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I recently had it pointed out to me that I should do an post! So hi! I'm a clown, stiltwalker, juggler, musician, starting to work on some acrobatics, and I work for a (circusfreaks.org) I have a BA in German, and am hoping to start practicing speaking with people more often in German. I was invited to come and try out Mastadon by @RussSharek@mastodon.cloud and have been enjoying it thus far.

Also this is a supportive post for adults taking music lessons:

It's intimidating when you're walking in the door surrounded by 5 year olds that play better than you, but go for it anyway. There are plenty of adults in your footsteps, beginner and non-beginners. You're not too old for new tricks and muscle memory!!!

Someone responded:

"As an artist that stores their art on twitter and a lot of art related sites. This troubles me deeply. Imagine if Twitter or even Youtube did this. Every video gone forever."

And just holy yikes, y'all. This gave me palpitations.

Please don't think of uploading/sharing stuff as "storing" it on any of these sites--twitter/tumblr/etc. There's no good retrieval process, you don't control compression, etc. It's nice to access stuff one's shared for resharing but not storage.

Quote of the day, which made so much more sense in context:

"Don't throw couches in the toilet dumpster!"

#QuoteOfTheDay

In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

"no homo" is of course homophobic bullshit, but can we normalize "no romo" so that we can express platonic attraction without giving the wrong idea about our intentions?

RT @seanofthehunt@twitter.com

Dungeon Master expectation:
A master storyteller who gets to weave epic adventures for their friends.

DM reality:
An accidental therapist who has to guide a group of friends through weird parts of their personalities, whilst pretending to be a goblin.

#DnD

🐦🔗: twitter.com/seanofthehunt/stat

I hate that I have to use amazon for all of these services. I wish there were a distributed AWS, where I could host my static content in the server node at my local library, and have it distributed via a federated CDN run by other volunteer sites.

It’s been nearly two years since Lauren Michele Jackson wrote about digital blackface in Teen Vogue. If you’ve never heard of the practice or have been putting off researching it, here’s the link: teenvogue.com/story/digital-bl

Thinking about how we use black reaction GIFs and memes is good praxis and should be done in tandem with increasing awareness about our use of AAVE.

Have a wonderful day!

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The hen had few desires; to grow fat on grubs and grains, to keep eggs warm and to soar through the clouds.
She excelled at the first two, but her flying efforts, though determined, were limited. Still,she managed to reach many of the highest treetops and rocky outcrops, further than the rest of the flock.

During her highest flight, she found a cliffside cave with a nest cradling two cooling eggs. Without hesitation she began to brood.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #Fantasy

Learned to play backgammon today :) it's quite fun!

MySpace has lost all music uploaded between 2003 and 2015.

There are no backups.

🔗 old.reddit.com/r/techsupport/c

Don't trust cloud services. One day Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr will be gone too. YouTube will shut down, and so will Google Drive, OneDrive and DropBox.

Always keep a local copy.

LB:

With the news of myspace deleting all their music uploads, I am reminded of every local band from my home town who's music was only ever *available* via myspace.

For a five or six year stretch, that was it. You made some music and you put it on myspace and that was enough.

There were still artists who's myspace I would visit occasionally specifically so that I could hear those tunes. (and yeah, I figured out how to get them from myspace. I have copies of some stuff. But not all of it.)

Around 40% of gratis Androids apps report on the user's actions to Facebook.

Often they send the machine's "advertising ID", so that Facebook can correlate the data it obtains from the same machine via various apps. Some of them send Facebook detailed information about the user's activities in the app; others only say that the user is using that app, but that alone is often quite informative.

This spying occurs regardless of whether the user has a Facebook account.

https://www.stallman.org/archives/2019-jan-apr.html#18_March_2019_(Apps_reporting_to_Facebook)

I got to try out embedding a video from peertube, so that was cool :)

If you want to find a Mastodon instance by topic keyword or language, you can search the list at:

instances.social/list

If you run an instance and want it added to the list, you can add it at:

instances.social/admin

#Mastodon #Instances #Fediverse

(Thank you to @optikfluffel and @Phoenix_alx for pointing out the keyword search option!)

Update; I know it's only been a couple of days.. But I love my . I never thought I'd nerd out on indexing micro notes of my life experience.. But I totally am.

~=8 Character Passwords Are Dead=~

New benchmark from the Hashcat Team shows a 2080Ti GPU passing 100 Billion password guesses per second (NTLM hash).

This means that the entire keyspace, or every possible combination of:
- Upper
- Lower
- Number
- Symbol

...of an 8 character password can be guessed in:

~2.5 hours

(8x 2080Ti GPUs against NTLM Windows hash)

#Hacking #Infosec

First kon mari, now bullet journal... I wouldn't be trying out all these trendy things if they didn't make so much darn sense. But goodness do I feel basic.

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