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few things are as genuinely calming as sitting in front of a full-screened, dark terminal containing a personal project, with music in the background

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

time to do some refactoring *puts on some trance, cracks knuckles*

@lains We're also going to have an old world palindrome, which is quite rare!

2020-02-02

And, even more rare, all calendar standards will agree with this palindrome:

EU (DD/MM/YYYY)
US (MM/DD/YYYY)
ISO (YYYY/MM/DD)

I'm thinking I have to plan something special for that day :D

there's such a mass of teenage nostalgia embedded in this track for me

bit ambivalent about that (anti-?)pattern, i don't even know if i will properly use it yet!!!

i got stuck in the trap of making something more complex so that other people could use it as well

dang it

Merveilles, I appreciate and value all of you.
Seeing all of the wonderful projects and ideas happening everyday on this instance is truly inspiring and motivates me to work harder. It’s been easier for me to keep the faith in seeing what happens here.
Thank you everyone ^^

narrator: This is what is known as »Writer's Hubris» or, colloquially, »procrastination»

*writes thesis report for 3 pomodoros* WOW I AM SO GOOD AT THIS i guess i can take the entire day off now

🍄MUSHROOM ALERT🍄 i just bought my first king oyster (Pleurotus eryngii) and oyster mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus). looking forward to seeing how they taste :3

make sure to publish a lot of things this year so that it looks really scifi when people refer to them as

"project by <person> (2020)"

Thinking about this quote in the context of my note-taking and personal wiki obsession: 'Any system that must be perfect in order to deliver value is deeply flawed.'

it was honestly such a relief when i had similar realizations in my own practice

»I think that that's a breakthrough, because you are always taught to do as much as you can. Always put checks in. Always look for exceptions. Always handle the most general case. [...]

You have so many things in the background that you're supposed to do, there's no room left to think. I say, forget all that and ask yourself,

"What's the simplest thing that could possibly work?"»

artima.com/intv/simplest.html#

When you buy vegetables like pak choi, you are buying a plant. So treat it like a plant. Don’t dump it in the fridge where it’ll wilt after 3 days. Put it in water where it can stay alive and healthy for weeks.

Eventually roots will start to grow. After you strip off the outer leaves for your dinner, leave a few of the tiny inner leaves. You can then plant it and leave it to grow back.

I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool gath.io

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.

boosts++

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