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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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tech support: I'm not super-experienced with web scraping, is it possible to extract all the data in the tables here
I have started trying BeautifulSoup with python but I guess I need something like Selenium too.. right? can it be done at all or should I drop it?

magazine's recent article on rethinking the concept of energy security is apparently repeatedly being removed from from facebook because it considers the article fake news in relation to 'US politics or issues of national importance'.

Here's a link to the entire article:

Hey everybody, the ArchiveTeam tumblr tracker is up and running!

If you have resources, please install Archiveteam's warrior program to contribute to the project! We're already up to 11TB and 187 million pages archived, but we're going to need a lot more help to get all the NSFW content before the 17th!

irc is #tumbledown on efnet, you can add blogs to be saved at

How the focus on 'bias' in A.I. is a fantastic vehicle to not focus on the questions that matter:

"It also denies us the possibility of asking: Should we be building these systems at all?

In accepting the existing narratives about A.I., vast zones of contest and imagination are relinquished. What is achieved is resignationβ€Šβ€”β€Šthe normalization of massive data capture, a one-way transfer to technology companies, and the application of automated, predictive solutions to each and every societal problem."

Reminds me of those arts and design projects that aim to be critical but end up normalizing.

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The current discourse: Profile Directory

If you're tuned into the latest, you're probably aware that (the flagship instance) is testing out a *potential* new feature:

It's generating a lot of discussion so I'm going to take an entire post to clarify some details!

#mastodon #meta #discourse #github

After three years of (semi) regular existence, it is now high-time that the Pervasive Labour Union zine takes a very close look at the universe of the alternatives to corporate social networks.

What do these alternatives look like? What are the requirements of a 'true' alternative?
The Pervasive Labour Union zine already broached some of these topics on its Special Issue with the Homebrew Server Club on XMPP. To follow the HBSC’s strategy, a premium should be put on alternative approaches, not on any specific alternative apps.
We need federated social networking solutions based on open standards that are able to communicate among themselves, regardless of the platform being used.

Which protocols can and are being developed to achieve interoperability between the different alternatives? How do scale and trust influence the field? What are the forces at play within this realm and how to engage with them?
With this issue, we propose not only to collect a field guide of sorts, but also to open up the discussion on the alternatives and how to tackle the challenges posed by network effects, scalability and financial viability.

DEADLINE: February 5th

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# How gentrification and mass tourism destroyed the former Dutch contemporary arts capital Amsterdam.

This map shows the Dutch art spaces supported by Mondriaan Fonds in 2019, with Amsterdam now down to 3, The Hague having 4, and Rotterdam with 6 (factually 7 including De Player).

Concerning DIY artist-run spaces, the discrepancies are even more pronounced. (In our research at WdKA, we counted 50-100 for Rotterdam depending on one's tighter or looser definitions of "art"; in Amsterdam, there's simply no longer room/affordable space for such a number of initiatives.)

However, the same shrinkage that affected Amsterdam is about to repeat itself in rapidly gentrifying Rotterdam.

hey! saturday the 8th of december we're organizing an event in in about and the

We will dive into what the fediverse is, how it works, who is on there, who made it, what it means to host communities and how and where on can contribute.

For you Belgians out there :

- Une action en justice pour forcer les autoritΓ©s belges Γ  respecter leurs engagements climatique

- Juridische procedure om de Belgische autoriteiten te dwingen hun klimaatverbintenissen na te komen.

- Support this legal action to force the Belgian authorities to respect their climate commitments.

Greetings all - this is the new #ExtinctionRebellion account on Masto.

We will aim to keep you up to date with rebellion news and events.

Please give us a follow! 🌍 :_earth:

#ClimateBreakdown #ClimateAction #ExtinctionRebellion #FossilFools

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Blindly enabling all settings can probably break a couple of things, but it's a great overview to cherry pick some settings from. I learned a few new options browsing the wizard.

hey! saturday the 8th of december we're organizing an event in in about and the

We will dive into what the fediverse is, how it works, who is on there, who made it, what it means to host communities and how and where on can contribute.

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