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The latest lesson in my beloved Gila's hacker-cinema education is everyone's favorite ode to an answerphone, "Sneakers," and you can listen in!

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My every-so-often roundup of the various places you can currently hear my audio work:

@HackerRadioShow - FM talk radio by a bunch of hackers and phreaks, myself included
:flan_phone1:​ Archives: - My original podcasts, including:
:flan_laugh:​ Sketch comedy:
:flan_awe:​​ Film nerdery:
:flan_bard:​ Self-naming stories:

I am therapeutically self-applying these items at various points throughout the day.

"The Internet Origin Story You Know Is Wrong -- The history of the internet is repeatedly reduced to the story of the singular Arpanet. But BBSs were just as importantβ€”if not more."

By Kevin Driscoll

Probably not a lot of people know this now, but Mastodon's web app started out with "Publish". In 2016 a famous YouTuber jokingly offered to support Mastodon's Patreon forever if I changed the button to say "Toot" instead. Needless to say, this was a really early, and not very informed decision. The first glimpse of attention and financial support. As a non-native speaker I had no idea there was another meaning.

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Do you know any good transcribers looking for work?

I've finally begun transcribing the one of my podcasts which has been lacking that form of accessibility. Now you can read along with that time I showed Gila 1992's "Sneakers."

I'd love to have more of these done, and we're slowly working on them in our rare bits of spare time, but we're never going to get through the backlog without some help.

I'm not looking for AI transcription; I have bots too. I know about the huge faceless sites and services, but I'd vastly prefer to pass the work to an individual human person from the small-business/freelance world if at all possible.

I don't have a massive budget (it's a non-commercial free-content pod I fund totally out of my pocket) but I want to pay a fair price. I can supply a bot-generated first draft to work from.

DMs open!

Dungeons & Dragons character where they magically broadcast their adventures to others for entertainment.

"Be sure to like and scry."

When you express the emotional construct of the Maniacal evil laugh, is it "MUHAHA" or "MUHAHAHA"

Asking for a friend.

Dear open source users,

If the author of your favorite open source app has announced they stopped developing and supporting the app (because they're frustrated and possibly burned out), please don't suggest they do more free work so that you can continue using the app.
Instead, consider thanking them for their past work and let them know that you enjoyed their app.

another open source developer

baby formula shortage 

I haven't paid much attention to the baby formula shortage. Everything I saw was about "supply chain". I just read more about it, and found out it was caused by one of the big manufacturers having Cronobacter sakazakii bacteria, holding private records that the bacteria was found in batches over years, and not having appropriate safety controls in place to prevent it from continuing to become contaminated.

Is capitalism out of touch? No, it's the supply chain that is wrong!

At this point "I don't know anyone with #LongCovid" is like "I don't know anyone who's been sexually assaulted."

It says more about your trustworthiness as a listener than it does about what's going on with the people around you.

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There's scuba apparatus kept on-hand in the storage closet of an underwater submarine for unexpected emergencies.

For the hell of it, here's a photo I colored in for the background of my desktop PC's login screen. The password field hovers right above Chico's head and makes me happy there.

(The password is not "swordfish.")

The contents of a file I don't remember saving to my desktop last night labeled "poem.txt" 

Everything has a face!
Everything has a face!
I command it!
I command it!
Everything has a face!

This is wild, it goes into more of the technical and scientific marvels the team had to understand and overcome to get this image! I love it :Bhole:​

"A Picture of the Milky Way's Supermassive Black Hole" on YouTube

ME: ...and I'm also a Certified Mythical Hacker.

JOB INTERVIEWER: You mean, Certified Ethical Hacker?

ME: *polishing my phone screen with the Golden Fleece while a leprechaun thumbing through the Book of Thoth pops out of my laptop bag to hand me Excalibur* I know what I said.

Profiles and posts on Mastodon and the Fediverse have public versions you can share with people who aren't on the Fediverse.

To see the public version of a profile, click on the profile picture. This will open the public version of the profile in a new tab.

To see the public version of a post, click on the datestamp below the post. This will open the public version of the post in a new tab.

These "public pages" are handy for sharing with friends, because they don't require logging in to see them.

Public pages are also very useful for something else:

If you paste the URL address of a public page into the search box on Mastodon, and then search for it, the post or profile will appear within your server. This is handy if you cannot find a post or person by searching, but you know they exist on another server.

Searching for a URL like this forces your server to "notice" the profile or post.

It also works with URLs from PeerTube, PixelFed etc.

#MastoTips #FediTips #Mastodon

En Vogue's "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" but when the guy says "And now it's time for a breakdown!" there are electric popping noises, things clang and fall over, the mics fizzle and cut out, and the music loops grind to a halt.

The rest of the track is awkward silence.

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.