I'm Aaron, a Media Arts / Technology teacher for a K-8 Creative & Performing Arts Academy.
Before I did this, I was a Visual Arts teacher.
I'm very much into #DIY, #STEM, #STEAM, #DnD, #photography, the #Maker movement, and the idea that artists should be fairly compensated for the work they do (vs reposting said work without even attribution).
My politics lean left, but I don't talk about that much here.
I'm a widower.
I talk about games on @Crash.
Things I Try To Not Do (A non-comprehensive list)
*"Follow-for-follow." Life's too short to clutter my timeline.
*Post, boost, or favorite profanities. Yes, even the ones included in super-insightful posts. My students can find me.
*Post, boost, or favorite copyright infringement or endorsements of the same. Copyright law needs reform, sure, but it is still used to protect artists. If you're punching down and up at the same time, You're still punching down.
Alan Turing Will Be Featured on England's New £50 Banknote
on blocking Gab at the instance level
To paraphrase FDR:
It seems to be unfortunately true that the epidemic of ethnonationalism is spreading. Ethnonationalism is a contagion, whether it be declared or undeclared. It can engulf states and peoples remote from the origin of the bigotry. When an epidemic of physical disease starts to spread, the community approves and joins in a quarantine of the patients in order to protect the health of the community against the spread of the disease.
App Choice, brief fascist mention
I've made the switch from Subway Tooter to Tusky. Not sure if I'd just gotten too used to a different interface or not but this will take some adjusting.
Tusky has you switch accounts the same way Google apps do it, rather than letting me just swipe left or right to the account's columns.
But Tusky blocks fascists, so that makes up for it.
Thwart nazi efforts on the play store
If you can, please mark all nazi/freezepeach reviews as unhelpful. The scumbags are boosting those, so turnabout is required.
Leaving a positive review is also good, of course, but the "mark unhelpful" is safe.
It could also qualify as spam, so maybe use that instead - it's reasonable to assume Google cares more about that.
I feel I need to clarify •ART's stance on instance blocks.
•ART's first priority is to the safety and well-being of our users. If there's any way we can accomplish that, we will.
Defederating and active moderation on the instance level allows our users to more confidently exist on Mastodon without fear of harassment from users with harmful ideologies.
Our CoC has always been clear about the type of instances we will defederate with. Many of our users are here because of that mandate.
SciShow did an episode on 5 women in Engineering, including a trans woman. Cool.
meta, instance block question
Hypothetical shower thought:
So, let's say there's a bad actor that keeps firing up single-user ActivityPub instances in order to be a jerk. To get around instance blocks without buying multiple domains, they create subdomains galore.
Would I have to block 1.[badinstancename].com, 2.[badinstancename].com, etc, OR
would blocking [badinstancename].com effectively block all of them?
Spoiler Alert is one of the many TMBG songs where the happy go lucky tune runs contrary to the lyrics, and I love it for that.
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