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A collection of things @cassolotl made for those new to , based on common questions in the public timelines during influxes of new folks. :)

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A two-way 🐘🐦 @crossposter:

How to find and interact with toots that haven't reached your instance yet:

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It's frustrating when young people are so conservative about techniques. The school system often pushes a certain kind of conformity and from the other side the job market often instills the idea that one needs to have "skills" that can be reduced to standardized techniques. For me that means that a lot of 19-year-olds think I'm a crazy heretic when I suggest that you can make a compelling image without using a particular product from the Adobe Corporation.

Question to #Mastodon #Sysadmin :

Our Mastodon backup is very huge (weekly master is near 250 Gb), even if "tootctl media remove" command keeps only 15 last days.

Is there any folder(s) we could exclude from backup (cache data or media which could be retrieved after a restoration) ?

Thanks for your help


introducing self: Grafton9, a diy archiving initiative of italian books, zines and journals of autonomous left and grassroots squats, of late '90s (but not only). very low quality, very low profile, a lot of activities on hacking tools and software for digitization and publishing on the web, and collecting rare published materials.

everything can be browsed, downloaded, keeped offline.

what web interface do you use?

Tomorrow we travel to Greenland and explore secret military installations and system with online presentation by David Young at Varia in Rotterdam

Tomorrow: , 18:00. Together with @lidia_p will do a minilaunch of and randomly dig into my research directories to exhume entreprecarious memes, illustrations, screenshots, artworks, invoices (hopefully not), etc. Here's a taste.

"What if we were to accept that the goal of theory is not to extend knowledge by confirming what we already know, that the world is a place of domination and oppression? What if we asked theory instead to help us see openings, to provide a space of freedom and possibility?

As a means of getting theory to yield something new, Sedgwick suggests reducing its reach, localizing its purview, practicing a β€˜weak’ form of theory. The practice of weak theorizing involves refusing to extend explanation too widely or deeply, refusing to know too much. Weak theory could not know that social experiments are doomed to fail or destined to reinforce dominance; it could not tell us that the world economy will never be transformed by the disorganized proliferation of local projects.

Strong theory has produced our powerlessness by positing unfolding logics and structures that limit politics. Weak theory
could de-exoticize power and help us accept it as our pervasive, uneven milieu. We could begin to explore the many mundane forms of power. A differentiated landscape of force, constraint, energy, and freedom would open up and we could open ourselves to the positive energies that are suddenly available."

Diverse Economies: performative practices for 'other worlds' by Gibson-Graham

Movember as in Moving to Mastodon November

Dear design and gamedev mastofriends: Do you know of any map/tile/level editor which supports vector graphics?

They seem like a great tool for grid-based designs, but all game map editors I found work with bitmaps, not vector/SVG.

Is there any such tool?

We've set up a Tilde-like server for our web design classes, and have just put up a HOWTO on how you can make your own with a Raspberry Pi:

As in the last years, we will have a Hackathon in Berlin to work on Friendica. The nice people of the youth-club E-LOK are kindly providing us again with the venue. Thanks a lot for this! Friendica developers will meet over the first weekend in November (Nov 2nd / 3rd) near Ostkreuz Station in Berlin to work together on current issues of the code and brainstorm about upcoming plans for Friendica. If you are interested to join the Hackathon, as developer or as curious user of Friendica, please contact @tobias ahead of the Hackathon. share tweet share share

The automated system leaving welfare recipients cut off with nowhere to turn.

'The homeless and single parents are disproportionately impacted. In six months, 55,000 homeless people received a suspension; yet there are only about 60,000 homeless people receiving welfare at any given time.'

#AutomatingInequality : a series exploring how our governments use AI to target the vulnerable.

NYC folks: if you'd like a free ticket to my day long workshop this Friday about, essentially, how to run a great Mastodon instance for your community, I have discount codes!

It's based on my guide but it uses the guide as a jumping off point and I get into some of the nitty gritty, including things like "how to stay on top of Mastodon releases and keep your community informed of new features if you don't know anything about programming"

re-upping this:

Β« When Artificial Intelligence works as intended, Silicon Valley types often say it's "like magic".

But it isn't magic. It's Brenda, a 26-year-old single mother who lives Kibera, Africa's largest slum, and perhaps the toughest neighbourhood on earth, where hundreds of thousands of people live in a space not too much bigger than London's Hyde Park. Β»

What is currently the most useful links/ressources that you send to a person that want to know more about the ?
By example seems interesting.

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