Damn. I knew there was something else I was planning to do today. This was going to be a big post about Mastodon/the fediverse, and related topics, but on the one had I kind of forgot about writing it for a lot of the day and on the other hand, well…you might say a lot has been going on in the social media world, especially with respect to the app from which a record number of people are decamping to Mastodon.
There was also a bit of rather significant politics news, in that Nancy Pelosi announced she won’t seek another term as Democratic Leader in the House, but I don’t have anything much to say about that, I think she’s been a very effective leader but I think her decision makes plenty of sense.
Really going to try to get that Mastodon post written before next Friday though, I promise. And maybe next Friday I’ll just talk about guitars or something.
A short and dull post is better than no post at all, right? At least I assume it is, if the goal is to keep up a habit of blogging regularly. I have a draft I’m working on to discuss some of the back-and-forth about (and on) Mastodon/the Fediverse lately, but there’s a lot to cover there, so I’m not going to try to rush it today. I hope that once it’s done, it will be at least a little useful and informative.
In the meantime, well, that “Red Wave” everyone was so excited about sure was a bust, huh? I guess it turns out that Americans like abortion and democracy, don’t love fascism, and also don’t really hate trans people nearly as much as the fascists want. As of this writing, three Senate seats and 30 House seats remain too close to call, and it looks very plausible that the Senate might remain 50-50 instead of falling into fascist control. The House is even more uncertain, and I’m not equipped to make any major prognostications there. Democrats vastly overperformed both historical midterm expectations for an incumbent party with an unpopular president, and a lot of polling that made Republicans look stronger than, in the event, they were.
Here in Massachusetts, there were no real surprises. Whatever rational elements might have remained in the MAGOP are represented now only by the lame duck Governor, the rest has been subsumed into the Trump cult, and accordingly nominated a democracy-hating psychopath, for whom even Massachusetts’s electorate — historically, shall we say, reluctant to elect women — wouldn’t vote against Maura Healey, an accomplished AG who ran on a relatively moderate platform. In fact, that aversion to putting women in positions of power may finally be substantially eroded, as MA elected women to every statewide constitutional office except (of course) Secretary of State, which Bill Galvin will hold on to just as long as he pleases, thank you very much, they don’t call him the “Prince of Darkness” for nothing. Also very importantly, the fascists failed to stop Question 1 (albeit narrowly) and Question 4 (with a slightly more comfortable margin) from passing, which hopefully will mean Massachusetts continues to become a better place to live for everyone.
If only we could get some more housing built and fix the goddamn T.
There’s (probably?) no better way to get back in the habit of blogging regularly than to…blog regularly. So that’s the goal: at least one post a week, on Friday. Welcome to this one! I hope everyone had a good Hallowe’en, and hey, it’s only 331 days until next Hallowe’en Season (i.e. the entire month of October) starts. As usual, I had a vague notion that I might tackle the October Horror Movie Challenge (watch 31 horror movies during the month, ideally at least half which I haven’t seen before), but as usual, I didn’t end up doing that. Did finally watch Halloween (2018), though, and wow, that’s a great movie. Highly recommended.
Last week when discussing Twitter alternatives, I didn’t mention Discord, although I know a lot of people have been talking about that service as a post-Twitter destination. I do use The Fancy IRC, but I consider it a chat app, not a social media site. Both are useful categories, but they have different purposes.
In other news, today is also Bandcamp Friday, when Bandcamp waives their share of revenue from music sales, so it’s a great day to pick up some new music.
I guess that’s it for this week. They can’t all be winners, eh?