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Wow, this is very interesting. Smalltown is a new fork of Mastodon specifically for civic communities looking to host their own social media. It is being developed at Ethan Zuckerman's lab at UMass Amherst.

(It's explicitly inspired by Hometown and very nicely links to my Patreon on their github, too.)

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‼️ Heute ist der letzte Tag, an dem ihr EU-weit gegen Werbung und Sponsoring für Fossile unterschrriben könnt:

Bitte ladet auch eure Freund:innen zum unterschreiben ein, wenn ihr schon unterschrieben habt. Jede Stimme zählt!

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Just published a short manifesto Against Interaction Design here:

"The more my interaction is designed, the more involved the designer becomes with not just what I can do, but how and why I might do it."

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Calling all community repair activists around the globe! 🌐🛠️

On Saturday, great speakers in #Fixfest online event from Aotearoa-NZ to India, West Africa and Mexico. Free.

Repair is a positive "gateway" into living within our planetary boundaries. Not everybody is ready for more radical action, but we can all enjoy a good repair. Repair also builds community bonds and resilience. Fixing jobs and skills are worth promoting and protecting!


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ℹ️ Sensibilisierungsworkshop zum Thema Gehörlosigkeit ℹ️

Wann? Freitag, 14. Oktober, 19:30 Uhr (Dauer: 1h)
Wo? Im @metalab (Rathausstraße 6, 1010 Wien)
Worum geht es da? Umgang mit Gehörlosen, wichtige Gebärden lernen, Fragen beantworten, etc.

Mehr Infos:!#Veranstaltungen

@lavolsky und @stoni freuen uns auf euch! ✨

Imagine you have a movie with a fitting subtitle file, but it's the wrong language. So you download subtitles in the right language ... but find they're misaligned to your movie file. Or imagine that you would like to learn a language by watching foreign movies with subtitles, but your vocabulary isn't great, and you would prefer to have subtitles both in a language you know *and* the language you're learning.

About 9 years ago I wrote a browser-based tool (which runs locally entirely!) called "dualtitles" which provides a convenient interface for facilitating these usecases (load subtitles, align them, export them). As it apparently broke some time ago (due to browser API changes) I now refurbished it and brought it back to mint condition. Enjoy. (⌒‿⌒)

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So... what is the 'standard' or 'best practice' way to work with virtual environments and dependencies these days?

It should work on all platforms (aka linux/osx/win) as I want to introduce it into our projects so that all devs can easily start off from the same base, as in a single command to set up env+deps
(as opposed to everyone having to go through the pain individually for each project).

Any pointers or good blog posts that I can peruse?


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Wow, I wanted to get the latest nightly build of a piece of software, SDR++, that is hosted on Github (and built with its CI system) and none of the build artifacts were accessible to me - until I logged in. I shouldn’t have to log into a Github account to download builds of an open source project hosted there…

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Die europäische Bürger:innen-Initiative #BanFossilAds gegen Werbung und Sponsoring für Fahrzeuge, die primär mit fossilen Brennstoffen betrieben werden, kann noch bis zum 4. Oktober unterzeichnet werden:

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TIL Match Group is a corporation based in Dallas, Texas that owns all the major online dating services: Tinder,, Meetic, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, Ship, and more.

Learned in this pretty amazing interview with Joanna Moll about researching technical infrastructure w/ code and artistic inquiry/speculation:

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sci-fi as it relates to the modern world 

Hey, remember when cyberpunk stories treated it like a nightmare scenario that big corporations know everything about you, including your physical location?

Heck, remember when George Orwell described (more than seventy years ago!) a future where electronic devices could be turned down, but never turned off in a way that'd stop them from listening in on your conversations?

And how that used to be something we should be at least concerned about?


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Morgens im Boardrestaurant vom ICE von Wien nach Deutschlandirgendwo, 5 Minuten nach Abfahrt vom Hbf Wien, erste Menschen trudeln ein ... die erste Bestellung: "Ein Butterbrezel bitte!" ... "Das ist leider schon aus!" ... "Aber wir sind doch gerade erst losgefahren?" ... "Ja genau!". (;´༎ຶٹ༎ຶ`)

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Kdenlive's first fundraiser starts today! Donate and help support developers implement exciting new features (like nested timelines and a new effects panel), and maintain and improve the code.

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@mycorrhiza We moved house entirely by bicycle last year, so I certainly have opinions on replacing a car with cargo e-bikes :-)

I'll be giving a talk online about our experience:

I have a vague hunch that GitHub copilot (and similar tech to come) might in future retrospect be attributed the same things as fast and shallow web content vs. longform reading these days: Undermines your ability to concentrate, shortens your attention span, weakens your neural capacity for really deep problem solving, etc.. I'm just extrapolating from my ambient perception of effects of AI in general, plus that while doing codereviews at my main employer I've now already seen the first instances of colleagues commiting senseless code fragments that are obviously coming from an AI, so I'm curious how things will actually look one or two years from now. (¬‿¬ )

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Here we go! 🎉 #Godot4 Beta 1 is out and ready for testing!

3 years of work from 1000 contributors, finally feature complete and ready for a focus on bugfixing and optimization. 🤖

The feature highlights are HUGE, give it a read!

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and if you're affected, PLEASE check out PenPot, it's a very very very good free software alternative!

(using it for all my professional UI work for ~1 year, and am a very happy user)

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Sometimes I feel like a curmudgeon for sticking to free software tools, and Figma was a hit even among the open source design crowd.

Full solidarity to the design colleagues who will now have enough anxiety about how far their workflows will be screwed.

That said, this is why you can't compromise: there are no "nice" flavors of proprietary software (remember Minecraft).

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Dear lovers of transparency, we have great news for you.

Just now, two repositories have been published:

- (our slow-long-term effort to release configs to the public, WIP, and every typing hand welcome!)
- (some open data attempt, still looking for licence recommendations!)

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