Sinister building of right-wing think tanks, etc.. -->

... but then I think, actually that's the kind of place I'd like to exist, but for the kind of projects I'm into ... then it wouldn't be sinister at all ... πŸ˜•

so perhaps it's not sinister that all these kind of groups network together, ... the sinister bit is what their views/values are.. and their power to impose those on others ...

I've started doing a bit of guitar playing and singing, but Christy Moore has a voice so low I can't make it. I didn't have a capo, but was very happy to concoct one from bits around the house....

@redoak / @idmyn have you got that link to the upgrades note that I wrote? I can't remember the form in which I sent it to you... (wanting to give it to @flancian who is looking at doing an upgrade soon)

When working on @karrot something I miss a lot is nice "community" icons with a DIY/homemade kind of feel, with images related to various kinds of community organising...

FontAwesome et al. just doesn't cut it really... the vibe I'm thinking is this kind of thing

I wonder if a few similar/related/sympathetic projects would be interested to create an open source "community icon" library?

I'm wondering how long toots (>500 chars) look in mastodon UI, in theory they look like this where the feature was added to fold them...

however, I can't find any long toots to check (scrolled miles down the federated feed looking for "read more" text... but nothing...

anyone got a link to one?

(the context is we're discussing increasing the limit for

Here's my desk πŸ–₯️ Just in case you wanted to see that πŸ˜†

I set this computer up specifically to work on @karrot in a distraction-free kind of way.

I have no messaging apps or email on that computer.

It's a MiniITX system I bought 10 years ago (back left).

Also, I use an old android tablet for music using dsub/airsonic (front left), and my new mechanical keyboard is in the middle (filco).

I like to keep my eyes open around community oriented tech, a lot of talk of interesting potentials at various stages of concept.

Very common that after writing about the cool new decentralized community tech coming, it says (real examples):

"We use Slack, Zoom, Miro, Asana, and Google Docs to collaborate."

"You can also read our updates on Twitter, Telegram, and Discord"

This community-way isn't quite there yet I think...

I think I don't know what to post on here any more 🀷

Sort of feels a bit like walking into a busy cafe and talking about some random topic to the room πŸ“£

Who are you all? Who am I?? ⁉️

There are lots of lovely people on here, I want to inhabit physical space with you though, not typing into this little box! 🌳 πŸ•οΈ

Maybe I'm losing faith in a tech-centric approach to emancipation πŸ˜–

I want to (and do) engage with my local place more now 🏘️

What do you make of this, my cafe of random people? β˜•

this kind of personal connection makes a big difference to me, compared to many chains of unknown organisations (many of which I'm sure are great too).

... so maybe if you know me, that chain of trust continues on to you?

I was close to bursting into tears hearing of the difference of what people in different contexts have to get involved with, on a day to day basis...

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I got to know a friend whilst she studied for a masters in economics, we both went back to our hometowns afterwards and got active in local neighbourhood groups...

only her hometown is in Ukraine, so whereas I've been building raised beds with neighbours, she's sourcing medical equipment for injured people, tourniquets and medikits...

there is a post here for accepting donations if you're interested to support


I've been involved in starting a mastodon instance (actually, hometown) for my home town (city population around 100k).

many challenges, but one is that it seems people expect/want something like facebook, not twitter.

I think twitter is already something a bit weird. facebook is normal, with groups, events, etc...

as far as I can see, there is no usable open source fediverse facebook replacement option.

I don't know if this is a problem yet, as I can support people more to learn other ways.

hey @redoak and @idmyn, what is the state of tech?

cert expired recently, I "fixed" it, and there was some interest from a couple of others to join tech, but wanted to find out current state.

I don't have much capacity for it myself, but could manage a bit of onboarding of a couple of people (add their keys, etc...).

hope you're both well and all too!

⚠️ We are planning to release important security fixes for #Mastodon on February 3rd, between 13:00 and 15:00 UTC.

To make sure that most servers can upgrade swiftly, we will release the fixes both as v3.3.2 and v3.4.6 (they will, of course, be also available on the main branch).

To make sure the upgrades on those older versions require the least intervention, with just a process restart, we have just released preparatory releases v3.3.1 and v3.4.5.

Please upgrade!

We did a thing once again πŸ’₯

We're busy finalising All The Things for our public beta in the next months πŸš€ More news Coming Soon ℒ️

Did anyone reading this do this Synergia MOOC already: "Toward Co-operative Commonwealth: Transition in a Perilous Century"

I'm thinking to get some local people together to do it in a study group, but would be great to have some more personal recommendation that it's good...

When will "ethical" projects learn about economics?

β€œAlthough Farmdrop’s stated purposes were somewhat similar to those of many Better Food Traders, we were aware that Farmdrop’s private company model was venture capital-funded, and have serious doubts that this approach can deliver the long-term, patient and committed backing that truly sustainable food production and supply requires, especially in the current profit-driven economic paradigm,”

I am very peripherally involved with XR UK (Extinction Rebellion in the UK), and they have some custom software that does various administrative things.

I wanted to nose around, as I do with many bits of software, but found it's not open source, which surprised me, as it's part of an effort to use a suite of open source tools (mattermost, discourse, etc).

I asked about it, and got the "security through obscurity" argument back (what if the government can see it!!).


"Informal leaders do not receive financial compensation for their work or seek attention for it. Instead they operate out of love for their community and a natural desire to sustain it." (

I don't know if this thinking is the problem or the solution.

I do want to "definancialize" how we do many things, but also see important roles unrewarded, and so missing support for their reproduction.

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A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.