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Cake day: May 28, 2020


This is such a lovely video! I’m going to go and watch more of her stuff – exactly the sort of “lifestyle content” I never seem to find. Friendly energy, syncretic bits of practice and fact, beautiful shots of nature, and some hands-on advice: love it. …

papercraft low-poly-esque mask patterns for sale

These are so charming – I want to throw a party where I can make people wear them. It seems like you could get a lot of mileage out of a ream of white cardstock and the animal skull set. …

a tarot kickstarter that seems to have spared no expense in print quality

There are a lot of lovely tarot deck kickstarters that I have managed to restrain myself from backing. They tend to seem to be conceived of by illustrators. This one seems to me to have been designed by someone who really wanted to push the envelope on cool foil detailing, and I have thereby been su…

This is really cool stuff, and I appreciate how it isn’t just “this is how it was” but how the author’s taking the time to head off a lot of contemporary perspectives’ “but why didn’t they just XYZ”. …

some great halloweeny songs on a great personal website

The whole site is worth checking out, but I think it’d be easy to miss stuff like this that’s a page within a topic shrine. And you shouldn’t! I’m someone who spends time every year looking for Halloween music, and there is still a good helping here of stuff that’s new to me. …

you may not like it, but this is what peak web design looks like

One thing that probably drew me to this sort of style from a young age was that – it’s a highly refined Internet look that is entirely built up by women and girls trying to impress other women and girls. I love when it goes fully over-the-top because it’s saying, *you know what, other nichey girls …

a GIF collage of bubbles

Is there a name for this kind of thing? “GIF painting” captures something about how the GIFs are being layered and composited differently from ye olde Geocities, but maybe it should be “collage” to capture the aspects of reuse. …

Did anyone else spend a lot of time listening to MIDIs back in the day? Past their proper heyday we still hadn’t had internet fast enough to do much in the way of MP3s, so this is a very nostalgic sound for me. … art, mostly black and white, mostly pixel

Rather horrorish and yet somehow very reminiscent of those old black and white Macintosh games. …

an artist's site featuring contemporary tarot decks

I think the lost hollow is my favorite. Which is yours? …

stop everything, they brought back confetti text from ms word 97

I cannot adequately express the nostalgic feelings this brings back. Growing up, I spent a lot of time on a computer without internet access, and Boy Do You Learn A Lot About Fonts That Way. I had totally forgotten confetti text and yet also it is lodged within my soul. …

admit it, you thought diamonds were expensive because of DeBeers

I’m not gonna lie, I view Adam Conover as, like, the smarmy CinemaSins of learning, so any time he is called out I experience schadenfreude. But also, isn’t this cool and informative? …

As an overprivileged impotent – right in the feels. …

…so I’m glad this post is the first of a series. …

best grandson makes machine to pair up telegram messaging with a grandmother-friendly physical interface

Meeting people where they are with technology is so important, and I love that this lets the grandchildren message from their phones as is presumably convenient for them. …

Local news is less stressful because I feel proportionally less impotent to react to it. I recommend making this swap. I also like that they don’t save the miscellaneous news till the end of the podcast, so if for whatever reason the daily topic isn’t working for me, I already caught the headline ro…

toAnythingmy jeans plea to gen z

I’d excerpt the relevant gifs from the devil wears prada but let’s just say you’ve seen them already and I don’t have to bother

toAnythingmy jeans plea to gen z

I’m not sure just because I’m not super familiar with Pants of the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties? As for the past few years – I wouldn’t think so? I remember when I was in middle school you Had To Have flares or bootcut jeans… then by 2010ish, everything had to be skinny… but it’s mostly stayed like that up to within the last 3-4 years?

I will say, though, pretty much all the jeans I’ve had in those eras have had to have such high stretch content that the fabric doesn’t last long, so that’s definitely a factor in how fast things can turn over. I got some Trendy Huge Wide Leg “dad pants” that are pretty much just cotton and it’s stunning to me how stiff/tough/heavy/inelastic jeans are in their natural form.

Was your blog in English, though?

If you take Internet access…

…and cross reference against English speakers…

…then I think that’s enough explanation, no?

A question meant to provoke contemplation of ethics rarely has one answer, and this certainly doesn’t. “Service” and “utility” are concepts used in the legal system, and are not cleanly inherent to the situations where they’re applied. Legal systems aim to provide clear delineation of liability, but they can’t be considered the be-all and end-all of morality. Rather, when we ask ourselves “has the print shop done something wrong here” we must also consider “should the government allow the print shop to do this? should I shop at a print shop that does this?” etc. etc. as related but separate questions. (“Responsibility” also has a lot of shades by most reckonings)

Does it need to be tackled? I mean, I think it’s a good thing about the reddit ecosystem that you have multiple communities dedicated to the same topic but which have different mod policies, say. To the extent that it can devolve into namesquatting, we can always repo the name later.

Maybe we should ask that there be a point of clarification in the sidebar?

Hey, if you’re getting death threats in PMs please reach out directly to admins. That is not something we tolerate. I am not sure what options like IP bans exist or will exist. We don’t want anybody to be harassed.

You have reported that you received one message from a different account that was rude. You are also in this thread calling people paranoid, so… I will at this time remind everyone that we’re trying not to have Lemmy be a cesspool, so please try to be polite. I am not seeing anyone behave in a way that seems obviously banworthy.

So the protocol is way, way different and massively out of scope to actually reimplement, so it would never make sense to have chugging along within the Lemmy backend server itself.

However, embedding Matrix rooms in webpages is something the Matrix devs want to make more straightforward (Gitter does this nicely and they’re shooting to subsume all of its functionality) so it’s not too hard to imagine some kind of integration with a. a separate Matrix server that gives permissions to b. a Matrix bot to manage creation of new rooms c. UI extensions to show this alongside communities.


Lemmy is deceptively shiny and awesome, but there’s still a lot of way more high-priority stuff that needs doing before this kind of huge feature extension is even discussed seriously, so the devs need to focus on that kind of thing.

Once the Element devs get embedded rooms a bit further down the road, this seems like a really doable project for a motivated Lemmy user to try adding on, though!

Your own server is the one through which you interact with all others. You just talk to it, and then it talks to the other servers.

Yup, the domain name is part of what defines your identity. I would expect that eventually we’ll have more interface options to ensure it’s not too confusing who’s who (especially since there’s your real username and then you can also set a display name) but it’s one of those things that isn’t really a problem until it’s a problem.

Deletions in the fediverse have been a big deal in past. The tl;dr is that your “home” server would send out a “hey delete this” notification to all the other servers. By default they will of course do that, but you can see that it’s conceivable that someone could make a malicious version of server software that wouldn’t.

I am not a dev on the project so I am happy to pitch in answering Qs. :)

Small nit: it’s not like pulling data from each server separately because you can have one user account on one server and vote / comment / post in communities on all the servers using that one same identity.

I have one somewhere but the rotating mechanism often strikes me subconsciously as a lack of it feels like the lead is rattling around (even though it isn’t)

One thing that’s important to me is making the fediverse less elitist. So that’s maybe a divergence of views, though I can’t speak to whether I’m whatever “kind of person” you’re thinking of.

Comparisons between stages of evolution do not neatly apply to comparisons between lifestyles; we can’t conclude that a large brain adapted to social interaction is better off in its absence. (See: and general health consensus tbh)

This is all pretty broad brush, of course; individuals are different and neurodivergent people are gonna want to tackle things differently, etc. etc. I’d say at the 50,000 feet view, the general US pattern of small households that try to solve all their problems alone is a pendulum too far to one side, and its social norms are in the way of people figuring out what might work better for them.

“Living arrangements” in terms of, you know, bedrooms around a kitchen… that’s only one aspect of how people enact this – and because it’s the most All Or Nothing, I think it’s not the most useful as a starting point, you know? I think I’ve seen the same romanticization you have, and it does strike me how young the person often is doing that romanticizing…

What I think is useful about this piece is how it points out how these attitudes extend beyond commune-type living; every extended family juggling child-cousins around so parents can run errands is doing the exact same thing. Every time friends arrange a joint Costco trip because Jessica has a minivan and Amanda likes the churros – they’re engaging in the same spirit.

Rather than setting up dramatic changes in living arrangements, my guess is we’d all be better served if we looked around at the community we already have and the things in our lives we already need to get done and figured out how to come together a little more to do them.

Personally, I don’t really want it to be changed; I like that there’s somewhere generic that can serve as a catch-all bin for Fediverse content. However, I think it’s cool that someone (possibly even you??? I don’t have it in a tab) was working on spinning off something to focus on organizing to increase Fediverse adoption. I intend to join such spinoffs as well :)

I like the fediverse for its nichey communities. It lets content be easily spread across the network for viral serendipity, but also lets people feel like they’re just hanging out with a smaller community where you get to know each other. Within that community, the community has full control and autonomy, which is why it’s better than e.g. the evils of Facebook Groups for what I’m describing. Having a sort of collective/cooperative/socially negotiated service provision creates the nice foundation for the right attitudes for a community to have (I was heavily influenced by ). I like that no one is making money off my attention so no one is incentivized to manipulate me.

I don’t care as much about censorship resistance, escaping Big Mod, libreness of software (except through how that’s made it something accessible and shaped-by-the-community that a sysadminny type person can spin up without a ton of resources)…

I mean I could definitely see a social network with a highly aestheticized personality test component taking off (cough millennials and hogwarts houses cough) but hoo boy am I Not A Fan of whatever this is:

The discrepancy makes you realize that a huge cluster of people fascinated by the exact same types of things as you would be an immensely powerful source of entertainment and information, a far better content aggregator than Reddit or Hacker News could ever be. Another feature to prioritize and a great promotional point, one sure to send VCs salivating should you ever need their help bringing this to life.

The juxtaposition he’s talking about is equivalent to cartomancy pressed into service for refining a startup idea. You don’t have to share my distaste for it, of course .

Linking is super important! My sense here is also that we should advocate pulling from the picture reddit keeps instead of keeping a copy uploaded here? Not sure how that’ll display and such, but that way OP can at least maintain ability to delete without having to know about Lemmy.