Morning Pages

Mastodon, and landscape photography.

Morning Pages

We don't know what is going to happen to Twitter under Elon Musk, but it's not looking good. I love what Tesla and SpaceX are doing, but Musk increasingly looks like the Michael Scott of those companies; while other people do the hard work and achieve genuinely innovative solutions, Musk seems to take a lot of undeserved credit and increasingly spends his time being deliberately obnoxious in the public space. He also doesn't seem particularly well informed or consistent (claiming your whole mission is to save the planet, and then urging everyone to vote Republican seems contradictory at best). Musk is the wrong person to run Twitter. But perhaps no one should be running Twitter...

A social media network with no one in charge is not a new idea. It has been around since 2017, and it's called Mastodon. Mastodon doesn't have the traffic of Twitter, but it works very well. I was there soon after it started and, although I liked a lot about it, there were a few bumps and I didn't stick around. Checking it out again yesterday, I note that it has become a much smoother and more refined experience. And I think I prefer it to Twitter on a lot of levels.

There's a good onboarding guide here: Come Join Me On Mastodon, Folks. A how-to guide for joining the… | by Clive Thompson | Nov, 2022 | Medium and you can find me there as

Some good links today, but the highlight for me is this roundup of the 2022 Landscape Photographer of the Year

Here's the rest:

Elevators and escalators star in Peter Harris’s paintings of in-between spaces - The Spaces

The Perils of Audience Capture - by Gurwinder - The Prism

Hollow City | Jackson Arn

A German Toulouse Lautrec, his Dancers and the Darkness

The Enduring Urban Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

And to end, my dream house just announced itself: A furniture maker converted this 12th-century church into a family home - The Spaces

Have a good one.