I grew up in a church that called Sunday “The Lord’s Day” and prophesied a world-ending Rapture called “the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.”
I confused the two, and spent many a Sunday morning standing on the commode, gazing out the bathroom window at the graveyard on the hill, expecting to see Jesus descend and the corpses of The Saved come rocketing up out of the earth.
I’m faithless now. But in dreams I still hear the sky-splitting trumpet, the thunder, and the desperate screams.
I trained a neural net on the 1910 edition of Apples of New York, and it generated some seriously weird new heirloom apples.
A few shots from this morning’s walk along the pier in San Francisco https://writing.exchange/media/P5UUtGdF7aYt9yQmIh0 https://writing.exchange/media/KrkA8wEaqzc5A4E2cYU https://writing.exchange/media/oXpYxPuAcJ7PCsYcAak https://writing.exchange/media/eUYiUWOXnjSduVeLIU0
I'm not happy with how the Wil Wheaton situation was resolved. An admin was overwhelmed with frivolous reports about him and felt forced to exile him. I've said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse. Mob rule is universally dangerous: Mods and admins must examine evidence and decide based on wrongdoing and danger, and not on how many times someone was reported.
A bit heartbroken @wilw had such a terrible experience on Mastodon. You’ve all been really good to me, and I’ve made better contacts here, more quickly, than on any other platform, ever.
There's a lot of customer culture attitude in Mastodon-the-community, where people treat Gargron and other devs, the instance admins, moderators, etc. like service workers. It's a spoiled, entitled attitude, where "the customer is always right" and it's okay to be abusive or demeaning to people providing a service when they don't give you what you want.
The fediverse isn't a corporate model. When you're rude or demeaning to someone here, you're being abusive to volunteers building a playground
What makes #Mastodon so exciting is it’s not a single commercial service run by a corporation—it’s simply open source software using open protocols that anyone can install on their own server. Just like email isn’t owned by any one company, federated social networks allow online messaging and following/follower relationships using the beauty and power of the open web.
I talk about all this and much more in the Mastodon special of the my podcast! Listen here:
My dedication to a daily writing practice is the single biggest contributor to the progress I'm making on my current novel.
The second biggest contributor? A curated set of apps that make me a more efficient writer. Here’s a bit about each.
14 non-fiction books (2 self-published) on topics from tarot to tech. Storyteller, novelist, producer, blogger based in Atlanta GA. More: www.markmcelroy.com.