(Web 1.0 being the era of AOL, MSN, Yahoo, no two-day shipping, no Facebook, no Amazon, no Twitter, no YouTube)
Im so nostalgic, despite beginning at the tail-end of Web 1.0. Those were magical times.
My first graphics card had 16MB of RAM. I first started experimenting on my computer at 11, messing around with Visual Basic programming and game mods. I loved visiting odd Geocities sites, chat rooms, gaming communities, etc.
The message boards were amazing! Were people nice? About as nice as they are now. However. Moderators usually clamped down on toxicity when it occurred. Message boards were watched for bad behavior; the same that seems to flourish on Facebook now.
I feel like DU is leftover from when webpages werent absolute shit: flooded with advertising, misinformation, and low-effort content (if you ignore the pop-ups we used to deal with). I miss the days of viral videos that were actually interesting. I miss when morons didnt try to record everything for fake internet points (like likes or upvotes). I miss communities like DU.
The current internet is toxic. Morons can live in their own information bubble and never leave it. As a result, you get cult-like followings of people like Trump. Insane message board types like those found on Free Republic (which I used to laugh) are now mainstream.
Everything is a scam now. Its fine-tuned rob you blind at every moment. There cant just be a Facebook that exists on advertising. No - it has to cater to everyone to get the most money possible, including tailoring the experience towards mountebanks and bullshit artists who use an entire Corporate Social Media team and Psychologists to fine-tune the art of grifting.
Im tired. I will gladly celebrate the day, should it come, that Facebook closes its doors forever. I cant wait until Instagram is gone, followed by TikTok, Twitter (or, X, or, whatever fever-induced pseudonym Elon Musk dreams up in the moment), and, finally, Reddit. I wish we could come full circle.
Its a pipe-dream, sadly. The genie is out of the bottle, and, we will never go back to the way it was. However, I have to admit that I miss it. I want just one more uninvited AOL CD in the mail, please?
Does anyone else have autism and have hyper-fixations? Mine are cemeteries and computer programming.
I dont quite understand. Isnt the judge in the Texas state court, or, are they a Federal judge? If they are a state judge, why do other states need to follow the ruling as well?
If so, any thoughts or suggestions for someone who is looking to plant her first plant?
I usually buy legal weed from Massachusetts, but, its pricey.
I like old brownstone or slate headstones with interesting carvings. I also like to learn about headstone carvers and their unique styles they put into their craft.
Does anyone else also like old cemeteries?
Brittney Byrant, a biology teacher at Woodlawn High and the mother of a senior at the school, was one of those who took to Facebook to register her concerns. Shed learned the day before that she was serving as a chaperone for the event, accompanying her child. Bryant particularly objected to the organizers decision to separate the audience by gender and have the girls listen to a series of emotional talks from three female speakers.
They talked about rape (and) forgiving the offender, suicide, prayer leadership, and many more dark controversial topics. We had females in the bathrooms crying due to the topics of discussion, Bryant wrote.
Her transgender child, who identifies as he, tried to walk out as the girl talk started and was initially barred from leaving, the mother said. Bryant said she also heard that other transgender students were bullied Tuesday.
- Baton Rouge High School students were brought on field trip to a career fair, which turned out to be church retreat
- Boys and girls were separated.
- The boys events including doing push-ups competitively to earn money in a hyper-macho atmosphere.
- The girls were proselytized about church dogma, including forgiving their rapist and purity culture.
- A transgender boy was forced to attend the girls lecture and couldnt leave. At the end, there was some ceremony where he was cleansed by having water poured over his head to convert him.
- The entire event was highly misogynist, homophobic, transphobic, and left students traumatized.
What the fuck!?
Yes, I know, the Queen Did so much for the world. Know who else couldve? Someone in a Democratically elected position.
Monarchies shouldnt exist in 2022, and its annoying American popular culture embraces the royal family so much. Their biggest claim to fame was being born. None of them seem exceptionally talented at anything or deserving of praise. They gather attention and money by merely existing.
The UK shouldve just dropped the title today once and for all. We fought a war to rid ourselves of this shit, and, Im fully comfortable in saying Democracy is vastly superior to Monarchy as a government structure. I know the royal family are just figure heads at this point, but, they need to be wiped out of American culture, much like all other forms of Authoritarian worship.
Dear GQP - if youre so concerned about this countrys mental health, why dont you work to improve access to mental health services, and subsidize them through the government? Why dont you create free mental health services accessible by anyone whenever they want them?
Until then, shut the fuck up. You wont do anything about the countrys terrible mental health, so, we have to solve the gun crisis a different way - taking the guns away. Your thoughts and prayers have done jack shit.
Extremist Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) deleted a disturbing and offensive tweet Tuesday that falsely claimed the gunman who killed more than 20 people at a Texas school was a transsexual leftist illegal alien.
Gosar, an anti-immigration hardliner who routinely cozies up to white nationalists, was apparently promoting a false claim circulating on right-wing networks. Users shared images of a trans person unrelated to the attack claiming they were the shooter.
This is your typical Fascist nutcase. Theyre obsessed with creating a boogeyman, and, anything bad that happens is because of them. It doesnt matter if the tweet was deleted - it served its purpose in terrorizing two communities that are already consistently terrorized by the GQP.
Im an Aspie and I love computer programming. Anyone else here autistic and what are your interests?
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