The Bedford Competition's anthology prizewinning and shortlisted stories (including my short story, Passepartout, which took first prize) is now available to order from Ostrich Books! All proceeds go to educational charities in the UK. https://www.ostrichbooks.co.uk/store/2021-Anthology-Or-Prizewinning-and-Shortlisted-Stories-&-Poems-p468089759
Always excited for a new Mountain Goats album, but this new song has me even more pumped than usual https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxU1tKph7WQ
It is extremely pretty though!
The moment I truly felt like an author was when I flipped open the final published copy of my story and immediately found two typos.
It's release day! Physical copies are also available. https://ramshackle.town/@spurll/108221410896718968
Hey you! Do you like thought-provoking corporate dystopias? Well, you're in luck! In addition to living in one, you can also escape into a slightly different one, too!
My novelette Persistence of Vision is out today as part of the Surge anthology! It has been described as "very good" by personal friends of mine who (aside from social pressure) have no reason to lie to me, and as "publishable" by my publisher!
I guess technically I mean bullous *pemphigoid*—pemphigus presents with flaccid intraepithelial blistering, while pemphigoid is characterized by tense subepithelial bullae. I mean, obviously.
...and now to get back to reading about bullous pemphigus.
As one of the main Mastodon developers, I can't promise you that Mastodon will be a complete and exact Twitter replacement for you, but it may fit your use-cases, at least it does for me.
Just keep in mind that it is not exactly the same thing, some core design decisions are different (there isn't an unique centrally-governed website, but many interconnected servers operated by different individuals and organizations) and thus the tradeoffs can be different as well.
While I personally don't think Mastodon should aim at being an exact replacement to Twitter, I do hope Mastodon can be useful to more people wanting an alternative to Twitter! And I know there are lots of room for improvement, on things we do know, and on things we don't.
Also keep in mind that Mastodon is developed by only two core developers payed through a non-profit funded through sponsorship, grants and donations, so please be patient!
hey new_ public (https://newpublic.org) is getting some press today as an alternative to "big tech" and I would like to point out that new_ public is directly funded by "stand together", a project of the charles koch foundation
News that I should have posted here sooner! Passepartout won first prize in the Bedford Competition! https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/archive.php
Fun news! My short story Passepartout, which is about the things we do to keep each other safe, has been shortlisted by the Bedford Competition! https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk
…I’m seeing people say “just don’t use an iPhone.” It’s not that simple when everyday things like financial apps with two-factor authentication are locked into the two main platforms.
We need legislation to ensure critical services use open standards so you can use your Pinephone to buy lunch in the future.
It’s shocking how easily some folks jump to “just go live in a cave.” No, that’s not an acceptable alternative. We deserve to partake in modern life without sacrificing our human rights…
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