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important information for anyone at protests, #dcprotests, us-pol, boosts+++ 

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For anyone planning on protesting and especially in DC please please please remember:

  • always have an extra means and multiple routes to get home! Especially if you're relying on public transit or bikeshare.

Transit could be shut with little to no notice, bikeshare or scooters can be locked remotely.

#wmata service hours are currently also reduced

Specific Bus Routes:

I have some examples of what I mean by multiple routes here:

  • Here's an important guide from a group of political scientists and others on opposing attempted coups. We can do this.

  • Wear a fucking mask. It's still a criminally mismanged pandemic.

  • Stay safe. Godspeed.

to way back when had message boards, and I vandalized the one on my best friend's listing with graffiti of herself made of forum-smileys.

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The scientist hanging a clock,
Who knew on that date,
That fortune and fate,
Would reveal so much more to the Doc.
Doc Brown, Doc Brown, he did invent
Such objects of folly, with good intent,
He tumbled and fell in his lavatory
But soon after took to his lab'ratory
For though heโ€™d been woefully injur'ed
A vision unfurled in his bruis'ed head
Great Scott! Great Scott! From this disaster
Great Scott! Great Scott! The Flux Capac'tor!
And what did he do with it? Build it!

We'll be on the air tonight at 19:00 EST. Listen live on 99.5 FM in New York or at

There is no shame in backing off from social media when you need to, for however long you need to.

Self-care is cool.


My friends,

Today when I look out over the TL, I see not a hacker's town, but a nation's history written in miniature. Inscribed in the cracked pavement, reverberating from every passing replyguy, and casting shadows from every power-strip LED in a hundred darkened bedrooms. Today, every shitpost I see says "Democracy" to me.

We were outcasts, scum, the wretched debris of a hostile, aging world. But we came here to wire up some services, we built channels to communicate, and powerful but loose connections were formed where nobody else wanted or expected.

Today, we demand changes to our system of government outside the walled garden of our Fediverse. When you go to cast your vote in full view of the daystar, remember what we have built here. Vote for increased freedom from the tyranny of advertisers, whose bots and trackers never sleep. Freedom from oppression based on your background, preferences, and income status. Freedom from those who would snoop onto us.

It's not just a vote that we need, but also being who you are, proudly. As Thoreau put it, "Cast your whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole influence. A minority is powerless while it conforms to the majority; it is not even a minority then; but it is irresistible when it clogs by its whole weight."

Be another clog in the machine.

Here's an example of how freaking brilliant newly-departed actor and improvisor John Sessions was.

In 1994 he auditioned for the lead role in the experimental TV movie. He ran through the sides he was given (a partial conversation between the Doctor and Napoleon) in about a minute and a half, doing both roles himself, and then improvised four more minutes of the scene on the spot.


That awkward moment in which you happen to catch yourself stealing a pen on video, and then notice you happen to have that same pen in your hand.

Fascinating evolution of my anxiety dreams: twice now I have dreamed of being in a public place, and suddenly realized _I'm not wearing a mask_! I believe this is the modern successor to the classic "no pants" dream.

EC and goofy costumes 

Since we can't do a proper this year, I thought instead I'd do a thread over on birdsite in which I share some of the Halloween costumes I've made for myself over the years.

If Cab Calloway married Adam Driver, he'd be Cab Driver.

here's how much you'd be worth if you invested in Mastodon in October 2016:
nothing, money is fake and you are barely real

elevator pitch: squatnet - a decentralized federated social network where the data backend is built from other services' user-generated content backends, co-opted for completely different uses.

Guys in programming:

Flapping your degrees around and randomly *demanding* the programming credentials NOW of someone who dares to make a thing you notice while not being another guy... is NOT a good look.

Don't be this fucking guy.

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