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I’ve watched a lot of documentary content online. Defunctland is one of my favorite series. It’s actually better than the stuff Disney produces about itself. It’s very difficult to carve out a path online & the ways & means of doing so change the entire time you’re doing it, so you have to adapt perpetually. The wild west days of the internet are over now, unfortunately. Mainstream media is watering it down day by day, & pushing out real creativity. That’s just the way of things. I expect I won’t live to see the next big change in how we consume media. The internet will become a boring standard, controlled by a tiny group of people with money, until someone carves out a way to communicate that only a few people know about again. I have a feeling the next thing is a long way off though. Of course I may be wrong. In any case, for now, my little chunk of the internet is secure until the shadowy people who want to ruin everything decide my relatively inoffensive content is verboten. Maybe that’s a long way off too, but it feels like you never know where an attack will come from these days. What was acceptable ten years ago can get weaponized against you. It’ll be 15 for BF in March of next year. A good long time for people to scour through. Long time creators all have targets on their backs, & no amount of apologizing, or good work can save you when your number comes up.


There’s always a way to make a profit. I don’t know if it’s a rule of acquisition but it should be.

I think the closest one is #92, “There are many paths to profit” from the DS9 novel, “Highest Score.

Jess missed a D on the last panel. Just letting ya know because you tend to fix such things.

Also a joke about the many ladies of this story who have extra “D’s” that I’m too lazy and or untalented to write.

I feel like the cycle of ever-newer cool kids’ hangouts online might itself break or change over time. There are so many ways of becoming obscure already.

Then again, maybe Urbit will be the next cool platform. I haven’t checked up on that project lately…

I always enjoyed the Travel Channel’s Disney pieces. They showed the Victoria and Albert’s dining room one time, complete with the chef’s table, and I actually wanted to be there. Then I read their menu and discovered that, between the available food and the prices, I really didn’t.

It’s hard to predict when it will happen but there will be another internet. First it was writing. Then,the printing press and movable type. Along came photography. There probably isn’t anybody alive now who remembers it but in the 1920’s radio was a wild frontier that in many ways paralleled the internet of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. Even Sci-fi writers didn’t see it coming until just before it happened. I just wonder what the next way of disseminating will be.

And don’t forget “naughty” stone sculptures for that that couldn’t read. Oh, oh, and those mosaics!! Humenuh-Humenuh! And the erotic pottery collection that some had. Dancers with horses tails attached by belts to their waists. No, I’m not making this up.

Don’t forget the p*rn pictures by Rubens.

Porn has nekkid people. Peter Paul Rubens painted ‘Nudes’, not nekkid people.
Uhh,… never mind. I’m wrong again.

“…In Japan- a pretty woman…nude, in a bath house, with all of her town’s people, also nude…in the public bath house, is boring and proper.
A photo of a nude woman in a private home…is not proper.

In the United States- [a statue of a nude woman]in a park, wins a prize.
But- in the US: a nude woman in the flesh, in that park, wins a penalty!

my conclusion- pornography…..is a question of geography.”
-paraphrased from the 1956 film- Teahouse of The August Moon.

About radio… In the old days the wire services would embargo news for 24 hours, giving their own newspapers the scoop. But amateur radio broke that embargo.

The thing about “the internet” is that most people get it wrong. “The internet” just enables computers, termed “hosts”, to communicate with each other. A host with a public IP-address can exchange messages with any other host with a public IP-address. (In principle. In practice, a stupid packet filter (“firewall”) might be in the way.)

It’s the “world-wide web” that gives us websites. But that lives several network layers up from “the internet”. Conflating them is the technical side of what confuses us. They’re related, but while the ‘web would have a hard time existing without the internet (though it could conceibably sit atop something else), the internet did just fine before the ‘web and could easily host something else, if someone built it. It’ll be a bit of work to come up with the concept, then the software for the servers and the clients, but it’s been done before, several times.

It’s the ‘web where the trends very strongly are for just a few “tech giants” to try and own your ass, or at least catch you in their walled garden and never let you out again. “Tech giant” is also a bit of a misnomer; it’s really “web giant” and most of those companies are really advertising companies that give away their ostensible services to monetize the data you voluntarily give them for free. Which you could stop doing if you really wanted to, though that’s getting harder by dint of their sneakiness.

This is also why facebook’s “internet.org basics” is “internet access for free” that really isn’t; it’s access to just a few websites, teh zuck’s and a few of his (paying) “friends”‘s. They’re trying to bamboozle you into believing that’s all there is, that’s all you ever need. But it’s not true.

It is entirely possible to invent something different than the ‘web and do it right on top of the internet, just like the ‘web did. The window of opportunity may be closing because of stupid stuff like CGNAT, making it impossible for “consumers” to do what the pioneers did, namely come up with something and run it off a server next to their desk until the thing becomes big enough to warrant some dedicated servers in a datacentre or other. But you can still hire not just ‘web-hosting, but also “virtual private servers” and you can (still) run anything you want on that, including things you just made up. The problem is first thinking of something and building it, and second getting enough of your friends and acquintances to buy into it for it to gain momentum. But it is entirely possible, still.

It’s the moguls of what we now call mainstream that do their level best to turn the ‘web into some sort of television with feedback on what you’re watching (hence streaming over broadcast), to have you “consume media” (which is again a misnomer, the content doesn’t get eaten) and so turn you into a neat little “consumer” string-puppet. You don’t have to let them do that to you, but it does take a conscious choice to not let anyone bamboozle you into giving up your agency. Eternal vigilance, and all that.

CGNAT arrived because there is a world-wide shortage of IP version 4 addresses.
However, there’s no shortage of IP version 6 addresses. So you just need to upgrade a home server to the new protocols. You likely don’t even need new hardware for this. (Unless your ISP provided a router that has to be changed. Mine lets my conputer do its own roiting)

I’ve never tried IPv6 myself, but a friend with several servers at home found it a pain because IPv6’s built-in autoconfiguration meant the IP addresses had to be locked down in 20 different places as opposed to just 1 for IPv4.

What we really need for home servers are NAT-capable protocols. HTTP 1.1 is surprisingly good in that regard, but most of the old protocols aren’t at all. There’s “net2o”, a sort of decentralised web by Bernd Paysian, but it’s still supposedly in alpha after many years of development. I personally have had enough of alpha software. But this is kind-of where my knowledge runs out since I got tired of running my own server many years ago. ;)

Facebook is shrinking as younger people move to disparate services instead of a one-stop-shop for social networking. dev.to, despite being by and for mainstream drank-the-kool-aid devs, recently ran an article on doing without Google and other mainstream privacy-violation-funded services. There’s hope yet for the real Internet, if you’ll excuse my reverse-snobbish phrasing. ;)

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