I have a love/hate relationship with #Discourse. Some very nice, clean UI decisions, but so many annoying ones. URLs that change when you don't expect them to, a preview panel that looks like an editor, useless gamification. Every time I use it there's some small frustration that gets in the way.
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"The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World" sounds like a compelling and necessary book to correct the whitewashing of #Christianity's early history of vandalism, destruction of ancient knowledge, and mass murder.
15 years before Nixey, Eberhard Sauer compiled similar evidence in "Archaeology of Religious Hatred", which I highly recommend:
We played Night in the Woods on the #Switch the last few days. An engaging interactive story with themes of young adult fiction & mystery, very lovingly crafted. I recommend it. Full review:
I grew up with #PointAndClick adventure games, esp. the Sierra and LucasArts titles. This book looks gorgeous, just put in a pre-order:
Hi! I'm K4.
I took up hobby gardening and amateur botany as a way to put my open-source software job down sometimes... until I noticed that those things could go together in new and interesting ways. I've been building an open, highly-queryable plant/growing database that anyone can edit or help curate. Nothing really to show off yet (I'm up to my eyeballs in initial data imports rn), but there is a blog up at blog.plantdata.io with project updates.
/me waves enthusiastically
I am a researcher in solar energy materials ( at present perovskites). Renewables are a necessity..isn't it ?
Other than that I love thinking about random stuff, watching movies, fixing stuff, travelling..etc
I use and advocate GNU/Linux and free software.
I follow socialism, marxism, openscience movements.
In Apple Mail, there is no protecting PGP-encrypted messages. Even with disabling remote content, GPGTools is vulnerable to EFAIL, and the only mitigation for now is to switch to Thunderbird/Enigmail, and disable viewing HTML emails
The team behind #SecureDrop (open source whistleblower platform originally created by Aaron Swartz) has been investigating the use of #QubesOS for building an integrated workstation for journalists using SecureDrop.
Folks interested in newsroom security, or the use of virtualization to mitigate digital security risks may want to check it out. Thoughts on this approach appreciated:
Check out my (~15m) talk at @firstname.lastname@example.org where I explain why it's critical that free/libre/open source software projects shouldn't rely on proprietary tools: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY
It's a talk version of https://mako.cc/writing/hill-free_tools.html from 2010. Sadly still relevant.
Easily one of my favorite animations from #Kurzgesagt, because it combines an introduction to an exciting topic in #biology (phages, fascinating nano-robots that should get anyone interested in evolution) with a relevant real-world application (alternatives to antibiotics).
o/ Hi folks. My name's Derek and I study tech for social impact. Exploring new social networks and I thought I'd drop by and say hello!
My most recent project is a skill for Mycroft AI that checks the civic space status of countries using the CIVICUS Monitor. https://youtu.be/0VUAgEtzQ8g
Hope to get to know you all! #introductions
Time for my #introduction ✊🏼
My day job is about managing the space where formal education meets Wikimedia in Sweden.
I'm an open education advocate and I share my Wikipedia skills with whomever may seek them. Based in Stockholm.
New open source tool from Freedom of the Press Foundation to make Shamir's Secret Sharing user-friendly for journalists, activists and others (still alpha, looking for feedback):
I am a software developer and electronic music producer. I am interested in promoting a decentralised network for musicians and music enthusiasts.
I have created an instance for electronic music enthusiasts, and electro music makers at https://electro.social
This instance has open registration, and welcomes new participants.
The tools we develop, the websites we build, the music we share under free&open licenses -- _they will be with us_ as long as we care to maintain and share them.
Free culture, in that sense, is an incredible cooperative enterprise across all humanity. It is unlike nearly any other endeavor. It is a joyful thing! :)