Tried a new recipe tonight!
Sadly tasting them will have to wait until morning.

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hardening mastodon against scraping 

fellow masto instance admins of the fediverse:

by default, mastodon is leaky as fuck and there are a bunch of ways that data can be scraped and indexed from a mastodon instance

there are a few steps you can take to harden your instance against this; since there's an ongoing harassment campaign against trans masto users, now is a good time to review this

the following is not exhaustive, but it's a good start

1. Enable 'Secure Mode' on your instance. Without secure mode turned on, any of the activitypub endpoints of your instance can be scraped without http authentication -- this includes user profiles and users' public posts. This makes it ***absolutely trivial*** for a scripter to scrape all of the profiles of your instance denizens and look for keywords.

From the mastodon docs: 'When secure mode is enabled, all GET requests require HTTP signatures as well.'

It's insane to me that this isn't enabled by default. To enable it, see the 'AUTHORIZED_FETCH' parameter here:

This makes it more complicated to scrape, since scraping traffic now has to come from an instance that uses http signatures, and not just from some random asshole's computer.

2. Toggle some config options in preferences => administration => site settings. Here you can turn off the profile directory, disallow unauthenticated access to public pages, etc. See the screenshot below this post for the settings I use. You can make up your own mind about how strict you want to be here, but I think turning off the profile directory and the public timeline is a great idea.

3. Recommend your users disable DMs from people they don't follow. This is under preferences => notifications.

Any stuff I've missed, stuff you'd like to add, feel free to reply to this post.

Thanks for reading!

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fediblock transphobia (slur and sui warning in username) 

tranny_kys has an account on that doesn't seem to be active yet, pre-emptive block suggested.

(reposted with new cw)


Food, cookies 

Continuing my newfound habit of having homemade cookies around. This time I made black raspberry jammy dodgers.

I had the oddest experience today...

*ring ring*
"Hello, is this Alexis?"
"Yes, this is her."
"Great! We're looking for [deadname]. Is he available?"

Dumb lewd joke 

If you save a bunch of people from a burning sex club, does the mayor present you the key to the chastity cage of the city?

I tried making meeple stained glass cookies tonight! It was my first time and I was a bit heavy handed, so they came out a bit more bulletproof than stained. The candy was this rainbow pride one that my partner's ex sent her as a gift, which resulted in the weird tie-dye.

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marriage is just running the same bits into the ground over and over again until one of you dies

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@finn tumblr has perfected ads by removing the part where it's advertising a product or service that exists or makes sense

🎶 Hey I just met you
And this is crazy
But here's my number
Is it wang maybe? 🎶

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I cleaned up some old electronics, and had enough shelf space to work on making this little display. It's three concrete vases with Doryphoros on the left and Venus on the right. Both are just full of greens, like ferns and hops. In the center in Hermaphroditus, who is instead bursting with a bouquet in beautiful, bright colors.

It's so nice, seeing a body that looks like my body as a work of art.

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girls drawing sexy girls: yes!! go off queen!!! hot! sexy!! TIDDY

guys drawing sexy girls: dude shut the fuck up no one cares

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Something very entertaining to do is read all the negative reviews for dollhouse accessories from people who thought the thing was going to be full size

Dumb lewd joke 

"Well spit on my asshole and call me mommy! I thought y'all said you weren't going to be able to make it to the church bake sale."

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1999: Hundreds of boys queuing up to go see The Matrix

2021: Hundreds of those same girls queuing up to go see The Matrix

Two of the plexiglass panels broke while dancing, and the thin metal ones were... well, a deeply unpleasant replacement. So tonight I got some half-inch mahogany plywood, operated a jigsaw for the first time, and did this.

I think at this point it has real Steam Steam Revolution Punk vibes.

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