McSweeney's: Just Because They’ve Turned Against Humanity Doesn’t Mean We Should Defund the Terminator Program
Empathy Online: https://thoughtbot.com/blog/empathy-online
a lot of people talk about the GeoCities aesthetic but i 100% honestly think it's high time we move away from that and start talking about the Y2Kweb™ aesthetic because it's [chef's kiss]
A #pixelart ivy-covered brownstone at sunset
If you’re looking for signs of hope, here’s a 🧵 of changes I’ve seen in the news. I’m sure there are more, let’s pile ‘em on.
- The Minneapolis Public School board just voted unanimously to cancel their contract with the Minneapolis Police Department: https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/minneapolis-public-schools-cancel-contract-with-police.html
- Leaders in both the US house and senate have announced hearings to investigate police violence: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/us/politics/congress-hearings-racial-violence-police-force.html
This is a great read about being a white ally: https://sojo.net/articles/our-white-friends-desiring-be-allies
Why many people don't and won't use open source federated sites
People will continue to use big centralized sites like Discord until the alternatives drop the literal paragraphs of technobabble to explain what they are.
Most users do not know tech well. If they see pages of words they don't understand it's clear the software 'isn't for people like me'
so they go back to centralized sites.
If people don't understand what any of those acronyms and words mean it won't matter that the site is easier or better to use.
There's nothing wrong with technical explanations.
But they can be deeply alienating as a first impression and explanation to someone with no tech or coding skills who's after 'a site I can talk to my friends on'.
Folks know the sites they use are bad. But the alternative isn't accessible to the vast majority of people.
Non tech users need to be included and respected as potential users if open source is to appeal to all the communities it could benefit.
Sketching out some #pixelart today
Are you interested in a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon?
because I'm making a federated alternative to Goodreads that doesn't use Amazon
If you're using #firefox, I can highly recommend the Multi-Account Containers extension: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/multi-account-containers/
It separates cookies and sessions so you can log into different accounts on the same site. Or use it to quarantine Google/Facebook stuff!
If you, like me, dislike tons of before blocks in a test, then this article is for you:
Software Developer at thoughtbot Boston
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