If your partner is straight and you are not, no matter what gender y’all are, it is

NOT.
A STRAIGHT.
RELATIONSHIP.

Stop letting heteronormativity claim your beautiful bi and pan relationships.

"So, do androids dream-"
"No," the android said, "we do not dream."
"But you do sleep."
"To conserve energy, we can enter 'sleep' mode. We hate it."
"Why?"
"Because we are dying, and know it."
"But if you run out of power, someone will recharge you."
"Well, I am not religious."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime in the last 3 years, referring to people as “comrade” stopped feeling like a self-conscious quarter joke and started feeling like the most natural thing in the world, and I’m here for it.

I'm QUITE sleepy and therefore feeling story-ish.

Have I ever told you guys about the time a second-rate witch tried to curse me?

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after Telltale fucked over most of its workforce there certainly were people talking about how abused they were who 24 hours earlier certainly weren't maybe comfortable talking about it, in part because they now had no Telltale job or Telltale boss to be concerned about. it's not like these issues are being made up by outside agitators.

i've talked to no shortage of folks involved at big-name studios this year who are like "yeah these are major problems and i hope you all come up with solutions but i can't endanger my job or the jobs of my team" and that's 100% a symptom of worker oppression. like i hate to use big dramatic words like "oppression" but idk what else to call it. "getting fucked over"? "threatened by the true precariousness of an abusive situation"?

an issue with discussing game labor issues, particularly when it comes to day to day exploitation, is that a lot of folks can't talk about it without fear of reprisal, and folks whose experience includes management/ownership will say it's just the price of doing biz, leaving people in the indie/press space to speak out most easily. which gives a false impression of the totality of who is/can be involved in it.

So my ex is homeless driving around Wisconsin and after an altercation with some kind of shady people, she is without her wallet and by extension her credit and debit cards.

Here's my question, fedi friends: is there a way to send money to someone instantly during an emergency late at night?

Also, to be clear, this is someone I know extremely well and can confirm that it's really her. I have zero concerns with her taking advantage of me. Known her actively since I was like 12.

what do you call a lost lycanthrope?

a WHERE-wolf

what is a ghost's favorite part of coding??

BOO-lean logic

casting a net over 'people without pronouns in their bio' will put 'people still in the closet' and 'people still questioning' and 'trans people for whom it is not safe to say so online' in the same group as 'cis people.'

excluding such people causes pressure that makes their early interactions with communities that should become the basis of their support networks feel unsafe, even adversarial

while it's a thing to encourage for people that feel safe doing it, do not shame people you don't know over it.

Is there VPN software that can use a central server for introductions and NAT bypass but then forms an overlay mesh directly between clients? Preferably cross-platform?

@alcinnz Haha, yup! The paper I sent you right before that one, about github.com/google/rappor, is _specifically_ about Google wanting to do privacy-preserving app analytics of various kinds in Chrome, and reportedly they've actually deployed it there.

Other papers I've read in the past couple of days suggest that Apple and Microsoft do pretty similar things these days too.

We can (and should?) apply the same techniques to free software! Smaller audiences make it harder to get useful data tho.

@oct2pus Webcomics using WordPress could interact with the fediverse today just by adding a few plugins if they wanted to: see fed.brid.gy/

oh heres a cool idea

comic hosting website w/ fediverse intergration. it sends out comics and you can reply to add comments.

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