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It occurs to me that I've never done an official . I'm a writer and editor ... privacy advocate ... political centrist ... a huge sports fan, especially and (aka ). I'm the admin of a relatively new Mastodon instance for people who live in or have a connection to or central . I'm hoping to eventually build this into a healthy regional server with a strong local focus as well as world and national content via the .

I’m convinced that Tom Brady is a cylon or vampire or something.

My dream for Mastodon is for it to be a viable choice as a publishing platform for any creator. In other words, for people to not feel like they're locked in to Twitter or Instagram if they want to be professionally successful.

PBS, NPR, VOA, local public radio and TV and nonprofit news sources like the Texas Tribune need more support. NYT and WSJ are solid corporate outlets (for now) but they’re not completely immune to advertiser interference and inordinate influence of profitability considerations.

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Public-funded (but *not* state-controlled) and nonprofit news outlets are the future of journalism. Corporate-run news, especially in the United States, has become subpar. The big three cable news outlets are horrible. Newspaper chains like Gannett have gutted local news gathering operations.

It occurs to me that I've never done an official . I'm a writer and editor ... privacy advocate ... political centrist ... a huge sports fan, especially and (aka ). I'm the admin of a relatively new Mastodon instance for people who live in or have a connection to or central . I'm hoping to eventually build this into a healthy regional server with a strong local focus as well as world and national content via the .

The BBC World News anchor just said “glacier” and you can add that to the list of words that sound really cool with a British pronunciation.

dictionary.cambridge.org/dicti+

I've gotta say...

The fact I can still teach my Sunday School kids using Zoom over the course of a pandemic,

And that I'm able to help run a video livestream for the worship service for my church so people can watch at home...

Is fantastic to me.

Religion or not, the fact that we have technology that can allow us to perpetuate society even at a distance is remarkable.

For all the privacy fears and wacky goings-on in the computing world, we've come a long, long way from the ENIAC days.

Interesting analysis of party influence and American political dysfunction from a Canadian perspective.
cbc.ca/news/politics/canada-pa

The U.S.won't seriously consider any demands from a leader who promotes Holocaust denial and has said that Israel is a ‘cancerous tumor’ that ‘must be eradicated.’
dw.com/en/us-must-lift-all-san

If your primary source of investment advice is someone on TikTok, maybe rethink that.
bbc.com/news/technology-559485

The Republican Party has gone off a cliff. Since we need at least two viable parties for a healthy republic, the GOP needs to either be rebooted or replaced. While we’re at it, let’s replace our political duopoly with a multi-party system.
npr.org/2021/02/06/964933035/w

4 years of detention with no trial. Unacceptable for anyone to have to experience ... especially a journalist.
voanews.com/press-freedom/egyp

A permanent move to a decentralized server model would pretty much eliminate this problem for Signal.
signal.org/blog/help-iran-reco

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