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R.I.P. Harry Anderson, actor, magician, and star of Night Court

It’s time to give Firefox a fresh chance - The Verge

The best reason Twitter should be allowed to continue to exist...
What's the intersection between (1) sports fan (2) bird lover and (3) graphic designer? It's Michael Taylor's ‘Other Birds as the Orioles Logo’. Originally an April Fools joke, the Twitter account has gotten thousands of Followers and Likes for the Flamingo, Atlantic Puffin, Pteranodon and Egg.

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is, in fact, the Fediverse, or as I've recently taken to calling it, the ActivityPub Fediverse. Mastodon is not a social network unto itself, but rather another free server implementation of a fully functioning social networking protocol, working alongside many others creating a fully-fledged social networking network.

Many users on the Fediverse are communicating either with ActivityPub or OStatus every day, without realizing it.Through a peculiar turn of events, many users are attributing the merits of the idea of 'decentralized social network' to Mastodon, not aware that it is basically the same as all previous federated social networks with a nice frontend slapped on top of it.

There really is a Mastodon, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the Fediverse they take part in. Mastodon is an implementation: a software that implements the standards as stated in the various specifications. Implementations are the most vital part of a protocol, but useless by themselves alone; they can only function if they are interoperable with other implementations of the specification, thus creating an interconnected network. Mastodon is normally used to access the Fediverse: the whole system is basically an ever-expanding universe of federated social networks software, hence Fediverse. All the so-called "Mastodon" instances are really just instances in the Fediverse.

Many users do not understand the difference between the implementation, which is Mastodon, and the whole system, which they also call "Mastodon". The ambiguous use of the name doesn't help people understand. These users often think that Eugen Rochko developed the whole system in 2016, with a bit of help.

Programmers generally know that Mastodon is just an implementation. But since they have heard the whole system called "Linux" as well, they often envisage a history that would justify naming the whole Fediverse after the implementation. For example, many believe that once Eugen Rochko finished writing Mastodon, the implementation, its users started to create more federated social networking software that was interoperable with it, and thus the protocol was alive and well.

Which is actually not entirely incorrect - the ActivityPub specification was already complete, but was struggling to find projects which could adopt it. However, it's important to remember that Mastodon previously worked through the OStatus set of protocols, which had been developed throughout the years and implemented by many different projects, including, but not limited to, GNU/Social, Diaspora, postActiv, Pleroma. Only in 2016 did Mastodon become a part of this network, whose creation is definitely not due to Eugen Rochko.

How it feels like talking about Mastodon on Reddit

White nationalists are crediting Black Panther's Wakanda for showing the success of an isolated monocultural nation... but then, Marvel has another such fictional country in Europe: Latveria, ruled by supervillain Victor Von "Doctor" Doom. THAT's their model nation.

I just noticed that PacMan's sound "wakawaka" and Fozzie Bear's sound "wackawacka" are just one syllable short of Black Panther's country of Wakanda. Wacky.

Pronouns are ONLY for PROFESSIONALS. If you’re an AMATEUR then you need to use a REGULAR noun, like “sofa” or “lampshade”

whenever somebody mentions "headcanon" I'm going to post this image (via the Cat Cosplay blog)

Years later, another minor UHF station tried the same thing with Doctor Who reruns (3rd & 4th docs, the first episodes in color)... it didn't work as well but I liked it...

But here in LA was the first place Trek reruns got shown weeknights at 7PM (a desperate effort by one local station to compete with I Love Lucy which had been #1 in that time slot for years - and it worked.) So I became a happy Trekker.

I'm old enough to remember thoroughly enjoying Original Trek (a LOT more than Lost in Space) and getting upset when ST:TOS was moved to 10PM, past my bedtime.
..and I'm 62 (and 5 months younger than Kermit)... good thing we're both in California

hey, I got my name in lights! (which is why I used the pen name of Wendell)