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As a user of liberating software, free culture works, or user-respecting online services, it's common to want to contribute back but not know how. One contribution anyone can make is to send a message to the maintainers telling them a few things you like about it, thanking them for their work. It's easy to remember to complain about bugs or missing features, but like everyone, creators need compliments too, especially when they are volunteers.

Diceware poetry: fickle_walk_conspiracy_whoso_security_oppose_humilit

I think one of the problems with white leftism is that a lot of us want to have it both ways. We want to use our privilege to help the victims of structural racism, but we don’t want to have to actually give up that privilege. We want to be like the benevolent aristocrat.

Here's a long list of online decision-making platforms curated by the Democracy Foundation, most are free code:

Anyone keen to help me go through them all and add them to this list, with information on features, architecture, license, steward organization etc?


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Anyone know a game that plays like Heroes of Might and Magic III? I'm not a gamer. G/f's birthday coming up. She loves it but is really reluctant to learn anything else. I set up the above on a beat up old Laptop with Wine and would need something that'll play on Linux and is not too heavy on graphics.

don't worry about me. I'm a little hobbled and I smell like tear gas but I'll be fine. worry about the ones who didn't get out. donate to the mass bail fund:

BBC Radio 6 Music replaying a Black Power special from Don Letts from 2018. Going over 1968.

Judith Butler, Frames of War, sexuality 

The third chapter of Frames of War is dedicated to a discussion of how queerness is used Against people primarily through the channels of immigration, secularization, and family.
Queerness is a benchmark for how progressive how Now a people and nation are. If queer ppl arent protected then that nation is seen as backwards and unfree. Western nations are More free than other countries and then are beacons that the rest of the world should follow.
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Journalism friends. I am collecting news and journalism job descriptions and pay-scales for a project I am working on at

If you have any that your org uses could you please DM or email them to me.

This is cool. The BBC Micro bot running on Twitter. Submit your BBC Micro Model B BASIC code that fits in a tweet and it will return an animated gif showing the output.

I imagine doing it on Mastodon, with it's larger toot size, would enable more elaborate BASIC programs to be run. 😃

Would be nice to extend it to the C64, ZX Spectrum, etc.

#RetroComputing #BBCMicro #Microcomputers


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Masto tutoring 

Would any of y'all be willing to pay me to tutor you in academic writing?

We could skype and you could hear my vocal fry and we could google share what you want to work on.

My new e-bookshop is open!

I believe discovery, fairness and inclusivity are at the heart of digital bookselling.

Inclusive and DRM-free
All formats for all devices, no need to convert. You get a DRM-free e-book that works and is yours to keep.

Fair means fair
Authors get 80% of the profit. No deep discounts, or e-books that cost the same as the print version.

Genuine discovery
A curated e-bookshop, every title read and loved before hitting the shelves.

This piece very effectively details all the issues with Brave's business model that I have been talking about. I wish the tone didn't come across as biased as it does, but the information is all accurate. It's definitely worth a read.

Anyone care to give feedback on these videos? I have a couple of pointers and hosting them at least additionally on PeerTube is a given, but that aside?

If there's just one advice I could give my younger self, it'd be to keep a diary, and to do so consistently throughout my life, not just when I feel like it.

Insomniac musings 

I'm easy on the inputs right now - typically engaging with Mastodon only through toot at the minute, which is conveniently enigmatic as far as notifications go (though I often get few enough the whole social media thing overlaps with my internal monologue, as it is intended to). I will change that soon but I'm not feeing that yet: I have some work to do. @krozruch

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Insomnia - musings 

I have been doing one hell of a lot of work. I'm rather burned out, but also pretty energised by that. May be too tired to sleep - cross-country skiing, lots of walking, writing, coding - or it may be a combination of thoughts about a coming launch, Iran (I saw it coming and was most depressed by it 12-18 months ago), New Year takings of bearings etc.

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This Mastodon instance is dedicated to all people interested in a united Europe, a post-national and truly democratic Europe. But even if you are not so interested in European politics you are welcome.

Diese Mastodon-Instanz ist für alle, die interessiert sind an einem vereinten Europa, einem post-nationalen und wirklich demokratischen Europa.

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