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dilmandila

@dilmandila@mograph.social

I Write. I make films. Transmedia artist. My blog https://www.dilmandila.com/author/dilman is about my works and life. I daydream a lot and want to be paid for it. Been creating #sff #scifi since 2001 but only recently got BSFA 2021 + Nommo Awards 2022 shortlist. PKD Awards 2024 finalist!

My films #DilmanShortFilms

#fedi22 #filmmaking #writing #writingcommunity

East Africa

Avatar: my selfie in a grey hood, in a misty freezing town, I look miserable. Header: comic page of a woman holding a baby

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stooovie, to ai
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I think #AI is at the stage where electricity was in the late 1800s. Tons of incompatible standards run by unregulated companies, people electrocuting themselves at their homes, and promises of electricity as the ultimate cure-all.

It has tremendous potential for the future but it absolutely has to be strongly regulated, and the worst excesses curbed.

#regulateai

dilmandila,
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@stooovie Did electricity consume the water supply of entire towns, and require massive resources to generate? How will AI serve humanity as electricity has while competing with humans for resources they need for survival?

dilmandila,
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@stooovie No the environment wasn't pristine - only in Europe. Other parts of the world had developed cultures to co-exist in relatively balanced harmony with the environment. I think it was pristine over here🙂

Fury, to scifi
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Got a new idea for a novel. Pre-industrial society on nameless planet. Disabled people sometimes disappear and come back “fixed”. It’s the aliens. The kicker is they’re purifying the gene pool and replacing the people in synth bodies. I know this might trigger some disabled people, but what I wouldn’t give to be in a non disabled body with the same mind…

dilmandila,
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@Fury No publisher would touch such a book. I was asked to tone down on character's quest to heal his body. He eventually doesn't succeed, but they said the quest in itself was problematic, which didn't make sense since all my life I have longed for a solution to a disability that made my childhood a nightmare.....

dilmandila,
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@Fury Anyway. Sidenote. In the 90s, HIV/AIDS in Africa got so much attention that it became a lucrative industry. Victims got free food + grants to start businesses + free education for their children among many other benefits from NGOs. Thus to a poor person, getting AIDS was a way out of poverty, and I heard stories of people deliberately infecting themselves to get all this free stuff.

dilmandila, to writing
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I have so many short story ideas, but I write only the first paragraph and just can't continue, yet the entire story is sitting there in my head anxious to come out. Because I've thought so much about the story that I know how it starts, how it ends, who the main characters are, but I can't get it out of my head..... Not sure how to get out of this state. It's been going for about a month now 😭

dilmandila, to DuckDuckGo
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For about an hour has been doing this.

dilmandila,
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@kevinteljeur Hmmm reminds me of Internet Explorer memes, how it would be too slow that it reports breaking news months after it happened. 🙂

dilmandila, to random
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Its insomnia season so I'm looking for a new hobby. Perhaps night dancing.

Night dancers, in some places they are called night runners, are people who dance at midnight to bewitch others. They dance stark naked, sometimes covered in ash, at the door of the person they want to bewitch. They rub their naked butts on the door in the process, so one way to protect yourself is embed razor blades on the door.

I've been thinking of a film based on these people since 2009 but never gotten round to it.

realtegan, to random
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Besides switching to LINUX (which I've tried a couple of times and failed at), how do I permanently turn off copilot and any other snooping AI "features" from Windows?

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/windows-11-recall-ai-feature-will-record-everything-you-do-on-your-pc/

dilmandila,
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@realtegan by trying to switch to linux again.

I failed twice, and I realised its because I was opting for a distro that isn't similar to Windows. Then I discovered linuxmint (you can do most windows things in it, like Win+E to open File Explorer) and suddenly Linux was a lot of fun. Honestly, joining the fediverse shortly after made it smoother for whenever I had a question I would come here and post a question and get answers in minutes. In Reddit it would take days or never.

dilmandila,
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@realtegan Oh okay... I'm sure you know of Wine? Doesn't work always as advertised but I used it to install windows stuff that I couldn't find in Linux, until I weaned myself of those. Not sure Wine can handle Steam though, but worth looking into it.

dgar, to music
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Now listening to:
Fedivision Song Contest 2024
~ The Fediverse

Now playing on Radio Free Fedi on their Fedivision Pop-Up Channel.

Check it out here: https://party.radiofreefedi.net

How to vote: https://fedivision.party/vote/

dilmandila,
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@dgar @dysphoricunicorn @keefmarshall Is there a way to listen to individual songs rather than the 5hr broadcast?

RickiTarr, to random
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Would half chicken half ducks be called Chucks or Dickens?

dilmandila,
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@RickiTarr Charles Dickens was half chicken half duck

eclectech, to NoStupidQuestions
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Having established that dandelion seed heads are definitely NOT known as DANDELION CLOCKS by everyone I have a follow on question...

What DO you know them as?

Chatting to people already I have had FLUFFS (Lithuania) and WINDY PUFFS (Canada) both of which are SUPERB.

Are there any others? Will there be enough to make a World Map of Dandelion Names?! 😃

Places, names & any other trivia welcome!

Earlier thread here: https://things.uk/@eclectech/112458271354372250

#dandelion #question #askFedi

dilmandila,
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@eclectech they are ancestral spirits, according to some people in the West Nile region of Uganda

dilmandila, to mastodon
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While on the web I see a lot of posts on my timeline. But using @Tusky I don't see as much, just a handful from a few people over and over again. Or is it just me? Like the last five minutes, tried refreshing but no new posts come up. For 5 minutes?

Perhaps I'm missing something, or need to do something on the settings?

#tusky #mastodon

dilmandila, to random
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Breakfast is here. Now I wonder why so many fruits have this color. Is it orange?

dilmandila, to random
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Is it just me or does everyone who works from home spend a lot of time in the kitchen, either cooking or washing dishes and cleaning stuff up? Its become annoying.

dilmandila, to random
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anderlandbooks, to random German
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#TimeTravelAuthors May 11: Saturday excerpt: eye

I have way too many eye rolls in this book, but, oh well, it's not through edits yet.

#JulesNVera
##TimeCurves

dilmandila,
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@anderlandbooks A zombie?

dilmandila, to random
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According to research by the Havard School of Futurism, by 2030 bananas will officially be called bananum, and strawberries will be strawberrum, because the Large Lying Models will make us believe these are the right words. The researchers quoted Aristotle who said "If you tell a lie three times while drinking a town's water supply, it will become the truth."

thomasfuchs, to random
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Gonna enjoy a bananum for breakfast

dilmandila,
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@thomy2000 @thomasfuchs Can verify
It doesn't even say AI on my end.

dilmandila, to books
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Author copies arrived of this bulky anthology of African ghost stories. Now I can say that my story was published in the same book as the legend, Amos Tutuola!

@bookstodon @blackmastodon #books #ghost #ghosts #africa #africanwriters #sff #fantasy #gothic #horror #writing #writingcommunity

dilmandila,
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dilmandila,
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@msquebanh @bookstodon @blackmastodon I believe through the publisher is a good place to start. I see its available for pre-order

https://www.flametreepublishing.com/african-ghost-short-stories-isbn-9781804177976.html

eclectech, to photography
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A lot of trees got seriously damaged in storms last winter, and were chopped down as a result. Nice to see so many of them fighting back this spring, and growing magnificent hairdos in the process.

dilmandila,
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@wendinoakland @eclectech I thought so too, and for a moment I believed you had photographed the angry spirit of the tree

dilmandila,
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@eclectech @wendinoakland I think you'll get a happy face if you used a thin line for a mouth, but the gaping black hole seems to give a different kind of impression. Or perhaps if there weren't too many teeth, just one or two as I've seen in some comics.

But it's a fun image!

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