't say someone has a mental disability as an insult. Don't say they look like another gender. Don't criticize their weight. Don't make fun of them for lack of social skills.

You are hurting lots of other people when you do this.

Criticize them for the actual issues and the bad things they do.

I asked what subject matter I should use to practice painting and I was told the dog, so have a blep :P
(Acrylic on 8"x10 canvas)

some cheeky motherfucker who was supposed to fix this sink at work threw a spare toilet flusher handle on to the thing and called it a fucking day

what an absolute unit

I'm tempted to have all my websites ask for permission to send you notifications and if you say yes then I'll use that facility to constantly call you a dickhead and point out that you had absolutely no good reason to let me do that. #webdev

"The economics of package management" by @ceejbot github.com/ceejbot/economics-o

One of the best-written and most important things I've read in a long time.

That tiredness you get from impending sickness. Blarghhhhh.

A year ago I tried learning ActivityPub, and more or less failed. I was confounded by a spec that was so abstract I couldn't make heads or tails of it. Turns out I was missing some key things.

I have written a guide to learning about ActivityPub that I wish existed a year ago when I first set out to learn how to write social media servers that conform to the spec:

tinysubversions.com/notes/read

@mastonaut ...though I'd love to see it _solely_ be able to stick to one column, I didn't realise double-clicking to open a conversation was opening a second column that was off the side of my screen and so I didn't see it, heh.

Woo, checking out @mastonaut, it's a newly-launched Mastodon desktop client for macOS. There's missing features right now of course, but it's also delightful to have an application I can shrink down to a corner of the screen and also not have to rely on it being in a browser tab!

Also bonus: it's properly native and not bloody Electron.

Totally overdid it yesterday so I'm ridiculously tired today, but I went to the zoo and saw BABY MOUNTAIN GOATS, so it's all worth it.

We used the brand-new Sydney Metro to get there and back (well, part of the way since they terminate at Chatswood), the trains are automated and driverless so you can stand at the very front of the train and look directly out the front window to watch yourself zooming through the tunnels! It honestly felt like we were in a city other than Sydney, because until now we've only had the massive double-decker trains.

We went to see Underworld play at the Sydney Opera House last night, and it seriously ruled. I only have three of their albums but recognised about half of the songs, and the light show was incredible!

In case anyone was wondering due to recent discourse, Toot! will be blocking any gab domains.

I do not support white supremacy and hatred, and will never support any server that promotes it.

New blog post: "Tech veganism" nolanlawson.com/2019/05/31/tec

Wherein I try to understand what makes a "tech vegan" (i.e. someone who avoids closed-source software and big tech companies, i.e. probably you), and whether there are parallels with real veganism.

I think the biggest problem with reviewing PRs on Github is that you do this in a web browser, which also contains every single thing that is more interesting than reviewing a PR.

You think you're cool, but you're not goth girl with a raven on the subway cool.

Mastonaut - Simple, elegant, and native
Mastodon client for Mac. mastonaut.app

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