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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 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! :)

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Recreating a Duck Tales Comic Panel in VPaint to familiarize myself with the workflows: I'm a total VGC/VPaint fanboy by now haha. Think I'll also spend some more time with Grease Pencil in the future, the vector approach is actually really similar, asides the VGC/VGA wizardry in VPaint of course. Hell yeah!!

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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!

I'm receiving very agressive scam calls lately. I've now resorted to putting the scammers on mute and playing christmas songs so they get at least a few seconds of joy in their grim life of lying, stealing, insulting and getting insulted. Crazy world.

VGC - A novel free/libre vector illustration/animation technology approach ( that solves a lot of things that are conceptually annoying/impossible in traditional vector graphics:

Tried the research demo at 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 <3

Curiously found myself writing down my long harbored thoughts on ethics in technology lately - and actually pondering to turn it into articles/a blog! :) Not sure yet if I'll go there but here's a note from today that I really like. (because "put yourself out there!" and who knows what happens ;)) 

Interhuman metaphor for all entities

Folding companies/institutions/organizations into a human metaphor that has character, presence in space, and relates, and is responsible, personally to its environment again.

E.g. Picturing Push Notifications as persons/a single person that indiscriminately invades personal space at inappropriate times and completely interferes with our needs and desires throughout our day, even in intimate moments.

This metaphor could serve very well as a visual anchor to everything and also as a general thematic framework of the blog - i.e. all of the abstract considerations on technology are embedded into a thought model that likens agents and entities to human characters.

The intent of the metaphor of course being this: If you would not tolerate that kind of person in your life (and one must wonder if anyone would) - why do you?

"Oceans will gobble earth, scientists forecast" - Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

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.

I would love to have some punctuation character that is more assertive than "." and less obtrusive than "!" - I'd use it all the time!

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i guess it makes sense to have a gemini/gopher server with specific "hours of operation"?

unlearning the "always online" paradigm

In <15 minutes the conference for computer graphics and animation (whose team I am part of) finally opens (free & online as all do) - starting with a talk on motion design by Maria Kondratieva and Barbara Mitterer. It's going the next 3 days, tune in :)

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Together with a group of Berlin based artists, students, and event organizers we want to open a Berlin instance of the new federated event platform Mobilizon @mobilizon (part of @fediverse) and get people out of the Facebook Events. We are looking for people to help us with the installation, maintenance, code of conduct etc.
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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:

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! -

*changing hat* ... by the way! PIXELvienna conference this year is still happening! (nov 20-22) \o/

I had rather envisioned myself organizing a free/libre graphics track & round table at the conference in addition to the preliminary community get-togethers, but yeah now we're exclusively online (which is not so much my thing when it comes to events) and I'm actually helping out with social media on twitter instead (awkward lol)

But anyhow: Chicago-based Director Erin Sarofsky is on the speaker line-up this year - rocknroll! I'll maybe post some more teaser stuff the coming weeks! PIXELvienna is by the way 100% from the community for the community, run by our small team of volunteers from the local scene. <3

Can anyone recommend an issue-tracker-like tool/platform that is well suited also for non software projects?

In concrete terms I'm collaborating with two artists and we're coordinating around the development of an interactive, theatrical piece, including sound, performance, design, space planning, technology ... so looking for something rather generic, needn't be a perfect specialized thing of any kind.

Only looking for free/libre and potentially self-hostable solutions, naturally. :) Thanks for any pointers!

In the midst of all the ugly mozilla plot twists this year I didn't even notice they have taken down Firefox Send as well:

Notice the convenient argumentation around "some abusive users" being the culprit, when in the next paragraph it suddenly sounds an awful lot like it's just another instance of mozilla's business moves after all. (surprise!!)

I was going to joke that someone please adapt for mozilla, but then ... xD

Mobilizon [1] instance in Vienna: Who wants to team up to make it happen? I'll chip in my yearly meetup expenses (~100€) for hosting budget, plus brains and hands for graphics/theming and looking after the application (possibly contributing bugfixes too). Physical hosting aspects I'm clueless, server software/os duties I can help ("Gefährliches Halbwissen"). ETA: <= Christmas/New Year :D Let's do this! /cc @c3wien @metalab


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