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In seriousness, I think this is actually an underappreciated element of anti-fascism.

A core element of fascist ideology is the idea that there was once a perfect, ideal past, that we through our degeneracy let slip away. The fascist promises to bring us back to it by being a stern ruler who will punish us for our sins.

So it's important to help people understand that there was NEVER a perfect, ideal past. There was just people and their various screw-ups. And people now are fundamentally the same as people then. The clothes change, the rituals change, but people are people.

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The Municipality office telephoned me within 2 hours and said that customers, to their knowledge, must be given the option of a print receipt. The person who spoke to me knows of the two businesses that denied me print receipts.
They'll get back to me, I hope I remember to ask about data retention and usage policies and why employees are expected to spend more time typing out email addresses and phone numbers than generating receipts, the latter less error-prone

I like buying swag when I can actually use it! I remember having used an Ubuntu t-shirt until the stamped logo was almost incomprehensible, it was a really good quality tee. The OpenBSD sweatshirt I bought last year has been used many many times.

Is misskey popular outside Japan? I've never seen an active instance in English or Spanish (well, Spanish instances are rare in any software)

Just checked the new pixelfed interface. It looks awesome.

"We've never played this"
"Slowdive - Sleep (Live at Komedia, Bath - 18th May 2022)"

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OMG that homepage. Those are all the DIFFERENT times they've run that story.

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slower computers, please 

I'm a computer guy, but I'm very much over fast computers. Most of your computer's resources are wasted loading ads and trackers on webpages. Video games require more and more power to deliver less interesting experiences. Don't get me started on cryptocurrency. Computers are getting increasingly complex, therefore less reliable, nearly impossible to repair, wasteful, and devastating to the environment. We need #slowcomputers and more #retrocomputing

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Is this a new COM feature or is someone hacking Teh GibSon again???? 😂 I’m actually lovin’ it @SDF

Btw i got my fourth vaccine dose so I guess my weekend is going to suck

Sometimes i forget to use this account only in English. Just bear with me lol

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The following is quoted from someone I don't know on Facebook, Dan Eliot Barker, back in 2019. It perfectly captures my frustration with contemporary art. At times it is powerful, but often it's an excuse for lazy trolling.


Recently, there was a dust-up over “The Comedian,” a piece in which Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to the wall of a gallery and sold it for $120,000. A gallery patron made additional news by pulling the banana off the wall and eating it. Interviews made it clear that everyone involved was trolling. The saga was catnip to people who believe that conceptual art is full of shit.

Maurizio Cattelan is clearly full of shit, but his work begs the question: could an artist ever walk into a gallery with some snacks, say “this may look like something I picked up at the bodega on the way here, but it is in fact my Art, behold my Art,” and NOT be full of shit?

In my opinion, the answer is yes.

My opinion is heavily informed by this 1991 piece by Felix Gonzalez-Torres. “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) is a pile of free candy. Visitors are invited to take one piece of candy. Frivolous, right? The piece may be staged in any gallery that follows a few simple rules. The most important rule is that the pile should weigh 175 pounds.

175 pounds was the healthy weight of Gonzalez-Torres’ partner Ross Laycock, who died of AIDS.

González-Torres had a Roman Catholic background, and taking the candy is meant to be an act of communion. The patron partakes in the “sweetness” of Ross while participating in his diminishment and torturous death.

The decision to use candy has political significance. In 1991, public funding for the arts and public funding for AIDS research were both the hottest of hot-button issues. HIV positive gay male artists were being targeted for censorship. González-Torres was desperate to be heard, and part of the logic of “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in L.A.) was that you can’t censor free candy without looking ridiculous. The replicability of the piece makes it indestructible; González-Torres had an intuitive, ahead-of-its-time understanding of virality that came from dealing with an actual virus rather than the internet.

I’ve never seen this piece staged, but I think about it all the time. The artist, sadly, is no longer with us. But we will always have the most brilliant, heartbreaking free candy to ever be heaped in a corner. The key to conceptual art is storytelling - how well can you tell a story without words OR a “proper” picture? The banana on the wall sucks because it doesn’t tell a story about anything but attention-seeking and greed. I can’t stand Banana Guy or the media coverage surrounding him because stunts like that make people close their minds to unconventional art and storytelling, which can be just as sophisticated and moving as conventional art and storytelling.

"Starting on 10 March 2022, a Microsoft account is required to continue playing Minecraft: Java Edition" Yes and I didn't do anything. Really hate devs who sell to big corporations. I mean it's not a big deal but it's not necessary, it's just to harvest more data.

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Yeah, sex is great but have you ever flipped the power switch on an original IBM PC

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