I wish I could somehow convey to tech companies that I literally NEVER want their opinion on what I would like. I don’t want recommendations for products, apps, services, whether personalised or not. Aren’t personalised recommendations better than impersonal ones? Maybe. But that’s like asking whether I’d like cigar smoke instead of cigarette smoke. It kinda implies I’m inhaling some smoke and not smoking is really what I would prefer.
My first ever #mastocats contribution on #caturday proper. 3 short videos of Arty, my new cat. So named because of his Raccoon Tail (RT). The first clearly shows the tail in motion: his most prominent feature. The second let’s you hear his chirpy voice. The third he’s just head down in my water glass having a drink.
The Firefox team for some reason just really hate the file:// protocol. People are missing it on Android and they just don't care.
I don't know what program, VM or protocol it will end up being, but we absolutely NEED to bring "locally stored documents/data as first class citizens, even on mobiles" back to the table. Or we'll be webserfs begging permissions from oligarchs' computers forever.
If HTML can't do the right thing, it's going to be something else.
TinyPilot is open source software to allow you control a remote computer giving you a virtual console during BIOS and boot https://gadgeteer.co.za/tinypilot-is-open-source-software-to-allow-you-control-a-remote-computer-giving-you-a-virtual-console-during-bios-and-boot/
'A Corruption Of Wings'
What if my wings of thought
were the wings of God,
I would skim across
the skin of the world,
hope feathered in the wind.
My life, for all lives
so that every day has a meaning.
But the mirror, like my reflections
reveal a shouldered void —
neither light nor glamour;
no softness from the fall.
Where is my own hope?
I see and sense nothing at all.
The authors appear to be two men and one woman. There are like 4 photos that appear to have a veterinarian in them. Of course the vet codes as white, but the vet is also a man with a beard in the one photo where the face is visible. In other photos it's just a (white) arm and there aren't any gender indicators on an arm. 3/
There are like 2 photos where I think it might be a light-skinned Latinx or a light-skinned Asian person. But there are no dark-skinned people in the ENTIRE book. No East Asians or South Asians. No people of colour. And this is how people of colour fail to see themselves. Cats can be pets for anybody, so it makes no sense to have only white people in the book.
On to gender. The authors clearly thought about it. They talk about 'he' and 'she' cats pretty equally. 2/
Here's a fascinating thread about subtle racism. I bought a book about #cat adoption. You wouldn't expect that adopting cats has anything to do with #race or #gender. And yet, there are dozens (maybe hundreds) of photos of people interacting with cats. Sometimes you see a whole person. Sometimes it's just a face, or a hand, or a finger. In this book, if you see skin, that skin codes as white. 1/
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