The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that 76% of 642 websites tested used so called “dark patterns”, deceptive practices that put your wallet and your privacy at risk.

Trump’s weaponized incompetence cost countless lives during the pandemic, his commitment to stripping health care from millions is murderous. His courting of war criminals is grotesque. How dare anyone accuse others of not being a good lefty for not handwringing over his near-death experience.

POSSE, Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere, is a foundational tenet of the Indy Web. Do you do it? How? On cross posting

From my 100 Strangers project - Big Jim works for the rescue squad and they had been called out for some mysterious goings on at an old car wash in a rural area a few miles from Ft. Liberty. He would not tell me what was going on, but he let me take his picture, so it wasn’t a total wash.

a large man wearing a stocking cap near a building cordoned off with crime scene tape

Today on AppAddict - Step 2 Offers Two Factor Authentication in a Desktop App With parts of Authy deprecated and others hit by security breaches, you might be looking for a new solution.

This landscape is our home, and we rarely stray long from it, or endure anywhere else for long before returning. This may seem like a lack of imagination or adventure, but I don’t care. I love this place; for me it is the beginning and the end of everything, and everywhere else feels like nowhere - James Rebanks, A Shepherd’s Life

I love that quote about the Scottish Highlands from Rebanks book. It reminds me of my feelings for my own home on the coastal plain of NC in the remnants of the great Eastern pine forest.

Cursing at computers 100% makes them run better and anyone who doesn’t know this need to up their troubleshooting game. I can make a recalcitrant hard drive mount with two motherfuckers and one asshole.

This Week's Bookmarks - Tools people use, Every streaming service price hike, 50 best movie soundtracks, 100 best books of the 21st century, 30 amazing images of the universe, World architecture forum award winners, how celebrity book clubs work

It’s Saturday and time to update my /now page with what I’ve been reading (and what I quit reading), watching, writing, buying and browsing. Lots of stuff!

Mixtape Garden is a free service that crafts downloadable mixtapes crafted from the YouTube videos you specify

Time is What You Make of It - someone asked me when I had time for myself because I write a lot, but my writing time is my “me time”. It’s a privilege, not a chore.

From my 100 Strangers Project - Susie was hanging out by the Cape Fear River down on the Wilmington waterfront when I caught her trying out her hula hoop.

A grown ass woman with sunglasses and a hula hoop

Today on AppAddict - an old mac troubleshooting tool is back and I am feeling nostalgic. [Network Utility is available for download from Devonthink](… totally free. It was part of the OS from the very first days of OS X up until Big Sur.

“We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.” - Stewart Udall

Stranger In a Strange Land, Revisited - I’ve been reexamining Robert A. Heinlein lately. After nearly worshipping him as a young person, I later wrote him off as a militarist and a misogynist, but discussions with other progressives have me investigating him as man of his time.

Time Capsule Atlanta, 1997 A blog post from way back in the day after I spent my first overnight in a big city a year after it hosted the Olympics. My shock at prices and some of my language choices reflect the difference between then and now.

From my 100 Strangers project - This is a candid shot I took of Scott rather than a portrait, but I liked it the best of the shots I took of him while he was getting his Wilmington, NC sandwich shop ready to open.

A man sweeping while wearing a waiter's uniform

Today on App Addict - Disk Drill by Cleverfiles is data recovery software that comes with six free utilities including disk health monitor, Mac cleanup, duplicate finder, recovery drive, data protection and data backup.

Today marks 100 consecutive days that I have posted a review on AppAddict, a little website that I started on a whim to be able to talk to other people who have a download addiction. It’s done pretty good, been quoted in Lifehacker and the Verge and some developers have been quite nice. I❤️IndyWeb!

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” - Toni Morrison

“Nobody is free until everybody is free.” - Fannie Lou Hamer

These two powerful quotes from two giants of our time, one literary and the other from the Civil Rights Movement capture something that I believe at the very core of who I am. It’s the essence of responsibility.