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I'm Bruce (he/him).

I enjoy talking to people about what they do and figure out how to model it in a way that helps them to make decisions. It feels a bit like a cross between writing speculative fiction, social history, programming, and statistics. I'm CEO of a company called Mastodon C (no relation to the fediverse). We do this mostly for Local Authority clients but have done it for all sorts of orgs.

When I'm not doing that I enjoy cycling (on my fat bike or Brompton), reading (mostly science fiction or history or science), gardening, board and card games, and other things when the world isn't quite so risky. I watch a lot of "telly" and "films". I try to take photos of whatever is to hand, but mostly share things that are already beautiful rather than find beauty in good composition or skill.

I'm a lefty green anarchist politically, but really bad at it. I support the SNP and Greens in Scotland and would like an independent Scotland with more power devolved to local authorities.

Just saw a Twitter poll at over 150k votes suggesting that 58% of men and 40% of women wouldn’t cancel air travel if they tested positive for #SARSCoV2 but had only ‘mild’ #Covid19 symptoms at the time!


In more ways than one, #CovidIsAirborne!

(Another reason not to fly)




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"I'm sorry," said the dragon. "Can you repeat that?"
"You were seen approaching the town. I was sent as a sacrifice," said the maiden.
"If I am not to your liking, they can send my twin brother."
"Then what can they offer?"
"An apology. To you, your brother, and me."
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories

So there is this ages old idea in the fantasy literature, that gods somehow need to be worshiped to gain strength, that they feed on human attention. And then we have several tech companies basically building attention-harvesting engines under the guise of selling ads. I bet this fits together somehow, but I can't quite see how yet.

scotpol GRA reform + 

"The majority of the Scottish Parliament’s equalities committee has agreed to the general principles of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill, except for Tory MSPs."



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Worth a shot.

I am a freelancer and currently looking for some work. Does anyone know of any organisations that need some support on a project?

Ideally looking for something related to urban planning, community engagement, events or urban greening etc.



"She can't get inside the building because of her wheelchair."

No. She can't get inside because the building is not accessible. The building has a barrier that does not let her in. The wheelchair is not the problem; the building's lack of access is the problem.

Words matter.


Jimi Hendrix Arrives in London in 1966, Asks to Get Onstage with Cream, and Blows Eric Clapton Away: "You Never Told Me He Was That F-ing Good"

One thing that always really grinds me about online is that everyone expects moderation to be free, instant, simple, exactly what they feel, and done by faceless automatons who react without failure

my gf worked at a shitty awful job doing moderation on YouTube for years to get through college

And what happened is "she got PTSD"

every website is moderated by People. Every discord server is moderated by People. Every service is moderated by People.

How to avoid one particular faux pas on your first day in the Fediverse 

Idk who needs to hear this

I honestly haven't seen it since the last wave of Musk-averse Twitter users to enter the Fediverse

But I recommend not calling yourself a "refugee" from Twitter

It's in bad taste to compare your situation (leaving a social media website) to that of actual refugees



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