This is an argument I’ve tried to explain many times to software developers whinging about tech debt—some people totally get it, some really do not.
blog.audax-labs.com/posts/2021

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I've released version 2.0.0 of my RSS to ActivityPub converter! This now provides functionality I'd hacked in to rss.friend.camp - it requires OAuth 2.0 authorization for someone to create a new AP account for an RSS feed.

I used to run this service "in the open" but was overwhelmed by spammers. Now the admin of a Mastodon (or Pleroma or any federated server that is an OAuth 2 provider) can provide this converter as a service solely to members of their instance.

github.com/dariusk/rss-to-acti

I turned off Twitter and have been blessedly free of discourse for a week. No sense of FOMO. Lower latent anxiety levels. Have gotten lots of interesting creative and technical work done. Hmmm.

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Ursula K Le Guin, on tech workers:
"Real power goes to waste. Every wizard uses his art against the others, serving the men of greed. What good can any art be used that way? It's wasted. It goes wrong, or it's thrown away. Like slaves' lives. Nobody can be free alone. Not even a mage. All of them working their magic in prison cells, to gain nothing. There's no way to use power for good."
- "The Finder", from "Tales from Earthsea"

Have to run a scheduled intro to game audio programming in a room that isn’t set up for sound...

And the room is literally 10 metres away from a full VR studio with all the tech you could possibly imagine set up lfg

Oh, this looks really useful. A tool that automates the process of running a binary search for keywords on Web Archive URLs.
github.com/Cykelero/timefind

Incredibly odd procrastination dimensions at the moment, obsessing over colour science and methods of building palettes for design systems.

How are people supposed to function like this? I was barely functioning anyway.

COVID NZ 

I’m going to try my best not to contribute to it, given we now know the quarantine period is extended out until next week (and likely longer if more cases are confirmed).

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I’m finding the discourse so boring and predictable at this point. The media cycle and dynamics of Twitter have created a kind of insufferable online polarity between the professional comms and pols journalism class and the self righteous left liberal class. All the discussions are shot through with lack of empathy and ableism.

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hi fediverse, I just posted transcripts of a few talks and lectures I've given over the past few years, mostly concerning the connections between machine learning, language and poetry: posts.decontextualize.com

(notes and summaries in individual posts below)

[meta discussion about CW] 

I also wonder how much of this is just a basic gap in media literacy. A lot of people do not seem to have absorbed the idea that there are multiple different ways to interpret and understand a narrative work and there is not a monopoly on any one theory of how media operates.

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There are structural things going on as well and it would be remiss not to mention that. Sometimes people may just want a sense of control and empowerment over what they consume and it is important to recognise as a creator and publisher that you are in somewhat of a position of power structurally, whether it is how you feel or not. Things are complicated.

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Which seems somewhat dissonant, because I thought that empowering creators to be able to do this without unnecessarily/unexpectedly upsetting and harming others was the exact purpose of having content warnings.

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This sort of reaction makes me scared that I won’t be able to share writing and media I’ve made with details of some of the things that happened when I was growing up, that PTSD, pain, [redacted bad stuff] are basically off limits to express in media now if it is not made specifically for the exact preferences and comfort of the most vocal and articulate critics.

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It is not fair on artists and creators to ask them to remove difficult themes and pain they want to express in their work, if that is what they want to say.

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It is the responsibility of publishers to provide appropriate content warnings and clearly communicate the scope of a work so people can make an informed decision about whether to play/read/view.

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So turns out aside from the standard gamer ridiculousness (how dare you add dating sim mechanics to a dungeon crawler), there was a H U G E discussion about CW not mentioning some difficult themes in the game which is a totally reasonable thing to push back on but has led to some fairly absurd and unreasonable stances being taken. The developers seem to have acknowledged the issue and are taking steps to address it.

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