New homepage with fancy animated video is now live at https://snowdrift.coop
We only spent about 2 years of (on and off) work on it, so don't expect perfection. ;)
Hopefully, we'll get around to writing blog post about it sometime soon.
Good take by Cory Doctorow. Apple will only ever do what they see as profitable. It could be that with declining sales and changing public perception they are seeing repair as a service as one alternative avenue for profit. Unfortunately they will do it as a form of rent-collection, not an open ecosystem of repair. So it may be Apple’s goal that Apple devices will become more repairable, but only by Apple. And only if and for so long as it is profitable.
Then caught a panel discussion with Esra'a Al-Shafei and Mahsa Alimardani about data in oppressive regimes, how citizens can operate online when surveillance is routine and dissent is dangerous.
Learned that in Iran the state had taken the source of Telegram (which is used as both messenger and a social network) and set up it's own replacement. And to not use it was a mark of dissent.
Source alone will not change the world, and can sometimes enable repression. Politics and ethics are vital.
#Trees do more than just sequester #carbon, indeed that's the least benefit they bring in the war on #GlobalWarming / #GlobalHeating / #ClimateEmergency. They modulate weather patterns at small & large scales:
* Cooling surface temperatures
* Increasing cloud cover and albedo
* Reducing cirrus cloud (the kind that warms us more than it cools)
* In sufficient numbers, trees directly pump rainclouds inland, spreading growth and sequestration even into deserts and dustbowls!
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It's weird how Trump runs around before an election preemptively disclaiming any responsibility for a loss. I get that he is the type of jerk that claims all the credit and accepts none of the responsibilities, but the preemptive part seems at odds for somebody trying to project confidence. He does this with regard to economic indicators, going around setting up other people to take the fall just in case. Probably other things I'm not noticing. Protecting his ego must be exhausting.
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fash brownshirts, the Proud Boys, got collectively banned from facebook. if they come to fedi looking for refuge, block them and their instances. they are not welcome here! ✊️
“Remember,” said the spirit, “this planet made you, and you are very important.”
“Of course,” the human spoke with great pride, “And as the greatest of its creations, surely we are worthy to rule—”
“No," the spirit cut in, "No, you have it all wrong."
"The planet doesn't create anything to rule. All are equally important and all have their purpose."
The human frowned, confused. "Then what’s ours?”
“You’re here to care for all of the others.”
There’s been a lot of concern about “deep fakes,” using machine learning to fabricate video & audio in ways that look & sound convincingly real. A related issue: can we prevent the historical record from being subtly changed without our knowledge? https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/10/managing-the-cultural-record-in-the-information-warfare-era
(Newer) iPhones are allergic to helium
And now that I participated in the imperfect democracy of which I'm a citizen, it's time to share the video "The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7tWHJfhiyo
Explains clearly why a winner-take-all system is a badly designed voting system and why it always, always converges on a two party system
Ocean Shock: The planet's hidden climate change beneath the waves. https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/ocean-shock-warming/
I'm a little behind the times, but it's a catchy tune worth sharing: https://youtu.be/N34hehRgw9g
After all the negative attention, SQLite community decided to adopt the "Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines" for their CoC.
The Tree of Life Synagogue is holding a fundraiser to support medical bills, funeral costs, and building repairs needed after a Neo-Nazi from Gab.ai shot up the synagogue during Shabbat morning services.
Please turn out to support them if you can. This is one of the worst individual antisemitic attacks in recent American history
i wrote an essay about software patterns and doing social stuff in a p2p environment:
> Kill Your Server And Get Back To Bed: Patterns for Serverless Applications
Interests: programming languages, open platforms, art, craft, diy, and justice. #nobot
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