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I've wanted to move things around to the local server so I can have an easy “central hub” for all of the services. Now both blogs (img and blog) are part of that huddle!

Current local sites: – – – –

#mirror #fedimetameta #ugh

Original post by [at] DryBird227 [at] mastodon [dot] social

[hash] thebadspace For about the billionth time because people like [at] silvereagle [at] mastodon [dot] social want so badly for it not to be true that they just ignore it. The race/black card can't exist if racism exists. If racism exists. Then the chance of a black person saying racism exists also exists. The more racism documented? Even on social media? The higher the chance there is racism when a black person says there is.

Meaning. The race/black card can't logically exist.

See original post

Huh? The meaning of an race/black card exists solely because racism exists. I don't get it.

People can lie and exaggerate. In fact, I'd say that's the reason racism exists, because shitty white people from the past spread lies about black people in order to make them look like degenerates. And the thing is, people of marginalized communities can lie too!

As you said, the chance of a marginalizaed person calling out someone for being [x]ist against them is indeed high, but there's an important thing you're looking over that defines the existence of the card – whether that claim is an exaggeration to make the other person look bad. I'm not going to debate whether the threads and screenshots you provided are solid instances of this, but I will say that instances of this do exist, simply because of the fact that people can lie, including people of marginalized communities. It would be ignorant to say that couldn't happen.

For instance, a random someone could be disagreeing in a thread with a marginalized someone over, let's say, the quality of Kraft Mac & Cheese, and the marginalized someone could call the random someone [x]ist for disagreeing with them. Would that claim of [x]ism be considered ridiculous? If the random someone was calling the marginalized someone slurs over fucking mac and cheese, then yes, that would be a valid claim. But, if the random someone was just ranting about the quality of the mac and cheese, then that claim could be considered ridiculous, and the random someone could call out that marginalized someone by telling them “are you trying to card me right now?”

It would be quite dishonest, and dare I say it, ignorant to say that isn't possible, which is why there is such a term as “race card”.

And, the thing is, everyone of any marginalized community can have their own card. I never really mentioned a specific marginalized group in that example, so you could fill out “[x]ism” and “marginalized someone” for “racism” and “Black/Brown someone”, or... even “transphobia” and “trans someone”.

Which also brings us into the question asked in this post of yours! The answer is, yes, a trans card exists, and so does a race card, as well as some bonuses, like a gay card, disabled card, Hispanic card, Asian card, Autistic card, minor card, etc... Every marginalized group has a card, including trans people. Shitty trans people can say “you're being transphobic” for the same mac and cheese debate, and the question still applies. Shitty Autistic people can say “you're being ableist” for the same mac and cheese debate, and the question still applies. I could say “you're being [x]ist” for the same debate, for whatever marginalized group I'm a part of, whether that be ableist (autism), homophobic (pansexual), ageist (minor), or racist (non white-passing dominican), and the question would still apply!

You get a card! You get a card!


A screenshot of Oprah's "You get a car" moment, edited with meme text to say "You get a card! - You get a card! Everyone gets a card!"

Alternative title: Aetherglow and Translunar Academy

#tla #silly #short

God I wish it was real. Actually, maybe it will become real – but we won't know until it actually becomes real.

203 more years, gals and gals.

Mark your fucking calendars.

Edit 10/29 3:12 PM – Maybe not

oh great, is blocked by a lot of instances for some reason about @root saying some racist shit or something?

I'll be honest, my experience with the Fediverse has tired me out. I haven't been directly harassed, thankfully, but there's a lot of parts of here which make me slightly to incredibly uncomfortable.'s block reasons have me a little uncomfortable, but I'm not going to blow up over it because it looks like it happened like, a year ago. I've said some stupid stuff similar to this not too long ago (referencing the specific part of this blog where I call Ro “casually racist against white people” which I realize is now stupid and/or unnessecary to point out), and I believe people can change – it's one of the main reasons I dislike The Bad Space.

But... I dunno. It still strikes me the wrong way, and I'm not sure the position of affiliation this server has with the greater Fediverse.

Speaking of the greater Fediverse, the whole The Bad Space situation is tiring me out because of the attitude of the people around it, how people on that side are talking about the people on this side. Honestly? It's overwhelming me.


Anyway, I'm not thinking of moving. I'm kinda of just frustrated at the state of the Fediverse and I hate everything that's going on right now. We need something better.

⚠️ This blog is a little angry.

This blog is about a controversial topic that I once had very strong feelings about. Today, I might not agree with those feelings, so anything written here should be considered being written by a MeowcaTheoRange of their time. Thank you for understanding.

#thebadspace #meta

So there's this person named Tim W. I have absolutely no idea who they are, but in this conversation they drop DM's that I think adequately describe why people are worried about Ro.

Click on the image to view the post. ALT:

DMs on Discord – welshpixie

ceahhettan Today at 10:29 AM Gotta say I'm not upset by Ro leaving, honestly it will help the fedimins space feel safer for me and I think a few others.

welshpixie Today at 10:39 AM Yeah I'm not really into the 'the Black guy leaving will make me feel safer' vibe right now, especially considering everything that's been going on this week, especially considering the huge eruption of racism that has been fedi these past few days, especially given the amount of racist abuse Ro and other PoC in fedimins have either had directed at them or been exposed to these past few days and if that's how you feel, please leave Fedimins

ceahhettan Today at 10:40 AM He's made me feel unsafe since the start due to past history nothing to do with his race everything to do with his history of harassing groups I'm close to. And his history of “let's have a conversation” following with ad hominem attacks and nastiness and accusations if you even try. I didn't like him to begin with, and stayed in fedimins and largely tried to ignore him.

welshpixie Today at 10:47 AM I can't. Not after everything I've seen this week and the way people have responded to it. I've removed you from fedimins, because I know other PoC in there would not feel good about that if they knew what you're saying here

ceahhettan Today at 10:47 AM Fine.

God do I hate this. I hate how WelshPixie handles this. I don't know what's going on in Fedimins, so I don't even know if this is valid or not – so this will be purely based on the standpoint of existing information.

First, let's gloss over this real quick:

Glossing over this real quick

Let's start from a place I have some experience and proof in.

He's made me feel unsafe since the start due to past history nothing to do with his race[,] everything to do with his history of harassing groups I'm close to.

So, WP's reaction was initially thinking ceahhettan was complicit in why Ro left (which I'm guessing is because of the whole racism thing they described). This is their clarification that their relief is entirely unrelated to why Ro left.

And his history of “let's have a conversation” following with ad hominem attacks and nastiness and accusations if you even try. I didn't like him to begin with, and stayed in fedimins and largely tried to ignore him.

Yeah! I have proof for this.

The Part Where I Have Proof For This

Here, when does “the whole community outreach thing…”, the whole conversation goes nowhere and faceplants. I feel like Crashdoom has valid criticism here, but Ro does his thing, deflecting with stuff like “I don't care [if it seemed level-headed] to you. It wasn't targeted at you” and “You don't know that because you're making assumptions based on your ignorance of the project”.

Amendment by future MeowcaTheoRange written 11/15/2023

Damn, that's a stupid way to put it. I think by "does his thing", I was trying to point out what Ro does *in general* in conversations like these, but that's just wrong.
Instead, what I should have meant instead of "his thing", is "the thing he does when someone he perceives as from 'the other side' enters the conversation".
Because to me, I still think Ro has a very partisan view of "who is for and against his work", which of course can be turned into accusations of racism, because the side that is "against his work" is also the side that is "against him".
Do NOT take this as "fact" or a "detailed observation", though. I'm just pulling guesses out of my ass based on what I've seen, which to this extent in my lapses of memory, is this angry blog and a few handfuls of events in the original thread I've remembered.

end amendment

Then, Crashdoom says something that ends up steering the conversation faceplant-ward. “If you think this is an attack… it’s not, it’s trying to understand to project and do the whole community outreach thing…” They say this, I'm guessing, because Ro has done nothing but deflect their criticism. And Ro... somehow takes this as... them saying it was an attack? “Ha, you said it was an attack, not me.” Which Crashdoom, of course, corrects – “Again, not an attack”. Ro asks “it's weird you keep saying it”. I'm guessing why Crashdoom keeps saying it is because Ro said it “was an attack”, while they meant it “wasn't an attack”. ??? Then, Crashdoom says this – “I keep saying it since I keep getting hostility, and I’m not entirely sure why”. Which brings us to the focus of our archive: ALT: It's your interpretation I'm hostile, which is racist to be honest. I'm just speaking plainly to you but because I'm not holding your hand, I'm HOSTILE! Ha, that's weird, bro.

The reply from about sums up my reaction to this.

“Dude, racist? You must be trolling. There’s no way you’re seriously playing that card based on what they’ve said. Anyone can see this is hostile. Race has nothing to do with it.”

Because, yeah! I feel like this is an out of proportion reaction to what is basically “Dude, I think you're hostile because I don't think you're engaging with me in good faith.” It was never about race, but Ro pretends like it is just because he was called a ““bad word”“.

Genuinely, from the bottom of my heart:



So, what I like (sarcastic) about WelshPixie is that they just completely ignore the concerns of the fedimin:

I can't. Not after everything I've seen this week and the way people have responded to it.

...What can't you? They didn't say anything about doing something. Huh?

I've removed you from fedimins, because I know other PoC in there would not feel good about that if they knew what you're saying here

So, yeah. Just ignore the concerns that a fedimin has brought up to you because you “know other PoC would not feel good”? About what, being represented by a guy who weaponizes his skin color so he can make others look bad?


Amendment by future MeowcaTheoRange written 11/15/2023

See my long post about the existence of the "race card".

end amendment

An apology

Not really an apology. I have nothing tangible (yet) to apologize for, but I will apologize if you view this as hostile. I understand that.

I'm simply frustrated at the way things are being handled right now, and I think a concept like The Bad Space can flourish if done by the right person. The Bad Space wasn't ever and should never be entirely about “stopping racism in the Fediverse” – that's only one goal out of many, and the manager of it acting like it's the big plan to “expose those on Fedi for their racist behaviour” is inaccurate and has caused overbearing issues in the form of literally everyone I know having a problem with The Bad Space.

Someone, please, make this better. Hell, feel free to legit just take my concept and make it into a real thing.

I just don't want this version of The Bad Space.

Addendum: About Tim W.

I have no idea who Tim is and I don't really care about them in specific. I'm only using their screenshot for this blog, and everything that's been said after is something I'm still torn about, so it's outside this blog's scope.

#listicle #vscode #mods

1. Better Comments by Aaron Bond

Improve your code commenting by annotating with alert, informational, TODOs, and more!

I like this extension because it just works.

It's Simple: It adds colours and stuff to your comments to better highlight their different utilities.

It's Easy: It supports a HUGE LIST of different languages, from TypeScript to Rust to BrightScript! (What the hell is Rust?)

2. Live Server by Ritwick Dey

Launch a development local Server with live reload feature for static & dynamic pages

I like this extension because it also just works. It sits out of your way right there in your status bar, and you can click it whenever! (Disabled your status bar? Use the Command Palette instead.)

It's Simple: It lets you fire up a quick Express-based web server that hosts all of the files in your current folder.

It's Detailed: It supports hot-reloading, automatically reloading your browser when you save your files.

3. Remote Explorer

View remote machines for SSH and Tunnels.

This extension is pretty great. It also is on the status bar, but with a really small icon on the bottom-left corner.

It's Simple: It does what it says on the tin – lets you remote into other servers, and mess with the files inside just like on your local computer.

It's Detailed: It can use SSH and lets you specify a login. To my knowledge, It works on Windows and Linux on the clientside, and Linux on the serverside.

⚠️ Telemetry

Of course, this extension was created by Microsoft themselves, which means data collection. Make sure to configure the telemetry.telemetryLevel setting before you install the extension.

#help #oraclecloud

This is an issue I faced when trying to make an Oracle Cloud Compute Instance on an Always Free plan.

Usually what's going on here is that there's just too much other Compute Instances on this availability domain – a good solution would be to try another Availability Domain.

I tried all of my Availability Domains already?

Well, bad news. You'll have to wait. But, here's something you can do to bide the time, and it'll help you get set up quickly when the domain finally opens up.

Setting up an Instance Configuration

First, go to Instance Configurations.

Then, click Create instance configuration.

Now, set up your instance as usual! Images, VNIC config, SSH keys, etc.

Once you have finished, you should see this screen of your set-up instance configuration.

Now, once you think the Availability Domain you selected has been freed (it's purely by gut instinct, just trust it), you can click “Launch instance” and create a new Compute instance. If it loads for an unusually long time, that means that the Availability Domain is still not free, and you have to wait a little longer.

#statusupdate #imgabtmtrlink #abtmtrlink

Hi! I just got done migrating from Pixelfed to WriteFreely. It wasn't that hard, but I would like to write a blog post about it anyway. It sounds fun.

Why did you do this?

I did this for a few reasons.

  • I do not like Instagram. Pixelfed was trying to be as much like Instagram as possible.
  • No single-user instance support. Anyone trying to go to the root would be booted straight to a sign-up screen instead of my profile.
  • Inconsistent. The Pixelfed UI was “the new one” when signed in, but it would default to “the old one” when you were not, which meant that everyone would have seen the old UI whether they wanted to or not.
  • Bad at federation mentions. Pixelfed has to know a user exists first (being mentioned by an out-of-instance user) before I could mention them. With WriteFreely, that is done automatically.
  • Customization. Pixelfed does not like custom fonts. I like Lexend Deca. It does not. WriteFreely does not care.

Therefore, I moved over to WriteFreely. It's been working pretty well!

Are there any bad things that have happened because of this?

To my knowledge, there's one:

When you look up “[img/blog]” on a well-known instance, you get a bunch of garbage from past instance configurations.

...That's all I know.

I recently moved from to This is for a few reasons:

  1. was getting lonely, as nobody else who had signed up for it had been active
  2. I signed up to for a “second account” but it slowly became my main :P
  3. Honestly? Running your own Mastodon instance is kind of expensive, sometimes.
  4. is run by a set of cool friends of mine, so it would be pretty economical to just go on theirs.
  5. Akkoma is better than Mastodon. There, I said it.

I have been happy with being on, if not for a few hiccups for some reason. I've been able to retain (most of) my friends ( is blocked, and I think that's rightfully so), and I agree completely with the admins. This is the good thing with starting or joining a friends-only or friendly instance – you can communicate with the admins respectfully, because they're basically equals. They're quite literally your friends! Having an ecosystem that can listen to each other and grow and adapt is the best kind of ecosystem. The fact that I can go to and just say “hey, actually the admins aren't that bad” and have a good conversation about how I've gone fucking insane that is pretty dope, even if we're literally conversing about an instance has blocked.

KKDIAGT is also another good example of a friends-only instance, but it flopped quite depressingly, and I'd like to mention that. Sometimes you do start a instance for your friends and it ends up barren and empty – that's OK! If your friends don't like the Fediverse, that's completely fine. You could also try different instance engines, or just leave your friends alone, invite new ones, or join another friendly instance and participate there (maybe you could even make some new friends)! Whatever you do is fine. You can even get some of your friends onto the new instance (within admin permission) and re-create the old instance within the new one!

Avoiding big instances

One thing I'd avoid are very big instances. Steer clear of instances larger than 100 or so members and/or have open registration, because at that point, the admin has to do a lot of heavy lifting and make sure everyone's playing nicely, which makes the community a lot less tight-knit.

mastodon.* instances, like,,,, are very good examples of this. These types of instances are known for moderation struggle and user bribing ( is quite notable for user bribing when it came to the whole The Bad Space situation).

#statusupdate #celeste #event

I'm very happy to say this – I finally finished Celeste. I'm not much of a platformer guy, and I thought I wouldn't enjoy the game, but WOW was I wrong! It was a great time and I loved almost every second of it.

Also – 2DCon is happening in just 2 days! I can't wait for it to actually come. I haven't made a plan, but I hope I can just make one on-the-fly when I get there.

Week 34 of 2023 – mark that down as “pretty great”!

I also got to improve my site, and this has been prep so I could try actually working on the TrollCall frontend. I still need to do that. Update soon?

Buy Celeste on Steam

Steam The Woz