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A quick introduction:

I am or have been a: writer, publisher, renter of virtual apartments for real money, injector of radioactive materials (for the forces of good, usually), sociologist, teacher, BBS sysop, SJW, polyam, and dedicated to punching up. I also have screwed up a lot, and try to learn from that crap.

I write stuff at ideatrash.net, and share lots of things I find interesting.

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politics 

From 25 Nov: Fox News Ratings Plummet After Election. Is President Trump’s Criticism the Cause? - (NEW YORK) — In a bizarre video retweeted Tuesday by President Donald Trump, a sinister-loo... time.com/5915461/fox-news-rati -trump

The "Oh Jerome, No" segments on Cake (watch on Hulu or FXX) are hilarious and personally attacking me. :)

you might think franklin is the smart one for social-distancing, but actually it's lucy for staying home

I am routinely stunned by how many boxes people put themselves in. And then additionally stunned by how little they understand those boxes.

Man, my semi-random MPD playlist generator is personally attacking me right now with its song selections.

uspol 

The GOP’s petulant demands to be allowed to “audit” mail-in votes is *literally* a politician wanting to make a list of individual people who voted against them. That traditionally ends poorly when a dictator wants to be in power, and is 100% incompatible with democracy.

I remember doing a post on Tumblr about how video games are used as US military propaganda and most of the replies were people raging at me and calling me an asshole.

I think it's funny that media companies don't understand this concept. They believe that people break the DRM for some sinister reason. No -- they just do it for fun, ethics, and maybe some positive attention.

There's no money in it, which is probably why the concept is so foreign to them.

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Hey folks, please remember: Indie games are usually made without the abuse developers suffer at the hands of AAA game publishers. The developers and artists are paid more, get proper credit, and aren't forced to shovel in microtransactions because of corporate meddling. Not to mention they're usually more fun as they're designed with gameplay in mind first (instead of many AAA titles which attempt to psychologically manipulate you into buying microtransactions).

Buy indie games, pirate AAA ones

Guerrilla Software Liberation

If you have access to software or hardware documentation that is proprietary and is otherwise undocumented, it is your duty as a good librepunk to leak it.

This includes API documentation, Verilog, schematics, and source code.

Make torrents, put it on IPFS, put it on every git instance imaginable.

Computers have always been an escape for me.

When computers have issues it is my fault, I made a mistake. There is no human element: I have complete control, in contrast to many painful events in my life. The computer is not being malicious or judgemental, the computer cannot traumatize me. It just takes an instruction and executes it.

I think, on an emotional level, that is why I cling so much to libre software. My computer is the one thing I have control over. Don't take that from me.

From 20 Nov: Internet Archive Brings Flash Games and Animation to Its Vault - Adobe’s Flash died many deaths, but we can truly throw some dirt on its grave and say our fin... gizmodo.com/internet-archive-b -archive

From 19 Nov: The Fresh Prince Reunion Demonstrates How Forgiveness Should Work - There aren’t a lot of family sitcom reunions I desperately needed, but The Fresh Prince of B... themarysue.com/the-fresh-princ -prince-of-bel-air -max

sexuality 

From 19 Nov: Internalized gender-focused attitudes affect health, career prospects - Enlarge / Women in traditional Mosuo clothing. In most societies, there are very easy to quantify ... arstechnica.com/science/2020/1 -science -behavior

From 20 Nov: In Defense of Rockefeller Center’s Ugly, Perfect Tree - The internet called it a metaphor for 2020. If that’s true, then maybe it should be a beacon ... wired.com/story/defending-rock

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Faith Collapsing

Faith Collapsing is a host set up by me (Steven Saus) with the same sensibility of the BBS I ran back in the 1990s - I set it up for me, but folks I personally know are welcome to join if they like.