[-] kersploosh 1 points 1 hour ago

I only see Blaze in the modlog, and that user has been unbanned. If you are aware of other users that are somehow not in the modlog then let me know.

[-] kersploosh 18 points 20 hours ago

Yes, Blaze has been unbanned from the community.

submitted 21 hours ago by kersploosh to c/lemmyapps

Hello everyone. I apologize for the rollercoaster ride in this community over the past week and a half. I have one more change to announce: @[email protected] has been removed as the community moderator. This is in response to multiple private complaints from community members, as well as behaviors inside and outside this community that were brought to the admin team’s attention.

I made the mistake of shortcutting the usual lemmy.world processes when I appointed the user as the new mod. If anyone would like to volunteer to become the new community moderator, you can email [email protected] and make a request. The lemmy.world community team will follow their process from there.

Again, I apologize for all the rapid changes.

[-] kersploosh 1 points 22 hours ago
[-] kersploosh 2 points 22 hours ago

It's in the "Blocked Instances" section, where it should be.

[-] kersploosh 2 points 1 day ago

It seems to be working for me. Can you confirm that it's still broken on your end? I know there was a server hiccup on your home instance yesterday causing some odd behavior; maybe that was the culprit?

[-] kersploosh 12 points 1 day ago

sh.itjust.works explicitly blocks Threads. They held a vote among the local users: https://sh.itjust.works/post/11308397

[-] kersploosh 25 points 1 day ago* (last edited 1 day ago)

It is odd that threads.net appears on our instances page, while the same is not true for other Lemmy instances which have not blocked Threads. Lemmy.world is federated with Threads by default simply because it is not on our instance block list. I do not believe our instance has done anything special to force a link with Threads. I mentioned it in our admin chat and will update this post if I learn anything.

However, even with threads.net listed on our instances page, Threads does not seem to work with Lemmy. I am able to search and view Mastodon user profiles from lemmy.world, but it does not work for any of the Threads test profiles.

Edit: The lemmy.world database has no records for a person on threads.net. Our best guess is that a Threads user tried to interact with lemmy.world. Perhaps the process got far enough for our instance to recognize threads.net and add it to our instances list, but not far enough to create a record of the user in our DB.

[-] kersploosh 99 points 3 weeks ago

Spoiler alert: the drain is just a straight pipe to a bucket below the counter.

submitted 2 months ago by kersploosh to c/askouija
[-] kersploosh 16 points 3 months ago
submitted 4 months ago* (last edited 4 months ago) by kersploosh to c/lemmaroo

The switcharoo chain is forked, unfortunately. If you make a new switcharoo, please skip over this one and link to the previous switcharoo.

[-] kersploosh 8 points 4 months ago

In my opinion the community is intended for real-world maps. Communities like [email protected] and [email protected] might be a better fit for fantasy maps.

Though I don't mean to be a heavy-handed dictator. If you have something to share that you think the community might like, go ahead and post it. We'll see what people think via the comments and votes. If people here want to see fantasy maps then that's fine with me.

submitted 4 months ago by kersploosh to c/fuckyouinparticular
submitted 4 months ago by kersploosh to c/mapporn

The oldest lakes on earth, ranging in age from 130,000 years to many millions of years.

The map was sourced from this research paper:

Hampton, Stephanie & Mcgowan, Suzanne & Ozersky, Ted & Virdis, Salvatore & Vu, Tuong-Thuy & Spanbauer, Trisha & Kraemer, Benjamin & Swann, George & Mackay, Anson & Powers, Stephen & Meyer, Michael & Labou, Stephanie & Oreilly, Catherine & DiCarlo, Morgan & Galloway, Aaron & Fritz, Sherilyn. (2018). Recent ecological change in ancient lakes. Limnology and Oceanography. 63. 10.1002/lno.10938.

submitted 4 months ago by kersploosh to c/mapporn

Source: https://www.vox.com/2014/5/8/5691954/colonialism-collapse-gif-imperialism

One of the things that bothers people so much about Russia's slow play to gobble up chunks of Ukraine is that countries, by and large, have stopped annexing each others' territory since World War II. This modern success is all the more remarkable by the fact that, for most of history, countries loved to conquer land and subjugate the people living there.

European colonialism has been far and away the worst offender in this regard in the last 500 years. Take a look at this GIF charting the rise and fall of (mostly) European empires from 1492, when the European discovery of the Americas kicked off their movement west and south, to 2008.

A lot of interesting things pop out in that GIF. Thailand never gets colonized by any power, European or Asian. Denmark had the earliest westward European colonies, in Greenland. The Japanese empire was pretty huge in 1938.

But the biggest, most remarkable thing in the map is the ebb and flow in the territory controlled by the big European powers. That reflects a few things. Wars between great powers themselves (say, World War I), colonial conquest (Britain in Australia), conflict between colonial powers (Britain and France in North America), and colonized people throwing out colonizers (the dramatic decline in African colonialism after World War II).

The rise and fall of colonial empires warrants particular attention. Each of these sometimes-century long occupations that transformed daily life for colonized people. These regimes varied in all sorts of ways: the degree to which they literally enslaved colonized subjects, to take a particularly grim example, or the amount to which they allowed local political autonomy.

Scholars are still arguing over the implications of these massive colonial shifts for modern politics, which are undoubtedly dramatic. Take the big-picture global economy: why some countries are rich, and others are poor. Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson, and James A. Robinson have proposed that colonialism created a "reversal of fortunes" in economic terms. Previously rich peoples became poor when colonized, while previously poor peoples ended up comparatively wealthier. And both, by and large, remain so today.

Why? Well, the central purpose of European colonialism was to benefit and enrich Europeans. Acemoglu, Johnson, and Robinson propose that created different incentives for European powers in richer and poorer colonized lands. In richer places, they built governments whose task was to steal wealth and resources and send them to Europe, shattering the foundations of local prosperity. In poorer places, they actually built European settler communities, protecting economically useful institutions like private property rights in order to make these communities do well. In both previously poor and previously rich places, these colonial institutions altered the trajectory of their development down to the present day.

The Acemoglu/Johnson/Robinson theory is quite controversial. Other scholars contest the very idea that a reversal of fortunes even happened. That makes sense: given colonialism's immense influence on both colonized and colonizing societies, isolating variables for controlled studies is really hard. There's also a time-span problem: tracking the consistent influence of one variable across hundreds of years can be tricky.

That's, in a way, the point. Colonialism's influence was so immense that we're only just beginning to figure out how to properly measure it.

But there are some things we know, foremost among them that colonialism was brutally nasty business. One estimate suggests that, from 1885 to 1908, Belgian King Leopold II's occupation of the Congo killed 8 million people. R.J. Rummel, a University of Hawaii scholar who spent his life estimate state-perpetrated atrocities, put the 20th century death toll attributable to colonialism at 50 million (behind only the Soviet Union and communist China in total killed). And European colonialism was around for hundreds of years.

So when you see huge chunks of the globe colonized in 1914, and colonial powers shrunk to basically their homelands in 2008, you're seeing one of the greatest humanitarian accomplishments of the past 100 years in action.

[-] kersploosh 8 points 5 months ago

I empathize with your situation. I'm in the same boat. Even with hundreds of subscribers, if everyone's lurking then the community gets stale and withers. Becoming a one-person content machine isn't sustainable.

Though on a brighter note, with this post you just gained a subscriber to your community. Browsing through it reminded me of how fun geocaching was. I just dusted off my old geocaching.com account from a decade ago. I'll have to take my kids out and see what we can find!

[-] kersploosh 12 points 5 months ago

It's a community treasure hunting game. A person hides something, then posts GPS coordinates and/or clues to lead you there. Often the hidden item is a sealed container so people can leave log books or unique trinkets. Some of the trinkets have serial numbers you can use to see where they've traveled.

I haven't done it in years, but I remember it being a lot of fun. Hunting for caches led me to a bunch of interesting new places that I would never have explored otherwise.

submitted 5 months ago by kersploosh to c/animalswithjobs

Meet Sir Nils Olav III, the mascot for the Norwegian King’s Guard. Nils is regarded very highly among the Norwegian King’s Guardsman and has received his honours and medals due to his outstanding service and good conduct!


Ducks on patrol (lemmy.world)
submitted 5 months ago by kersploosh to c/animalswithjobs

Since the 1980s, hundreds of ducks have patrolled Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate outside Cape Town, South Africa. The winery currently "employs" some 1,600 Indian Runner ducks -- a flightless species with a peculiarly upright stance and highly developed sense of smell. As ducks cruise around the vineyard grounds, they eat pests such as snails, fertilizing the ground as they go.


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