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- introduction thread -
(FOSS "mon" simulation game)

news on ongoing development

current version of the game

[further links / info about the game inside thread]

thread unroll (http / gemini):

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there are these two markov mon entry generators i really like,
and i'd thought about drawing mons from them

the only problem is they'd invariably be vastly less normal than asekai, and honestly would kind of suggest an almost dystopian setting

so they may become Musen Kishi drafts??

especially if, as seems appropriate, Musen Kishi 'EMons' are spread across a few different planets that are varying degrees of 'okay'

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- "hypothetical/impractical idea to archive complex data like videos on paper" -

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"They drag the 200 platters out into the 24hr sunshine, plug the solar panel into the Raspberry Pi, point its camera through a magnifying glass at the first frame, and let the QR app ... do its thing. A couple of seconds later they have the first 2,900 bytes [...]. So they sit there for 383 days scanning a frame every 4 seconds to decode the entire archive."

this is so funny

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@ekaitz_zarraga LOL at least when the apocalypse happens I can row a boat to the south pole and get yt-dl, thanks GH (my fave post about that PR stunt:

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I just tried to send the Bee Movie script to myself using my new Pixelfed account and it actually let me do it and now I'm worried that I've broken something. 😟

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For the past year I've been doing independent software research, funded by an Open Tech Fund grant. This summer the Trump administration de-funded the OTF, cutting off my income.

I've been living off my savings since then, and while I'm looking for alternative funding sources, applying and getting that money will take time and so in the meantime, if you can, please support my work via GitHub sponsors:, or Liberapay:

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I feel like the microtransaction model for games like pokΓ©mon go could /almost/ be saved if a microtransaction store would just implement this idea

when the game is well over its funding goal for the current period, greatly discount everything in the store to reward players for responsibly funding the game and educate them about other things that need funding

if players are well informed about this, they have an incentive to be sure somebody is paying so the premium items are 'paid for'

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allow me to make a modest proposal: [...] adding a simple β€œPlease support us” message [...] whenever you update the browser, [and] adding a Donations item to the main menu.

okay, but the problem with even a simple donation button is there needs to be a concept of "we've met our goals for the moment and it's acceptable to stop donating"

otherwise users might face decision paralysis on the fact there are so many other underfunded software projects and not fund anybody

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every creator is too separated from every other creator on a human level and we need to not be
but every method we have of earning money encourages separation between creators/people that actually makes it harder to earn money
and then people fail and blame other people for not buying products when it wasn't feasible to happen in the first place
and there's not necessarily an incentive to buy products at all
and we need something better

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i think, if we would just stop and really examine it

the single word "proprietary" could unravel into an entire fuckign dissertation

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have you ever had one of those days you thought a seemingly perfectly normal phrase and then it suddenly seemed really profound and you just had to think about it a lot

right now that's me with the phrase
"it's like a library"

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this was related to me thinking about what i wanted my main homepage domain to be

i was thinking about these clone modspheres and how they're not really that different from "truly" original work for me.
sort of like this wide river where 'research' i do on existing media or nonfiction is the river, things like clone modspheres flow off that, original work flows off that.
and i think of media in general in a similar way except arms rejoin other arms

this is the source of

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i think the "river network" of media in general should be more "like a library",
where people are free to build on "previous insights"

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@iron_bug Hmm. This might be an idea. BitTorrent extension for git? Or/and ForgeFed?


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@vortex_egg The irony is, I feel like the RIAA cartel is so far over-the-shark that they're totally irrelevant at this point. Youtub-dl can be used to download their idiotic content, but that's besides the point...

Youtube-dl is a way of supporting creators who have had to attach themselves to walled gardens for discoverability without necessarily supporting the walled garden itself.

I support a few creators on patreon and have the RSS feeds for their youtube accounts tied into a script to run youtube-dl and dump their content to my local NAS for offline viewing (useful for those of us on DSL).

Then they're all the folks who've had their accounts hacked/wiped who were saved by archivists ponying up copies of their files previously fetched by youtube-dl...

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So nice of the RIAA to advertise this youtube-dl tool! Maybe someone didn't know about it. Really appreciated!

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GitHub has removed the ability to access youtube-dl's source code due to a DMCA request by the RIAA

... The clear purpose of this source code is to (i) circumvent the technological protection measures used by authorized streaming services such as YouTube, and (ii) reproduce and distribute music videos and sound recordings owned by our member companies without authorization for such use. We note that the source code is described on GitHub as β€œa command-line program to download videos from and a few more sites.” ...

Micah F. Lee (EFF/The Intercept @micahflee

"RIAA blitz takes down 18 GitHub projects used for downloading YouTube videos"

HN discussion:


Reddit search:


Censorship, propaganda, surveillance, and targeted manipulation are inherent characteristics of monopoly:

RMS, "The Right to Read" (1997):

Remember that the RIAA is a bad-publicity-deflection cartel of its major members. These are:

#DMCA #youtubedl #RIAA #MPAA #github #Censorship #Surveillance #Propaganda #Manipulation #Monoply #CensorshipPropagandaSurveillanceMonopoly #TheRightToRead #EFF

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