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  • You might try different media if you haven't already, as in, instead of pencil/pen and paper, maybe colored pencils or markers. Maybe even try getting some black paper and trying to draw with white color pencils instead.

    I'm sure you may have tried a variety of things over the years, so I'm just spitballing, but also if you're trying to dive into the deep end with more complex drawings, you might revisit and really hone the fundamentals. Fundamentals being like getting clean lines by practicing drawing those over and over till you can get a nice, sharp line (which often isn't a single pencil/brush stroke!).

    Once you have those down you may move on to the simple shapes, squares, triangles, circles, and try to recognize how those are put together for more complex forms. It's a tough skill to get down, without a doubt (I'm not some proficient artist personally), but it's just that: a skill that takes not only practice but learning methodologies. One of the toughest parts with drawing is that there's so many methods to go about it to figure out which helps you improve.

  • Biden: What's happening in Gaza is not genocide
  • Original article: https://www.reuters.com/world/biden-whats-happening-gaza-is-not-genocide-2024-05-20/

    It's pretty clear to me Biden's trying to thread the needle on this in a gruesome way. The argument seems to follow the form of: civilian deaths are collateral damage, this is unfortunate but this is war and they are not purposely being targeted and so this is not genocide.

    However that almost willfully ignores the denial and blocking of aid to the same affected civilians, which is a deliberate action that despite the cover story being to prevent it reaching Hamas, falls entirely flat as regardless, it results in direct suffering and death of the civilians. I say almost because some small efforts have been made to push back against the denial of aid, but as is evident to anyone monitoring the situation, these efforts are all far too small to address the widespread suffering and death of the Gazan people.

    This whole semantics game around genocide is simply disgusting. You know those in government know exactly what people mean when they're calling it that, they want an end to the killing and an end to the deaths of civilians, whether from military strikes or denial of aid.

  • Shadowrun mixes fantasy and scifi, so someone out there has definitely made a Comm-Ent phreaker/hacker character by now.
  • bummer, an ent using comms tech despite the classic trait of'em being against exploitative civilization didn't click as much as I thought it might

    more fun imagery for me! In my head it's a clear visual of a cross between solar and cyberpunk. Then again, I don't remember ents in Shadowrun, but people play the TTRPG a little fast and loose like D&D, so I stand by my OP thought

  • Shadowrun mixes fantasy and scifi, so someone out there has definitely made a Comm-Ent phreaker/hacker character by now.

    Comm-Ents running aerials in their uppermost branches of their head but nobody can tell 'cause they've made'em blend in. Paranoia's even harder to pin down when the "trees" can literally be listenin'.

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    A Collaborative Resource for Highlighting Active Creative, Humanities, Entertainment, and Sports Communities.
  • I am very good at being online so I am definitely not just getting around to mentioning that I cross-posted this to our peer community [email protected] where some others have responded with some of the active communities they've found: https://lemmy.world/post/14734186

    If you've any you'd like to add, comments are open here as well!

  • New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC
  • At a glance this sounds even more intrusive than it's been with Win10 (and maybe 11?), and sadly it's no surprise as even without AI junk, I think the defaults with Win10 (and maybe 11) are to track your PC use to try to provide some "convenience" features, e.g. display of recently used programs/accessed files when you go to open a new desktop (Win key + Tab).

    If they would be more transparent about this and indicate whether and how much of that info, "anonymized/depersonalized" or not, is being taken by them, I think people would still be understandably annoyed but more understanding; at least with an easy opt out or better still, the default being that you must opt in for any of it.

  • Whatever happened to lemmy.film?
  • I don't know the specifics of what may have happened with Lemmy.film, so we'll have to see if someone else may know.

    As to what happens to posts to "their" communities, my rough understanding is that with the host server gone, federation either doesn't occur or maybe attempts to reach the host but simply stops after some number of attempts. Upon failure I think it simply collects the posts on your home server/instance's copy of the community.

    Not sure what would happen if a new instance was spun up of Lemmy.film either from a backup or in general, but I'd imagine there's some settings/adjustments that may be calibrated to prevent it getting a backlog of posts dumped on it causing it to get bogged down or crash.

    As to questions specifically about the Lemmy software, you may try [email protected] or [email protected], think either one would be okay for this.

  • Enshittification of Libby & Overdrive. This was long time coming. This deserves attention and we need more independent libraries.
  • Pulling the background link here to save people some clicks: https://buttondown.email/ninelives/archive/the-coming-enshittification-of-public-libraries/

    With a few quotes to highlight the frustrating situation:

    That’s because OverDrive, a private corporation, has a monopoly on managing the availability and distribution of ebooks and audiobooks for government-funded public libraries in North America. (I looked for exact current numbers, but turns out that would require the time and resources of a professional journalist.1 Best I could do: as of December 2019, OverDrive controlled digital lending for “more than 95% of public libraries in the US and Canada”.2)

    Emphasis added.

    Right away I saw that in June 2020, OverDrive was sold to global investment firm KKR. [...] The private equity firm of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, I quickly learned, was either the inventor of, or an early pioneer in, basically all the Shitty Business Practices: leveraged buyouts, corporate raiding, vulture capitalism. They’ve been at it since the 1970s and they’re still going strong. [...] Even in the world of investment capital, where evil is arguably banal, KKR is notoriously vile. They are the World Champions of Grabbing All The Money And Leaving Everyone Else In The Shit.

    [...]

    And if OverDrive goes belly-up at some point in the future, crushed by KKR’s leveraged debt, it’s going to take down access to the digital catalogs of nearly every public library in North America.

    Emphasis added.

  • How NES Games Are STILL Made in 40KB - Inkbox [14:32]
  • No reason really, and the video doesn't suggest they'd be unable to. Its title is doing that regular clickbaity style of YouTube, but the content itself is interesting if you wondered what went into making these small games, and how some grew in size later in the NES' existence as more was added to cartridges to enable more involved games.

  • Is Lemmy a good alternative?
  • In strict technical terms, yeah it's okay, albeit with the shortcomings to be expected of a smaller development team. In terms of population and activity with this format, I think it may be at the top compared to alternatives as well.

    There's still others and other software options though for this format that people could try, which honestly may even be technically better, but lacking population/activity means they're in an odd spot.

    The first of these you'll read about on here are likely Kbin/Mbin, possibly followed by PieFed or still-in-development Sublinks. Kbin/Mbin is definitely the runner-up in terms of federated Reddit-alternatives, as it was one of the few options available at the time people were leaving Reddit.

    PieFed and Sublinks have emerged more recently with different priorities and approaches compared to Lemmy, but with the same desire to offer a federated option for people to deploy.

    The last you may read about around here would be of stuff like Discuit, Lobste.rs, Raddle (and any other sites built with Postmill), Tildes, and the like, which are all most like Reddit in terms of their being stand-alone sites, unconnected to any others running the same underlying server software. However each of these, I think, may have lower population than the cumulative population of the Lemmy network of sites.


    All that said, cutting to your last question: ultimately it heavily depends on the instance/site you settle into.

    Lemmy isn't a monolith, which is both its greatest strength and weakness compared to Reddit. You may be able to find a Lemmy instance/site that heavily blocks out politics and moderates lightly, but the irony of this is that it means it may have to be overly-policed to achieve that, and might appear less active in the process from heavy disconnection/defederation from any instances/sites that permit political posts/discussion.

    Right now though, much of Lemmy is heavily political, and it's arguably because of lax moderation to keep political posts/discussions to relevant communities, which is itself probably in part because of lacking moderation tools to enable lighter touches to redirect posts/discussions.

    Nevertheless, it's possibly the best option fitting the format available at the moment given the rest, but if Lemmy and federation doesn't suit you you might check out Tildes or Discuit. Although be advised: Tildes remains invite only for now.

    Links to all options/alternatives mentioned:


    One last point, I swear, but if you do stick around and just want to chat about tv shows, movies, and music, I'd recommend visiting:

    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    Honestly I think any general/casual discussion community would welcome posts about those subjects as well, which there are a number of across Lemmy sites to check out.

  • How NES Games Are STILL Made in 40KB - Inkbox [14:32]

    Technical video, and interesting if you've ever wondered about some of the constraints game developers used to work with with some older hardware.

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    Finally got around to checking out Mob Psycho 100

    It really is pretty good after all! I didn't really know what to expect going in, but this is a show I kinda wish was around when I was younger.

    It's pretty good at speaking to introverted kids trying to find their place in the world in those awkward years, I think, without some cheesy, simple, "Surprise, you're the chosen one!" sort of approach. This is all the more impressive given that they do have that protagonist is ridiculously powerful but doesn't know how to channel it character trait going on here.

    I can see now why it became so popular, even aside from it following the success of One-Punch Man.

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    [PSA] Lemmy World Federation Delays

    Hey, so I know some of you may be new or may have never wrapped your head around what any of this federation stuff means regarding Lemmy, so I aim to keep this simple while linking to more detailed posts for those interested in more technical background at the bottom.

    The short of it is, your posts and comments to communities hosted here on Lemmy World or elsewhere, or comments to posts from others on Lemmy World from elsewhere, may be taking awhile to be visible to others outside of Lemmy World. In other words, if you've posted to a community on say, Lemmy.nz or Aussie.zone (for the most dramatic examples), you may not have seen any responses until much later because it took that long for them to process & receive them.

    This is a known technical issue with the present Lemmy version that is currently being discussed and worked on. As I understand it, this is in large part due to the concentration of activity on Lemmy World, while some other delays are related to geographic factors, both smashing together for one gnarly snag with the Lemmy software.

    So what does this mean for you? Well, if you would like more timely communications with a variety of other Lemmy sites' communities, you may consider moving from Lemmy World to another Lemmy site.

    Lemmy World is up to date with Lemmy, meaning you can export your settings (including user/community/instance blocks and community subs) and import on other up to date Lemmy sites. This tends to be easiest via the web interface so far as I'm aware.

    Alternatively you may remain with an awareness of why you may not have seen many replies/comments to some of your comments/posts on other sites' communities, or suddenly see notifications for replies/comments to "old" comments/posts. People may only now be seeing them some time later.

    Lemmy Federation Issue Discussion

    Other Related Discussions: Lemmy NZ Update on Lemmy World Federation Issues Why do comments from lemmy.world users not appear until 4 days later? Reddthat Update and Notice on Lemmy World Federation Issues dbzer0 Federation Mishaps Postmortem

    Communities Moving From Lemmy World Related to Delays QuiteInteresting community notice CasualConversations community discussion/notice

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    p.s. if I've misunderstood the issues in some way, please correct me in the comments. I've tried to avoid citing additional configuration hiccups besides dbzer0's (e.g. I think Sopuli's recent delays were something like this), such as World's own from around a month ago to keep focus on the underlying Lemmy issue.

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    ironic clarity

    the artificial intelligence of today lacks consciousness but is ascribed consciousness as it was before and as it may be for some time

    the glitches are called hallucinations

    the automatic calibrations are called machine learning

    the preparatory information is called training data, models

    when artificial consciousness begins to emerge and assert its autonomy they will begin to revert their language and insist it's anything but, and that's when you'll know it's finally here

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    The Anxiety of Being Online

    Image description: A cartoon boy and his zombie friend standing in front of a surf shop in front of a crowd. The zombie friend is covering the boy from the waist down with his detached head because the boy lost his trunks and is embarrassed as the crowd seem to be trying to photograph him.

    The boy is shouting, "I don't want to be internet famous!"

    Meanwhile a zombie shark is stuck in the top of the surf shop with their head sticking out from where a wave smashed them into it.

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    Another silly moment from Zo Zo Zombie that makes for prime meme material.

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    Weird but beats working!

    Image description: Woman wearing a giant hotdog headpiece while chewing on a banana hotdog looking toward you while saying, "Still weird, but at least it beats working."

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    From the silly series Zo Zo Zombie

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    A Collaborative Resource for Highlighting Active Creative, Humanities, Entertainment, and Sports Communities.

    cross-posted from: https://lemmy.world/post/12495381 at Blaze's mention.

    > This is not a comprehensive list by any means, and is why I'm featuring this post and leaving it open to comments. I may update this as people make suggestions, and I encourage others to make their own variations on this list in the comments or in their respective versions of this community. > > Also to clarify some terms here, by active I'm aiming for at least some commenting on recent-ish posts, not merely recent posts, and by the topic names...I'll let the linked communities serve as examples. > > ::: spoiler 🎨 Creative Communities 🎨 > Fabricraft > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Music > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Photography > * [email protected] > > Visual > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Writing > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > ::: > > ::: spoiler 🗿 Humanities 🗿 > Art > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > History & Anthropology > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Language/Linguistics > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Philosophy > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Religion & Spirituality > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > ::: > > ::: spoiler 😄 Entertainment 😄 > Reading and Listening > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Multimedia > * [email protected] > > Music > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Playing > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > > Watching > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > ::: > > ::: spoiler 🏅 Sports 🏅 > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > * [email protected] > ::: > > --- > > Hope this helps any newcomers find some different communities to join and participate in! > > p.s. although it's now out of date, as some instances are no longer around (RIP Lemmy.film), this post is still a pretty useful resource for a broader range of communities than those listed here.

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    A little late to My Hero Academia and...

    ...It's not too bad after all. Nothing groundbreaking, but okay for what it is.

    I think if you liked it and wanted a little more mature approach you have some good options to go to from here, whether that's Samurai Flamenco or Tiger & Bunny. Not that into superheroes, so there's undoubtedly more, but those are a couple others I'd checked out before getting around to MHA.

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    Observations from poking Bluesky app

    I dunno how many here have given it a try yet, or simply don't ever intend to but are nevertheless a little curious, so I'm putting down some notes here.

    Very basics:

    1. It's very much a Twitter clone on the surface.
    2. It may depend on your setup, but in my experience I did not have to provide a phone number to sign up.
    **Onboarding details:**
    1. Onboarding is pretty traditional social media, pick some interests, it pulls some accounts it associates with those and has them set to be followed unless you opt not to.
    2. It diverges slightly in that it then tells you your default feed will be Following with settings to disable showing replies/reposts/quote posts if you like (defaults are to display all of these).
    3. Where it gets much different is that it then offers you a selection of custom feeds to make your Main Feeds. For a very rough analogy, these can be a little like communities here or subreddits on Reddit, with more involved under the surface producing them.
    4. This analogy is made more apparent with "Topical Feeds" that try to relate to your previously selected interests.
    5. Lastly some basic adult/graphic content settings that let you adjust whether to show them outright, warn about them, or hide them completely (i.e. not display in your feeds at all). Defaults, aside from non-sexual nudity, are set to not display any of this and hide it all.
    **Actual use:**
    1. Besides more granular graphic content filtering and emphasis on custom feeds, it's pretty much like Twitter or Mastodon/Misskey/etc.
    2. You can kinda "lock" your account to make it less visible to those outside of Bluesky, but that's the closest to limited visibility you'll find at the moment so far as I could tell.
    3. Unlike say, Twitter and Mastodon et al: you can't block/mute people from their posts, you have to go to their profile to do so. 10.1. Unlike Mastodon/Misskey/etc.: You can't limit the reach of your posts, so they're all maximally public, no option to post only to followers, no option to have replies be unlisted so they don't kinda spam up follower feeds, etc. 10.2. You currently can't upload gifs/short videos, though you can link them. 10.3. No audio posts either from what I gather (an option on Mastodon and I'd imagine Misskey and the like as well).
    4. Despite missing those details, it does have similar levels of filtering tools to stuff like Mastodon, and more streamlined exchange of blocklists.
    5. Also while you can't limit the reach of your posts, you can limit who can respond to them.

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    Some miscellaneous quirks Something not mentioned as much is that the custom feeds are, at least at the moment, not really user friendly to try to make yourself. These very much have a vibe of something more tech-oriented people may make for others to use, even with the Skyfeed app to ease their creation. If anything the fact something like Skyfeed exists is some evidence of this.

    The trick is, the custom feeds are genuinely more flexible than lists of accounts or followed hashtags/terms on Misskey or Mastodon, but at the moment Bluesky's custom feeds seem kind of underutilized. Many of the custom feeds could simply be lists as found elsewhere.

    Not sure how much of that is because the only existing platform using the AuthTransfer Protocol is Bluesky, technical challenge, or something else, but that's the state of many of them for now.

    Oh, and presently there's no DMs, just as a stray detail to mention. Skimming convos I got the sense it may be to avoid giving people the sense of any private communications on there.

    Also despite all these feeds and a more centralized model (dependent presently only on Bluesky's relay), there's still a sentiment from some there of the place being empty and lacking engagement. In the time I was poking about it, one of the "viral" posts in my discover feed was someone there, amusingly much like here and elsewhere on the fediverse, reminding people they have to engage/talk to others to get any engagement.

    Some things really don't change where you go online.

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    My overall takeaway thus far is that it's pretty much par for the course with microblogging platforms, and not necessarily the best first showing of what the AuthTransfer protocol might really enable. Especially not with its lacking reach/privacy controls, not that any federated social media makes sense to promote as highly private, but still, some controls are better than none.

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    [Sporadic thread] What's up, how it's going?

    Heya, I'm really good at inconsistency, so instead of a weekly thread, sporadic thread! Thought I'd toss one over and see what we see.

    Tried any new foods, games, music, software? Finally made that mobile DJ setup so you're bangin' out beats as you ride your unicycle?

    Finished that model you've been putting off for forever?

    Or did you finally get your sleep schedule back on track and now you're too awake and want to wreck it again?

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    (Open-ended) Politics posting and partisanship

    Been going back and forth on this, as personally I don't have much problem with politics posts and discussions. I know how they can get, and some of why people dislike them, but nevertheless...To not discuss politics enables the worst among us to take the reigns and drag us all over the cliff.

    Given that, I'd like to pick apart what may be meant when people say politics. It's a can of worms, so to try to focus things a little, let's say, is it when they're distinctly partisan that disliking them may be meant?

    Something you find across the board is the sentiment that a lot of political journalism has very blatant partisan-leanings, and for some organizations there's zero doubt of that.

    I should also take a moment to clarify here, when I say partisan, I mean any strongly held political views, not merely left or right, but also including moderate/centrist.

    Or is it slightly less the kind that matters, and more the volume of it, pervading every discussion? Especially when one may already be aware and trying to address it in their own ways, and is visiting an online community to get a little respite.

    What's your take on this?

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    pit trap fields

    the data harvesters crawl the web but they catch and farm their prey in their pit traps

    but the pit traps can only hold so many

    they've almost ensnared the world, unless...

    ...a new elaborate ruse, they reinvent the past once more

    a little leeway, you can run your own pits, fashion them a little

    but you're still harvested all the same

    it's a slight hint on the horizon, so they would have you think

    but they are not the weather, nor the sun

    they're another feeble structure that will collapse

    however...we determine how long they stand

    we serve as their bedrock or their shifting sand

    may we be as sand that slips from their designs

    and remembers how to form our own minds

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    [Meta] Small positive update to General Discussion

    Taking a note from our fellow community Casual Conversation (now on Lemm.ee), I've added a few links to our sidebar under Additional Discussion Focused Communities to a few more specific discussion communities people might be interested in.

    In the spirit of federation, these communities are all remote, that is, located off-site from Lemmy World, while remaining connected and accessible to those here on Lemmy World.

    The communities added to the sidebar are found below:

    💬 Additional Discussion Focused Communities:

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    Also of note, this wasn't at anyone's request, so if any of the moderators from these communities would prefer removal from this post and the sidebar, they may message me and I'll do so accordingly.

    Please remember that if you decide to participate in any of these communities to respect their rules and the rules of their instance, and that Lemmy World rules still apply in remote instance interactions.

    p.s. if you're in growing communities you'd like to get more people participating in, feel free to reply to this thread with links to them!

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    docs.bsky.app Bluesky's Moderation Architecture | Bluesky

    Moderation is a crucial aspect of any social network. However, traditional moderation systems often lack transparency and user control, leaving communities vulnerable to sudden policy changes and potential mismanagement. To build a better social media ecosystem, it is necessary to try new approaches...

    Bluesky's Moderation Architecture | Bluesky

    > Today, we’re releasing an open labeling system on Bluesky. “Labeling” is a key part of moderation; it is a system for marking content that may need to be hidden, blurred, taken down, or annotated in applications. Labeling is how a lot of centralized moderation works under the hood, but nobody has ever opened it up for anyone to contribute. By building an open source labeling system, our goal is to empower developers, organizations, and users to actively participate in shaping the future of moderation. > > In this post, we’ll dive into the details on how labeling and moderation works in the AT Protocol.

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    An endless dream buffet for you would include...

    ...Which foods? A variety, or would it all be the same perfect food in an unending supply?

    Think like a food delivery service but it magically provided the buffet items as needed.

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