We already know that automated content filters don't work. They put absolute power over content in the hands of a system that is opaque and broken.
A couple of days ago YouTube took down all of the Blender Foundation's videos from the Blender Foundation's channel due to a copyright claim by... the Blender Foundation.
The BF is an official YT partner, but days later they still cannot get a straight answer from YT about what is going on:
Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Health and Safety Guy The Wise? I thought not. It's not a story that the Jedi would tell you... He had such a knowledge of basic health and safety infrastructure and efficient building regulations that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying...!
Beginning June 11, no more free API key for Google Maps (now Google Maps Platform) if you don't provide a credit card.
A lot of custom Google maps that have been created over the years will likely no longer work.
I have a new book out! Demon's Lure, about a girl and her demon. Or a demon and its girl, maybe. It's complicated.
Also, not a romance. This is not the sort of demon you take home to mom. This is the sort of demon you keep far away from everyone you care about to ensure it doesn't torture them to death.
A long-shot, but...
About 8 months ago I had been following a #French #writer on Masto (at my former mammouth.cafe account, RIP) who wrote short #novels of historical fiction (I think it was) in French and was looking for a native English-speaking collaborator to #translate the works into #English.
Anyone know who that might be?
midichlorians are the powerhouse of the cell
tech bros on twitter arguing against libraries in favour of "spotify for books" because authors/publishers (or rather VC investors) can't use libraries as their primary source of profit is just a perfect example of silicon valley's willful ignorance or complete contempt for the ideas of public service and the commons.
rather than everybody creating a public space and sharing resources they'd have us all completely separated and paying countless times over for the same thing.
TIL: It's possible in PHP to add extra arguments to a function call if some value is truthy. And all without using extra variables or lines.
Regular function call:
Fancy function call:
myFunction($arg1, ...($bool ? [$arg3] : ));
If $bool is truthy, then myFunction is called with two arguments, but if it's falsy, then it's only called with one argument!
Anyone know a tabletop gaming mastodon instance? I've got a friend who didn't find any good instances on their first search.
Folk of Mastodon - meet Updates from the Forge, issue 25!
This month we have #boardgames, PC #gamedev, #storytelling #gamedev resources, and more besides - do check it out, please boost to support the great independent creators in the newsletter, and do let us know what you think :)
(And revel in being on Masto and being ahead - Twitter and FB won't get this shared until tomorrow!)
There was a young man
From Toulouse who got lim'ricks
And haiku confused
One of the appeals of teaching yourself how to draw, write, make music, program, and the like, is that those hobbies have become the only way for many people to feel some kind of connection to what they make.
In a system where people are treated as if they are basically fungible totally isolated from their labour, their environment and even themselves, the hobby piece becomes a rare way for people to look at something, feel a real connection to it, and say "this is me, only I could do this."