Tuesday, January 16th, 2024

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Insight from a meeting with Meta about Threads & the Fediverse

Some interesting insights from a meeting with Meta in December about their plans with Threads and integrating with the Fediverse & Mastodon.

The timeline as outline from the blog entry:

  • December 2023 – A user will be able to opt in via the Threads app to have their posts visible to Mastodon clients. People would be able to reply and like those posts using their Mastodon clients, but those replies and likes would not be visible within the Threads application. Threads users would not be able to follow or see posts published across Mastodon servers, or reply to them or like then.

  • Early 2024 (Part One) – the Like counts on the Threads app would combine likes from Mastodon and Threads users

  • Early 2024 (Part Two) – replies posted on Mastodon servers would be visible in the Threads application

  • Late 2024 – A “mixed” Fediverse and Threads experience where you will be able to follow Mastodon users within Threads, and reply to them and like them

  • TBD – Full blended interoperability between Threads and Mastodon

Later in the entry, the author does note:

I have to tell you based on my limited knowledge at this point I think this roadmap is probably wildly optimistic. But I guess we’ll see.

I did find the write-up interesting and provided some insights into the plans, though there is still much to be seen for what the platform holds and if it will take more active usage in the future.

1/16/2024 10:01 am | | Tags: social media, meta, threads, fediverse, mastodon

Supreme Court will not hear challenge to Washington's Capital Gains tax

The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it would not review Quinn v. Washington, the lawsuit challenging Washington’s capital gains tax.

The Legislature passed the tax in 2021 and payments first came due in April 2023. It’s a 7% tax on stocks, bonds and other investments or tangible assets above $250,000.

The tax brought in almost $900 million in revenue in its first year.

Opponents had argued it was a tax on income, and thus barred by Washington’s state constitution.

1/16/2024 10:40 am | | Tags: washington state, supreme court, economics, 1%

Revising my 2024 Reading Goal

Coming into 2024 I resolved to read more books. I do read, and probably more than the majority of people, but nowhere near as much as I want to. I enjoy reading. But it is a constant battle against the Internet. So, making it a priority for this year is a thing I want to do.

I came in with the ambitious goal of reading 50 books this year, however I realized that this doesn't incentivize me the way I want. I've come to enjoy reading a lot more once I realized I can stop reading books when they stop being enjoyable or being worth the effort. And by making my goal 50 books, that pushes me not to quit books and thus makes picking up a book to read much more important.

First was "Our Oldest Companions" by Pat Shipman, which is a book looking at the history of humans and dogs. An interesting read, but I found it plodding at points and ultimately fell off. I had thought the book would be much more behavioral, and it does touch on that, but it is very focused on the transition point of wolves to dogs, and that as it turns out is not as interesting for me.

Our Oldest Companions by Pat Shipman
Our Oldest Companions by Pat Shipman
Bookshop | Amazon

Second was a fiction novel which I'll admit I picked off of BookTok. "People from my Neighborhood" by Hiromi Kawakami. The pitch didn't reveal the true nature of the book, which I am glad for, despite it not being my cup of tea.

People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
People From My Neighbourhood by Hiromi Kawakami
Bookshop | Amazon

So, given that I'm in the third week of the year and I have abandoned two books already, it's clear that I need to change.

The current goal means I have to pick books which are ones I "have" to finish. And that isn't feasible. I need fluidity and flexibility.

Given this, I'm revising my goal. Rather than books, my goal is pages. If I arbitrarily set an average book length of 300 pages, then that translates 50 books into 15,000 pages this year. I tracked how far I got into each of the abandoned books, as well as the book I already finished. And it puts me at around 525 pages so far this year, which is a little behind pace for what I need for 15,000 pages. But is directionally where I want to be and so I feel good about it.

I've since finally dipped my toe in to Terry Pratchett's Discworld as I'm now reading Guards! Guards! and quite enjoying it. Additionally, I am working through an an audiobook called Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter. It's definitely infotainment, but I've taken a few interesting tidbits away from it. I'm glad I'm taking it as an audiobook, I think if I had read it as a book I would have bounced off at a few portions.

Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett
Bookshop | Amazon
Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter
Scarcity Brain by Michael Easter
Bookshop | Amazon
1/16/2024 2:33 pm | | Tags: reading, currently reading, books

Automated Archives for January, 16th 2024

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Mastodon Bookmarks

Wallabag Additions

These are articles that which I saved today so that I may read them later. Substance and quality will vary drastically.

Chess For the Day

Record: 3-0-1
Net Elo Change: +11

Games Played

Blog Posts On This Day

1/16/2024 11:45 pm | | Tags: automated, mastodon, social media, longreads, chess
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