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I christen the word "Federati" as the people of the Fediverse. We are the Federati!

"For true intelligence demands choice, internal freedom. And therefore we have the malingerants, fudgerators and drudge-dodgers, not to mention the special phenomenon of simulimbecility or mimicretinism. A mimicretin is a computer that plays stupid in order, once and for all, to be left in peace."
kottke.org/18/04/the-lebowski-

The Surprising Reason Zebras Have Stripes

By putting black-and-white coats on horses, a new study shows that the pattern discourages biting flies from landing.

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

i've begun to appreciate the art of Serge Pelle when i stumbled across Orbital. My one request is for Serge to design and draw Mechs. That would be wonderful. graphicine.com/serge-pelle/

i'm enjoying aircraft designs in Orbital (by Sylvain Runberg). Been reading the series for the past days.

metapsyche boosted

Infoporn: 100 Years of Sci-Fi, Explored

Using data scraping, network analysis, and machine learning, the Science Fiction Concept Corpus includes more than 2,600 books written since 1900.

wired.com/story/infoporn-100-y

Currently reading 'Lao Tzu: Tao te ching: a book about the way and the power of the way, by Ursula K. Le Guin'
I just remembered the when I got to this part:
"The wise have no mind of their own, finding it in the minds of ordinary people. ....
they mix their mind up with the world."
Because I want to immerse myself with the

"One of the most important forces in history is human stupidity. We should never underestimate human stupidity."
Yuval Noah Harari Is Worried About Our Souls
nautil.us/issue/67/reboot/yuva

"there are those people out there who are stupid and don’t realize they are stupid" Now don't be smug about it because "we see it in other people, and we don’t see it in ourselves." That is the Dunning-Kruger Effect. vox.com/science-and-health/201

I believe that AI will ultimately become self aware, although not in the way we imagine (not in the same way as our brain implements consciousness)

techspot.com/news/78519-self-a

hmm..this is both good and bad.. google's effort to thwart phishing is good, but if google is the only one doing it, then it's not good. It should be a collective effort, not just google. wired.com/story/google-chrome-

just watched Roosterteeth's new series Gen:Lock and I like it so far. Their designs are not unique but i appreciate the fact that they're mechanically sound. i await for their action figures to come out.

Gum disease–causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer’s Disease.

the bacteria that cause gum disease are present in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, not just in their mouths.

sciencemag.org/news/2019/01/gu

My first came in today. I'm very happy with the quality!
Yup, I collect mechs and . I also make my own mech robots.

"I like people who get excited about the change of the seasons, the sound of the ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and starry nights." ~Brooke Hampton

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories.
Therefore, this year I will put more priority on shared experiences with other people: I will treasure my time with family & friends. We will visit more places, an try all kinds of food we never tried before, and drink stuff we never had before :)
wired.com/story/your-brain-is-

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.


Unique Features
  • Inline math Latex support - Use \ ( and \ ) for inline LaTeX, and \ [ and \ ] for display mode.
  • 65,535 character limit for toots (usually 500)
  • 65,535 character limit for profile bio (usually 160)
  • Full text searches - usually you can only search hashtags and usernames
  • Halcyon / Twitter clone front-end - Want the interface to look exactly like the Twitter interface? After you signed up just go here to login: https://halcyon.qoto.org.
  • PeerTube - We host our own PeerTube server with open registration for up to 100MB, but all of our active users get unlimited quotas. Sign up here: https://video.qoto.org.
  • Professionally hosted with nightly backups
  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide: https://github.com/tootsuite/documentation/blob/master/Using-Mastodon/User-guide.md

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: https://halcyon.qoto.org/ No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username]@qoto.org so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is @freemo@qoto.org.

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
  • @freemo@qoto.org
  • @absolutus@qoto.org
  • @arteteco@qoto.org
  • @Surasanji@qoto.org
  • @hashtaggrammar@qoto.org
Note: The account @QOTO@qoto.org listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

***We will never advertise on QOTO or sell your information to third-parties***