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introduction 

Hi, I'm Levi.

Professionally, I'm a developer for a popular game engine. (See @Tak )

Unprofessionally, I erratically contribute to pieces of free software (including and ), read novels, play video games, and try to productively stimulate/encourage my two young children.

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Google: we're gonna include a sophisticated permissions system to ensure apps can't do stuff like operate the camera or write to storage without your permission

Also Google: we're gonna have an api that lets any app ask if you've unlocked your bootloader lol
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I know this is a cold take, but UI developers: The opposite of "yes" is not "not right now."

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@peertube now has a plugin to use shared instance blocklists: framagit.org/framasoft/peertub
(Another plugin is also available for shared video blocklists.)

Wondering if there should also be the option to use “passlists” instead, to not be automatically exposed to new abusive instances...

The next period of development is focused on moderation tools. Hopefully this is a significant step towards making it easier to keep the fash away.

#peerTube

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Hope that despite COVID, my American friends are able to still celebrate today in true American fashion: unloading two assault rifles into the air while balls-deep in a prize hog.

parenting, gross 

me, weeks ago: hooray, L is finally out of diapers! now a big chunk of my life will stop revolving around poop!

me now, constantly washing out underpants: 😭

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Communities and their norms should be, and are in reality, central to software development, and where a project or principle is criticized for falling short it is generally because the community is perceived as being treated badly. The ethos of communal software would simply codify what is already there. Devs and users should be treated as members of the community who deserve respect and support, not means to code better software or atomized agents who just need to stay out of the way of each others' freedoms.

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Someone said "is that still a thing?" when I announced I was on Mastodon. Is it?
Boost this so we actually get a few votes maybe? How far can it go?

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My mom used to always refer to the Skate or Die game for NES as "Skeeter Dee"

*youth pastor voice* Gather 'round, gamers, I'm about to lay down a rap about the first teamkill: the story of Cain and Cain't

*youth pastor voice* Cain was the original "vegan btw" btw

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i was just googling "lizard dress" looking for like. a dress with lizards on it

but instead i found this, and it is Marvellous

fashionbrandcompany.com/collec

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One thing I really like about glitch that I hope mainline masto adopts is that while filtered posts stay in my time line (though maybe if you drop them here it actually works lmao) it tells me why they were filtered (and who posted them) so if it's a touchy subject, you can CHOOSE to engage with it at your own pace.

Like for example, I have linux filtered. But if it's one of my mufos talking about it, they probably aren't going to be a dick and tell me all my problems are going to be solved if I use lionix, unless we have the kind of relationship where we joke with each other like that.

You could use this for actually traumatic material (I am not traumatized by linux, just annoyed)

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there's been quite a bit of research on the cognitive/health benefits of multilingualism, but I think the framing tends to be backwards. multilingualism isn't a bonus, but the default (historically, anthropologically, biologically). our species developed multilingual, and still is everywhere not too damaged by colonial steamrollers. monolingualism is a v recent development, an emergent artifact of a capitalist+racist society.

so we should be talking about the cognitive damage of monolingualism.

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a dear, dear friend who’s a composer and performer (ska trumpet player!!!) just put out a lovely EP. i’m so happy for him! flipluka.bandcamp.com/album/ch

free software meta 

Finally, free software is critical for marginalized groups. Not everyone is willing or able to build the features they themselves need, but working with free software projects to get it done, while currently far from ideal, is much more feasible than trying to convince a company to pay its developers to do that instead of something that will immediately increase their profits.

For example, the fediverse and Mastodon have a long way to go, but we're also a long way ahead of Twitter in terms of inclusivity features: content warnings, user-side filtering, advanced moderation features, multiple clients with different focuses, etc.

So yes, there are a lot of problems with free software and the surrounding community, but it's important that we keep addressing these problems and keep moving forward, instead of giving up and accepting the morsels tossed to us by our megacorps.

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free software meta 

Free software doesn't solve every issue with software, and its community and public figures have a lot (a lot) of problems, but it's still critical for anybody who wants to have a say in what the modern technology landscape looks like.

As people have mentioned, things like accessibility, inclusivity, and empowerment can be more important to end users than what license covers the distribution of the software. That's fair - we need all of these things, and the fact that the software distribution license doesn't provide the other things doesn't mean that it's not important. Analogously, sustainable, organic farming and community supported agriculture are important, but you can't achieve that if everyone's reduced to buying seedless clones from Monsanto.

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Tak's Garden

Experimentation instance