I started Mastodon because I believe in decentralization. The more servers there are, and the more people are spread throughout them, the stronger the network is.

I encourage people to join other servers, or start their own.

However! mastodon.social is the gateway for those who are undecided, or who don't yet know about decentralization. It is also my baby just like the software itself. I do not appreciate hostility towards it when promoting the benefits of other servers. Thanks

We like to talk about the seedy underbelly of the internet being dark net sales of cheap meth and fake assassination sites, but the real seedy behavior is by large companies that prey on the lives of our children, creating shadow profiles for even the youngest of them. Everything from their apps to photos posted with parental love, data mined by AI for sinister ends -- How to trap our children in the unyielding web of dopamine slavery, clicking links in a proverbial field of advertising.

Or maybe it's just me.

@YoVinnie
I can't believe it took so long for this song to fall out of my head. Definitely one of my desert island Tunes. Too bad they put out only one disc.
hooktube.com/watch?v=nu2D9Oj15
@ChrisWilson @@jeremiah

I am having a *really* hard time overcoming my muscle-memory for a new tab, which is to middle-click and have the browser immediately switch to it.
In Vv it is a mouse 'gesture': right button drag down on the URL. I suppose I'll get it. Eventually...

Hello new people!

This is the official account for switching.social , a non-technical guide to privacy-friendly sites, services and apps.

You can see regular posts about alternatives by following this account, and there's a beginner's guide to alternatives at the hashtag #AlternativesAtoZ

Please feel free to message me if you have any questions, comments or requests. (The website also has contact details in the "About This Site" section.)

#Introductions #Alternatives #Privacy

Great to see Mary on keyboard and Joseph on vocals for a change...

@snowdusk_ How to shop in canada.
OK. How I shop :-)
I went into a loblaws today just to check on the price of frozen fruit (i like it for breakfast with yogurt).
I was just leaving the store when I saw a filipina with a 2-3 lbs of butter in her basket. Wait a second!!
That can only mean one thing. I quickly retraced my steps. That's right: butter was half off! Watch your local pinoy - save money! :-)

El compañero @rpkampuchea, nos compartió amablemente un texto de su autoría, se intitula:

"AMLO no es Chávez y México no es Venezuela"

Pueden leerlo haciendo clic en el enlace:

aporrea.org/actualidad/a272764

¡Saludos!

I only wish it were true. Whenever I've had that feeling it has been very, very short lived indeed.

Company A makes a product used by 60% of the world.

This, rightly, worries people. When Company C’s product (used by 3% of the world) switches to using the core of Company A’s product folks suggest people use Company B’s product (used by 5% of the world).

Plot twist: Company B gets ~all its money (hundreds of millions of $) from Company A.

Welcome to the sewer of monopoly, institutional corruption and surveillance capitalism we lovingly call The Web circa 2018.

Stats: statista.com/statistics/268254

Not the most inspiring walk on Ferry Island. Pretty bleak. Not snowing hard enough to be interesting at all.
I bought some cardomom and corriander on my way home, so I can make some more curry. Death defyingly high prices for cardomom here. $11.50 for the tiny vials they like to call 'spice bottles'. I eventually found a packet for $3 in the Indian section of another shop.

Well, that tears it. I'm going to have to buy some white vinegar.
My first mustards had rice wine. This one red wine vinegar. Both give a bit of a sweet taste in the back - even with the addition of horse radish. @fitheach

Well, I'm off to my daughter's weekend work: a cafe. She opens and bakes everything from scratch for the day, then creates two different soups.
Environment Canada claims the sun will be up in about an hour at ~08h45. Hopefully a bit of snow too. We could use some down here - there's already snow for downhill skiing.

If you want to see how industry lobbying works... a before lobbying and after lobbying side-by-side on proposed EC environmental measures to make home appliances more repairable and longer lasting.

eeb.org/publications/80/produc

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