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Does anyone else occasionally (or regularly) get flashes of insight, where two or three separate things come together in your mind in a deeply illuminating way for the briefest moment, and then disappear before you can capture them or explain them to anyone else?

It's like I need the brain equivalent of a stackdump in programming.

"At the end of the day, Mr. President, no borders are visible from space."
"It's true. They are just social const-"
"We will change that."
"How much paint do we need?"
"That's not-"
"Get to it!"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

#Privacy vs “I have nothing to hide” "photos, contacts, calendar, email, browsing history, search history, musical tastes, files, thousands of status updates, likes, shares and physical movements"

On the general topic of security, I also think it's hilarious that corporations can have internal "security training" courses that require FLASH to run.
Definitely not mixing messages there.

This is a great example of why coding (distinct from the practice of software development or engineering) needs to be considered part of basic literacy. It can't be taught as a separate skill.

It's also why the more locked-down platforms (like iOS or ChromeOS) might soon put their users at an appreciable disadvantage.

Is there a Mastodon equivalent to "quoting" tweets? (The obvious would be to link to the toot in your toot.) I'm just wondering if there's a convention people prefer for that kind of thing.

(It would essentially be boosting a toot with some additional comments)

Probably need to be posting more.

The challenge is that I don't like posting of I don't have anything to say, but saying thoughtful or insightful things takes time and mental energy, and I already have two (or three, depending how you count) jobs and a family, all of which demand my time and mental energy.

Harriet Tubman: Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to change the world.

It's the kind of thing that people with my level of tech and security knowledge should be aware of, but I hadn't really thought about it: Your phone number can easily be stolen by calling customer service, knowing the answers to some simple questions and having it transferred to a new SIM. And then you're seriously screwed.

The Internet never forgets. There's a nonzero chance this will happen to your Mastodon thoughts as well.

Brain Dump (CW for length) 

Albert Einstein: There is no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war... Except its ending.

I'm really glad to see that Dell is still actively supporting Linux on their laptops.

The 2018 XPS 13 Developer’s Edition—Have it your way on a “just works” Linux laptop.

I've been thinking a lot lately about federated platforms and the tools users need to manage their online presence when it's spread over multiple apps and instances, instead of consolidated into a single Facebook profile.

The challenges seem to boil down to how to manage, for a given "post" (a unit of content that a person would like to share), what other people should see that post. By extension, that means that the other thing to manage is what other people a given person wants to communicate with and how those people can be reached.

One of the biggest lessons that was hammered into me in my college writing courses was to always consider my audience. I think we do far too much "shouting into the void" where we either post in public to nobody in particular, or worse, we post on public content that was created with a much more limited audience in mind. (Yes, I see the irony—hypocrisy even—of posting that sentence to my Mastodon account.)

I also have a very strong tendency to avoid starting on anything until I can see how it would be completed, which leads me to start few things and therefore finish few things. I also tend to think more about digital tools that are polished enough for my mother to use, which is also a high bar to clear.

To combat that, what I'd like to do in this case is start working on a set of tools for publishing content that I create. They'll be very rough and specific, because I'll design them only to solve my immediate problems. But I do hope to write about them, and hopefully over time they can morph into something more socially beneficial.

For what it's worth, the writing that I do here is mostly done from my iPhone, in markdown using the Pretext app ( I keep a copy of what I write in a git repository (using the Working Copy app to push it to GitLab), which should give me the option to do things with it later if I want.

I think the next step, as I alluded to yesterday, is creating some kind of basic app for iPhone that will allow for sharing content via the activity hook. I don't know anything about iPhone development, so I might need to recruit someone for that.

I also have in mind the creation of scripts or utilities that could run on a Raspberry Pi and do some publishing type work (like tweeting my Mastodon posts) automatically. We'll see how far I get: it's not as though I have copious amounts of spare time.

And here's my first :

There must be some framework or platform that can provide a bridge between the bird site and Mastodon. I'd prefer to be here, but most of the content is there. I don't know that I'd want the content simply "tooted" here by a bot, because I think that would break the interaction model (you'd end up boosting or retooting the bot, rather than the user who actually posted the content).

Maybe a partial answer would be something that makes it easier to respond to Twitter content on Mastodon (my main Mastodon client, Amoroq, doesn't have the necessary activity hook to be able to do that easily from either TweetBot or Twitter). There might be real value (to me at least, and probably other iOS users) in having a "bridging" app, that would allow you to post or link content from various iOS apps (Twitter, Safari, etc.) with optional text, and tags of some kind indicating what action should be taken (e.g., save for later reading, post to a configured Mastodon account, publish to a blog, etc.).

In the interest of creating more content on Mastodon, and because I have so many thoughts in my head that are all clamoring to get out at once, I'm going to try and do semi-regular "Brain Dumps" here.

I won't attempt any consistent structure (though if I fall into one, that wouldn't be such a bad thing), but it won't be unfiltered or stream of consciousness either, as I am posting it online in my name.

I'll also probably limit myself to topics and ideas that aren't focused on my specific geographic community, as they'll be more likely to resonate with a more geographically distributed audience.

from Twitter 

I like the overall Fediverse approach, but even the default 500 character limit isn't conducive to more nuanced and contemplative thought.

I'm hoping the effectively unlimited post length here on qoto will mean higher quality, less impulsive posts.

If that's the case, it could serve as a great alternative to Medium, for assorted blog-like content.

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