Metaphorically, We are all cleaning ketchup off the wall.

When a bumper crop of seaweed makes it look like Cthulhu is emerging from the deep.

On social media, few things are more annoying than saying "let that sink in" or "read that again".

If what you're saying is even slightly as profound as you think it is then it's unnecessary. And if it isn't then it just makes you sound like a tool.

uspol-adjacent TechPost 

Following the recent SCOTUS ruling, many have been trying to publish resources to help people find reproductive healthcare. They often wish to do this anonymously, to avoid doxxing.

There’s no shortage of guides on how to stay anonymous online. I recommend using the Tor Browser in a disposable Whonix VM. The Whonix Wiki has a good guide to anonymous publishing.

Few guides cover stylometric fingerprinting. Stylometric fingerprinting is one of the most common techniques for de-anonymization, used by adversaries ranging from trolls to law enforcement.

Common advice is to use offline machine translation to translate works to and from another language. Argos Translate and Marian are two options that come to mind.

Adversarial stylometry: Circumventing authorship recognition to preserve privacy and anonymity shows that machine translation alone isn’t nearly as strong a method as manual approaches: obfuscation (hiding your writing style) or imitation (mimicking another author). These approaches have excellent success rates, even among amateur writers. The aforementioned Whonix wiki page lists common stylometric fingerprinting vectors for manual approaches to address.

Limiting unusual vocabulary and sentence structure make for a good start. Using a comprehensive and highly-opinionated style-guide should also help. The Economist has a good one that was specifically written to make all authors sound the same: The Economist Style Guide, 12th edition (application/pdf).

For any inexperienced writers: opinionated offline grammar checkers such as LanguageTool and RedPen may supplement a manual approach by normalizing any distinguishing β€œerrors” in your language, but nothing beats a human editor.

Further reading: How we authenticate a document, by OrphAnalytics SA.

#POSSE note from

Hello my fellow USians:

#Briar is a phone app that lets you send secure messages via a mesh network, including via bluetooth.

#Manyverse is a social networking phone app that lets you write posts which are cryptographically signed and which can propagate via a mesh network including bluetooth.

#Ripple is a "panic" app that can hide or delete data. It can be used with f-droid to remove entire apps.

On balance I've enjoyed all of the latter day series, but is the first one that really makes me miss 26 episode seasons.

If you are involved in Open Education at your institution, please consider adding your perspectives on this research being done by Leo Havemann at the UK's Open University

The young queen listened anxiously.

"Food is indeed plentiful here but it's causing sickness throughout the colony," reported the Prime-Gatherer.

The queen's mandibles quivered. Since forming her own hive, she'd had her mettle tested regularly, "Our ancestors used to debut-harvest here, what happened?"

"Modern earthlings' profuse salt consumption has made them toxic to us."

"Then we must seek a new debut-harvest planet," the queen decreed.

#TootFic #MicroFiction #Writing #TerylsTales #SciFi

It really says something that the immediate reasonable expectation of millions of people around the world, both Americans and otherwise, is that one he's a prisoner of the US that Julian will be tortured and murdered.

I wish had a way to submit corrections to metadata. I encounter many tings that I can't find initially because things like the title or the authors are incorrect.

Re: "Education meets the ", my question is what, if anything, is so different this time around from when Second Life rode the same hype cycle nearly twenty years ago?

Heardle (only time I'll post about this) 

It's amazing how your brain can instantly recognize a song from a one second snippet:

#Heardle #102


A roiling sea of anguish, anger, annoyance; raw emotion churning like burning sewage.
"This," The Void said, "is where I put the screams I am given."
"I thought they just went away."
"Eventually. I don't mind storing them here until they fade."
"It's ugly. And beautiful."
#MicroFiction #SmallStories #TootFic

Would you like to hear a story about a Native American man in the 17th century who managed to fuck over the British not once, but TWICE?

Let me tell you about a fellow named Epenow. ( πŸ§΅β€‹ )

Apparently the Russian military has the "St. Peter Principle", in which people in a hierarchy tend to rise to the level of respective incompetence of whoever was recently killed in that same position.

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