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The PedalPC is a human-powered computer desk that allows you to exercise and generate electricity while you work.

https://www.pedalpc.com/

Today, lacking a keyboard (or actually just being too lazy to fetch it from downstairs), I started a shell script on a raspberry pi using a barcode scanner. As in: I generated barcodes on my laptop and scanned them from the pi. Given there was a long folder name involved (too long for my barcodes), I had to improvise a bit more: "a=almost" -> "b=_doctor" -> "c=_slides" -> "t=$a$b$c" -> "cd $t" -> "./start.sh". It was kinda fun but next time I'll just get the damn keyboard from downstairs. xD

Hab letzte Woche «Die freundliche Revolution (Wie wir gemeinsam die Demokratie retten)» von Philippe Narval gelesen, und fands ziemlich inspirierend. Es arbeitet schön heraus dass das Gelingen von Partizipation und das Vertrauen in Demokratie im Grunde keinen superrevolutionären Umbruch brauchen, sondern in erster Linie ehrliche, offene, sachliche Prozesse die professionell moderiert und wissenschaftlich begleitet werden (also Substanz statt Marketing). Lieblings Takeaway aus dem Buch für mich ist dass die Empirie zeigt dass alle Menschen, egal welches Bildungslevel, höchst konstruktiv mitmischen können, es braucht einfach einen gut moderierten Rahmen! Und dass auch unbeliebte Massnahmen, sogar bei initial widrigem Meinungsklima, gut akzeptiert werden, wenn Menschen erleben dass sie tatsächlich Teil von ernst gemeinten Partizipationsprozessen sind (und nicht nur verarscht werden, das ist nämlich die andere Seite der Münze: Scheinpartizipation zerstört das Vertrauen in Demokratie nachhaltig). Schenke das Buch gerne her (Wien, oder gern per Post, einfach melden), sonst wanderts demnächst in den offenen Bücherschrank. :)

shop.falter.at/detail/97832221

And these are the new Missing Image Description overlays and the accompanying help page in faircamp. I would like to involve someone who actually uses a screen-reader soon, to discuss and audit this and make sure it is about right content-wise (as my own understanding can only go so far).

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Random faircamp progress report (last ~2 weeks): I spent some quality time extending and polishing the release player interface (see video), sketched out embeds for single tracks of a release, implemented the --preview function (collateral freebie: configurable clean/ugly url rendering - just needs to exposed), added visual overlays that point out missing image descriptions (alongside a help page that explains why this matters and how it works), implemented libvips-based image processing (mentioned that already previously), implemented support for multiple artist tags on a single track (flac/vorbis), and a dozen other fixes/improvements/refactoring/stability things. Yay. (~˘▽˘)~

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"last tie to Microsoft" is a bit too ambitious actually lol (;´༎ຶٹ༎ຶ`) Living in denial. Two years from now I'll be foaming about some shady moves on npm or some other infrastructure they'll have bought in between. x)

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Discovered today that apparently Microsoft/GitHub abandoned apm (the atom package manager) shortly after their june 8 announcement of them discontinuing atom on december 15. Package publishing attempts randomly error out on the server side, issues are piling up in the apm repo about it, and - surprise - not a single response from Microsoft/GitHub. Not a word about this was put in the official "sunset" announcement, yet they claimed therein: «We are committed to helping users and contributors plan for their migration.» Yeah right. I'm annoyed that I'll now have to improvise to get a client project out of its apm integration prematurely, but happy that I'll be cutting my last tie to Microsoft. Good riddance.

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A new 🌱 Green Hack 🌿 is published! Please enjoy 'Optimising images for web' by Rekka Bellum ->
youtu.be/cfrB4Gvpj8c

🌿 @rek for The Photographers' Gallery's Digital Programme. Since COP26 we've invited photographers and artists to share hacks to lower the environmental impact of their practice.

More Green Hacks here:
thephotographersgallery.org.uk 🌿

Wrapped up the first proper image processing implementation for faircamp today. I ended up using the "libvips" crate, which is a safe wrapper around libvips bindings and so far works flawlessly. By itself not a big step, but this paves the way to go about the interface design and implementation more seriously now. \(๏◡๏)/

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Es ist offiziell! Am 3. September findet ab 14:00 Uhr das 1. Metalab #Straßenfest statt! Aus dem Keller raus, vor dem !@metalab auf der Rathausstraße werden wir gemütlich die frische Luft genießen.

14:00 Uhr: Einlass
18:00 Uhr: Eröffnung
18:30 Uhr: Poetry Slam
19:30 Uhr: Kunsteinlage von @joak
20:00 Uhr: Karaoke

Das Programm wird von #ÖGS-Dolmetschung begleitet!

Tschunk, Mate, Bier und Lángos werden wir extra für euch bereithalten! :blob_rainbowheart:

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"In mid-2019, new wind and solar generators competed efficiently against even existing nuclear power plants in cost terms, and grew generating capacity faster than any other power type, the annual World Nuclear Industry Status Report (WNISR) showed. “Stabilizing the climate is urgent, nuclear power is slow,” said Mycle Schneider, lead author of the report. “It meets no technical or operational need that low-carbon competitors cannot meet better, cheaper and faster.”

When even offcial reports say #nuclear power is an utterly useless relic that has no place in our world...

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-energy-nuclearpower-idUSKBN1W909J

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Hey fediverse, I'm looking for a nice website (or even app) about bicycle repair, something like step-by-step instructions to follow on your phone for most common problems. YouTube videos are such a hassle for this :moji21:

Boosts most welcome :boosts_ok:

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RT @RobbieGillett@Twitter.com

GOOD NEWS 🤠 Sydney council has voted to ban advertising and sponsorship by fossil fuel companies. #BanFossilAds adnews.com.au/news/city-of-s…

If you're an EU citizen, you can demand a similar law here: banfossilfuelads.org

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Was hilft wirklich gegen neugierige Wespen beim Essen im Garten (außer Gelassenheit)?Ein mit klarem Wasser gefülltes Sprühflaschchen/Zerstäuber. Etwas Sprühnebel erzeugt bei der Wespe die Gewissheit, dass es „hier“ regnet - und das sagt sie ihren Kumpels weiter. Denn Regen mögen sie nicht. (Und der Sprühnebel verdunstet, bevor er Butter und Brötchen einnässt.) #servicetweet

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Did you know that the green lawn that is so common today was originally a way for the landed gentry to show off their wealth? It was meant to imply the owner could afford to have all this land being non productive, setting them apart from those whose livelihood depended on what they could cultivate.
From the beginning, it was an ostentatious display of obscene wealth.
#antiLawn

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I want to sew my own clothes because I'm fat, but being fat also seems to hinder access to useful resources. 

Because finding clothes of any sort is... Well, it feels impossible? Unless I want to waste money on buying clothes online. Since they never fit but are too much of a pain to return.

I wanted to start figuring out how to sew my own. And I feel like there's just not enough resources for fat people to learn how to design patterns for our bodies?

Like, I already can't wear straight sizes. And a lot of sewing patterns stop below my size. And I have no idea how to grade beyond that or to make something that accommodates a body that is not anywhere near a 'straight' size.

So I guess if you have resources for anything like this? Like, good ones. Not just the socially acceptable "curvy" (e.g., has boobs but is otherwise straight sized) but like actual fat body sizes. Would love it.

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#Act4SDGs Weekend-News

𝗕𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗹 𝗙𝘂𝗲𝗹 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴

The European Citizens’ Initiative aims to achieve a ban on any fossil fuel advertising or sponsorship.

#ActNow and sign the ECI
Deadline 4/10/2022

https://banfossilfuelads.org/

https://www.wwf.eu/?uNewsID=5796891

@hhwerbefrei
@werbefrei
@bbsc

#BanFossilAds #Climate #SDG13
#Sustainability #CSR #GlobalGoals

Image ⍿ WWF EPO / EU NGO coalition

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Here is an update on my microwebserver project: I made a prototype of the casing. It's 3D printed for now, but I'm thinking to go for a milled wood casing in the future. I've also managed to simplify the power system. Every mAh is desperately needed. I'm also thinking that it might develop into a good example for #permacomputing as it will tick some boxes about longevity and minimalism. I'm asking myself: What does it need to work and be useful for the next 50 to 100 years?

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A thing I wish more people in tech understood: Being able to choose your hardware at all, much less have the time to have opinions about it, is a major luxury, a sign of significant privilege.

An awful lot of people don't own their hardware. And I don't mean in the open source "you don't really own an android phone" sense, I mean it's a fleet vehicle work bought from the lowest bidder, locked down and handed them, or their parents (or controlling spouse) bought, or it's a library machine....

Image descriptions in faircamp: On a podcast I was listening to today [1] they were musing about "What if twitter made filling out image descriptions mandatory?". Now apparently, as a brief related research detour for mastodon [2] revealed, there are possible caveats in the context of microblogging. But the whole thing got me thinking: In faircamp there are only release (album) covers and artist images, and I don't feel the caveats from [2] ("people would type in garbage", "the image description can be redundant if the post already explains it") would apply in this different(ly paced & owned) context. So as a bottom line, I'm strongly considering making image descriptions mandatory in faircamp! Any thoughts on this? :)

[1] netzpolitik.org/2021/npp-241-b ("Blind on the net - overcoming barriers with image descriptions", german)

[2] github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i ("Setting to require alt text for image uploads.")

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A fediverse community for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.

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