internet gryphon, they/she

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Cake day: Jan 28, 2022


more like “the society’s ridiculous standards made some men insecure about their heights”.

yeah this is a thing which is more or less directly caused by conventional beauty standards, it’s not a thing that happens in a vacuum! phrasing it like that is a weird choice.

their core ideas:

nobody has gotten it quite right yet

we think existing platforms have some good ideas, but no one’s managed to create one without profound flaws. we’re borrowing liberally from other sites, but we want to build cohost into something that works well and serves its users rather than just another clone. there is value in being in the same place as everyone

on a web without functioning search engines, blogs and friends-only sites may be okay for some, but they leave people who are scraping by on public visibility and word of mouth in the lurch. …but nobody wants a digital panopticon

on modern social media, there is an ever-present fear that someone will see your post, have their own bad faith interpretation, and decide to ruin your day over it. platforms are often built to encourage this sort of behavior to drive up engagement, but they don’t have to be. metrics are ruining our lives

modern social media is designed around a vicious feedback loop that keeps users Engaged at the expense of their mental health, all in order to make their executives more money. the value of social media is its posts

we aren’t the ones providing the most important part of cohost — you are. cohost exists to give you ways to express yourself and stay in touch with your friends.

my suspicion is this will not be “successful”, but i am interested in it because it feels like this kind of stuff–which is closer to how stuff on the internet used to be–is the next “innovation” in social media to be had.

Advertising has a habit of grabbing any available space where we look, and if train windows are available, I’ll bet it’s going to happen any time soon. No, I’d expect it would not happen on those beautiful Alpine railways… But on dreary subway trains, oh yes! Maybe a nice use would be to display passing Alpine scenery on a subway train?

i’m reminded of the ongoing, piecemeal adoption of advertising screens on glass doors in supermarkets, which is a particularly cynical and dystopian, egregious example of this. i fully expect similar to happen with train windows if an opportunity arises.

san francisco mandated buildings over a certain size in certain areas of the city have a system for sorting water that can be recycled from other waste, and then didn’t build the water facility necessary to actually recycle the water, so all but one of the purple pipes that define the system lead nowhere. efforts to build a water facility which can actually connect to some of the pipes have since been written off as too expensive, even though they’re literally building another water facility right now.

San Francisco will open a recycled water plant on the west side of the city next spring, but this $216 million facility will not connect to any buildings but instead irrigate Golden Gate Park, Lincoln Park Golf Course, the Presidio and other landscaping areas.

The latest attempt to build a recycled water facility on the city’s east side, where the buildings with purple pipes are located, fizzled this spring after officials deemed the price tag prohibitive.

just incredible stuff here

Wake me up when the cryptocurrency community decides that these scams are a bad thing and something needs to be done about them, so far it looks like that community is more than happy they happen, as long as it helps provide liquidity to the space.

i’m reminded of how when dan olson did his big video on crypto at the beginning of the year he found the community more or less encouraged basic financial fraud schemes like pump-and-dumps and how if you made an NFT project–heavily tied to cryptocurrency–artificially inflating the value was a prerequisite to show you cared about your investors. the whole ecosystem is really just a nesting doll of scams, lol.

i do regularly check the guardian, and post articles from them on here probably about once a week; i have not seen anything you have implied here in my examinations of their content or what i post, hence why i’m asking

i mean, if you’re this confident in making the assertion and it’s that obvious, this should be extremely trivial to back up with an actual source, or literally anything which supports the point.

the guardian is a mouth piece for western weapons manufacturers and war hawks. it’s owned by a billionaire. they have contracts with mi6 and the pentagon and other western nationalist security agencies

i’m gonna need to see a citation for that one; there are many critiques you can throw at the guardian but this honestly just reeks of “they don’t promote my worldview uncritically, so they’re a mouthpiece for all the things i don’t like”

anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, anti-EU, and “formerly” fascist.

[Sweden Democrats] originally had its roots in Swedish fascism[24][25][26] and white nationalism,[27][28] but began distancing itself from its past during the late 1990s and early 2000s.[3][27] Under the leadership of Jimmie Åkesson, the SD underwent a process of reform by expelling hard-line members and moderating its platform. Today, the Sweden Democrats officially reject both fascism and Nazism.[3]

if by “left” you mean socialist, then ostensibly. there’s the CPRF, which is the main opposition party–but they’re just as nationalist as most of the right-wing parties and socially conservative. if you mean “left” as in broadly left-of-center politics, then not really. most of the liberal parties have been crushed (and have the same caveat as CPRF does without transformational economic politics).

it’s astonishing just how quickly the northern front of this war has collapsed for russia. most of this was stuff they’ve been in control of since the early days of the war to the point where they have ostensible administrations set up; you’d think by now they’d also have it in a defensible position.

i’m not a tech person but i’ve kept an eye on MNT’s work, and it’s good to see they’re expanding their focus beyond just computers

despite this, amazon continues to drag their feet and whine about how the election was basically fraudulent:

In an onstage interview at the Code Conference in Beverly Hills, California, on Wednesday, Jassy claimed “very disturbing irregularities” in the vote of workers at the JFK8 warehouse in New York City, and alluded to a prolonged battle with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which oversaw the election. Amazon had indeed contested the union victory, claiming more than 20 issues with the union’s behavior, including harassment of voters and how the NLRB ran and staffed the election. But an NLRB official who oversaw the objection hearing recently recommended that all of Amazon’s objections be thrown out and that the Amazon Labor Union win be certified. Jassy’s comments on Wednesday suggest Amazon will continue to battle the NLRB on the issue.

On September 7, the group sent an official letter to the State Duma demanding federal lawmakers initiate the ouster of Putin because, according to them, the ongoing war has damaged Russia’s security.

The letter also said that the invasion led to the deaths of Russian soldiers, damaged the economy and economic conditions for the country’s citizens, brought about NATO’s expansion to Sweden and Finland, and militarized Ukraine through the assistance of other states.

it’s not clear from the wording, so i’ll ask: is this coming from the left of putin (as in, it’s bad for ukraine to be invaded) or from the right (as in, it’s bad that russia is being embarrassed and therefore putin needs to be charged and replaced with someone more ultranationalist)? i know putin has received increasing criticism from people to his right whose objections are more that he’s failing than anything else.

godspeed to this person, who apparently manifested this one. also, good luck to the monarchy now having to crown a guy who’s like 80!

particularly relevant in light of this week’s energy woes in california, as a massive heatwave grips them. so far the state has been lucky to avoid widespread brownouts and blackouts–mostly because of a mass-alert to reduce energy use, which worked quite well overall–but nonetheless several places experienced them yesterday, and it’s not inconceivable they could do so again today or in the next few days.

I’m not well informed on the matter, what are the odds that some things like abortion being declared a constitutional right were breaking points (sadly) ?

given the large margin of failure, any individual part of the constitution probably can’t be singled out as what made it fail. as mentioned in my comment, i think president boric’s unpopularity is also one of the bigger factors, and there was really nothing campaigners could do about that.