"to sunset" (verb):

To situate oneself (often with friends or loved ones) in a nice, cozy place (a bench, a tree, a roof, ...) at sunset, quietly enjoying the warmth of the last sunrays as the sun sets on the horizon.

(NB: Sometimes also misused by corporations in a pathetic attempt to conceal harm caused by discontinuation of a service with unconnected associations of happiness and nature)

@fragmentscenario I did see it at the cinema years ago (but didn't remember anything about the typo specifically), this time I'm watching it on screen at home. It's a good point though, maybe even just the whole setting at the cinema, and the sheer size in relation to the room, etc. alters perception and interpretation of the titles. Great to hear I'm not alone with my perception of these titles in any case, thanks for sharing! :)

@despens haha yes maybe, I sure did grow up with windows :) when I coded my first website during school I picked Impact as font, apparently back then I already leaned towards condensed fonts (or maybe it was just coincidence)

Titles from the Alien franchise are an interesting case study for this as well, as they permutate through different wideness/condensedness qualities (letter wideness vs. letter spacing, etc.). Interestingly enough, the further a font diverges from a "nondescript standard sans serif" design, the more my brain finds it ok if the letters are really wide (because it is more convinced that professionals were at work? that more manual labor and love went into crafting the glyphs? xD fascninating.)

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Typography: I frequently perceive fonts to be simply too wide. Somehow, for me, there is no limit to how (horizontally) condensed a font can be, but conversely, any font that exceeds a certain degree of wideness immediately looks cheap, unprofessional, (vertically) squashed ... in fact I literally perceive those as having been unproportionally scaled on the X axis from an originally good font.

... Is it just me? (*/▽\*)

The attached still (from a cinema documentary) is what triggered the question for me (again) - I trust whoever designed the titles probably does it professionally (i.e. no unproportional scaling accidents), and the cinematography itself is beautifully executed throughout the movie, but looking at the titles my brain just goes "this is wrong", while I simultaneously feel bad about thinking that way, I mean it's just a wide font, why isn't this ok too, when even extremely condensed fonts are to me as well? ... :D

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Ready for take-off! 🚀
Today, on the 9th of April, is the first of two days that you can join many interesting workshops and talks and connect with the #Linux community here in #Graz, #Austria via #BigBlueButton and #IRC as this year's conference will be held completely online
https://www.linuxtage.at/en/
About 40% of the talks are held in English and most presenters are engaged in the #FOSS community and are avid #GNULinux users so be prepared for many interesting ideas and discussions :tux:
#GLT21

Brought myself to play some piano amidst my increasingly stifling lethargy in this latest lockdown (◕‿◕。)

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hello, I am Shusha, I am an artist, educator and researcher working on digital culture, politics and aesthetics. I have been working on the commons and contemporary artistic strategies, and am starting a PHD on user data practice soon.
I love code (but am a lousy coder), programming languages as cultural expression, epistemology (esp. feminist theory), conceptual thinking and playful media art.
A text on user condition by @entreprecariat brought me to lurk, and I am very happy to join.

@dualhammers this one's been pinned to the wall in my kitchen for half a year now, still love it. thanks :)

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This DuckDuckGo audit by @purism is a sobering read:

https://source.puri.sm/toolauditor/CEAP/-/blob/master/audits/ddg.md

Remember that DuckDuckGo is venture capital-funded which means that they must exit—either become a publicly-traded multi-billion-dollar company (sell to the public) or sell to one of the incumbents.

(What we need is a publicly-funded but independently run search engine. The EU could create such a thing… if they didn’t have they heads firmly entrenched up Silicon Valley’s bumhole.)

HT @koherecoWatchdog

Neighbors across the street put up a large hand-written paper sheet in one of their windows. Although it's directly at eye level from my flat (and quite obviously meant to be read) I dodged reading it for the last two days - I didn't want to appear staring into their flat, and even harbored the (really quite silly) anxiety that it would say "STOP STARING – YES YOU!".

Today during a work call I turned my head to think and absent-mindedly looked out the window. The sign says "HAPPY EASTER".

(⌒▽⌒)☆

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Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/google-testing-its-controversial-new-ad-targeting-tech-millions-browsers-heres

#DeleteChrome

@celesteh that looks quite approachable :) thanks a lot for digging it out!

@celesteh Cool thanks, and noted! Will let you know in case we end up pursuing own/collective infrastructure plans, won't be anytime before july though due to our team schedule(s).

@celesteh Fully understand your reasons, just my very particular set of circumstances there in my feedback. :)

I haven't looked into the PeerTube streaming workflow at all so far to be honest. I have a vague intention to propose using peertube for our computer graphics conference events in vienna in late summer/fall, so I'm keeping my eyes open for tutorials and case studies out in the wild, but since the streaming feature announcement from framasoft themselves I haven't stumbled upon any so far in my bubble.

@celesteh Privileged nerd (meta) feedback (sharing this lest you receive none): I glimpsed your post yesterday and was super intrigued by the proposition of a step by step streaming guide - it being (at least labelled) specifically for Twitch is where you lost me again though. I would have totally looked at it just out of interest if the guide were written for peertube (or at least mentioned that the steps were identical-ish for peertube - if that applies). Either way I think it's really cool that you wrote it, quickly skimming over it, it looks super approachable!

Lately I find myself forced to dig deeper and deeper into the fabric of technical standardization (especially the awe-inspiring beast that is text - unicode). The weight of the complexity and implications one can find is nothing short of crushing and numbing. (+_+)

Our globalized software architecture is auto-pilot driving, overspeed, on a highway that is not even built yet, each passenger browsing through their own comicbook that paints possible destinations. Hardly anyone knows how they landed in their seat in the first place, some just woke up there and don't know life any other way, but in the end, that's how it is, that's where we are now, that's where we're going.

If there's even any meaningful conclusion to all of this, then I think for me it is a reinforced determination and conviction to as much as possible reject - or at least compartmentalize - complexity, to always ask "(why) do we need this?", "who benefits from this?" and to just generally advocate for the growing niche of small technology, even in the knowledge that in the global information architecture, "small" can only ever be a way of being and a direction, not an actual condition, because we're long past that point now.

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