I just finished watching Rocking the Web Bloat: Modern Gopher, Gemini and the Small Internet by @tomasino!
It's a really nice introduction to Gemini and the Small Internet.
Since I write my blog posts in the gemtext format (before HTML conversion), I find them more readable. No inline links avoid hidden links within a text.
Gemtext is the format of the Gemini protocol, like HTML is the format for http protocol.
Did you see the news that all of the #JWST instruments are aligned now?
Check out this comparison of one of the newly released calibration images from the MIRI instrument compared to images taken of the same region of space by the WISE and Spitzer space telescopes! Look at that resolution! So many newly resolved stars and structures! 🤩
I can't wait for all the new discoveries we'll make with JWST! #Science data starts in only a couple months!
(Image from @/AndrasGasper on birdapp)
Has someone asked you to "caption your image" or "add a text description" or "use alt text" and you're not sure what that is, or how?
This page is here to help!
Covers most (all?) Android apps, web interfaces, and TUI/CLIs that I know about.
(I know that not everyone can describe things, and that's ok! This page is here to help people who want to but don't know how, or want some tips.)
Deep links should work, e.g. for @Tusky
Hello Twitter refugees! Allow me to teach you about one of the things that makes Mastodon much chiller: the CONTENT WARNING.
Here on Mastodon, we have a thing called a Content Warning, or a CW for short. It's a button at the bottom of the new toot box. When you hit it, it will add a new text box above the new toot box; whatever's in the main box will now be hidden behind whatever you type in the upper box, with a "SHOW MORE" button like this toot has.
We use this to hide anything we think will make our friends unhappy to read. So if you're posting about something that an American politician did that made you angry, you might give it a CW of "uspol". There's an additional subtlety that's evolved; a lot of the time we'll follow a CW with a +/- in parenthesis - "uspol (-)" would be bad news, "uspol (+)" would be good.
This lets Mastodon function as a place for more measured discussion; you can CHOOSE to engage with whatever bullshit the world is throwing at you this morning, instead of forcibly having your attempt to catch up with your friends interrupted by a million retweets of today's shitty news with a big photograph of that asshole who made that shitty news staring at you from the preview card. Not ready to deal with whatever bullshit's going on yet today? Don't click those "show more" buttons, keep scrolling, say something nice to your friends instead.
Different instances have different rules about what you MUST CW; the only requirement on my instance is politics. Check /about/more on your instance for their rules, see what they would like you to put this safety valve in front of.
For new people wondering why Mastodon is on thousands of servers instead of one:
-It helps protect us all against Elon Musk scenarios. It's very difficult for anyone to buy a network made of thousands of independently owned servers. (It's the same reason why no one owns the world's email network, because there are so many independent providers out there.)
-If your server misbehaves (or sells out to a malevolent billionaire), you can move your account to a different server, or even to a brand new server. Decentralisation means you're never trapped on a site you hate.
...and there are lots more good reasons too, to do with servers using alternative Fediverse software etc, but I'll save that for a future post 😁
UKpol (-), policing bill, support for Travellers
So parliament passed the policing bill:
Criminalisation of Travellers (and others whose way of life necessitates trespass); expanded use of stop-and-search that will inevitably be used in racist ways; throttling of peaceful protest.
Drive 2 Survive (https://www.drive2survive.org.uk / twitter.com/Drive2Survive3) - a Traveller-led campaign against the bill - are offering support against enforcement of this law to those on the road.
here's another thing to note about fediverse: since it has no central control there are also bad actors. some of them really bad and mean. we (as network of communities) have however some very good tools to fight these:
on user level mute or block an account or whole instance if harbouring nazis and the like
on instance level report and ask your admin to block a malicious account (or whole instance) for everyone on your instance.
tell fedi about it via #FediBlock
A side effect of federation is some possibly-unexpected hashtag behavior. When you use a hashtag, your post will show up in hashtag searches on every server *where your post has reached*. There is no network-wide search.
So if I set up a search column on hashtag-ART here on weirder dot earth, I will get slightly different results than I do with the same search column in my account on mastodon dot art. In the latter case, I'll *probably* get better results, both because there ...
Gradually migrating from Twitter. Linux/BSD, pencil/paper, autism/ND ally, walking, reading, stuff...
masto instance for the tildeverse