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:
Brain Sads Show more
I feel like I keep seeing things saying that the most important thing when brains are sad is reaching out or being reached out to.
I feel like I keep trying and trying to reach out
I feel like the reach isn't connecting with anything, at least nothing I can hold onto
This is not a good feeling. :(
@pfigel I seem to be having big problems atm with this account: the web interface isn't logging me in at all (trying this from Tusky), and I've been having loads of toots just vanish when I hit the toot button, and picture attachments pop up with a different previously uploaded image. What is going on?! I cleared Masto cookies yesterday after some issues but I seem to have even worse issues today.
MASTODON NERDS, HEED MY WORDS:
I need your "random encounters for a fantasy warband" ideas again. Specifically looking for "things you might encounter in plains/fields" and "things you might encounter in woods". Ideally not just monsters - I'm thinking sidequest givers, upgrade offerers, or other things with more interesting "hooks" about them.
"In theory, this is the ultimate product."
He showed a small animal with soft scales and wings. It purred.
"A dragon cat hybrid, which is also a book."
"A book? How do you read it?"
"You tell it. 'Boknir, open'."
The dragoncatbook hissed at him. "Shan't."
"In theory," he sighed.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Me, as a pirate: The real treasure is the friends we made along the way.
My shipmates: Is that why you're burying us alive?
Me: It's among the reasons, yes.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Can we just have some appreciation for how freaking awesome and classy-while-fabulous this bird looks?
Tragopans are beautiful and we should all appreciate them more.
Pipetting 1.5ml by eye, because only a sith deals in absolutes.
Canada pol: Show more
Ontario got screwed over by its terrible electoral system. Clear centre-left majority in the votes: clear Conservative majority in the seats. Utterly ridiculous and utterly tragic (and it's the Canadian liberals that most need to get their act together on this one - Trudeau's failure to implement a better voting system is a disgrace to liberalism internationally).
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.
UK Politics Show more
Labour continue to repeat the same old ways to disappoint me on a regular basis - coming out today with "we want full access to EU markets but without doing anything for it", and claiming this is different from Tory policy... which is to maximise access to EU markets but without doing anything for it. Like, if Labour want to have the same Brexit policy as the Tories that's their call, but them lying to claim it's substantially different is something that REALLY upsets me.
Also, I found a mention of two women in my source today and they're not royals ("only" senior nobility) and they're mentioned doing something other than manufacturing babies, so that's nice and unusual considering the material (C12th chronicle sources) that I mainly work with.
I sometimes wonder whether I'm really a proper humanities academic, then I realise how many of my online rants boil down to "define the terms of your argument in the introduction to your essay, everyone"...
An important thought on political terminology: Show more
OK, here's a thing about political terminology that people need to get their heads around and frankly too many people here and everywhere don't: English-language political terminology is still, even in the internet-driven C21st, very localised and extremely variable in its usage. You can *never* just post on a public platform and "assume everyone knows what you mean" by a lot of political terms.
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...!
I feel like hyphenating co-op is generally a good thing to do, because "worker coops" can be read two ways and one of them sounds pretty cool and the other sounds pretty grim.
if you charge $150 or more for a book that only 99 of exist, that tells me that you intend for your book to be a status symbol of how wealthy and well-read you are and not an actual means of sharing your thoughts and wisdom.
and i can't get behind that