It's been a bit busy lately with the article writing and such, but (for what it's worth) I still exist.

Though we're on track to vaccinate enough people to (finally) end the long nightmare, we must be especially vigilant. Governments rarely cede power willingly, so I'm concerned that they'll use any excuse necessary to hold onto the pandemic powers.

Prediction? They'll seek ways to prolong control, perhaps citing an "especially virulent flu season" to maintain power over movement, loves, and livelihoods.

I was enjoying a bit of nostalgia by watching The Last Dragon... but then I started checking the actors' later credits and realized that many of them died young.

So, that's a bit sad.

I'm torn between trying to convince people to move to Mastodon and leaving it be so it doesn't get overrun with nonsense like Facebook and Twitter did.

I have a draft article for publication extolling federated social networks' virtues but I'm not sure where to propose it. I usually write for legal publications and my fellow attorneys are not, as a group, tech savvy.

In other news, maybe some of the shiny of Mastodon is wearing off. While the attitude is generally positive here, actually engaging in conversation more than occasionally is difficult for lack of opportunities. But maybe I need a different federated server?

Living in Wisconsin for a year has forever ruined my perception of what a "real" snowstorm actually is. DC gets 4-6 inches and I'm all "okay and?"

To be clear, yes... I find it distasteful that I have to work until April or so to pay income tax to a govt bloated with waste, fraud, and abuse.

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I really need to talk to the US government about last year's tax bill. I mean, I feel like maybe I didn't get [ridiculous tax bill] worth of govt in 2020.

If you want to engage, please feel free to do so.

If you do so, though, be advised that by engaging you invite discourse.

/PSA

I'm looking for something new to watch. I just finished Tales From the Loop and really enjoyed it.

So what should I watch next?

Some day, I shall figure out why some innocuous stuff is marked sensitive and other stuff is not, but I'm too lazy to make that day today.

My cat has an infallible ability to know exactly when I'm planning to do some work. Deep nap to attention seeking in 0.05 seconds.

But, she's too cute to resist.

Some days, (okay, all days) I wish libertarians would finally understand the advantage of improving things by increments instead of hopelessly demanding everything RIGHT NOW like some sort of political versions of Veruca Salt.

I mean, if a current law costs $100 and infringes 3 rights and the new law costs $75 and infringes two of those rights, well... I'm down with pointing out the issues and making things slightly better while we work on a $0 / no infringement law.

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There is no such thing as a backdoor that only lets the good guys in. Together with Tresorit, @threemaapp and Tutanota, we are calling on EU policy makers to rethink anti-encryption proposals that would introduce backdoors in encryption platforms: protonmail.com/blog/joint-stat

I'm liking Mastodon, but it could really use a translate function for posts. Cutting and pasting into Google is a bit of a pain.

Of course, I may just be missing how to do so.

My face so ugly that I got a green screen and people asked me to stand behind it.

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