Kosmo's in Kerrytown is shutting down; the Ashley location will serve lunch. https://annarborobserver.com/articles/kosmo_s_kerrytown_closes.html
For comparison, seems like there are around 450 Telnet BBSs: https://censys.io/ipv4?q=%2823.telnet.banner.banner%3A+%22bbs%22%29+OR+%2823.telnet.banner.banner%3A+%22mud%22%29+OR+%282323.telnet.banner.banner%3A+%22bbs%22%29+OR+%282323.telnet.banner.banner%3A+%22mud%22%29
According to Censys there are >1400 Mastodon instances in the fediverse: https://censys.io/ipv4?q=%28443.https.get.headers.server%3A+Mastodon%29+OR+%2880.http.get.headers.server%3A+Mastodon%29
@Cornellbox Michigan and Indiana were the first to get hit with the Dark Stores tactic; I think Indiana managed to pass legislation to close that loophole but Michigan's fix died in the state senate in 2016 (and I don't know if was even taken up last year). Michigan specific info from my shop here: http://www.mml.org/advocacy/dark-stores/
"Do your part" energy conservation plans, like turning lights off when you leave the room, are great for your energy bill, but their job as part of "lowering carbon footprints" is to deflect from the big corporations that actually use the vast majority of the power.
For example, the average US stand-alone home uses ~11,000 kWh per year.
The VERY MOST EFFICIENT roadside LED billboard uses ~61,000 kWh per year. That number rises to ~323,000 kWh at the top end.
From https://twitter.com/pinakographos/status/1063116213553893376 : "Made a typographic map last night, on an actual typewriter."
For reference, I had been using Tootdon but I'm trying out Toot! today and quite liking it so far: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toot/id1229021451?mt=8
In other news, I'm watching https://pixelfed.org dev, and at some point in the future we could start running an A2mi community Instagram alternative. I've reserved the domain a2mi.pictures just in case 😉
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We had a truly terrifying drive home tonight. Black ice out of nowhere then wrecks all around us; drove <15mph most of the rest of the way home feeling grateful for the clusters of first responders, and worry for those in wrecked vehicles, marking our milestones.
Designing a transportation system around cars was a bad idea.
New status page: http://status.a2mi.social , which I'll update if there are issues which make this site inaccessible.
Cleaning up a customer's PC, I made the mistake of leaving a tab open on Yahoo's home page. Only 1 minute later: malvertized. Sunuva...
I did it again to pin down the cause, & indeed it's Yahoo's ads breaking out, taking over the page, & loading scary messages that make it difficult to leave.
I can't stress enough, folks, that an ad blocker is Internet SECURITY software.
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