Finally making an intro thread. It's actually more of an intro tree/bush since I'm going to have a few disjoint topics following these first few posts.
Hi! I'm a computer science student working towards getting a Bachelor's and Master's degree. I'm about two-fifths done! Getting close to the part where I can focus on actual CS stuff.
I worked as an IT technician for my first college for about a year and a few months ago started work making web applications for the same college.
non-lewd cute catperson
That last sentence should have ended with "without actually saying it"
Politics? Animal abuse and Stalin
This reminds me of the story where Stalin supposedly tortured a chicken by tearing its feathers off, and the chicken started following him when he started offering it food.
I'm having a hard time avoiding being the chicken in this story.
They provide something which is just good enough to get away with damn near anything. I cut a few of them out today, but there are still some where it'd be difficult for me to do that.
Accountability does not exist in this world.
Nearly everything I've tried to do for fun tonight has fallen flat due to unrelated instances of people being shitheads -- from people who disregard the safety of epileptic people in the name of making their video uglier to people doing everything they can to say "to the people who took the time to inform me about an issue they care about and which affects them: fuck you".
Hey so it's autism month I guess.
If you have any resources, groups, forums etc for someone with (not formally diagnosed) asperger's that might be helpful for me, please send em my way. I could use it.
Most support groups and things I tend to find online are targeted toward people who are parents or partners, not the actual person with ASD.
muting people, mostly positive
One of the best parts of Mastodon for me:
being able to mute someone's posts, but not notifications for them interacting with me.
There are a lot of people who make me uncomfortable -- but not in a way where I want to shun them. If they want to take the time to talk to me in particular, I want to let them.
I end up muting a few people each week, and this lets me do it without feeling guilty and without penalizing them.
People misusing April Fools Day
YouTube is especially horrible about April Fools Day. No-one bothers to be upfront about whether a video is normal, April-Fools-Themed but still legitimate, or a complete lie. "But that would spoil the surprise!" That's not a good surprise. They're making it harder for me to have an adequate day and to cope with stress -- just so they can feel good about themselves. That is not a prank. That is not okay.
People misusing April Fools Day
A prank is supposed to be something that the target enjoys too. If more people understood that, I would be pretty happy with it. As it stands, I hate it.
Even on April Fools Day, I want to spend most of my time having a normal day. I want to be able to have an earnest conversation without having "it was all a lie" dropped on me at some point. I want to be able to watch the YouTube series that I normally do without having my time wasted.
I'm not going to say that he was wrong -- because frankly, he wasn't. He was unintentionally misleading -- to himself and others. "Unintentionally misleading" is one of the greatest barriers to responsible politics -- Forming an actionable stance requires a strong understanding of the relevant issues, and it's very easy to frame the issue in a way that fails to bring important aspects into your and others' awareness.
A lot of tools come close in a few of those categories, but none do so in even most of them.
I own a bow and have a couple years of practice shooting it for target practice. I feel very confident in saying that for most of those factors I listed, my bow is closer to my excessively-heavy book about machining than to a firearm.
Nearly everything can be used to kill a person, but there are vast differences in how much skill is needed, what physical characteristics are relevant, how quickly an attacker can perform their attack, how quickly they can change targets, how quickly they can repeat attacks, how close the they needs to be, how well they can hide their intent, and capability, etc. A firearm is about as favorable to the attacker as possible in all of those regards.
Yet another Furry computer science student! Profile pic by @Glow_wuff on Twitter
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