I listen to things, 3

@ftrain on the Vergecast

Listening to Paul Ford and Nilay Patel talking about online communities. They’re talking about small groups of people who share Plex passwords, and log into each other’s Plex servers to watch pirated TV/movies/etc.

I’ve used Plex for years and it has never occurred to me to share the password or get a password for someone else’s. Plex is just its own thing, for me, like my TiVo or my iTunes collection.

I’m reminded of Google Reader shutting down and the howls from people who said “I made so many friends on GR! How can you take it away?!!” I had never noticed the social part. I was just using it to skim as many headlines as I could. ”Whaddya mean there’s people chatting, under the hood?”

Always missing the fun part, that’s me!

They’re also discussing Dunbar’s number, and that in Paul’s opinion a fun community really should probably max out at 30, which is not enough to pay the bills, if you’re trying to monetize the group.

Tumblrrs seems like it’s the right size, to me.


(UPDATE: a couple of minutes later Paul mentions “private Slacks” for just goofing off with friends. Phew.)

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End-of-week desktop dump

Things I meant to post this week


I.

apple preferences, when given d-i-c, suggest a profanity filter

Seems like that (supposed) Dr Johnson quote where he zings the lady for looking up curse words is somehow appropriate here.


II.

tweet from Ian Bogost about LAX airport and its

I never really thought about the failed Great Promise Of The Internet as a subset of anything else, but this @ibogost quote made me realize I was wrong; it’s part of a vaster and more terrible regression — the “failure to realize the promises of the mid century.”


III.

If you’re in the right frame of mind (3G&Ts deep), we sort of already live in a Star Wars (or Arrakis).


IV.

Elvis Costello and friends (Bacharach, McCartney, Dylan, Cash.) had an EP on Record Store Day this year that is now on the streaming sites. Recommended if you like mid-career EC. (I do. The first track showed up on my Release Radar this week. “Everyone’s Playing House.”)

Mastodon, et al, via Nextcloud

Reading my ‘random stuff’ newsfeed and someone mentioned being able to use Mastodon because of their Nextcloud account. I didn’t understand that until digging into the NC “app store.”


Oh, hey.


So I installed the alpha and we’re giving it a try. Apparently I’m rich@nextcloud.porknachos.com.


(This feels like it is sure to die on the vine but oh well. Was only an investment of a few minutes.)

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