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Been working on Eno a bit lately, writing long-overdue RFCs, adding an RSS feed to the blog ... Eno is already _that_ close to a final language specification, yet with all the documentation, plugins and parsers out there it's a mountain of unthankful chores to get there eventually ( ◡‿◡ *) ... (but I will! ;))

eno-lang.org/blog/

At last played the fifth and final act of Kentucky Route Zero. What a fucking beautiful masterpiece of a game. Unbelievable. (.❛ ᴗ ❛.)

youtu.be/pzXtmls1kFo

Mobilizon admin question: Can an instance be configured to disable creation of events and/or groups for regular users? (/cc @viennawriter @datacop :))

I'm more and more at my wits end of how to purchase mainstream digital audio: All I want is pay for a folder of mp3s/flacs. All I'm offered is stock remainder meatspace wares (CDs) and streaming subscriptions. But yeah I get it, let's eradicate people's ownership of anything and everything digital and replace it with arbitrarily revokable on-demand access through centralized corporate infrastructure. Good job content industry, keep up the dick moves!

A non-technical person I know and care about wants to replace their perfectly good 1080p and HDMI capable TV (9 years old) with a "Smart TV". My heart is bleeding on multiple levels. Any of you have advice on what device/setup I can suggest to them that would allow them to get shiny internet content on their old TV? I just tested a raspi 4 here (with raspi OS), and it's soo close to a great alternative ... but it also randomly tears and stutters on 1080p video ... as such I have a hard time suggesting this, given I wouldn't want to watch like that myself. Would be super thankful for any ideas! <3

Managed to get my website out of the top third and into the bottom third of the resource-intensity index on websitecarbon.com through more thoughtful media compression/resolution choices and with very little noticeable loss in fidelity. Also checked with my provider whether they host climate-neutral (they do), as they are not listed on thegreenwebfoundation.org/.

media.ccc.de/v/36c3-10506-the_ (german, english dub available) is a great primer on the topic, branch.climateaction.tech/ also has some really great articles on this, e.g. branch.climateaction.tech/2020.

Most of what I present on my website is by nature (and probably will continue to be) audiovisual, so I will always have to make compromises (and there's still so much more to explore in how to creatively approach this), but regardless, a two-thirds reduction of data transferred even under these constraints shows that we all can make drastic changes if we put it on the agenda. For me this was quite an encouraging undertaking and result.

TIL how to set up a peertube instance. \o/ Took me 2-3h net time including purchasing and configuring a VPS. Framasoft definitely did a good job at making this very approachable!

My aim for this ephemeral instance is merely to build operative know-how to build upon and share with peers, and possibly to record and publish some video content if I feel like it. :) (i.e. no federation or service provider aspirations for this one, but maybe the next!)

I've uploaded a sloppy drawing timelapse to celebrate the occasion. Yay! videolab.fdpl.io/

This year there was no formal policy to ensure diversity, resulting in only 20% speakers with a diverse background, which is a failure, and I feel responsible for that too, there are no excuses to not get this right.

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New internal speaker wishlist policy for the next PIXELvienna conference: Everyone who suggests a straight white dude, suggests a non-straight, non-white or non-dude speaker next. Repeat. (Rationale: This puts diversity at the _beginning_ of the process, and involves _everyone_ on the team in making the speaker lineup more diverse) Looking forward to study the effects.

What's more, chances are that with a certain amount of complexity and fuzzyness involved in the creation, the steps you take to recreate something someone else has done will be different, thus although the result is at first the same, you've actually created it differently, and created a potential for different results, which immediately unfolds as soon as you exercise it again with different aim and intent. (☆▽☆)

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"When you're creating something that someone else has already created you're maybe not creative from a global perspective, but you're creating something that you could not previously have created and in so doing create the foundation to create something else that maybe no-one else has ever created." (somewhat heavily paraphrased from Robert M. Bilder)

It sounds so obvious and yet it's so deep, especially considering the casual hostility often expressed against copying - which in the spirit of the quote is much more akin to creating something entirely new in a universe where it does not yet exist, and therefore very much an immensely meaningful undertaking.

Also I solemnly promise the next VPaint study will be original artwork, and more importantly without the sizable backpack of nasty *isms the old mouse company material contains. (however fondly my naive child-self holds it in memory argh)

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Did yet another panel recreation in VPaint. Super time intensive because a) I lack tablet drawing practice and b) VPaint is still a barebones research demo in the end. So hyped for the VGC Illustration alpha to become usable!

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Finished my VPaint/VGC intro project, a Duck Tales Comic Panel recreation (reference attached). Am now 100% convinced that VGC Illustration (and probably Animation too - see vgc.io) has big time potential to become the next go-to libre vector design application. I.e.: Go and throw your money at the developer if you like and/or use that sort of stuff and feel like supporting them! :)

mustered up some courage to draw hands today. messing up hands always discourages me the most. /o\ went ok though, the massively deformed one at least feels alive. moving on!

VGC - A novel free/libre vector illustration/animation technology approach (youtu.be/kwYgUhQBAkE) that solves a lot of things that are conceptually annoying/impossible in traditional vector graphics: vgc.io/

Tried the research demo at vpaint.org/ and was delighted to find a) something that works really well and b) does pretty much everything that's shown in the research videos/papers - and they put on quite a show in both their SIGGRAPH videos!

Like so many other gems, discovered this on libregraphicsworld.org <3

My studies of anatomy have turned into (and to some degree have been from the start) a highly irregular, unscheduled mess, nontheless it's kinda working out for me (and I'm in no hurry anyway). Main discovery still stands: 0% rocket science involved, 100% about cultivating mental discipline to pull it through.

After three intense days of additions, rewrites and tweaking, sicuit now officially receives my personal seal of quality. :) All text operations are now unicode-compliant, and I put a lot of time and love into the interface design to achieve a balance of elegance and readability within the limited/unpredictable design options in the terminal.

5.0 is available for Arch/deb/rpm: fdpl.io/sicuit/

Blender Foundation this year aired a 98min collection of short video messages from the community instead of a typical online conference, and it's diverse, intimate, inspiring and impressive.

I think for everyone in free software this is a fantastic insight to observe, listen and think long and hard about how and why blender succeeds in all these communities and fields, and what we can learn from it. And instead of looking for the zeitgeist-y "disruptive" strategic aspects, I think it's important to consider that they've been at it for ~20 years, however in contrast to many other similarly aged but more or less stagnant projects they've managed to make time really work for them.

So then, let's watch and learn. Kudos to them! - youtu.be/uEjmbsiflMU

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