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On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within ' conference.

In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.

The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.

However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..

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Hi all. I'm Lucia. New on the block, here to introduce myself:

-- I enjoy computer music, post-photography, and backpacking. Have built a tiny home and eager to do it again.
-- I also enjoy DIY arts like rave and zine scenes.
-- I like to make music and visual art on my computer and I enjoy exploring livecoding and DSP. Some of it's on my website and i'll prob post some here too, along with process posts.

I also have a presence on Merveilles. This presence will point to that one but i'm quite glad to be here to interact with instance-specific happenings.

See you around!

--Lucy

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Do you have a non-technical iPhone user in your circle of family or friends? Do you wish that one day they will use #XMPP to communicate with you?

We're still looking for more non-technical people to participate in usability studies of Snikket to help us identify areas for improvement. It will be a short online session with a UX researcher, you just need a computer and browser. No experience of Snikket is required. Last available slots are **tomorrow**!

More info at: https://snikket.org/app/ios/

Is anyone no longer using their 3.5 anymore? The for refugees and asylum seekers is interested in donations! DM me!
opendesigncourse.be/

Boosts are appreciated..

Redraft, because toot was follow only - now
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It would be really cool to have a printed zine of descriptions of many collectives hosting fediverse instances. Maybe a short blurb describing each collective written by a member of said collective and then a list of links to the server software they have hosted.

Ahh this is why people always fail to find the Login button on interfaces I design. I've been doing it the wrong way all along!

Open call: Parallel Library Services
Between October 2021 and March 2022, in Rotterdam and online
Deadline: 24th September 2021

Parallel Library Services is a workshop series that documents the many actions and situations that libraries and amateur librarians facilitate in their practices.

More about the workshop series here and how to apply:

simonbrowne.biz/parallel-libra

From Alexandra Elbakyan's Birbsite, 5th of September 2021:

"Today is #SciHub anniversary the project is 10 years old!

I'm going to publish 2,337,229 new articles to celebrate the date. They will be available on the website in a few hours (how about the lawsuit in India you may ask: our lawyers say that restriction is expired already)"

https://twitter.com/ringo_ring/status/1434356217208623106

The comrades at @ruangrupa_ruru are live shortly, tune in to a nice programme and also help load test their self-managed infrastructure πŸ‘Œ

https://tv.lumbung.space/w/d52dacb5-9853-4241-8a4e-b182eca0f835

We're running this infrastructure on @coopcloud configurations which are available for all to reuse which aligns with the lumbung model.

Autonomic is proud to be supporting this much needed intervention into reclaiming digital infrastructure.

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Join us on 8th Sept at 17.00 (UK time) for Syed Mustafa Ali's keynote "Decolonising Computing (?)" centreforthestudyof.net/?p=556 - all welcome!

I did a little urban here in this morning. Unlike the crackpot protesters a few blocks away, these nuts are very useful. The smaller nuts are from a pair of beautiful copper beachΒΉ trees. The almost scary looking fuzz monsters are from turkish hazel treesΒ² – a really pretty variety that does well with the pollution, drought and alkaline soils that make urban tree life hard. I'm now pulling off the outer husks to let the nuts dry out for a few weeks.

1. woodlandtrust.org.uk/trees-woo
2. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corylus_

ha, so it seems the experimental method using a repl is the one which is most used. So what I was doing seems pretty sensible. However, thanks for the links to books etc. I think the experimental method will fare better with some more in-depth background knowledge!

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is one of those things for which I never really took the time to properly understand it. I've always found myself to resort to applying and tweaking existing examples. You know, the programming-as-stackoverflow-searches-approach.

Yesterday's 3 hour rabbit hole trying to get things working without having a good grasp reminded me once again of the folly of that approach. Any good sources you could recommend for learning about regular expressions?

Python-specific is a +

:telecommuter: I am after your thoughts, takes and impressions:

How has hacker culture changed since the lockdown(s) of last year?

What new projects have hackers taken on? What engagements have intensified, which have waned or withered?

BOOSTS WELCOME :idle:

@rysiek @rra i agree completely on the fact that they're a bad idea, but reality is full of bad ideas and most of them can't be ignored

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