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I've seen a trend of public ending the practice of charging fines for overdue books. I'm curious what's behind the trend. In particular I'm wondering if it's an example of managing shared resources without coercion.

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RT @CATRl0NA@twitter.com

VICTORY! The crowd goes wild as the Home Office enforcement officers are escorted away by police! NO DETENTIONS! #StopDeportations

🐦🔗: twitter.com/CATRl0NA/status/15

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Ongoing direct action against a Home Office immigration raid at Nicolson Square. Members of the community are blockading the vans & offering noisy support. Agreement seems to have been reached that enforcement officers can leave as long as they do not take any detainees.

🐦🔗: twitter.com/CATRl0NA/status/15

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RT @wrkclasshistory@twitter.com

Happy May Day to all our followers! This May 1st we've started producing May Day related merch to support our work. So if you want to get your hands on some and support what we do, then head to our online shop! shop.workingclasshistory.com/c

🐦🔗: twitter.com/wrkclasshistory/st

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I just discovered the existence of a interface for Mastodon. Its name is and it is available through the main package managers on linux (on Debian: sudo apt install toot).
I believe it is still in an early stage of development but it is fully usable. Unfortunately there are no customization options. However its speed is unbelievable, great job!

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Sure, you're good at solo journaling games. But are you Italo Calvino good at solo journaling games?

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On a tip from @kensanata, I've been looking into joinmobilizon.org as an #ActivityPub-based tool for scheduling and organizing game nights for my local group. In addition to federating with Mastodon (and other fediverse apps), it also feeds to RSS… and iCal, which strikes me as the killer feature. Presumably, that means you could update directly to people's calendars. Worth checking out, anyway.

I've got two out of four people to confirm for my session zero today. I'm hoping the other two make it. If not, I guess I'll try to chill out and schedule another time.

I'll have to struggle not to make it too much like a DSA meeting.

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Theme of the day:
- showing people the consequences of their actions, and
- them not liking it.

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RT @korachite@twitter.com

the orthodox marxist and ml belief in a period of capitalist industrialization and centralization of industry being necessary tp achieve communism has been disasterous for countless peasants forced into sweatshops and factories by supposedly liberatory states

🐦🔗: twitter.com/korachite/status/1

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Yeah I'm into NFTs

Not
Finding my debit card when I need food and
The store is closing in 10 minutes

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Have strong feelings about #cryptocurrencies, #blockchain and #web3?

This @pluralistic video is for you!
m.youtube.com/watch?v=1eUMD5Mo

So eloquent. So well informed. Thanks Cory!

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Our server rules have been updated to include no NFTs:

"No NFTs! NFTs are not about art - they're about money. There are crypto-related instances on the fediverse that would be more suitable. "

Existing NFT creators (there are very very few here) can stay, but will probably feel more at home and reach a bigger audience on a crypto-focused instance where people actually want to see that content.

The safest path seems to me to take the obvious route, and basically critique the world I know, try to open the doors a little wider, without pretending to do more than that.

But is that good enough?

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I keep running into a problem in developing settings, and I think it's a general problem for speculative fiction.

For a campaign I'm trying to start, I have a published setting that briefly describes a city. The artwork and place-names suggest modelling it on late 18th to early 19th century Europe.

So, I can follow the obvious path, and oh look, another fantasy-of-old-Europe. Or I could try to bring in other cultural elements -- and risk walking backwards into an offensive trope.

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"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko