Hey folks, it looks like too few people are using this mastodon instance for it to be worth sustaining. And now it looks like the moderation headaches are increasing as well, with the spambot wave. I have been paying for it so far, and @zacharius has been maintaining it. I think the server is paid for through June (so another 2 months). Unless someone wants to take over, I think we’ll give people a chance to download data/migrate accounts and shut it down at that time.
@zacharius we seem to have a big spambot attack. Can we do something. Most signed up last week.
After six months of writing privately, I'm going to restart my blog. The current idea is to go for volume, but I'm also going to curate anything worthwhile into a newsletter.
Current interest is origins of the conscious self and origins of complexity, but there will be lots of other film/philosophy/literature stuff. Newsletter link if you're interested 🙂 https://bryankam.substack.com/p/coming-soon?r=447n8&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=mastodon
Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.
During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?
PSA: If you'd like to help support this instance (which costs $20/mo and some admin labor, primarily from Zach Faddis and to a lesser extent, from me) please contact Zach at @zacharius for a venmo to send $ to. Limit contributions to $5/mo and max $20 (~4 mo) at one time, since we don't want to manage large balances or deal with the expectations that come with larger contributions.
I will continue to underwrite the cost and cover any shortfalls. We will set up some accountable tracking too.
I spent about an hour today fanning through various books on Italian architecture in the 15th-16th centuries and came to this conclusion: we have gotten a lot worse at building (partially bc the average person is legally forbidden to make substantial modifications to the property that they own) but we have gotten so much better at architecture.
@Bert I see you sent me a paypal payment for this instance without asking me. This creates an annoying book-keeping headache for me. If it shows up as "unclaimed" on your account, please see if you can reverse it. If not, I'll be refunding it.
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