LostFocus

Hi, I'm Dominik Schwind, friend of the internet. Here is /now.
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Meh. This is all broken. Maybe just subscribe to my RSS feed?

Well.

Well.

Likes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgqzHOUPjAs.

Likes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgqzHOUPjAs.

Australien - Heimat der Wellensittiche | Tiere vor der Kamera (1983) | Folge 12/49

Wellensittiche, in allen möglichen Farben, sind in Deutschland die beliebtesten Stubenvögel. Aber wo stammen sie her, wie leben ihre wilden Vorfahren?Alle Fo...

Australien - Heimat der Wellensittiche | Tiere vor der Kamera (1983) | Folge 12/49

Likes https://newsletter.danhon.com/archive/s13e20-what-it-is-like-to-be-a-certain-kind-of-9909/.

Likes https://newsletter.danhon.com/archive/s13e20-what-it-is-like-to-be-a-certain-kind-of-9909/.

s13e20: What It Is Like To Be A Certain Kind Of Person

s13e20: What It Is Like To Be A Certain Kind Of Person 0.0 Context Setting It’s Wednesday, November 9, and I am in MSP airport, on my way back to Portland....

s13e20: What It Is Like To Be A Certain Kind Of Person

Bookmarked https://phys.org/news/2022-11-discovery-bronzes-rewrites-italy-etruscan-roman.html.

This is pretty exciting. At least if you’re the particular kind of nerd who gets excited by things like that.

Discovery of bronzes rewrites Italy's Etruscan-Roman history

Italian authorities on Tuesday announced the extraordinary discovery of 2,000-year-old bronze statues in an ancient Tuscan thermal spring and said the find will "rewrite history" about the transition from the Etruscan civilization to the Roman Empire.

Discovery of bronzes rewrites Italy's Etruscan-Roman history

Nobody can say I’m not using Mastodon’s content warning field in a very responsible manner.

Nobody can say I’m not using Mastodon’s content warning field in a very responsible manner.

A screenshot of a Mastodon post with the content warning label "K-Pop opinion by a middle-aged white guy"

Likes https://www.hughrundle.net/home-invasion/.

Likes https://www.hughrundle.net/home-invasion/.

Home invasion - Mastodon's Eternal September begins

The fediverse is dealing with a huge wave of Twitter people bringing toxic ideas with them.

Home invasion - Mastodon's Eternal September begins

Likes https://blog.mollywhite.net/is-web3-bullshit/.

Likes https://blog.mollywhite.net/is-web3-bullshit/.

Is web3 bullshit? (Transcript)

'Is web3 bullshit?'. A talk by Molly White on the Crypto stage at Web Summit in Lisbon on November 4, 2022.

Is web3 bullshit? (Transcript)

Likes https://simonwillison.net/2022/Nov/8/mastodon-is-just-blogs/.

Likes https://simonwillison.net/2022/Nov/8/mastodon-is-just-blogs/.

Mastodon is just blogs

And that’s great. It’s also the return of Google Reader! Mastodon is really confusing for newcomers. There are memes about it. If you’re an internet user of a certain age, …

Mastodon is just blogs

Likes https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2022/11/cheers-is-hell/.

Likes https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2022/11/cheers-is-hell/.

Cheers is Hell

After spending 2020 watching every episode of Frasier, we thought we’d binge watch its predecessor sitcom “Cheers”. It’s a tough watch. It obeys all the familiar tropes of a…

Cheers is Hell

Likes https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/7/23444664/elons-weird-nerds-are-in-search-of-a-rebuttal.

Likes https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/7/23444664/elons-weird-nerds-are-in-search-of-a-rebuttal.

Elon’s “weird nerds” are in search of a rebuttal. - The Verge

You’ve probably seen that that Simpsons meme of Apu jumping in front of a bullet that’s commonly deployed against Elon Musk fans who feel the need to come up with weird excuses for every criticism lobbed at their favorite billionaire. Well, they’ve had enough of your snide memes, and dammit…

Elon’s “weird nerds” are in search of a rebuttal. - The Verge

Likes http://hackr.de/2022/11/07/das-einhorn.

Likes http://hackr.de/2022/11/07/das-einhorn.

Likes https://slate.com/technology/2022/11/weird-twitter-elon-musk-dril-darth-horseebooks-mayor-emmanuel.html.

Likes https://slate.com/technology/2022/11/weird-twitter-elon-musk-dril-darth-horseebooks-mayor-emmanuel.html.

I Helped Pioneer Weird Twitter. I Have a Plan for Elon Musk.

An ode to the days when everything happened so much.

I Helped Pioneer Weird Twitter. I Have a Plan for Elon Musk.

I’ve probably been on Twitter longer than you. In fact being early on Twitter was such a part of my online personality for a while that at some point I had a little tool to tell you that I’ve been on Twitter longer than you.

And now all of this. What a bummer.

So what’s next? I had this blog before I had a Twitter account and I’ll probably keep it around until I can’t pay for the domain anymore.
But the thing is: I don’t even have all that much to say, really. I like to hear what people have to say, I might add a quip or an opinion once in a while and basically just be a part of some kind of social gathering. Back in the day Leisa Reichelt used the term Ambient Intimacy to describe what I liked about the Social Web. (back when it was Web 2.0 and before it became Social Media)
Now let’s be clear: this has been gone for a while.. Long enough that blog posts complaining about it are gone as well and need to be linked to on archive.org. But still, it is nice to have a semi-public virtual space to hang out, talk to your friends, maybe meet new people. With my low follower number and therefore low visibility I was in the rather privileged position that Twitter was able to fill that role for me pretty well – I’m not sure it is still able to do so.

It’s no secret that I really like the idea of the IndieWeb and the old way of everyone having their own little blog somewhere. But I guess that is not the preferred solution for many people, so right now the second best option seems to be what many people in my bubble look at: Mastodon. (And yes, I’m aware that those two things can be one thing.)
And let’s be honest: that is pretty fun, too. I like the slightly messy way in which things are happening in this decentralised federated network of small-ish servers. Right now it does mostly work for a very specific kind of nerd, but who knows.
It is very interesting to see how especially younger people struggle with the idea of federated social media. I’ve even seen very technical people having a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that there is not one Mastodon service that handles everything. I guess that’s how it is when you’ve grown up in an era in which all the big services have always been around.

Anyway, I don’t really have a point here. Say hi to me over on Mastodon if that’s where you are: @dominik@mastodon.xyz. Or you know, don’t, if don’t want to.

Ugh.

Ugh.

Apropos of nothing, here we go: @dominik@mastodon.xyz and my blog (at some point everything should come from that account) @dominik@lostfocus.de

Apropos of nothing, here we go:
@dominik@mastodon.xyz
and my blog (at some point everything should come from that account)
@dominik@lostfocus.de