I’ve a theory there are more Mac than Windows users here. Vote. Boost. Cheers.

#mac #windows

A little BBC Radio 4 news: You can hear the audio adaptation of my story The Sleeper and the Spindle in the UK on the radio on the 24th and the 26th, bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000qm49, and hear me with the BBC Symphony on Friday & Friday Week: bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cl2r and bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000cp2b. And after broadcast they will be available anywhere in the world using the websites or the BBC Sounds App.

Movie, India, Tumbbad-Kantara 

What's with the social media discourse and comparison between Tumbbad and Kantara? The two aren't even slightly similar, except that they are both heavily rooted in Indian/regional folklore. I cannot fathom why people are taking sides and getting so riled up about personal opinions.

Do you think there's enough ground for comparison or are they as different as night and day?

Btw, if you felt both movies were similar, I'd love to know why?


Food, India, Food Politics 

So, since Paresh Rawal is concerned about some innocent fish fry in Gujarat; here's me compiling a list of food from the streets of Gujarat we should ALL be genuinely concerned about!!

(Goes without saying this is a personal list of food I feel should not exist).

PS: If I've missed out on any gems please feel free to share in comments.

1. Fanta Omlette from the streets of Surat (who is paying 250 bucks for THAT??!) - youtu.be/dUib6BuuZT4

2. Mango Ice Cream Dabeli of Baroda - youtu.be/cJ6F0b3WIJc

3. Chocolate Samosa Pav from Surat - youtu.be/bYJTrYXcLv0

4. Giant Gola from Surat (that doe not look one bit appetizing and costs ₹999/-) - youtu.be/XQiUp8mVsHU

5. Paan Brownie from Ahmedabad - youtube.com/shorts/ShqsdUBLdZQ

6. Oreo Pakoda from the alleyways of Ahmedabad - youtu.be/YPDfGs7SsFI

7. Coca Cola Egg Fried Rice from Baroda - youtu.be/sO6V02HpF80

Why they gotta add sweet to everything?


Have you ever slept/fallen asleep standing up?

#Poll #MastIndia

Good heavens! What kind of a numbskull does one have to be to think the thots that he's been thinking??

It's the conviction with which these conservative types say these things, that they truly believe in, that gets me. Talk about misplaced screwed up morality, in this case plain stupidity!

Kanye West praises Hitler in antisemitic interview

I was down for the count after a bad doctor appointment.
Kanye said that Hitler invented highways and microphones?

Yoel Roth, the former Head of Trust and Safety for Twitter, shared his thoughts on Musk’s handling of Twitter and the reasons for his departure while speaking at a Knight Foundation conference. He largely just confirms what we all know from following the debacle, though he does demonstrate a good practice for personal and professional life– defining clear boundaries:

“Before Musk took over Twitter, Roth wrote down several commitments to himself that would trigger the decision to quit. One limit, he said — one that was never reached — was that Roth would refuse to lie for Musk. Another limit, one that was ultimately reached and drove his decision to resign, was ‘if Twitter starts being ruled by dictatorial edict rather than by a policy.’”

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Musk himself has:
- Spread Covid misinformation
- Called safety precautions “fascist”
- Forced his own workers back to work forcibly infecting hundreds of them
- Fired employees w/ Covid for taking sick days
- Cast doubt on vaccines
- Dismissed mass death of over a million people saying, “everybody dies” washingtonpost.com/technology/ #covid #musk #twitter #twittermigration #journalist #technology #tech #technews

RT @SeriFeliciano
Wait a second, these are not real error bars … the author literally just put the letter “T” above the bar graphs 😭

Coffee Poll 

Had a really long discussion with a friend today about Indian Artisanal Coffee Startups, and I said "nothing beats a good old South Indian Filter Coffee". Which obviously lead to an even longer discussion.

So anyway, poll time, boost for reach.

PS - if you pick option 2, comment with your preferred brand and what method of filtration/preparation do you use?


NOTE: If anyone wants to be added to this list just let me know.

Ok so this seems to be most of the people who publicly stated they had interest in developing the "United Federation of Instances". All of you should have gotten the first draft and opinions were heard and discussed.

Today I will be moving the first draft over to git (either git.qoto.org or gitlab.com). From there I will encourage each of you to provide suggestions as to edits there, and raise discussions in issues. This way we will be public and have an open transparent forum that keeps the changes on record.

While public feedback is being debated on the proposal I will begin a rough draft on the complete by laws (which will try to represent the broader points in the proposal document). That too will be on gitlab and open to discussion

From there as the movement grows we can begin discussing launching it.

I suggest all communication on the fediverse about this use the hashtag so it is easily searchable.

Since this is a public post I will now share the link to the early draft here, please keep in mind everything here is open for discussion so if anyone doesnt like the current direction, please speak up, we want you to be heard.


@skanman @floppy @john @stevenclyman @robryk @ejg @dashrandom @Romaq @ichoran @AlanOutback @tsomof @aebrockwell @Ryle @tatzelbrumm @Gaythia @ichoran @realcaseyrollins @stux @stux @trinsec @khird @darnell @jq

I built this tool a year ago but I feel like Mastodon folks would like it

The "Weird Old Book Finder"

Type in a search query, and it'll find one randomly-chosen public-domain book that matches the query -- and present it for immediate reading: weird-old-book-finder.glitch.m

Why only one book? To prevent the paradox of choice! Just *start readin'*

Can't promise every book will be weird, but most are

A longer essay on how/why I developed it: debugger.medium.com/a-search-e

This was a search for "mastodon"

Civic Art Installation, Bangalore 

Hilarious video by Bengawalk. You could be driving around any part of Indiranagar or neighbouring areas, you'll definitely spot him 🤣🤣

Source: instagram.com/reel/ClgBZ2gP2xh


Have you experienced #Mansplaining on Mastodon / in the Fediverse?

(*A man trying to explain something obvious to a woman because he assumes she can't know it)

I send out #WritingOpportunities — jobs, assignments, contests, calls for submissions, etc. — via:
• Google Groups groups.google.com/group/Cafera
• Telegram t.me/CaferatiListings

These are not identical feeds. Emails go out max twice a month, whenever I have the time to compile and format, and Telegram posts as and when I spot opportunities. Both are one-way, so the only clutter you will get in your inbox is me.

Both are free and open to all,

Submissions / tip-offs welcome: bit.ly/caf-listings-form

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#MastIndia people might be interested in another of my lockdown projects, this crowd-sourced map of independent bookshops in India. zigzackly.blogspot.com/2022/06
cc: @mastodonindians

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