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I'm genuinely surprised by how many people joining Mastodon from Twitter seem unfamiliar with using URLs to give the address of a web page, particularly when that web page has their new Mastodon account.

The whole *point* of the web is that every page has its own address, so you don't need to resort to “Look for ‘Grey the earthling’ on the Queer Party website!!!”

Bloody kids these days etc etc

If you want to support the strike by not crossing the picket line, but you're in the habit of visiting io9, you can use to set up a temporary redirect while the strike continues.

Include pattern: `https://**`
Redirect to: ``

Doing the thing isn't what's unpleasant. The unpleasantness comes from the reluctance to do the thing — the anticipation, the resistance.

In fairness to Netflix, they make it really easy to cancel. It's 2 clicks and there's a text field to explain why.

This is an excellent explanation of why climate change is just a small symptom of a far more fundamental predicament:

To my neighbours who are setting off very loud fireworks: please stop.

BBC transphobia, violent threats, #BBCCoverUp 

On the remote off-chance any of my colleagues are listening, the BBC has *a lot* of work to do to demonstrate they understand the severity of the problems with *just this article*, and that's before even addressing the pattern of which this is yet another example.

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BBC transphobia, violent threats, #BBCCoverUp 

Tim Davie says that if BBC staff attempt to conceal serious breaches of editorial values, we will be sacked (“deliberate or negligent breaches of a serious nature, or attempts to conceal them, will result in disciplinary action or dismissal, regardless of seniority, profile, or role” — so I'm obliged to point out the story:

BBC 🏳️‍⚧️ 

Imagine you could deliver a short message, about the BBC's coverage of trans people, to BBC staff members who would be willing to listen. What would you tell them?

Also, imagine your message might be delivered this Monday (25 Oct 2021) in the early afternoon, and so comments before then would have a better chance of being heard. Y'know, hypothetically.

I have *finally* got round to updating my name on my website — and also building another custom static site generator, this time in Python, because I never really liked using an off-the-shelf one… and also remaking the page structures and stylesheets. And! After only about 15 years I have *eventually* worked out how to upload using FTP from the command line.

News I almost missed:
Rain falls on the summit of Greenland for the first time in recorded history
— via

I continue to be irritated by the SI base unit of mass having a built-in kilo- prefix.

We had a perfectly sensible name for the same unit, “grave”, and we blew it.

Violent crime, irresponsible journalism 

Why are BBC News and the Guardian trying to make a murder suspect famous?

The name of my next band (with apologies to John Scalzi) 

Anglin' For A Pangolin

Green Party 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 

I've voted in the Executive Committee elections for:
- Ash Routh
- Jon Nott
- Alexander Sallons
- Rosie Rawle; Duncan Kerr; Daniel Laycock & Lyndsay McAteer
- Vix Lowthion
- Kathryn Bristow & Rachel Collinson
- Vix Lowthion; Edward Gildea

Mozilla are up to their usual tricks 

OK, in fairness it seems they've fixed it:

The thing is, I believed and assumed that Mozilla were using scummy scare tactics to promote their new service — I wasn't shocked or incredulous. My career in tech is a direct result of discovering Mozilla in 2002, and *this* is Mozilla's reputation as I now see it.

Maybe Drew DeVault's right and the open Web is a lost cause.

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Mozilla are up to their usual tricks 

So now Mozilla are using their Facebook Container add-on to show a scary warning on email address fields on every website, pretending that Facebook could find out your email address, to trick you into using their Firefox Relay service.

And the sad thing is I'm not surprised — Mozilla used to be an honest public service, but they've been turning into scummy used-car salesmen ever since they bought Pocket.

Whimsical timekeeping 

Captain's log, stardate 16274.8: if you divide Unix time by 100,000, you get something that ticks up one unit every ~28 hours and looks like a stardate.

“Please try to understand me as hard as I am trying to understand you, is how it was when I first had to explain to someone what the word ‘nonbinary’ means. […] But if I try to explain to you why a hippo is or is not a dragon, it isn’t that way. Neither of us is trying to learn the other one in a way that is confusing and painful and new.”

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