Statement on “Join The Fedi” jointhefedi.com is a website owned by known “gender critical” activist Alex Gleason. The domain name and SEO is clearly designed to appeal to individuals curious about the fediverse, and potentially take traffic from joinmastodon.org. Unfortunately, Gleason does not have the best intentions when it comes to helping the fediverse grow. Gleason formerly contributed to other fediverse projects, before being removed from doing so due both his behavior and poor code quality. This is a problematic individual, recommending problematic services.

Join The Fedi has an explicitly right-wing agenda and seems to only promote instances which either a) run the “Soapbox” front-end software created by Gleason himself or b) advertise themselves as “free speech” instances. As of right now, the site actively recommends the following instances:

In other words, Gleason is using the site to promote his own agenda rather than simply gain more users into the fediverse. This is not a site that should be recommended to new users. I would recommend using https://joinfediverse.wiki/ instead!

Thank you!

When I think about climate change, I think about the Great Stink.

By 1830, London was the largest, richest city in the world. But the city's waste management systems had not changed appreciably since medieval times. Most human waste was handled quite simply: it was just dumped into the River Thames.

The result was a slow-growing crisis that lasted three decades. Cholera outbreaks (from drinking tainted water, though nobody understood that then) periodically wracked the city, killing tens of thousands. The stench from the river gradually grew worse and worse, making life in riverside districts increasingly intolerable. The government was too hesitant to take dramatic action, though; it tried instead to mitigate the problem, by pouring lime into the river to cut the stench.

It all came to a head in the summer of 1858. A dry spell caused the level of the river to drop, leaving the banks coated with mounds of what the newspapers delicately called "impure matter." The stench was so bad that it became known as "the Great Stink." Parliament, whose halls were right on the river, could not conduct business. The smell in the chambers was so strong that all the curtains were soaked in chloride of lime to try and block it. (It didn't work.)

Parliament was now faced with a simple, stark choice: do something to clean up the river, or move itself out of London altogether. Members seriously discussed relocating to Oxford and St. Albans, but in the end, they decided to act. Municipal engineer Joseph Bazalgette was authorized to build a network of new sewers, at the then-staggering cost of £3 million, to be paid for by taxing every London household three pennies for the next 40 years.

Bazalgette's sewers solved the problem. They solved it so well they're still in use today. But democratic government had to be dragged kicking and screaming into making them happen. Only when the problem made their own lives intolerable did they finally act.

How all this relates to climate change, I shall leave as an exercise for the reader.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_St

last night while camping dominic invented S'mores-but-oreos-for-the-cracker-part and this is (a) sacrilege and (b) excellent

get you a man who looks at you the way this mannequin worships a swamp cooler

Robey attempts to explain Disney's "The Little Mermaid" based only on a confusing 59 second TikTok video that he saw while drunk:

youtu.be/ZaKRwrwxFUc

the wah's brother gave us some hydroponic machines as a gift, so we're trying out cherry tomatoes and basil. i got a time lapse of the first three weeks of the plants coming up, it is surprisingly creepy! 🌱

photos.app.goo.gl/yjGNBEjPRuJY

A furry VR Chat music video! This is pretty amazing! youtube.com/watch?v=jdWUaQmcgB

...besides the good song and cute video, I love the idea of VRChat as an inexpensive movie production platform.

i’m the guy whose online experience is holding onto a goldfish bowl on the back of a jeep

agitprop + dealing with spam 

problem: I get invited to Whatsapp crypto spam groups all the time 😔
opportunity: finally, an audience for my insufferable shit!

I'm trying out a new career experiment: part-time! Today is my first day of being a half-time employee. I am hoping the extra hours away from work will give me space for projects, friends, and sanity. We'll see!

i swear to god there are more glitchy web implementations of "enter your credit card" than there are stars in the sky. i'd have thought by now there would be some welcome consolidation, but, nope

alternate timeline where archeologists never figured out how the Antikythera mechanism worked because the only written account they ever found in connection to it read, simply, "Newbie? Join our Discord and someone in our community will happily help you get up to speed..."

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