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Over the last few days an old school friend has been visiting me. He strongly recommended a contemporary novel to me, in whose analyses and observations he found himself painfully often. I read some reviews this morning and the opinions on it varied greatly - from "this book could start a youth movement" to "I'm giving the book away to the first person to comment on it". I accompanied him to the train station today and picked up the book directly in the next book department.

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Tiddlyblink + glitch is an easy way to get your tiddlywiki with bi-directional linking to the web. Hopefully this leads to many small digital gardens.

Yesterday I had a very nice encounter on the internet. I'm currently programming a prototype to show how to recognize Phishing mails in everyday work routine. After I was stuck for several hours and didn't manage to mirror the contents of my js array into my HTML code, I used the help function of After a few minutes I worked with a person from Sweden to get my code working. This is the internet as I wanted it to be back then and what has become so unrealistic in the last years.

For all those who are looking for some culture tonight: On the website of the Schaubühne Berlin you can watch Didier Eribon's play "Return to Reims" until 24:00. I read the book last year and was very impressed by his analysis of the working class.

In my youth on the village I was fascinated by the sticker and graffiti culture in bigger cities. Today I ordered my own stickers for the first time - much too late. Anyway, I can't wait to open the package and stick them on.

On the sticker you can see Gudrun Gut from "Malaria!" with the face tattoo of Gucci Mane. This is the start of a new subculture - Lean Goth.

Really like this idea:

Quarantine Stories is a collaborative platform that collects stories of isolation as a result of home-quarantining in efforts to reduce the effects of COVID-19

First day in the home office. Feeling more productive than usual, curious to see if it stays that way for the coming weeks.

Yesterday's report of Chelsea Manning's suicide attempt caught me off guard. After hearing about her release this morning, some of the burden really fell off me.

On reddit I kept stumbling across the appeal for donations from "The Action Network", but it seems to me that it's not quite up to date. Is there another way to donate?

I used the cold Sunday to work on the January issue of my link blog "Der Groschen". The site should be online by the end of the month.

"Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu" is a documentary about the last day of hot metal typesetting at the New York Times in 1978.
The Linotype machines they used there were invented in 1884. It is fascinating to imagine how quickly we replace our tools today and how much learning new tools has become part of everyday life. Apart from that, I was really blown away by the craft and the mechanics of the machines.

As a first step I got "A New Program for Graphic Design" by David Reinfurt and will work through it during the next weeks.

The article made empowered me in some way to see self-education as a conscious, political decision with many advantages and not as a necessary evil.

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A quote from the article:

If the contemporary definition and standardized practice of design and design education are over a century old,might it be a good idea to reexamine both in an age where ecological disaster,immaterial and precarious labor,post-factual politics(often times with design an implicit actor),and geopolitical conflict are among the world’s defining challenges?Self-organized education presents one tool, among many,which can be used to think through and act on these challenges.

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In the last few weeks I have been thinking again and again about whether I should start a Master's degree this year or not. My motivation would be to get to know new people and to use my free time for interesting projects. Actually, I can have that without the study, the study would only give me a kind of structure for it. In the course of the day I found an article that encouraged me to organize my education myself.

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So thanks to @ludger, there's a date for the #fediverse #meetup at #36c3:

Come with all your friends! Bring ideas! And waffles... (I need to get breakfast)...

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A nice quote from the documentary of Hanna Arendt which stuck to me:

"Do you know the difference between love and desire? When you desire Strawberries you eat them, when you love strawberries you plant them."

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Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.