This week I was suspended from Instagram (which I no longer post to, but still have an account to follow friends) for using an Insta-to-RSS plugin. Now, they’re letting the insurrectionist ex-POTUS back. Facebook gonna Facebook, y’all.
I see people defending hateful views by using religion as a crutch. Does your religion *really* require you to question the identity of the entire LGBTQ+ community? Find out for sure. If you conclude that the answer is “yes,” perhaps consider what that implies about your religion.
@cleverdevil Sincere question, not meant to be combative (but on a fraught topic): I don't know what defenses you've read or what you mean by "question the identity of the entire LGBTQ+ community." Can you link on the former or elaborate the latter or something?
@ReaderJohn totally fair question! My frustration was sparked by some recent offensive comments by Tony Dungy, an American Football coach, about gender identity. Specifically, he was mocking the trans community, and amplifying the view that gender identity and sex are not different things. He later deleted the tweet and apologized, but has a long history of such behavior. He has oft justified his views by saying that he is a Christian, and defenders are chiming in and agreeing with him, effectively saying that its okay to be anti-gay / anti-trans because "that's what the Bible says." Context: www.usatoday.com/story/spo... www.outsports.com/2023/1/12...
@cleverdevil I cannot for the life of me understand why so many people love the movie. I even watched it twice to see what I was missing. Bunch of gruff mumbling in the rain in the dark is about all I got out of it.
YouTube’s algorithm decided to put a toxic “men’s rights” video in front of my nine year old boy. Thankfully, he sent it to me and we had an opportunity to talk about it together. Still, I’m sad that it happened at all, and worse, that there isn’t a way to prevent it other than taking away YouTube.
Watched the first episode of The Last of Us last night in the home theater and really enjoyed it. Pedro Pascal is spot on as Joel. Still not sold on Bella Ramsey as Ellie, but there wasn’t much opportunity to shine yet.
Happy Apple is bringing back a full-size HomePod. That said, it doesn’t seem like they learned much from the first one. Price is still too high. No inputs. Wouldn’t be surprised if it suffers the same fate.
@cleverdevil I think you may be right about the price, that just seems too high. I think people would accept the HomePod at $200 or $250, but $300 just doesn't seem to fit in the speaker with voice assistant market.
@jonathan What's worse is that if they screw this up again they'll take the wrong lesson from it and assume that there's no demand for a high end smart speaker, rather than that their implementation and pricing are to blame. That may push them out of the category entirely, which would be a shame.
@stairjoke @jonathan There has been no shortage of digital ink spilled (and podcast episodes recorded, etc) about the original HomePod’s product deficiencies. If Apple intended to listen to that sort of feedback they probably would have made different choices with this successor, as it doesn’t really even attempt to address any of the most common complaints I’ve seen.
I’d like to find a new calendar app for macOS and iOS. I have been using Fantastical for years now, but it doesn’t really fit my brain anymore, and the subscription price is really high. Any recommended alternatives? I need both iCloud and Google Calendar integration.
@jonathan cron is interesting. I’ve been using it for a year, and like it, but it does occasionally annoy me. They also recently got bought by Notion so I’m not so confident in their future. But might be worth a glance.
@cleverdevil it’s funny but I’ve moved away from Fantastical too. A great app but as new features have been added over the years it’s become over engineered for me. I’ve gone back to the stock Calendar app. Won’t help you with Google calendar
Someone should create a service that enables people to establish and retain an identity in the Fediverse. Its great that you can move from instance-to-instance on Mastodon, with redirection, but it would be better if the instance that a user was on was largely irrelevant.
You should be “@ user @ your domain” and seamlessly be able to change backend instances.
@kwlblt one option is to use WebFinger, as follows - docs.joinmastodon.org/spec/webf... That said, there are caveats and limitations, and a person needs to be deeply technical to make this work. Web hosts and blogging services with domain registration capabilities are in the best position to make it easy.