I am coming to the conclusion that the GUI (any GUI) is an environment in and of itself and that it doesn't much suit me. This in the way, and to the degree, that an overstimulating primary classroom full of visual and aural overkill can be poorly suited to many of the children who "work" there

Trigger Warning Poll 

Hi Fedifolks - the culture here has broadly adopted the widespread use of content warnings, especially to avoid psychological triggers that can cause harm. This is great! I would like to get some idea of the proportions of people who urgently require different common trigger-warnings, for a personal project that might be of interest to them later. Check all that apply.
I'm only allowed add 4 choices. But I am open to more input.
Also, LMK of any other polls?
Please boost! :)

@yoshiki Equally scary that folk characters and pre-copyright works are often known, if at all, through copyrighted versions.

Health, antibiotics, IBD 

I read years ago that it is standard practice in some countries in, I think, Scandinavia, to give full-spectrum antibiotics alongside anti-fungals to prevent the colonisation of the intestines etc by pathological yeasts etc which would otherwise take the place of competing "friendly bacteria". @cwebber

Health, antibiotics, IBD 

@cwebber Anything related to gut bysbiosis is full of pseudo-science etc and so triggers folk who consider themselves scientific, but the basic protocol of improving one's microbiome can help to manage a lot of conditions. For me ADHD, depression, & Asperger's syndrome. All of these occur alongside gut issues much of the time (sympathetic nervous system, neurotransmitters in gut etc.) Antibiotics is a common trigger of dysbiosis; modern lifestyles abound with others.

Is anybody using Nextcloud social? It doesn't seem particularly active. @nextcloud

Wow, that was different.

Today I read an article on a Gemini[1] website, and used the email the author shared to write them a long-form comment on their work.

It struck me how foreign this once-natural interaction felt. I think it helped give a bit more form to my feelings around how social media has encouraged us to 1) let such platforms control how we share content, 2) use shorter messages, 3) have shallower interactions, and 4) forget historic data.

Fuck. I miss this. I miss really connecting to people.

[1] gemini.circumlunar.space

@MoMartin Been there, I guess. Did a couple of writing courses years ago. My experiences were very much affected by my being neuro-atypical - and indeed just an exaggerated version of the usual autistic / ADHD experience :) Still, terror for sure. I left Britain in the middle of my last one, and haven't felt like joining in an ex-pat scene writing in English here in Prague. Perhaps that's prejudice. Perhaps I'm scared. Still, well done: it's a confrontation for sure! @krozruch

@gedvondur @MoMartin A much worse sign is when somebody thinks their own writing is pitch perfect, funny, wise, and true. Still, terror focuses the mind.

software vs writing 

software: no one knows what you do, and everyone who does including yourself hates it. there are limitless niches of valuable work to be done — valuable in a social sense, as open source of course goes unpaid — but most such niches are so obscure that the necessary connective tissue required to form the greater whole will never materialize, unless done by capitalists, who will ruin it.

writing: everyone writes. everyone writes better than you. everyone writes so much that editors beyond number are bored of stories better than anything you’ll ever write. they are so bored that even joking about the boredom is cliche. when you receive a $20 check for a work you spent a month shopping around, you will feel grateful. but at least it is much harder to write anything deadly than it is in software.

Went wakeboarding and everything is going to hurt for a few days.. Similar feeling to windsurfing: I have no technique yet and just hang on using all of my body inefficiently. Good though. Will certainly go again and need something like it right now.

@Jeff It's what I tell myself, though I'm convincing nobody of the same over here :D

@Jeff "Good trouble". It's work that wants doing. Keep it up!

@MoMartin I certainly see less difference between the existence of bubbles here on the fediverse and on Twitter to fully buy into the notion that it's all about opaque algorithms, though they bring their own problems.

The Internet treats nuance as damage and routes around it

@Jeff Sounds like hell - good luck. Very different area, journey (and temperament etc., I suspect), but there's a guy called Vinay Gupta (@leashless on Twitter) making an analogous transition from humanitarian work to some weird blockchain startup. Some overlap in terms of culture clash, perhaps.

re: racism in the USA 

@ArtistMarciaX @Garrison The Irish Passport podcast episode on this could be an easy way in for anyone coming across this thread: theirishpassport.com/podcast/e They mention Liam Hogan (who I have not otherwise looked up) theirishpassport.com/transcrip

@bryankam @kensanata Thanks both. This is intriguing and also mildly anxious-making as I can see it being a rabbit hole I go down a few months from now when I am between projects or something and which will spit me out again several months down the line :D

.@FourthEstateOrg@twitter.com will be hiring a CTO in the next few months.

Resumes to jobs@fourthestate.org

Listening to some random mix tapes I got off Mark Fisher's K-Punk. Pretty good to work to

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