I've made a widget to make it easier for visitors to follow federated blogs and such on Mastodon. It presents a dialog to ask for their instance URL and confirm the account they are invited to follow, then sends them to a page on their instance to make it happen.
So, I’ve been toying with the idea of putting together an online space game. Inspiration comes from things like TradeWars 2002, Escape Velocity: Nova and FTL, with multiplayer in the theme of a MUD. Real-time, but a bit chill, maybe as much a shared experience as a ”game”. In particular, I’m aiming for the server API to be conducive to AI/ML agents running around exploring.
Got rid of Google Ads from the site; they were causing a huge slowdown and nobody ever clicked on them. So, the site should perform better. If I find a decent, free, and fast analytics service then I'll toss Google Analytics as well.
So, if you want to support me, or just say thanks, or just like sending money to folks, I do have a Ko-Fi.
A perverse incentive is an inventive that has an unintended and undesirable result that is contrary to the intentions of its designers. The cobra effect is the most direct kind of perverse incentive, typically because the incentive unintentionally rewards people for making the issue worse.
The problem being addressed is a lack of access to housing for Canadian families. Recently, the average asking price for a house in Canada broke $800,000, with around 25 bidders for each house. Of those bidders, about 18 are families looking for a home, and the other 7 are investors looking for an asset that will generate revenue while appreciating indefinitely.
I built a #MastoBot to post local #Covid19 numbers. In the process, I found Ontario Public Health's data feeds and ended up building something much more generic and reusable than I initially intended. Aside from the very local hospitalization and ICU numbers from KHSC, the Ontario feeds can be filtered to be useful anywhere in the province.
It’s a time to celebrate; to celebrate ourselves and each other, the community we build, and the progress we’ve made.
It’s a time to remember; to remember the victims of hate, to remember those who came before us and fought for the rights we have today.
It’s a time to stand up; to stand shoulder to shoulder, to support one another. Stonewall was a riot! We stood up together, said “no more”, got loud, and set some shit on fire. Nothing comes easy, and the world hasn’t given us anything for free – change and progress take time and will.
There’s a lot going on these days, and we still have a long way to go. Canada has only recently banned conversion therapy; places like Texas and Florida have declared war on us and our children. Take the time to celebrate how far we’ve come, but never forget that we’re not done yet. We have more to fight for, but we have a community to stand together, support one another, and to love each other, and that counts for a lot.